Africa is fighting! Africa will be victorious!

Poster Number: PP 536
Category: Cold War
Media Size: 38.5x27
Poster Type: Offset
Publishing Date: 1971
Editorial Information: Editor O. Spiridonova
Technical Information on Poster: [Approved] September 13, 1971; Publication No. 1-1476; Volume 1 sheet of paper; Order No. 1229; Price 10 kopeks 8-2-2/71
Glavlit Directory Number: A-10493
Catalog Notes: PP 536 Cold War b
Artist: Koretskii, Viktor Borisovich (Koretsky, Victor) — Корецкий, Виктор Борисович

Of the noted Soviet poster artists of the photomontage and Socialist Realism aesthetics, Viktor Borisovich Koretskii stands out as one of the most iconic. Koretskii attended the Secondary Professional Art School in Moscow from 1921 to 1929. He began working as a professional graphic designer in 1931 and he immediately gained recognition in the Soviet Union. His professional break-through occurred while working for the major state publishing houses Iskusstvo and Ogiz-Izogiz. During this that period of his work, he concentrated on (and perfected) his technique of photomontage. However, the period of the early 1930s in the Soviet Union meant that Koretskii had to move away from his own avant-garde style of discontinuous photomontage in order to be more consistent with the Socialist Realist dogma dictated by the government. During the 1930s, Koretskii also worked as an artistic director and decorator for Nikolai Okhlopkov 's Realistic Theatre and for Yurii Zavadsky's theatre-studio. From 1939 to 1987, he was a member of the editorial board of the film advertising publishing house Reklamfilm.

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Printer: Leningrad Offset Printing Plant — Ленинградское Офсетная типография

The Leningrad Offset Printing Plant was located near Kronverkskaia and Mir Streets in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). Historically, the printer had roots in Imperial Russia as a large operation founded in 1881 by Theodore Kibbel (Fedor Fyodorovich Kibbel') until it was nationalized by the Soviets in 1917. After its initial nationalization, the printer's management (via a series of government-controlled printing trusts) and its name both changed over the decades until it ultimately became the Leningrad Offset Printing Plant in the spring of 1950.

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Publisher: Izobrazitel’noe Iskusstvo (Fine Art Publishers) — Изобразительное Искусство

Founded in 1963, Izobrazitel'noe Iskusstvo (Fine Art Publishers), was dedicated to producing monographs, books, textbooks and study guides on the visual arts. It also published postcards and posters. Prior to the publisher's organization, Izogiz (State Publishing House of Fine Art) produced the lion's share of fine arts material for publication in the USSR and abroad.

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