BEAT THE WHITES WITH THE RED WEDGE

Lot Number 131
Author EL LISSITZKY 1890 - 1941
Title BEAT THE WHITES WITH THE RED WEDGE
Year Published 1920
Place Printed
Printed By
Description Lithograph printed in red and black, 1920, on off-white wove paper, published by UNOVIS, Vitebsk, framed, with a certificate of authenticity signed by Yevgeny Kovtun sheet 514 by 617 mm 20 1/4 by 24 1/4 in
Comments This rare poster is one of only a few known surviving impressions printed by the Russian avant-garde artist group UNOVIS in 1919-20. Yevgeny Kovtun, former curator at the Russian State Museum, St. Petersburg, explained that UNOVIS required large editions of this poster and therefore two matrices were used. The Lenin Library, Moscow houses the only known impression of the alternate 1919-1920 state. Another impression of Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge was sold in these rooms April 29, 2011 (lot 57). The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston owns a third impression, which was originally in the collection of Solomon Telingator, a Soviet typographer and student of El Lissitzky. Each of these posters are identical to the present example.
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Estimated Price USD 70,000.00 - 100,000.00
Actual Price USD 182,500.00

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Auction House Sothebys
Website http://www.sothebys.com/
Auction Name Prints
Sale Number #NO8849
Auction Date April 26, 2012 - April 27, 2012
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