ROSTA / GPP : Pictorial Newsposter-Series of the Russian Avantgarde II , Moscow, 1921

The ROSTA graphics were not only influenced by the already declining art of the classical avant-garde, but also by the then highly topical culture of American daily strips. Communism and comics were not oppositional camps in the pre-Disney era, quite to the contrary. Particularly the windows of Mikhail Cheremnykh reveal a conspicuous stylistic proximity to comic cartooning. The world he visualised reminds one more of Coconico Country populated by funny spinach sailors than of a country devastated by civil war, where kolkhoz farmers and Red Guards struggle for their existence.(Courtesy Gallery Thomas Flor, Berlin)