Alexander Rodchenko, ‘Museum Series Portfolio Number 2: Portraits’, 1997, Phillips
Alexander Rodchenko, ‘Museum Series Portfolio Number 2: Portraits’, 1997, Phillips
Alexander Rodchenko, ‘Museum Series Portfolio Number 2: Portraits’, 1997, Phillips

Moscow and New York: Rodchenko/Stepanova Archives and Howard Schickler Fine Art
Printed later by Alexander Lavrentiev and Yuri Plaksin
Varying dimensions from 6 1/4 x 8 3/4 in. (15.9 x 22.2 cm) to 9 1/2 x 7 1/8 in. (24.1 x 18.1 cm) or the reverse

Titles include: The Poet Vlamidir Mayakovsky, 1924; Lily Brik, 1924; The Painter Alexander Shevchenko, 1924; Artist and Architect Alexander Vesnin, 1924; Artist, Producer and Publisher Alexei Gan, 1924; Artist and Designer Liubov Popova, 1924; The Critic Osip Brik, 1924; Actor and Producer Vitaly Zhemchuzhny, 1924; Yevgenia Zhemchuzhnaya, 1924; The Sculptor Anton Lavinsky, 1924; The Writer Elsa Triolet (Sister of Lily Brik), 1924; Documentary Film-Maker Esther Schub, 1924; The Worker’s Faculty Student, 1924; Varvara Stepanova, 1925; In the Workshop of Rodchenko and Stepanova, 1925; The Film-Maker Lev Kuleshov, 1927; The Poet Nikolai Aseev, 1927; Vkhutemas Student Ivan Morozov, 1927; Varvara Stepanova, 1928; The Artist’s Mother at the Table, 1928; Poet and Writer Sergei Tretyakov, 1928; Driver, 1929; Pioneer Girl, 1930; Actress Julia Solntseva, Producer Alexander Dovzhenko and Futurist-poet Alexei Kruchenykh, 1930; Professor Boris Schvetsov, 1930; Photoreporter Vadim Kovrigin at the Moscow-Volga Canal, 1934; Photojournalist Georgy Petrusov, 1934; Field Flowers, 1937

Signature: Each numbered 28 and sequentially 1–28 in an unidentified hand in ink on the portfolio label affixed to the reverse of the mount. Colophon. Silkscreen portrait of Rodchenko and facsimile signature affixed to the portfolio case interior. Enclosed in a black clamshell case with embossed title. Number 28 from an edition of 30 plus 5 hors commerce.

Lavrentiev, Alexander Rodchenko: Photography 1924-1954, pls. 70, 71, 85, 89, 100, 111, 125, 131, 195

Private Collection, New York
Howard Schickler Fine Art, New York

About Alexander Rodchenko

A central figure in Russian Constructivism, Alexander Rodchenko rejected the established artistic conventions of self-expression and aesthetics, dedicating himself with revolutionary fervour to bringing art to the masses. Rodchenko and the Constructivists produced radically abstract paintings, concerned with the placement and movement of objects in space and emphasizing dynamic diagonal compositions. Denouncing easel painting and fine art on ideological grounds, Rodchenko joined the Productivist group in 1921, which advocated for the integration of art into everyday life; he duly focused on graphic design, producing propaganda posters and advertisements. Later in his career Rodchenko became impressed with the photomontage of the German Dadaists and began his own experiments in the medium. Arguably having producing the first ever monochromes, Rodchenko later proclaimed, “I reduced painting to its logical conclusion and exhibited three canvases: red, blue, and yellow. I affirmed: it’s all over.”

Russian, 1891-1956, St. Petersburg, Russia, based in Moscow, Russia