yakov chermikov

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Yakov Chernikov studied at the college of art in Odessa and then he moved in 1914 to Petrograd (St. Petersburg). There he joined the Architecture faculty of the Imperial Academy of Arts in 1916, where he later studied under Leon Benois. Greatly interested in futurist movements, including constructivism, and the suprematism of Malevich (with whom he was acquainted), he set out his ideas in a series of books in the late 1920s and early 1930s, including:

  • The Art of Graphic Representation (1927)
  • Fundamentals of Contemporary Architecture (1930)
  • The Construction of Architectural and Machine Forms (1931)
  • 101 Architectural Fantasies (1933)

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Constructivism

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Style of the Week : Constructivism (¾)

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“101 Architectural Fantasies”, a very fine example of colour printing, was perhaps the last avant-garde art book to be published in Russia during the Stalinistera. Its remarkable designs uncannily predict the architecture of the later 20th century. However his unusual ideas meant that Chernikhov was distrusted by the regime. Although he continued work as a teacher and held a number of one-man shows, few of his designs were built and very few appear to have survived. [1]

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