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Alexander Rodchenko

American Institute of Architects

Alexander Rodchenko was a leading figure of the early 20th-century Russian avant-garde, and one of Modernism’s most vigorous proponents and visionary talents. His work shown here, including drawings that have never been seen in this country before, were obtained through the efforts of Alessandra Latour, curator of this gallery, with the cooperation of Rodchenko’s daughter Vavara Rodchenko, his grandson Alexander Lavrentjev, and the State A. B. Shchusev Architectural Museum in Moscow.

The subject of the earliest drawing in the show, Carnival, 1914, is one that Rodchenko returned to later in his photographs of the circus. This colored sketch, a figurative composition, reveals not only Rodchenko’s roots in representational art but echoes of Art Nouveau in the simplified figures of women. Several works from 1917 indicate the quantum esthetic leap he took in the three intervening years—years in

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