The Soviet artist and designer Viktor Koretsky (1909–1998) created aggressive, emotionally charged images that articulated a Communist vision of the world utterly unlike that of conventional propaganda. This exhibition presents nearly ninety of Koretsky’s posters, photographs, and original maquettes to offer a striking new interpretation of visual communication in the USSR and beyond. Koretsky’s captivating scenes of survival and suffering were designed to create an emotional connection between Soviet citizens and others struggling for civil rights and independence around the globe. This vision of a multicultural world of shared sacrifice offered a dynamic alternative to the sleek consumerism of Madison Avenue and the West and, according to the curators, can be thought of “as a kind of Communist advertising for a future that never quite arrived.”
Smart Art Museum, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago. September 29, 2011 – January 22, 2012. For more information, click here.