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Maker(s):Rodchenko, Aleksandr
Culture:Russian (1891-1956)
Title:Compass Composition
Date Made:1915
Materials:Pen and ink and black ink on medium weight soft, textured off-white paper
Measurements:Sheet: 16 15/16 x 10 5/16 in.; 43.0 x 26.2 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2001.76
Credit Line:Gift of Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937)

Label Text:
Rodchenko started his career in the ornamental and stylizing aesthetic environment of Symbolism and the World of Art. This drawing stands at the beginning of the artist’s new orientation toward experiments with purely pictorial elements. It is one of a series of nonobjective compass-and-ruler drawings in which he explores the expressive possibilities of mechanically created lines and their relationship to flat areas of black or color. The interplay of white and black areas creates a dynamic effect and an ambivalent interchange of positive and negative forms and spaces.
BJ, 2014

abstract; nonrepresentational art; circles; curves

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