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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst


Maker(s):Lozowick, Louis
Culture:American, born in Ukraine, Russian Empire (1892-1973)
Title:Monument to the Third International after a photograph of Vladimir Tatlin's model
Date Made:1920-1925
Materials:Pen and ink on laid paper
Measurements:Sheet: 9 1/2 x 7 3/8 in.; 24.1 x 18.7 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2001.232
Credit Line:Gift of Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937)

Label Text:
Louis Lozowick moved to the United States in 1906, where he studied at the National Academy of Design. In 1920 he undertook a four-year trip to Europe, during which he visited the Soviet Union. He was impressed by the Constructivists and other avant-garde artists. On his return to the United States Lozowick published Modern Russian Art, which included a drawing of Vladimir Tatlin’s tower.

Tatlin designed the tower in honor of the Third Communist International. Ivan Puni published Tatlin’s drawings, and the wooden model was shown in parades, yet the gigantic project—1,312 feet high—was never executed. Nevertheless, to this day it conveys the spirit of modernity.

The open construction stands in contrast to the prevailing building practice of the early twentieth century. It symbolizes the new labor ethos in the young Soviet state. Four suspended glass volumes in the center were intended to house a radio station and observatory, and provide space for gatherings of the Communist International Assembly and smaller meetings of other organizations.
BJ, 2014

drawing; architecture; monuments; towers; construction; structures

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