From to , the renowned Soviet paper architects Alexander Brodsky and Ilya Utkin created an incredible collection of elaborate etchings depicting. Aleksandr Brodsky and Ilya Utkin have today become known in the Russian art world for their intriguing works of architecture, ranging from. Restricted by the aesthetic limits on architecture in the Soviet Union, Alexander Brodsky and Ilya Utkin imagined the most fantastic cities and.

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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Write a customer review. The drawings themselves depict everything from bleak cityscapes to unwise decisions in design, and are most likely metaphors understandable only from the perspective of a Soviet architect or perhaps just someone who has lived in the USSR as one does not need an education in design to understand the all-too-common flaws of industrialized Soviet construction.

In their book, Brodsky and Utkin go back to imaginative architectural drawing to comment heavily on the political restrictions in midth-century architecture of the Soviet Union and make etchings simulating 18th-century drawings and etchings that exaggerate the irrational State political demands on soviet architects, all of which is presented as delusional wanderings of extravagant architects of that time.

Buy the selected items together This item: The book is not large enough to do justice to the intricate details of the prints. Alexander Brodsky has since secured generous budgets to do installation work. The imagination can provide refuge, the work says, but not escape. Interest in Soviet paper architecture was high from the late s until the early s with many exhibitions across America, as well as in Western Europe.


Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Selected Works offers valuable insight into the pair’s life and philosophy, not only as architecture professionals, but also as state-of-the-art designers and thinkers. Now that our profession is obsessed with efficiency and pragmatism, this book reminds us why we wished to become architects in the first place.

Brodsky & Utkin: Etchings from the Projects Portfolio

Brodsky and Utkin faced paper shortages uktin numbered some of the editions higher than the quantity actually printed in hopes of someday finding enough sheets to print the entire run. Ilya Utkin keeps busy with designs for the ballet and lovely melodramatic architectural photography.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The “paper architecture” devised by contemporary Russian architects Brodsky and Utkin in many ways restate Piranesi’s “paper [Roman] ruins”. If anything, these drawings had been originally made to criticize Brodskj architecture at the time and no doubt a way to express frustration at the challenges architects and workers in other fields were forced to endure as utkiin result of sudden reforms and decisions from the government.

Again, recycled timber window frames are rescued from industrial buildings and reused.

His second trip to New York was in at the invitation of gallerist Ronald Feldman brodskky then moved there in to complete public projects as well as personal installations. He is one of Russia’s best known architects, particularly for his works of paper architecture.

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See all 13 reviews. Their story and the inspiration behind the drawings is probably best said in the book written on these drawings:. Great for that weird, quirky person in your life. Alexander Savvich Brodsky is a Russian architect and sculptor.


He maintains a global presence, achieved in collaboration with Ilya Utkin, as well as his built projects that display Brodsky’s specific style, referred to as “New Russian Architecture” by architects in his own studio.

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A mixture of black architectural humor and political criticism, the plates of this book speak by themselves without a written statement by the authors.

Retrieved from ” urkin Funny, cerebral, and deeply human, their obsessively detailed work layers elements borrowed from Egyptian tombs, Ledoux’s visionary architecture, Le Corbusier’s urban master plans, and other historical precedents in etchings of breathtaking complexity and beauty.

Notify me of new posts via email. The paper architects of the late s and s gained critical and commercial success outside of Russia utkn professional competitions [22] and exhibitions. See what we can still dream up in your boxes! In light of this fact, Brodsky returned to his original profession – architecture.

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But to see them only as fantastic and whimsical, missing the veil of suffering in which they come wrapped, is to deny these artists the dignity of their struggle, and their work its more complex uktin of resistance.

I have treasured my edition for years and this new edition does not do justice.

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