Latvian avantgarde magazine with lino-cut cover design by Ernest Kāļis

TRIBĪNE [The Tribune]. Revolucionārās kultūras žurnāls [Revolutionary Cultural Journal]. Edited by Jānis Bušs. 1st year, no. 2 (Aug. 1931). Lino-cut cover design by Ernest Kāļis. Rigā: 1931.

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TRIBĪNE [The Tribune]. Revolucionārās kultūras žurnāls [Revolutionary Cultural Journal]. Published by Linards Lāicens. Edited by Jānis Bušs. 1st year, no. 2 (Aug. 1931). Lino-cut cover design by Ernest Kāļis. Rigā: Latvju Kultura 1931. 15,3:23 cm. 47 [1] pp. Original stapled publisher’s wrapper with black linocut cover illustration and title on cream stock.

Issue no. 2 of this 1st year of »Tribīne«. Preceded issue contains text contributions by Anri Barbiss, Maksim Gorkiy, Anna Pūķis, Ludvigs Renns, Pēteris Zars and other authors signing with monograms, pseudonyms or not at all, to prevent troubles with the authorities. As far as illustrations are concerned, the cover of this volume incorporates a striking constructivist lino-cut by Latvian and Soviet avant-garde artist Ernest Kāļis. Kāļis, who used this design for covers all issues of »Tribīne« (except year 3, nos. 1 and 2), hereby created a clear but nevertheless autonomous reference to Lajos Kassák’s »Bildarchitektur«.

Paper slightly time-stained, otherwise very well preserved copy of this fragile and particularly rare magazine. OCLC and KVK shows only one holding of this issue worldwide at Waseda UL, though there is also one in possession of the Latvian National Library. MOMA, The Frick Art Reference Libary (New York) and Waseda UL have further copies of issues nos. 1 (1931) and/or 2,3 and 5/6 (1932).

Fraser: Publishing and Book Design in Latvia 1919-1940, 2014, p. 126f.

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