Building the Collective
186 pages and in full color, this catalogue was published in association with an exhibition of works from the Merrill C. Berman collection held at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University.
Building the Collective showcases over 100 poster designs and other graphic works, representing the talents of a wide variety of artists. "Building the Collective brings to light exciting and previously unknown work from the most important period in the history of modern graphic design. No one interested in design, history, or Soviet culture should miss this important new book". -- Ellen Lupton / "Flipping through this splendid grouping of some 100 posters from a key American collection, you can almost feel the excitement and spectacular inventiveness that gripped the artists, from celebrated masters like El Lissitzky and Aleksandr Rodchenko to lesser lights". -- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Book Review / "As dated as the political messages on these posters may seem, the graphics are still fresh today". -- Rita Reif, New York Times (collection of quotes from Amazon)
Building the Collective: Soviet Graphic Design 1917-1937, Selections from the Merrill C. Berman Collection; edited by Leah Dickerman; Princeton Architectural Press, 1996.