"Monuments of the Future": Designs by El Lissitzky (Getty Research Institute)
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Had gadya: The Only Kid
Edited by Arnold J. Band, Introduction by Nancy Perloff. Getty Research Institute, 42 pages, $24.95, April 2004

A complete facsimile of avant-garde artist El Lissitzky's rare 1919 work, Had gadya: The Only Kid, wrapped in a reproduction of the dust jacket that covered the original work. Lissitzky's enchanting illustrated version of the traditional Passover song Had gadya is replete with his bold and colorful lithographs and makes use of Yiddish and Aramaic texts, which he rendered in a stylized fashion.

Situating El Lissitzky: Vitebsk, Berlin, Moscow
Edited by Nancy Perloff and Brian Reed. Getty Research Institute, 288 pages, $39.95, 2003

Situating El Lissitzky reassesses the complex career of one of the most influential yet controversial experimental artists of the early twentieth century. A prolific painter, designer, architect, and photographer, El Lissitzky (1890-1941) worked with the Soviet and the European artistic avant-gardes in the 1920s and as a propagandist for the Stalinist regime in the following decade.