This chapter considers the important relationship between art and sport in Russia during the first decade and a half after the 1917 Revolution. It asks both how and why the sporting theme was widely embraced by artists throughout this key transitional period while also seeking to contextualize the early Soviet avant-garde within contemporary debates relating to both art and sporting practices as they emerged in the mid-1920s. To facilitate a sharper focus it addresses two specific works, both entitled Footballers, produced by the painters Aleksandr Deineka and Yurii Pimenov. Both were recently on display in London at the Royal Academy exhibition, Revolution: Russian Art 1917–32, though neither has previously received extensive analysis. In particular, it asks how these works negotiated the complex terrain between two disparate forms of cultural expression, art and sport, while addressing the very notion of avant-gardism within the Revolution itself.
|Title of host publication||Sport and the European Avant-Garde 1900-1945|
|Editors||Przemyslaw Strozek, Andreas Kramer|
|Publisher||Brill Academic Publishers|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2021|
|Name||Avant-Garde Critical Studies|