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El Lissitzky

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Russian avant-garde artist El Lissitzky made a career of utilizing art for social and political change. Although abstract and theoretical, Lissitzky’s work spoke to the prevailing political discourse of Russia, and the nascent Soviet Union. His basic shapes made strong political statements. Lissitzky also challenged conventions concerning art, and his Proun series of 2D, Suprematist paintings sought to combine architecture and three-dimensional space with traditional, albeit abstract, two-dimensional imagery. A teacher for much of his career and ever an innovator, Lissitzky’s work spanned the media of graphic design, typography, photography and more. The work of this cerebral artist was a force of change, deeply influencing modern art including the De Stijl artists and Bauhaus instructors. (The Art Story)

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