I’ve long been interested in Soviet propaganda art, and was thrilled when my friend Eli sent me an illustrated version of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. Published in Russia in 1986 — just three years before the fall of the Berlin Wall — the English-language booklet contains graphics by a certain “S.A. Geta”. The design style appears to be influenced by American psychedelic art from the 60s and 70s (see an example further below). The juxtaposition of hippy culture with the crumbling, totalitarian Soviet regime is just bizarre. It makes you wonder whether the Soviet designers had the “western youth market” in mind — just a few years behind!
Notice some of the imagery: the ringed finger, top-hat, mustache, chimney stacks and chains.
(Text at top: “Capitalist”, Right: “Strike”)
(Top left: “Steam”, Bottom left: “Machine”, Right: “Money”)
(Top: “Private Property”)
Smaller designs in margins:
Peter Max, “The Different Drummer (Clothing Store in New York)” (1968)