Gambling Anarchically: The Early Russian Avant-Garde

  • Nina Gourianova


This article argues the aesthetics of the early Russian avant-garde
of 1910–18 is best understood as autonomous from subsequent developments
during the Soviet era. The early Russian avant-garde
championed an aesthetic of anarchy which permeates the philosophical
outlook of the movement and its artistic productions. I examine
an early lithographic Futurist book, A Game in Hell, to showcase the
anarchic tenor of the movement.