Aleksei Gan (c. 1889/93/95 – c. 1940/42) was a Russian anarchist avant-garde artist, art theorist and graphic designer. Gan was a key figure in the development of Constructivism after the Russian Revolution.
Gan was the first to write on art in the anarchist newspaper Anarkhiia (Anarchy) when it introduced an art section in early 1918. In March 1921, Gan was one of the seven artists, including Alexander Rodchenko and his wife Varvara Stepanova, who announced themselves as the first Working Group of Constructivists. The group rejected fine art in favour of graphic design, photography, posters, and political propaganda. Gan collaborated with Aleksandr Rodchenko and Varvara Stepanova on a Constructivist manifesto in 1922, and published his own pamphlet Konstruktivism in the same year. He also founded the first Soviet film journal, Kino-Fot (or Kinofot), in 1922.
- Konstruktivizm (Constructivism). Tver: Tver'skoe izdatel' stvo, 1923.
- The Island of the Young Pioneers, 1924. (Documentary)
- Jeremy Howard, Aleksei Gan, Grove Art Online.
- Nina Gourianova, The Aesthetics of Anarchy : Art and Ideology in the Early Russian Avant-Garde
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- 'Who We Are: Manifesto of the Constructivist Group', in Alexander N. Lavrentiev, ed., Alexandr Rodchenko: Experiments of the Future, 2005, pp.143-45
- Willem G. Weststeijn (2013). "Aleksei Gan's Constructivism and its aftermath". In Ralf Grüttemeier; Klaus Beekman;. Neue Sachlichkeit and Avant-Garde. Rodopi. pp. 373–. ISBN 94-012-0909-X.
- Petrič, Vlada. (1993) Constructivism in Film: The Man With the Movie Camera : A Cinematic Analysis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 13. ISBN 0521443873
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- Catherine Cooke (2003). "Sources of a radical mission in the early Soviet profession: Alexei Gan and the Moscow anarchists". In Neil Leach. Architecture and Revolution: Contemporary Perspectives on Central and Eastern Europe. Routledge. pp. 13–. ISBN 978-1-134-77164-6.
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