Galerie Blue Square is dedicated to celebrating the talents of artists inspired by the principles and philosophies of the Russian avant-garde. Exploring ideas related to the creative insights of the Suprematist, Constructivist and non-objective art movements, gallery artists offer innovative responses to questions of form and content that integrate both traditional materials and new technologies.
Ernst Neizvestniy, an early supporter of the Soviet non-conformist movement, has died at age 91. He denounced Khrushchev's description of his work as "degenerative" art and in an ironic twist of history was asked to create the gravestone for the Soviet party leader after his death in 1971. Neizvestniy emigrated to New York in 1974 where he continued to live and work thereafter. The NYT obituary of his work and this Russian film captures the essence of his life and work with important documentary footage.
Yevgeniy Fiks is showing his new series of black and white landscape paintings, Landscapes of the Jewish Autonomous Region, at Galerie Sator in Paris' Marais district through 2 July 2016. The series focuses on questions of identity, territories and the concept of belonging, nationalism and utopia. Documentary information and a film accompany the exhibition.
London's Pushkin House opens Russian Contemporary: Drawing. No Limits featuring the works of 23 artists: Tanya Akhmetgalieva, Yury Alexandrov, Maria Arendt, Yury Avvakumov, Liza Bobkova, Amanita, Annushka Brochet, Kirill Chelushkin, Vladimir Grig, Ilya Grishaev, Georgy Litichesky, Natalia Mali, Gosha Ostretsov, Sergey Pakhomov, Natalia Pivko, Vitaly Pushnitsky, Andrey Rudjev, Aidan Salakhova, Aljona Shapovalova, Denis Shevchuk, Shishkin-Hokusai, Petr Shvetsov, and Haim Sokol. The show will be on view through 3 August 2016.
The world of contemporary Russian art lost a major influence among its ranks with the passing of Vladimir Nemukhin. One of the most prolific, engaging and pioneering artists of the non-conformist period, Nemukhin will be missed.
Igor Makarevich has donated his private collection of important documentary materials of the non-conformist movement to the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow. This collection is invaluable as it aids understanding and reseach materials to the movement.
Yevgeniy Fiks' project, Red Africa, an exhibition curated by Mark Nash, will be shown at London's Calvert 22. The exhibition includes historical visual material on the relationship between Soviet and African societies and includes work by Gluklya. The opening reception is on 4 February and show runs through 3 April 2016.
Alexey Titarenko will be in Paris for the signing of his new book, La ville est un roman, at Galerie Camera Obscura on 3 March 2016. His latest exhibition will be on view from 11 February to 26 March 2016.
Vladimir Nasedkin + Andrey Chegin will be in Hong Kong for the opening of their exhibition at Erarta Galleries. Opening reception is on 28 January 2016.
Yevgeniy Fiks opens his exhibition, Andy Warhol and the Pittsburgh Labor Files under the subtitle Capitalism or Socialism?, at the Warhol Museum on October 10. The show features documentary evidence the artist has gathered about left-wing political, economic, and artistic life in Pittsburgh which occured during the early years of Warhol's life. Exhibited on the seventh floor of the museum, the show runs until 10 January 2016.
Yevgeniy Fiks talks about the context of his exhibited work at Momenta Art in Brooklyn on Saturday, 4 October. Really, Socialism?! is an exhibition that examines the past of the socialist image in order to speculate on the future. Through the work of artists involved in the aesthetic legacies of socialism, the exhibition seeks a view into a reappraisal of post-war art and its relevance to the world market. The exhibition is on view through 9 November.
Nasedkin's illustrated etchings of Joseph Brodsky's book of Venetian Stanzas opens at Moscow's KultProek Gallery. The exhibition runs from 14 - 24 May 2015.
Yevgeniy Fiks presents his new series, יקציסיל (Lissitzky), at PULSE New York with Galerie Sator.
Specters of Communism | Contemporary Russian Art at CUNY, curated by Boris Groys, on view until 28 March 2015. Artists include Chto Delats, Anton Ginzburg, and Pussy Riot.
Andrei Molodkin will present his new work, DEMOCRACY, at the Patricia Dorfman Gallery in Paris from 31 January - 28 February 2015. The group show, entitled Human Rights, will include fellow artists Baptiste Debombourg and Zevs. Molodkin's dramatic use of fallen letters made of steel will become a new signature of his genre.
Yevgeniy Fiks will open his latest conceptual project Monument to Cold War Victory on Tuesday, 7 October, at Cooper Union in NYC. The jury selected 17 finalists from around the world competing to create a monument commemorating the end of the Cold War in the United States. Working with curator Stamatina Gregory, this exhibition promises to be a monumental show. Exhibition runs through 7 November 2014.
Valera & Natasha Cherkashin will deliver a lecture at Hunter College in New York City (68th & Lexington) on Friday, 10 October 2014 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm.
Gluklya was invited to participate in a roundtable "performance" at the V&A Museum in London this month. She is one of three international artists taking part in a new project exploring the role of collaboration and creativity. The talk takes place just before the opening of the museum's Russian Avant-Garde Theatre exhibition.
Moscow is again opening its doors to a new contemporary art fair, Cosmoscow...this time with much international publicity and fanfare. Going for a new generation of artists and collectors, the fair promises to be a hit. A report in the New York Observer gives a report (and high marks!)
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov's installation, L'étrange cité, in the Grand Palais opened to rave reviews. The white walls of a dream-like city labyrinth created by the artists allows visitors to wonder through representations of failed utopias, architectural and societal. Exhibition runs through June 22, 2014.
The Wayland Rudd Collection, a collective project created by Yevgeniy Fiks is reviewed in the New York Times today. The artist put together a group of artists who explore the African-American relationship in Soviet times. Gluklya was selected as one of the artists to exhibit along with Ivan Brazhkin and Tito Romalio.
Andrei Molodkin is showing in Paris at Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, 23 november - 28 december 2013. Curator Stéphane Chatry strategically places the head of the French symbol Marianne in the center of the gallery while the acrylic sculpture is filled with the blood of immigrants. The image of this blood pulsing through the head of Marianne is projected on an adjacent wall as a symbolic reminder of government policies and its consequences.
Russian Atelier on the Amstel: 10 Contemporary Artists are showing in Amsterdam from 23 November - 5 January 2014. Gluklya is among the ten selected artists who come from Russia and have been living and working in the Netherlands. The exhibition also includes video interviews with the artists who share their impressions of how Russian themes continue to influence their works.
An important exhibition of contemporary Russian art, Lost in Translation, organized by the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and curated by Antonio Geusa takes place in Venice during the 55th Biennale. The exhibition explores the basic "Russian" cultural context in which the works were created and is interpreted to help decifer the full intended meaning of the works. Top artists of international acclaim as well as emerging artists of the younger generation are included. The exhibition, reviewed by Harry Bellet in Le Monde on 2 August, closes on 15 September 2013.
RUSSIA XXI opened at the Hague in the Netherlands as more than 100 sculptures by Russia's leading artists fill the outdoors and the Museum Beelden Aan Zee. Galerie Blue Square favorites include Yuri Avvakumov, Igor Makarevich and Elena Elagina, Valery Koshlyakov, Alexander Konstantinov, Alexander Kosalopov, Andrei Molodkin, Igor Shelkovsky, Sergey Shutov, Leonind Sokov, Leonid Tishkov and Vadim Zakharov. The exhibition celebrates 2013 as Netherlands - Russia year.
Tatiana Badanina's installation AMOR will be on view at the Venice Biennale's Ca'zanardi Palace from May 30 - July 26, 2013. The dresses, mostly made of Japanese rice paper, reflect the light and love of the artist.
Gluklya announces the release of a new video Wings of Migrants. It is shown and reviewed in Russian by ArTerritory. The story follows a young woman from Uzbekistan who gets caught in the web of migrant workers in St. Petersburg and tells the tale of her journey.
Andrei Molodkin opens Catholic Blood in the Rose Windows of the Houses of Parliament, in Derry, Northern Ireland's contemporary center, VOID from May 21 - June 28, 2013. The artist was invited to participate by curator Conor McFeely specifically for his work that reflects a controversial examination into the social, political, and religious constructs of present-day society. Reviews include The Independent and BBC.
Oleg Vassiliev, along with Erik Bulatov and Ilya Kabakov, was a leader of Moscow's Conceptual School. According to the well-known critic and curator, Joseph Backstein, the artist is "represented by key works that enable one to see how the Conceptual School deconstructed not only the 'Soviet' picture, but painting as a whole." His contributions to the recognition of "Russian art" becoming "International art" are significant. He left Russia in the late 1980s for a move to New York where he began exhibiting with Phyllis Kind Gallery in SoHo. Today, his paintings are in museum and private collections worldwide.
The Saatchi Gallery has opened its doors to a monumental exhibition of artworks by artists of the Soviet underground. Breaking the Ice: Moscow Art 1960-80s was selected by curator, Andrei Erofeev, and includes works by 21 different artists including Rabin, Tselkov, Bulatov, Komar and Melamid, and Kosolapov. At the same time, an exhibition of Saatchi's collection of contemporary art from Russia hits viewers in the face.
Natasha & Valera Cherkashin will be in Washington, DC for FotoWeekDC, 10-18 November 2012. Photographs from their series, Global Underground, are on view at Poltrona Frau in Georgetown. They will give a slide lecture at the festival's central location, The Warner Building at 1299 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW at 4:30 pm on Saturday, 10 November.
The artists are returning to the US from Russia where they installed a major installation of works in Krasnodar at the Myshako Wine Factory. This follows on the heels of an important installation, Evolution of Chaos, in Buenos Ayres.
On Thursday, 13 December, the Cherkashins will return to Washington for a reception with LUXE Magazine at Poltrona Frau, 1010 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. Please contact us for details.
It is with great sadness that we note the loss of Eduard Shteinberg, one of the most influential and accomplished artists of the Soviet "non-conformist" movement of the last century. Edik led the way and created an artistic path for others to follow. He lived the latter part of his life in Paris exhibiting principally with Galerie Claude Bernard. He exhibited at the most prestigious museums in the world including the Tretyakov and Guggenheim museums. Edik was a dear soul with a generous heart and will be missed deeply.
Yevgeniy Fiks is the subject of two recent reviews in the US and France. His current show at Galerie Sator in Paris was favorably reviewed in Le Monde by renowned critic Philippe Dagen. And, this month's ARTnews features an ArtTalk article about the artist's performance at the Museum of Modern Art. Fiks will open his exhibition with two bodies of work at Galerie Blue Square on March 1st and will be in Washington for a performance at the National Gallery of Art on March 24th.
Yuri Avvakumov has been selected to work on the architectural renovation at the Kennedy Center of the Golden Circle Lounge. The lounge will re-open as The Russian Lounge in Fall 2012 in honor of a $5 million donation for the project from investor and philanthroper Vladimir Potanin.
Champion of the Soviet underground art scene for several decades, Norton Dodge, died last week at age 84. Norton's passion for rescuing non-conformist art and his devotion to the field touched many lives. He was greatly respected for his vision and his generosity. His engaging spirit, amazing conversations and keen wit will be greatly missed.
Dianne Beal introduces Washingtonians to the paintings of Gennady Zubkov. The George Washington Hatchett reports on the event.
The 4th Moscow Biennale takes place from 23 September to 30 October 2011 in various locations around the city. Main project venues are at TsUM and ARTPLAY. Galerie artists Igor Makarevich and Elena Elagina are featured participating artists. Yevgeniy Fiks is also represented in the Biennale with two special projects.
The Ministry of Culture and the Stella Art Foundation are organizing this year's Russian Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.
Andrei Monastyrski and Collective Actions have created an installation specially for the Russian Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition. The Collective Actions group (its members are Nikita Alexeev, Elena Elagina, Georgy Kizevalter, Igor Makarevich, Andrei Monastyrski, Nikolai Panitkov, Sergei Romashko, and Sabine Hänsgen; Nikita Alexeev and Georgy Kizevalter left the group in 1983 and 1989 respectively) was founded by Monastyrski in 1976 and continues its work to this day. Boris Groys, the exhibition's curator, considers that "it was the first example in Russia of the kind of art that takes the viewer out of his usual passive condition and offers him an active role in creating an artistic event."
Galerie Blue Square announces a move to Washington, DC. Dianne Beal will continue to promote contemporary Russian art while working with artists of the gallery and its clients. The new space is housed in a three-story townhouse in Georgetown, a chic district in the nation's capital. Vincent Sator will establish a new gallery in Paris and continue to collaborate with Galerie Blue Square on joint projects.
Yevgeniy Fiks explores conspiracy theories of American politics in his new exhibition Communist Conspiracy in Art Threatens American Museums at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Curated by Statima Gregory, the installation includes printed works on canvas, ink drawings, digital works on paper and sound, the artist continues to explore the themes of how communism and modernism are connected in contemporary history. Exhibition runs from 8 September - 6 November 2010.
Galerie Blue Square is eagerly anticipating two major Paris museum events. Gluklya and Tsaplya of The Factory of Found Clothing will participate in a video exhibition at the Musee d'art moderne de la ville de Paris in early October. Makarevich and Elagina will show at the Louvre Museum as part of the museum's fall show Contrepoint Contemporary Russian Art from 14 October - 31 January 2011. We will send more information by Galerie Newsletter in the coming weeks.
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Lesson of History -a survey of contemporary Russian art from the past 30 years- curated by Joseph Backstein will be showing works by 20 of Russia's most significant and emblematic contemporary artists, including Igor Makarevich.
History, both personal and global, or better yet, the reflection on history, as well as the contemplation and interpretation of historical events, and finally, nostalgia --- is a constant theme in Russian art. "The work of these artists over the past 10 years often reflects the cultural-historical, social and political circumstances of the period in which they were created," said Joseph Backstein. "It is precisely these works that relate to various historical periods, and which in essence are their reflection, that interested me in the framework of this project.''
Télérama's article on Alexeï Vassiliev's Z-31(10/12) exhibition:
"Dans cette nouvelle série au nom de code énigmatique, Alexeï Vassiliev poursuit sa quête de l’abstraction jusqu’aux limites de l’objectif. A travers ses grandes polyptyques en couleurs, les sujets capturés dans le mouvement sont à peine identifiables. Le photograph capte la danse des corps, fait valser la lumière comme un peintre avec ses pinceaux. Une exposition présentée dans le cadre de l’année France-Russie."
Galerie Blue Square is pleased to host South African improvisational musician Francois le Roux, known as Ha!Man, for a concert on Thursday, 27 May. The photographs of Alexei Vassiliev will serve as inspiration for the musician as he plays.
Congratulations to Erik Bulatov for his sale at Phillips BRIC auction. The painting Entrance - No Entrance (1994 - 95, oil on canvas, 180 x 180 cm) was the highest sale of the auction for £ 713,250.
Bulatov's book Tableau et peinture (2007) which includes an original lithograph are available at Galerie Blue Square for 300 €.
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In the context of the France-Russia year, Claudia Sugliano takes us around Paris in search for the Russian Soul: L'anima russa della Ville Lumière
As part of the cultural exchange for the Année France-Russie 2010, the Garage CCC in Moscow is presenting two major exhibitions of contemporary Russian art created today in Futurologia\Russian Utopias from 5 March - 23 May 2010. Futurologia explores the legacy of the avant-garde movement of the early 20th century in Russian art today and proposes a journey along 15 newly commissioned, large-scale works, including a collaboration "Institute of the New Man" between Africa and Zubkov.
Russian Utopias explores the theme of utopia in contemporary art including works by Avvakumov and Makarevich/Elagina.
Vladimir Nasedkin will exhibit his new series "TRANSIT" at Krokin Gallery, Moscow from 25 March to 25 April 2010.
Galerie Blue Square participates in the Year France-Russia which is organized and coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the Ministry of Culture and Communication :
Russian Artists: an art superlative will open at The Contemporary Art Center in Meymac, France. Gallery artists exhibited will be Avvakumov, Borisov, Fiks, Makarevich, Mitlianskaya, Nasedkin, Vassiliev and Waldron.
Igor Makarevich was exhibited at the Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum from May to August 2009. Following this, he was represented at the 53rd Venice Biennale as one of 90 artists chosen worldwide by curator Daniel Birnbaum with a major installation of his work. Galerie Blue Square is honored to present his personal exhibition in Paris from 14 January - 13 March 2010.
Following Leonid Lamm´s retrospective exhibiton at the Russian Museum last fall, his painting Apple II, 1974-86, was sold at the Paris auction house, Aguttes, for 43 910 euros on 16 December 2009.
Yevgeniy Fiks is participating in an exhibition organized by the art editors of the journals Rethinking Marxism and New Marxian Times at Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst from November 10 to December 10, 2009.
Ira Waldron has been selected to participate in two projects at the 3rd Moscow Biennale. She will exhibit in the exhibition Vulnerability at the Museum Center for the Russian State University, curated by Nataliya Kamenetskaya and in the Dead Souls project. Ira has recently completed a new series of drawings/collages and silkscreens entitled Maniphisto.
Yevgeniy Fiks will also participate in two Biennale projects; his walking tour of places in Moscow inhabited by former American communists and Ultra-New Materiality, an exhibition of 12 video artists curated by Andrey Parshikov.
For a review of the Biennale, please read ARTINFO review.
Gluklya will be taking part in the Istanbul Biennial with the group Chto delat?/What is to be done? From September 12th until November 8th, 2009.
SOTHEBY'S June 9 auction of Contemporary Art / Russian & Ukrainian in London will feature three gallery artists: Leonid Borisov, Yevgeniy Fiks, and Victor Razgulin. http://www.sothebys.com
Gluklya & Tsaplya will be guest artists at the Oberhausen Film Festival on May 4, 2009. The Factory of Found Clothing will present their 2007 film "Three Mothers and a Chorus" which will be shown at the opening as part of a retrospective showing of their works.
Leonid Borisov is part of the exhibition Etude to Art Object at the Mmoma until September 6th.
Yevgeniy Fiks' series of conceptual paintings "The Song of Russia" reviewed in Paris newspaper Le Monde, Saturday-Sunday, 8-9 February 2009.
Oleg Lang will be exhibiting at the Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art in August 2009.