Personas
Roland Dorgelès: Personality in History

Roland Dorgelès: Personality in History

J u n e 1,   2014   The end of the Cold War and the fall of the Iron Curtain put the good things of life produced by Western civilization within the reach of many of my compatriots and, moreover, opened up virtually boundless opportunities for exploring the history, culture and art of the Western...
Marie Laurencin. A Fresh Look

Marie Laurencin. A Fresh Look

J A N U A R Y 26,  2014   Admittedly, I have been indifferent to works by the French artist Marie Laurencin. I rarely paused by them at museums or exhibitions. In my opinion, they definitely lost out to works by Picasso, Braque and other great artists. In general, their association with the latter looked...
Article by Galina Yelshevskaya for the catalogue of the exhibition "Antonina Sofronova. Book and Magazine Illustrations of the 1920s-1930s"

Article by Galina Yelshevskaya for the catalogue of the exhibition “Antonina Sofronova. Book and Magazine Illustrations of the 1920s-1930s”

N O V E M B E R  16,  2013     In 1915, Antonina Sofronova, an Ilya Mashkov studio student, made the following note, “I believe that art should have nature for its source. And I also believe that art is guided by its own innate laws, otherwise it ceases to be art.” It took...
Alexander Maximov: About Red

Alexander Maximov: About Red

S E P T E M B E R  21,  2013   Practically every artist has a certain color gamut, a set of colors that he/she uses most actively, which enables art critics to speak of the characteristic harmony and color combinations of one artist or another. Thus, everybody is familiar with Picasso’s Blue or Rose...
Alexander Maximov. Flies at the Tambov Dacha

Alexander Maximov. Flies at the Tambov Dacha

J U L Y 19,  2013   On August 30, 1977, I decided to make a drawing at the Tambov dacha, but couldn’t concentrate: flies were swarming around the room. They were everywhere – on the ceiling, on the walls, on the table, on the windows and in the air and just stuck to my hands...
Alexander Livanov. Plastic Games of the Brain

Alexander Livanov. Plastic Games of the Brain

J U L Y 1, 2013 Attempt at a Book Review The professional community and “advanced” lovers of graphic art know Alexander Livanov well. The artist himself actively helped form a circle of his admirers and followers not only with his works, but also with years-long teaching at the Institute of Graphic Arts and Publishing (now...
History of Collecting. Peggy Guggenheim

History of Collecting. Peggy Guggenheim

J U N E 10,  2013   A third-generation American and grand-daughter of Jewish immigrants from Germany and Switzerland, Peggy Guggenheim managed not only to make a myth of her life, but also to build a fairly material monument in the form of a unique collection of modern art that became a public museum at her...
Alexander Maximov. “Shape is the Core of Russian Style”

Alexander Maximov. “Shape is the Core of Russian Style”

M A Y 24,  2013 I say shape. Shape is the core of Russian, early Russian style. I understand it as the outline, that is, the line ’embracing’ the object. Here is the head, the line ’embraces’ it, and this is shape, which accords with Nature and our perception of the world.” However, today I thought...
Two Symbolical Fish…

Two Symbolical Fish…

M A Y 20,  2013   A cord ties these two symbolical fishes together. The upper fish has broken away from the familiar environment and, driven by its thirst for knowledge, is venturing into the unknown. The rectangle with waves between the fishes is the source – the idea of all things living. The lower fish...
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