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Alexander Maximov: “Plastics is…”

Alexander Maximov: “Plastics is…”

A U G U S T 5,  2013   When I look at a piece of work [drawing or painting], plastics is what primarily attracts me. Meanwhile, the client is interested above all in the story, content and meaning. I also happen to be in such a mindset that I first of all pay attention...
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...
Alexander Maximov. Archive Entries

Alexander Maximov. Archive Entries

M A Y  15,  2013   When you come across Alexander Maximov’s diary entries for the first time, your first natural reaction is that you read some absurdity. The artist seems to have focused on trifles, on very simple mundane things. Yet whenever he described that mundaneity, he practically always rose above it, reinterpreted what he...
Alexander Maximov. Portrait of an Artist against Self-portraits

Alexander Maximov. Portrait of an Artist against Self-portraits

April 22,  2013 It took my colleagues at the Kovcheg Gallery and me some time to develop a passion for Maximov. He had contributed to some of Kovcheg’s exhibitions and attended our shows, but it would be a lie to claim that we were especially close. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until after he had died and his...
Modigliani’s Women. Jeanne Hebuterne

Modigliani’s Women. Jeanne Hebuterne

M A R C H 20,  2013   The name of Jeanne Hébuterne is inseparable from that of Amedeo Modigliani, and the surprising and sad truth is that it was her death rather than life that tied them together forever. It is common knowledge that she committed suicide the day after Modigliani’s death and was...
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