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What's a Difference? Comparing the Current Russ...

content discovered on Thursday, January 13, 2011

A new column by Anna Kunovskaya, the editor-in-chief of the magazine for art collectors "Sammler". Once upon a time several months ago an art collection worth a considerable sum of money was stolen from a house of the director of a major museum. News agencies did not even have to specify what kind of art collection it was - that of Chinese artists, of course.The words "art" and "China" recently became inseparable in the press. Buying (if you are rich and successful) or being interested in (if you're st... read more »

The Results of the Kandinsky Prize 2010

content discovered on Thursday, December 09, 2010

The artist and architect Alexandr Brodsky won the main Kandinsky Prize of the 2010th in the nomination "The Project of the Year". Brodsky presented his project "The Way" which he called the mix of pacification and anxietyThe ceremony is hosting in Central House of Artist today. The authors of the two projects shared the prize in the nomination "Young Artist of the Year": Taisia Korotkova for her "Reproduction" project about a futuristic maternity hospital and Recycle group and its exhibition "Reverse"... read more »

A New Order by Ekaterina Degot

content discovered on Thursday, November 04, 2010

The Art Forum magazine published the article named "A New Order" by Russian art historian Ekaterina Degot. It's a big and very important text about the present of contemporary Russian art. In Moscow,ideological struggles take place over cocktails. At one such soiree, I was approached by Olga Sviblova, the grande dame of the Moscow art establishment, curator of the city’s Photobiennale and director of its ambitious new Multimedia Art Museum, which hosts the art school where I teach. It was obvious she w... read more »

Moscow Radical Art Group "War"

content discovered on Thursday, June 17, 2010

"War" is a modern Moscow art group operating in the field of conceptual street art. The group is known for some scandalous performances. It's no less than sixty persons - poets, artists, linguists, journalists, students.They collaborate with a variety of artistic and political structures and they consider that their teachers in modern art are Alexander Brener, Andrey Monastery and Vadim Zakharov. One of the founders of Moscow Conceptualism Dmitry Prigov was close to early composition of the group. The... read more »

Sergey Bratkov

content discovered on Monday, April 26, 2010

Russian-Ukrainian photographer Sergey Bratkov (born in 1960, Kharkov) considers himself firstly as an artist, even a sculptor. From the "A Police Relay" series, 2003 One could say that I want to make painting from the photography. But really I want to do rather a sculpture which has a shape, volume, mass. The scupture is closer to the photo I think. I shoot really different. Traditionally the photography is emotional, especially amateur shots. But I do not shoot emotionally and my composition is also ... read more »

Alexei Kallima

content discovered on Friday, April 09, 2010

Alexei Kallima was born in Chechnya in 1969. But he had to leave Grozny in 1994 because of the war and came to Moscow. Now he’s known as perhaps the only contemporary Russian artist working with the Chechen theme. Henchmen, 2005, private collection, Moscow His heroes are young Chechens. Maybe they’re terrorists or just illegal immigrants. Unshaven, arrayed in Adidas tracksuits, dark glasses and woolly hats. For some of his graffiti Kallima uses fluorescent paint only visible in the rays of «black li... read more »

Konstantin Zvezdochetov

content discovered on Thursday, April 01, 2010

Konstantin Zvezdochetov (1958, Moscow) is one of the most recognizable artists in contemporary Russian art. He used to be one of the activists of APTART movement in the eighties. He was the «New Wave» leader implanting the vivacious happy-go-lucky street culture, rock-n-roll drive and the rowdy aesthetics of true poetry into «rigid» body of Moscow Conceptualism. Zvezdochetov was an active member of the «Mukhomor» («Amanita») group, which was one of the Russia's brightest underground art movements in the ... read more »

Valery Koshlyakov

content discovered on Monday, March 22, 2010

One of the most succeful Russian artists Valery Koshlyakov was born in 1962 in Salsk (Rostov region). He studied in Rostov M. Grekov art college. Then he has begun to interest in realistic painting. After graduating from the college Koshlyakov began to work as decorator in the local theater of musical comedy and had an acquantance to artist Avdey Ter-Oganyan. He introduced him to the works of the Western avant-garde. In 1988th Koshlyakov became a member of the artistic association "Art or Death". Avdey T... read more »

Georgy Ostretsov. A Man in a Rubber Mask

content discovered on Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Artist Georgy (Gosha) Ostretsov (born in1967th) isone ofthe brightest representatives ofMoscow avant-garde artistic life ofthe eighties. Hepractically founded the genre ofman-style inRussia, and announced afashion and style asthe new language ofcontemporary art. Then awhole generation ofartists has been developing this trend: Andrey Bartenev, Alexander Petlura and others. Ilike todiscover the avant-garde art flows ofeighties. These pre-psychedelic experiments were very important for Moscow art life. In... read more »

Pavel Pepperstein & Inspection "Medical Hermene...

content discovered on Monday, March 01, 2010

Artist, writer and theorist, founder of the «psychedelic realism» Pavel Pepperstein was born in 1966 in the family of Moscow artist Victor Pivovarov, who was representative of the romantic conceptualism. Pavel seems to inherite from his father the romanticism and idealism that reflectes in all of his works. "Russia City", 2007 In 1987 Pepperstein graduated from the Prague Academy of Fine Arts. He returned to Moscow and created art group Inspection "Medical Hermeneutics" with... read more »

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