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RUSSIAN LANDSCAPE


Curator: Georgy Ostretsov

January 18 - February 5, 2011



Float. Acrylic on canvas, electric installation, 2010. 200х600 сm

Georgy Ostretsov
Float. Acrylic on canvas, electric installation, 2010. 200х600 сm
Russian Landscape. 2010. Acrylic on canvas, wood, 180x200 cm

Sergey Pakhomov
Russian Landscape. 2010. Acrylic on canvas, wood, 180x200 cm
2010-2011. Acrylic on canvas, 200x200 cm (each work)

Ilya Falkovsky
2010-2011. Acrylic on canvas, 200x200 cm (each work)
The entire exposition
Olga Bozhko
EliKuka (Evgeny Kukoverov, Oleg Eliseev)
Ilya Falkovsky
Ludmila Konstantinova
Irina Korina (provided by XL Gallery)
Olga Kroitor
Daria Krotova
Georgy Litichevsky
Georgy Ostretsov
Sergey Pakhomov
Ustina Yakovleva

Curator: Georgy Ostretsov

Contemporary art, existing, as it seems, without borders, is a perfect example of internationalisation and globalisation. Nevertheless, a single global art system does not make the question of a national artistic language disappear. This question is particularly acute for Russian art, which is in the process of active, but not yet completed, entry onto the world art-scene. This process entails many temptations and enticements, and objectively confronts Russian artists with the question of the balance between internationally convertible issues and the clarity of a locally conditioned artistic language. In this situation turning to the traditions of the art of landscape is particularly relevant.

Landscape, as the clearest indicator of a specific national school of painting, entered the history of Art in the 17th century. We are well aware of Italian landscape, Dutch, German Ц from Caspar David Friedrich to Max Liebermann, French Ц Camille Corot, Jean-François Millet, van Gogh, English Ц William Turner, and, of course, Russian landscape beginning with Venetsianov and up to our days, through Levitan, Shishkin, Ayvazovsky... Today, in the era of great eclectic post-modernism, after Chernobyl, September 11 and the Internet revolution, the art of landscape may appear to be an anachronism. However, 12 Moscow artists have taken the risk to assume that it is not so. They turn to the theme of landscape as the richest resource of imagery and artistic language. In participating in the exhibition "Russian Landscape", the artists concern themselves with the metaphysical interpretation of the landscape, as well as with new practices of artistic expression. They use different techniques: from a light bulb fixed in the middle of a canvas, to ceramic bas-reliefs. Their paintings and panels, all the same size, standing shoulder to shoulder, form a round dance or the front line of contemporary Russian art.

Georgy Litichevsky
Translation: Pavel Glebov




8.01.2011
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