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Belsky Boris
Konashevitch Vladimir
Konchalovsky Petr
Purume Hong
Shevchenko A.V.
Vishnyakov O.N.

Graphic Arts Fair 2009

April 17 - April 21, 2009

4TH GRAPHIC ARTS FAIR

April 17 21, 2009, Novy Manezh Exhibition Hall, Moscow

The first Graphic Arts Fair was held in Moscow in March 2006, with 25 galleries from many Russian cities and the cities of the former Soviet Union taking part in it.

The Fourth Fair will present around 40 participants and be more varied in its content, which lists both contemporary and old-times works.

The 2009 Fair will have a special section dealing with the Best Samples of Soviet Graphic Art, where gallery owners and collectors will show some familiar names, such as Petr Konchalovsky, Udaltsova, Malyavin, Voloshin, Konashevich, Favorsky, etc. Also, it has already become a tradition with the Fair to dig up Names Lost in Time, i.e., in the history of Soviet Art. One of the names is Galina Shubina, a disciple of Konstantin Petrov-Vodkin and Konashevich, who worked on Soviet posters in 19401950s for IZOGIZ and GOSIZDAT publishers as well as in easel painting. Other names are Vera Yasnopolskaya, a disciple of Fonvizin, and Sergei Lodygin, whose drawings appeared in such publications as ARGUS, The Sun of Russia, Satiricon, Capital City and Country Estate. After 1917 he went to produce propaganda posters, sets for village theatres, decorated the city of Saratov for festivities, and made stage sets for Sorins comedy theatre. In 1915-1916 he produced an unusual graphic series for the Art Postcards Publishers, which will be shown at the Fair.

The section of Illustrated Childrens Books from the Past is one of the most attractive ones at the Fair. Somehow, artists from the past centuries knew how to create a magic world, which one can fully appreciate comparing it with modern-day feeble attempts. Today, the prices at world-famous Old Books Auctions in Western Europe and particularly in the USA soar to four-digit figures, and not only for the originals, but for old tattered copies of childrens books published by millions. Russian libraries still carefully preserve files of childrens fairy-tale newspaper Once Upon a Time, widely popular in 1990s, to which really great artists, such as Evgeni Monin, Lev Tokmakov, Mai Miturich, Boris Diodorov and others contributed their work.

The Neoclassica Gallery presents the originals for fairy-tale illustrations, many of which were published in Once Upon a Time.

Other sections of the Fair present unique pencil drawings by Fyodor Malyavin, graphic works from pre-war Leningrad as well as works by Rudakov, Konashevich and Vidberg, studies and caricature drawings by Konovalov, Chief Artistic Designer of Crocodile, a very popular satirical magazine. Water-colours are presented by charming landscapes of Dmitrievsky, a member of the Grekov art studio.

Contemporary artists demonstrate a great variety of techniqueslithographs, etchings, drawings, water-colours, photographs and collages.

The 5 DOM Gallery presents Sergei Vorobyev with his Big Paper Dada project. It includes books, objects and compositions made of paper pulp, seared by fire and ennobled by subjects melted into the pulp and carrying images of invisible characters, a watchmaker, enthomologist, key-maker, a collector....

Svetlana Adjubei Gallery presents the first ever show by a unique esoteric artist, Galina Mazurskaya. A viewer who sees her works for the first time is immediately struck by a sensation that the abstract art of Galina Mazurskaya, full of phantasy and self-denial, is governed by some subconscious powers and pre-rational or supra-rational influences. She paints her pictures not with a brush or any other mechanical tool, but by the tips of her fingers soaked in paint, which makes them really special. I mix paints, immerse my fingers into the liquid, and start hearing music. At first it is chaotic, then it becomes more smooth and grows into a melody. That is when I understand that the picture is ready, said the artist.

Moscow Studio, an art workshop of silk-screen printing under the Russian Arts Academy presents Boris Belskys Shipbuilding project. It is based on reflections about ways of utilising battleships. Belsky wants to turn a heavy aircraft carrier into a drifting museum of contemporary art. However, since the project is very expensive, it looks fully utopian at the moment. Meanwhile, Belsky willingly exhibits silk-screen printed panels depicting different views of cruisers. To a degree, it resembles a continuation of paper architecture projects of the 1980s.

The Fair also has a special section devoted to modern South-Korean artist Purume Hong, presented by the Mimesis Gallery (Geneve) and Les Oreades Gallery (Moscow-Paris). Ms Hongs art has become a revelation for European audiences; it demonstrates a unique blend of materials traditional for Chinese painting, such as rice paper, ink and brushes, and present-day attitude to a visual image, developed in line with Gestalt theory, according to which all objects around us are perceived by our senses not as separate objects but as organised forms.

The Fenix Gallery presents graphic artists who happily combine contemporary graphic art trends with a vivid individual style. One of them, Oleg Kudryashov, was returned to us by West-European art scholars, since in the 1970s he had to leave the USSR and settled in Britain. His works have become the pride of world-famous museum collections. His large-size sheets, printed from a zink form, tell an epic story about life passionately and uncompromisingly.

Yet another brilliant artist presented at the Fair is Kirill Mamonov, who shows a series of graphic works titled The Golden Age in the MatiushinoVillage. This is an expressive and ironic story about modern world.

Artist Sergei Briukhanov from the Urals is much younger, he may be termed a researcher and experimentor, and produces extremely complicated multi-layered surfaces. His series of collages Surfaces is presented by the Fenix Gallery.

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Korablestroenie
Belsky Boris
Korablestroenie

Ilia Muromets
Konashevitch Vladimir
Ilia Muromets

Derevensky Prud. 1933
Konchalovsky Petr
Derevensky Prud. 1933

The Birth of Light. 2008
Purume Hong
The Birth of Light. 2008

Sportsmen in the Park. 1920-1930s
Shevchenko A.V.
Sportsmen in the Park. 1920-1930s

Meeting in the yard. 1960
Vishnyakov O.N.
Meeting in the yard. 1960