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 1940—1950s 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 Sorin’s 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 Children’s 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 children’s books published by
millions. Russian libraries still carefully preserve files of children’s
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
techniques—lithographs, etchings, drawings, water-colours, photographs
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 Belsky’s 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 Hong’s 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
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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