Sculpture

Desert TREASURE. JACQUES LIPCHITZ AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA MUSEUM OF ART

Lisa Fischman

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Special issue N1. USA–RUSSIA: ON THE CROSSROADS OF CULTURES

Russian artists, or as they are usually referred to “artists of Russian origin" - those who left Russia for good at the beginning ofthe 20 th century, and won recognition and fame abroad and whose artworks are represented in almost all world-famous museum collections - no doubt constitute an invaluable part of the Russian cultural heritage. Jacques Lipchitz (1891-1973), a renowned sculptor of the 20th century, is no exception. His bright extraordinary creative activity started in France and ended in the USA. In 1928, the outstanding Russian art critic Abram Efros called Lipchitz's sculptural work "the highest and most dominant point of the Russian intrusion" into the art of the West. Lipchitz became one of the most notable adepts and advocates of Cubism and he persistently applied Cubist principles in his works, gaining enthusiastic recognition from both connoisseurs and the general public. Over time Lipchitz drew back from the movement, though in his monumental and easel works continued to visualize expressive deformations of organic natural forms, boldly shifting flat planes, resulting in a structural angularity; later he came to a looser spatial play. Lipchitz's first solo exhibition was held in 1920 and many have followed since then. After his grand exhibition at New York’s MOMA, retrospective exhibitions have been organized all over the world - at the Tate Gallery in London, in many European cities, as well as in Israel and the USA. Lipchitz's sculptures are eyecatching attractions of many a square and public building, and the artist was decorated with special awards from a number of academies and universities. In 1946 Lipchitz was awarded the Order of the Legion of Honour. Lipchitz's heritage is carefully preserved in many museums, some of which are world famous, while others are of regional importance, like the University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson, Arizona, situated close to the Mexican border. The author of the article, devoted to the unique collection of the sculptor’s work, is Dr. Lisa Fischman, Chief Curator of the University of Arizona Museum of Art.

Desert TREASURE. JACQUES LIPCHITZ AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA MUSEUM OF ART

Russian artists, or as they are usually referred to “artists of Russian origin" - those who left Russia for good at the beginning ofthe 20 th century, and won recognition and fame abroad and whose artworks are represented in almost all world-famous museum collections - no doubt constitute an invaluable part of the Russian cultural heritage. Jacques Lipchitz (1891-1973), a renowned sculptor of the 20th century, is no exception. His bright extraordinary creative activity started in France and ended in the USA.

AUGUSTUS SAINT-GAUDENS IN THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

Karen Lemmey

Magazine issue: 
Special issue N1. USA–RUSSIA: ON THE CROSSROADS OF CULTURES

Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907) was the foremost American sculptor of the late 19th century. From humble roots, through his prodigious talent, he rose in society, eventually counting some of America’s most influential figures in art and literature, diplomacy and economics, technology and social policy among his friends and patrons. The exhibition “Augustus Saint-Gaudens in The Metropolitan Museum of Art”, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 30 June through 15 November 2009, draws from the Museum’s collection of nearly four dozen works by the accomplished artist, many of which were acquired directly from the sculptor or from his widow, soon after his death in 1907. Organized thematically within a chronological framework, the exhibition charts his illustrious career with works representing the entire range of his oeuvre, from early cameos to innovative painterly bas-reliefs, to character-penetrating portrait busts and statuettes derived from his public monuments.

AUGUSTUS SAINT-GAUDENS IN THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907) was the foremost American sculptor of the late 19th century. From humble roots, through his prodigious talent, he rose in society, eventually counting some of America’s most influential figures in art and literature, diplomacy and economics, technology and social policy among his friends and patrons.

RICHARD SERRA. STYLE IN STEEL

Natella Voiskounski

Article: 
INTERNATIONAL PANORAMA
Magazine issue: 
Special issue N2. USA–RUSSIA: ON THE CROSSROADS OF CULTURES

Richard Serra is undeniably a great name in contemporary art. Each of his installations or exhibitions is considered a major artistic event. Serra’s sculpture is associated with a certain laconism in form, as well as minimal plastic means aimed to reach the maximum of expression. His multi-tone self-supporting steel installations are the result of a new sculptural mentality and reveal a novel semantics in sculpture.

RICHARD SERRA. STYLE IN STEEL

Richard Serra is undeniably a great name in contemporary art. Each of his installations or exhibitions is considered a major artistic event. Serra’s sculpture is associated with a certain laconism in form, as well as minimal plastic means aimed to reach the maximum of expression. His multi-tone self-supporting steel installations are the result of a new sculptural mentality and reveal a novel semantics in sculpture.

"Meeting Modigliani" - at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

Vitaly Mishin

Article: 
CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
Magazine issue: 
Special issue. ITALY-RUSSIA: ON THE CROSSROADS OF CULTURES

The exhibition’s title makes clear that this is the first truly extensive show of works by the brilliant Italian master in Russia. The artistic legacy of Modigliani is scattered all over the world, in museums and private collections - and only international exhibition projects would have a chance to present any significant number of works by this artist, even if for a limited time only. Over 20 museums and private collections in Europe and America participated in the Moscow project. Ultimately, the exhibition organizers have managed to present 25 paintings, one sculpture, and 27 drawings, accompanied with the archive materials. (Russian museums own only two works of the master - drawings in the Pushkin Museum collection).

"Meeting Modigliani" - at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

The exhibition’s title makes clear that this is the first truly extensive show of works by the brilliant Italian master in Russia. The artistic legacy of Modigliani is scattered all over the world, in museums and private collections - and only international exhibition projects would have a chance to present any significant number of works by this artist, even if for a limited time only. Over 20 museums and private collections in Europe and America participated in the Moscow project.

The life-giving tree russian wood sculpture in Italy

Galina Sidorenko

Article: 
CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
Magazine issue: 
Special issue. ITALY-RUSSIA: ON THE CROSSROADS OF CULTURES

It is significant that the year of the 150th anniversary of the Tretyakov Gallery has witnessed the realization of the long-planned "Russian" cultural project of Intesa Bank, as the exhibition "Wood Sculpture from the Russian Territories, from Ancient Times to the 19th Century" opened in Italy. The Tretyakov Gallery is displaying the best part of its collection there for the first time.

The life-giving tree russian wood sculpture in Italy

It is significant that the year of the 150th anniversary of the Tretyakov Gallery has witnessed the realization of the long-planned "Russian" cultural project of Intesa Bank, as the exhibition "Wood Sculpture from the Russian Territories, from Ancient Times to the 19th Century" opened in Italy. The Tretyakov Gallery is displaying the best part of its collection there for the first time.

Valentin Serov: experimenting with sculpture

Irina Krasnikova

Article: 
HERITAGE
Magazine issue: 
#3 2015 (48)

Serov’s contribution to the art of sculpture should not be seen as the result of any serious professional application, being instead a kind of “intermission” in his hard work as a painter. Most of his “non-painterly” works seem to have appeared spontaneously: they had nothing to do with the general direction that his artistic career was taking at any point, were confined to separate periods of his career, and may be characterized as “trying his hand at sculpting”.

Valentin Serov: experimenting with sculpture

Serov’s contribution to the art of sculpture should not be seen as the result of any serious professional application, being instead a kind of “intermission” in his hard work as a painter. Most of his “non-painterly” works seem to have appeared spontaneously: they had nothing to do with the general direction that his artistic career was taking at any point, were confined to separate periods of his career, and may be characterized as “trying his hand at sculpting”.

Entering Silence

Sergei Orlov

Article: 
CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
Magazine issue: 
#3 2011 (32)

A solo exhibition of the Moscow-based sculptor Viktor Korneev, an art project distinguished by its elaborate conceptual framework and original execution, runs at the Tretyakov Gallery’s Engineering wing from September 1 to October 30 2011.

Entering Silence

A solo exhibition of the Moscow-based sculptor Viktor Korneev, an art project distinguished by its elaborate conceptual framework and original execution, runs at the Tretyakov Gallery’s Engineering wing from September 1 to October 30 2011.

The artist began to prepare for the show long in advance, spending much time looking for suitable music to accompany it; he ultimately selected music by Alfred Schnittke, which, Korneev believes, resonates with his own sense of space and time through its polyphony of associations of freedom of self-expression.

With Open Arms

Pierre Cardin

Article: 
PIERRE CARDIN PRESENTS
Magazine issue: 
#2 2015 (47)

I LOVE RUSSIAN ART. ITS SCOPE, VASTNESS, TENDERNESS, AND ITS POWER, AKIN TO THE EXPANSES OF THE LAND ITSELF, HAVE ALWAYS APPEALED TO THE EUROPEAN IMAGINATION. PUSHKIN, DOSTOYEVSKY, AND TOLSTOY, ALONG WITH MY CONTEMPORARIES MAYA PLISETSKAYA, RODION SHCHEDRIN, ANDREI VOZNESENSKY, NIKOLAI KARACHENTSOV ANDREI TARKOVSKY, ALEXEI RYBNIKOV MARK ZAKHAROV AND ALEXANDER BURGANOV WILL ALWAYS BE AMONG THE SHINING STARS OF OUR INTELLECTUAL EXPERIENCE. EVERY ONE OF THEIR ANNIVERSARIES IS A MAJOR CELEBRATION FOR ALL OF US

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I LOVE RUSSIAN ART. ITS SCOPE, VASTNESS, TENDERNESS, AND ITS POWER, AKIN TO THE EXPANSES OF THE LAND ITSELF, HAVE ALWAYS APPEALED TO THE EUROPEAN IMAGINATION. PUSHKIN, DOSTOYEVSKY, AND TOLSTOY, ALONG WITH MY CONTEMPORARIES MAYA PLISETSKAYA, RODION SHCHEDRIN, ANDREI VOZNESENSKY, NIKOLAI KARACHENTSOV ANDREI TARKOVSKY, ALEXEI RYBNIKOV MARK ZAKHAROV AND ALEXANDER BURGANOV WILL ALWAYS BE AMONG THE SHINING STARS OF OUR INTELLECTUAL EXPERIENCE. EVERY ONE OF THEIR ANNIVERSARIES IS A MAJOR CELEBRATION FOR ALL OF US.

Zurab Tsereteli’s Monument in the Heart of Paris

Dmitry Shvidkovski

Article: 
EVENTS
Magazine issue: 
#2 2015 (47)

CHARLES DE GAULLE WROTE IN HIS "WAR MEMOIRS": "WITH EVERY STEP I TAKE THROUGH THE WORLD'S MOST REMARKABLE PLACES, I FEEL THAT THE GLORY OF THE PAST... RECONNECTS TO THAT OF THE PRESENT... IT FEELS LIKE HISTORY IS SMILING BACK AT US TODAY THROUGH ITS STONES AND CITY SQUARES." FOR 2,000 YEARS THE CITY OF PARIS HAS UNDERGONE A CONTINUOUS EVOLUTION FROM ROMAN SETTLEMENT TO MODERN WORLD CAPITAL, AND THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY THE CITY HAS REMAINED LOYAL TO ITS PRINCIPLES. REJECTING LACK OF TALENT AT EVERY STAGE, IT ACCUMULATES THE MOST SIGNIFICANT AND EXCITING NEW FEATURES, GIVING PREFERENCE TO PERFECT ORDER AND BRILLIANCE. THE NEW MONUMENT BY ZURAB TSERETELI NEAR NOTRE-DAME CATHEDRAL IN PARIS IS FURTHER PROOF OF SUCH A TRADITION THAT HAS TURNED THE CITY INTO THE ARTISTIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. WHAT IS PARTICULARLY STRIKING IS THE PERFECT WAY THE NEW SCULPTURE FITS WITHIN THE FAMOUS ARCHITECTURAL ENSEMBLE AND ITS SURROUNDINGS.

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CHARLES DE GAULLE WROTE IN HIS "WAR MEMOIRS": "WITH EVERY STEP I TAKE THROUGH THE WORLD'S MOST REMARKABLE PLACES, I FEEL THAT THE GLORY OF THE PAST... RECONNECTS TO THAT OF THE PRESENT... IT FEELS LIKE HISTORY IS SMILING BACK AT US TODAY THROUGH ITS STONES AND CITY SQUARES." FOR 2,000 YEARS THE CITY OF PARIS HAS UNDERGONE A CONTINUOUS EVOLUTION FROM ROMAN SETTLEMENT TO MODERN WORLD CAPITAL, AND THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY THE CITY HAS REMAINED LOYAL TO ITS PRINCIPLES.

Nikolai Silis. The Palindrome Artist

Olga Gerasimova

Article: 
PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST
Magazine issue: 
#1 2015 (46)

THE SCULPTOR NIKOLAI SILIS WAS BORN IN 1928 IN MOSCOW, IN THE GRAUERMAN MATERNITY HOSPITAL ON THE ARBAT: THE SILIS FAMILY LIVED NEARBY, IN A COMMUNAL FLAT ON GOGOLEVSKY BOULEVARD. HIS FATHER, ANDREI SILIS, WAS SHOT IN DECEMBER 1941, ON TRUMPED-UP CHARGES, IN THE UKHTIZHEMLAG LABOUR CAMP. HIS MOTHER, YEKATERINA, MIRACULOUSLY SURVIVED THE BLOCKADE OF LENINGRAD, WHERE THE FAMILY HAD TO MOVE AFTER THE FATHER'S ARREST. YEKATERINA SUCCEEDED IN SENDING HER TWO SONS, THE OLDER RUFIM AND THE YOUNGER VADIM, AWAY TO RELATIVES LIVING NEAR THE TOWN OF KALININ.

Nikolai Silis. The Palindrome Artist

THE SCULPTOR NIKOLAI SILIS WAS BORN IN 1928 IN MOSCOW, IN THE GRAUERMAN MATERNITY HOSPITAL ON THE ARBAT: THE SILIS FAMILY LIVED NEARBY, IN A COMMUNAL FLAT ON GOGOLEVSKY BOULEVARD. HIS FATHER, ANDREI SILIS, WAS SHOT IN DECEMBER 1941, ON TRUMPED-UP CHARGES, IN THE UKHTIZHEMLAG LABOUR CAMP. HIS MOTHER, YEKATERINA, MIRACULOUSLY SURVIVED THE BLOCKADE OF LENINGRAD, WHERE THE FAMILY HAD TO MOVE AFTER THE FATHER'S ARREST. YEKATERINA SUCCEEDED IN SENDING HER TWO SONS, THE OLDER RUFIM1 AND THE YOUNGER VADIM, AWAY TO RELATIVES LIVING NEAR THE TOWN OF KALININ.

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