PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST
Andrea Granchi. Heir to the varied artistic traditions of Florence
#4 2019 (65)
An Academician and for many years a professor at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze (Academy of Fine Arts of Florence), Andrea Granchi inherited his profession from his ancestors. Natives of Tuscany, his father, grandfather and great-grandfather lived and worked in Florence, where they were among the few craftsmen skilled in woodcarving, as well as gilders and restorers of fine art, both classical and contemporary, frames and furniture.
#2 2017 (55)
From November 2016 to February 2017 the Tretyakov Gallery presented an exhibition of the exceptional sculptor Adelaida (Alla) Pologova (1923-2008), the Tretyakov's first solo show of the sculptor's works and the first museum exhibition since Pologova's death almost a decade ago. The exhibition "... And Keep My Trace Intact" presented 47 sculptures created throughout a career that lasted for half a century, from 1956 to 2006, of which 23 came from the Tretyakov Gallery's definitive collection of Pologova's work, and 24 from the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and private collections, including that of the sculptor's family.
MEMORIES OF THE FUTURE
#3 2016 (52)
In his career as an official Soviet artist, Anatoly Moseichuk (1942-2013) was the creator of architectural landmarks with a prominent decorative element, from stations of the Moscow metro to the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi. Such was his creative activity in the real world, his engagement with the realities of life as it was then.
Valery Maloletkov's Cup of Destiny
#1 2016 (50)
Valery Maloletkov, a famous master of contemporary applied arts, People's Artist of Russia and member of the Russian Academy of Arts, recently celebrated his 70th birthday. Maloletkov's work in ceramics, ranging from portraiture and genre scenes to works inspired by history and literature continues to expand the possibilities of the form. His artistic career started with a group of young ceramic artists at the Vorontsovo Experimental Design and Production Plant. Passionate about discovering new means of artistic expression, mastering different materials and techniques of decor, and widening the possible volume-spatial, plastic, constructive and colour possibilities of clay, he grew increasingly close to a number of talented Moscow artists, including Vadim Kosmachev, Vladimir Petrov, Lyudmila Soshinskaya, Tatyana Gan and Suren Malyan.
Nikolai Silis. The Palindrome Artist
#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.
Tatiana Yablonskaya. 1949. The artist's "true heart"
#4 2014 (45)
THERE ARE 35 PAINTINGS BY THE RENOWNED UKRAINIAN ARTIST TATIANA YABLONSKAYA (1917-2005)1 AT THE TRETYAKOV GALLERY. THE ONE THAT HAS BEEN ON PERMANENT DISPLAY SINCE ITS ACQUISITION AND HAS RIGHTFULLY BECOME ONE OF THE GALLERY'S ICONIC IMAGES IS "GRAIN" (1949). THIS PAINTING HAS LONG AGO TRANSCENDED ITS ERA AND BECOME A FAVOURITE FOR SEVERAL GENERATIONS OF RUSSIAN ART-LOVERS. "GRAIN" WAS CREATED IN 1949, A YEAR THAT BEARS SYMBOLIC MEANING BOTH FOR YABLONSKAYA'S WORK AND THE HISTORY OF POST-WAR SOVIET ART AS A WHOLE.
PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST
Alexei Shmarinov and His "Exquisite Simplicity"
#2 2013 (39)
THE ART OF ALEXEI SHMARINOV IS MARKED BY THE SUBTLETY OF ITS ENVIRONMENTAL PERCEPTION, A PROFOUND KNOWLEDGE OF HISTORY AND APPRECIATION OF TRADITION, A DELICATE SENSE OF HERITAGE AND THE INTEGRITY OF ITS ARTISTIC ATTITUDE. THE ARTIST CELEBRATES HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY WITH A MAJOR EXHIBITION AT THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS. IT IS A SPACE FILLED WITH THE YEARS OF HIS CREATIVE STRUGGLE AND SPIRITUAL WANDERINGS, AND THE MULTITUDE OF PAINTINGS AND GRAPHICS FROM DIFFERENT PERIODS ARE LIKE LIVING ILLUSTRATIONS OF A GREAT TALENT PASSING THROUGH THE MOST SIGNIFICANT STAGES OF LIFE.