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Shimon Okshteyn. Dialogue with Objects

26 july 2007—9 september 2007
"The Dialogue With Objects" retrospective of Shimon Okshteyn displays the artist’s work for the quarter of the century of his life in the United States. Shimon Okshteyn was born in Chernovtsy, Ukraine in 1951. In 1970 he graduated from the Mitrofan Grekov Art Institute in Odessa. His family emigrated from the USSR in 1979. Since 1980 he has lived and worked in the USA, first in Springfield (Massachusetts) and then in New York since 1989. He encountered the problem of self-definition and assimilation in another cultural space like the majority of the artists who moved to the West. Since the early days he started absorbing the external environment greedily. Okshteyn did not hold onto the past, but took the best from it: school of academic drawing, virtuosity of a painter and a draughtsman and a close attention to realistic details. In his work he combines academic training and dot drawing with a new feeling and approach to the subject. Natalia Kolodzei, art historian and collector, remarks: "As a newcomer from another culture, Okshteyn brings actual figurativeness of American culture into his artworks. Balancing between the high and the low, public and private, Okshteyn expresses his reality in his work. He is the barometer of time, a keen and sensitive observer who defines where the artistic interest of the epoch moves."
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Aidan Salakhova. From the New Saints Series.

Aidan Salakhova. From the New Saints Series.

24 june—25 october 2021

Aidan Salakhova is a famous Russian painter and sculptor, pedagogue, recent active gallery owner and public figure. Her career in recent years has been marked by sharp turns and a decisive change in artistic reference points, which did not prevent Aidan Salakhova from constantly remaining in the center of attention of both Moscow and the entire world creative audience.

Ivan Sotnikov. Heracles.

Ivan Sotnikov. Heracles.

16 june—19 july 2021

The name of Ivan Sotnikov (1961, Leningrad - 2015, St. Petersburg), artist and priest, marks a specific period of 35 years of St. Petersburg art. The first graphic exhibition of Sotnikov in the Russian Museum displays a cycle of 14 works about the ancient Greek hero Heracles (2012)

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