Exhibition: “Oleg Vassiliev: Metro Series & Selected Works on Paper from the Kolodzei Art Foundation”
Opening reception on Monday, January 23, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
at the Harriman Institute Atrium (420 W 118th Street, 12th floor, New York)
The exhibition on view until March 10, 2017
Oleg Vassiliev was born in 1931 in Moscow; lived and worked in New York. He died in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2013. He has been the recipient of numerous artistic awards and grants, including from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (1994 and 2002). In 1999, he was the first recipient of the “Liberty Prize.” His work has been displayed in museum exhibitions across the globe. His prominent solo museum exhibitions include Oleg Vassiliev: Memory Speaks (Themes and Variations) at The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow in 2004 and The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg in 2005; The Art of Oleg Vassiliev, The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2011; Oleg Vassiliev: Space and Light at the Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick in 2014-2015.
Oleg Vassiliev is regarded as a key member of the Nonconformist Art movement; rather than confining himself to the discussion of contemporary political and societal issues, Vassiliev’s work explores concepts reaching beyond questions of social order. Among his immediate influences are the lyrical realist landscape paintings of Isaac Levitan and Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematist art. As the Russian artist Erik Bulatov puts it, Vassiliev’s painting “connects such disparate lines of development in Russian art as nineteenth-century realist painting, landscape painting in particular, and the avant-garde of the 1910s and 1920s.” Though he immigrated to the United States in 1990, Russia and Russian art continued to play an important role in Vassiliev’s work. Rather than reject past artistic experiments, Vassiliev embraced them, combining traditional artistic concepts with nonconformist ideas and influences from early 20th Century abstract art. The past and present seem to collide in his work, and this work, too, appears timeless—at once belonging to the past and the present. Linked to this idea of timelessness, is the idea of transitional space. Throughout his works, Vassiliev emphasizes the importance of memory. Individual memories, often the starting points of his work, become universal explorations of memory and the act of remembering.
This exhibit is presented by the Kolodzei Art Foundation, a public foundation (est. 1991) that organizes exhibitions and cultural exchanges in museums and cultural centers in the United States, Russia and other countries, often utilizing the considerable resources of the Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art, publishes books on Russian art, and provides art supplies to Russian artists. The Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art is one of the largest private art collections, and consists of over 7,000 works, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and videos, by more than 300 artists from Russia and the former Soviet Union. For additional information visit www.KolodzeiArt.org or email Natalia Kolodzei
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St. Peter’s Church and the Kolodzei Art Foundation are pleased to present
What Remains: Asya Dodina and Slava Polishchuk at Narthex Gallery, St. Peter’s Church 619 Lexington Ave (at 54th Street) New York City
March 18 – May 9, 2016.
Opening reception on Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm.
The series What Remains by Russian-American artists Asya Dodina and Slava Polishchuk appeal to the viewer on both analytical and emotional levels: their philosophical reflections on art drive their artistic process, alluding to the ephemeral nature of contemporary society and to the passage of time.
Asya Dodina and Slava Polishchuk wrote: “Witnessing the destructive power of Hurricane Sandy and the unspeakable tragedies that it brought, we started our project What Remains. The project is addressed to the themes of loss and memory. Images of empty nests floating in nowhere; fragments of plants, drawn with graphite, juxtaposed to debris of the computers; cell phones, assembled on the canvas and then covered with splashes of paint. Images are symbols of lost lives and homes, but at the same time they are symbols of hope.” Personal and cultural memory acquire a spatial embodiment. The artists extract and elevate visual images from the past, dramatize and transform them in order to arrive at something more universal, something common to the entire human experience. Their artistic explorations and searches are very organic, being that they are brought forth by their internal need for creativity and driven by an original method of thought, giving rise to an intensely emotional condition later realized in painting and works on paper. Juxtaposition and collision of different styles, aesthetics, media, combinations of elaborate fine details, textures, and remnants of computers interweaved onto Japanese paper; the artists construct their artworks on the intensity of coexistence of opposite extremes, playing on the ambivalence of meaning, encouraging discussion of their work. Asya Dodina and Slava Polishchuk have been working on the series What Remains for the last five years.
About the artists:
Asya Dodina was born in Moscow, Russia. She received an M.F.A. from Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY), and a B.F.A. from The State Moscow Art Institute named after V. Surikov. Her awards and honors include the Medal of the Russian Academy of the Arts, and Project Grants from the New York State Council of the Arts.
Slava Polishchuk was born in 1961 in Klintsy (Russia) and worked in Moscow. He received an M.F.A. from Brooklyn College, CUNY; a B.A from Brooklyn College, CUNY, and diploma from the 1905 Art School in Moscow. His awards and honors include Project Grants for Exhibitions, the NY State Council of the Arts, NY; The Charles G. Shaw Memorial Award for Excellence in Painting, Brooklyn College, CUNY, NY; The Joan Mitchell Foundation Nominee; Jewish Artists Awards Finalist, The Ben Uri Gallery, London.
Asya Dodina and Slava Polishchuk work in collaboration since 2003, they live and work in New York.
Dodina and Polishchuk have had several solo/duo exhibitions. Their solo or joint works have been featured in many museums and galleries including: International Center of Arts, Remagen, Germany, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow; Lithuanian State Museum of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania; The Russian Academy of Art, Moscow; Chelsea Art Museum, New York; B’nai B’rith Klutznic National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC; Kentler International Drawing Space, NY; Museum of Russian Art, Jersey City, NJ; Pace University Gallery, NY; Brooklyn College Gallery, NY; Hunter College Gallery, NY; The Alumni Gallery, St. Joseph College, NY; Künstlerforum, Bonn, Germany; Drawing Center, NY; Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, Lafayette, LA; the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Dodina and Polishchuk solo or joint works are in many museum and public collections including: State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; Lithuanian State Museum of Jewish Art, Vilnius, Lithuania; Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, The Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; Kolodzei Art Foundation, NJ; Brooklyn College Library, CUNY, NY; Pace University of New York, NY; Fox & Fowle Architects, NY; Safe-T-Gallery, NY; Moscow Union of the Artists, Moscow; Russian Academy of Art, Moscow; Russian Ministry of Culture, Moscow.
About St. Peter’s Church:
Saint Peter’s Church contributes to New York’s vibrant art scene by hosting rotating exhibitions in two prominent gallery spaces. Exhibitions typically explore spirituality in its broadest sense, provoking discussion regarding art’s place in culture, in spiritual thought and in daily life. The Chapel of the Good Shepherd (1977) at St. Peter’s Church is the only existing NYC environment designed by Louise Nevelson (born 1899 in Poltava Governorate of the Russian Empire; died in 1988 in NY).
St. Peter’s Church 619 Lexington Ave. at 54th St. New York, NY 10022 http://saintpeters.org Gallery hours: daily 9:00 A.M. - 11:00 P.M
About The Kolodzei Art Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public foundation started in 1991, organizes exhibitions and cultural exchanges in museums and cultural centers in the United States, Russia and other countries (often utilizing the considerable resources of the Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art), and publishes books on Russian art, For additional information visit www.KolodzeiArt.org or Email