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EXHIBITION: 1984: Leningrad New Artists Revisited
29th April - 13th May 2010
Preview: Thursday, 29the April 2010, 18.30 - 20.30
Anya Stonelake/White Space Gallery presents the1984, a large scale exhibition of New Artists, the Leningrad underground art group(1982-1991), occupying entire ground floor of John McAslan + Partners architectural practice in Euston, London. This exhibition will run alongside the exhibition of New Artists at our new space at Grand Hotel Europe in St Petersburg, and The Stroke with The Brush, a first major comprehensive overview of New Artists and Necrorealists at The State Russian Museum in St Petersburg. 1984, which consists of paintings, drawings, collages and photographs from important private collections in Russia and Europe will present many previously unseen works by Ivan Sotnikov, Oleg Kotelnikov, Timur Novikov, Sergey Bugaev (Afrika), Sergey Chernov, Evgeny Kozlov, Parallel Cinema, and others, created in the early 80s.
The New Artists, have rapidly gained international currency, enriching the lexicon of pop-culture and attracting the attention of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and John Cage. The1984 is an accurate portrayal of the activities of the New Artists and Necrorealist art-communities, which are considered the most important phenomena in the Russian art of the end of the XX century.
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“The main trends in the Russian art of the 80s were academic art, folk art, surrealism and conceptual art, the last being mostly a Moscow phenomenon. In the scope of thirty years, we can see that the «New» were formed of artists whose expressive means differed dramatically from all these trends. There was an explosion, and all of a sudden these artists appeared, presenting their own values, ideas and new views, seeking to express them not only through painting, but in all fields of art: poetry, graphics, graffiti, collages, photography, fashion, music, as well as in their way of thinking.” Evgeny Kozlov for Art-Chronica, 2010.

The 1980s was an important period in art history—something that we are just beginning to realize. It is only now that we are really starting to understand the beauty, power, and special aspects of these paintings. This kind of art juggles a great deal, all at once, being oriented toward a variety of things. Many artists referred to earlier epochs, not merely to so-called Modernism alone. Suddenly, there were long traditions again. Minimalism and Conceptual art foresaw that painting would come to an end at some point, so from this viewpoint, it was quite astonishing for something like this to happen around 1980. Suddenly, there appeared a new Malevich and a new Tatlin, Larionov, El Lissitzki, Filonov, Rodchenko, Chagall, Kandinsky, a new Goncharova and Popova. In other words, when taking interest in the 80s, we examine Russian art as a part of international art.
Due to the magnitude of the collection, the 1984 will be presented in two parts. The first part, opening in April 2010, will feature works by Leningrad’s New Artists before the PERESTROIKA. The second part, in 2011, will take a look at Leningrad’s connection with New York’s stars of the 1980s, such as Andy Warhol, Keith Herring, and Robert Rauschenberg.
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