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Narita Savoor „Gardenia“

By /FASHION/, /NEWS/

GARDENIA

„Gardenia – a flower that symbolizes purity and gentleness“. A spring/summer editorial set in rural Cheshire, North West England. Cheshire is a county of countryside, known for its rural villages.

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What is it like to be a woman in art today? Q&A with an artist, a curator, and an art dealer: Russian perspective

By /ART/, /INTERVIEW, /NEWS/

Text: Julia Kryshevich
All photos provided by the Q&A participants 

What is it like to be a woman in art today? Q&A with an artist, a curator, and an art dealer: Russian perspective

To reflect on this pertinent issue, I invited three young (given that young age is a rather vast thing), promising (in my humble but confident opinion) women from the Russian contemporary art world to share their views. Meet Anastasia Omelchenko, an art dealer and founder of the Moscow-based Omelchenko Gallery, Lizaveta Matveeva, a St. Petersburg curator active both on the local and international scene, and Alexandra Weld Queen, an artist who, yes, welds to shape her creative vision.

Photo: Inna Rabotyagina

A n a s t a s i a   O m e l c h e n k o

(b. 1991, lives and works in Moscow) 

Cofounder and director of Omelchenko Gallery* (Moscow), artist

Patience, obstinacy, and effort define a woman working in art today

It’s no secret that the Russian art scene runs on women’s endeavors. Look at Olga Sviblova, the Multimedia Art Museum director, Aidan Salakhova, one of the most famous female Russian artists plus a founder of the prominent Aidan Gallery1, Teresa Iarocci Mavica, cofounder of the V-A-C Foundation Moscow2, Margarita Pushkina, founder and director of Cosmoscow International Art Fair3, the list goes on and on. 

Photo: Inna Rabotyagina

I would say it’s patience, obstinacy, and effort that define a woman working in art today. At the same time, she might be easy, elegant, and empathetic. Through combining leadership and sensitivity, women hold prestigious positions in the art world like art historians, art critics, museum directors, and gallery owners. The same goes for me: I have to balance between my art dealer, curator, and artist roles, which often go in different directions. 

There have always been hard-working women in art. Over the centuries, women have been painting and they have been watched! However, their achievements in the artistic field weren’t really recognized before. Fortunately, today it’s different: female artists and arts administrators have been given a voice and an opportunity to share their visions on society and culture. In art (and thanks to it) we can prove ourselves comprehensively both as creators and managers and show all our talent. 

L i z a v e t a    M a t v e e v a 

(b. 1991, lives and works in St. Petersburg) 

Independent curator* and project manager 

‘Curare’ means ‘to take care’. However, care doesn’t have a gender

That’s an interesting topic to think about from the Russian perspective. From my experience, I would say that local art scene seems to be gender neutral, meaning you can see women and men on all levels of administration: you can see female, male or queer artists and curators, etc. However, in your daily working routine, you face all kinds of stereotypes; some of them you don’t pay attention to, some might be traumatic, some you don’t even identify as stereotypes or an encroachment on personal space.

I don’t think there is any fundamental difference between being a female or male curator. At least I don’t feel or see this difference, as I truly believe it’s important, first of all, to remain a human being in any sphere. Attempts to find those differences bring us back to stereotyping. Of course, we’re different, as every human being is. But also we’re quite similar in many senses.

If we think of the etymology of the word ‘curator’, it comes from the Latin ‘curare’, which means ‘to take care’. I can imagine that in patriarchal thinking taking care is primarily considered as a female gesture. However, care doesn’t have a gender. Fathers can be as caring as mothers.

A l e x a n d r a   W e l d   Q u e e n 

(b. 1985, lives and works in Moscow) 

Artist, sculptor, and performer* 

Today it’s only fighting oneself that matters

What is it like to be a woman in art for me? It means doing anything I want without restraint. In my practice, I work with metal and weld a lot, which traditionally is seen as a ‘man’s job’, but it never really bothered me. Because I don’t really care what everyone will think, I just do what I like and bring my ideas to life. 

In my opinion, today there is no point in fighting for one’s place in art, proving or arguing something. I’m grateful to all the progress feminists have made by now. However, I’m sure that today it’s only fighting oneself that matters. I find it important that I can do whatever I want in a world where everything is possible. That’s why I rather focus on personal comfort, freedom, energy, and liberation from internal constraints that disturb living happily. I seek to reveal answers to all those questions through my artworks, sculptures, and performances. 

* A certified specialist in welding technology, Alexandra Weld Queen both designs and makes her objects by hand. In Moscow, where the artist currently resides she’s known for her impressive public art projects created for city parks and gardens. Weld Queen is also a keen performer. Since 2019, she and her team have taken part in Burning Man. Discover works by Alexandra Weld Queen: weldqueen.com/

BART PAJAK „THE POWER OF INDIVIDUALITY“

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THE POWER OF INDIVIDUALITY

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The art fair „Art International Zurich“ presents current contemporary art at the Kongresshaus Zurich from 13 to 16 October 2022.

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The art fair "Art International Zurich" presents current contemporary art at the Kongresshaus Zurich from 13 to 16 October 2022

ART INTERNATIONAL ZURICH 2022
24th Fair of Modern and Contemporary Art
13 – 16 October 2022
Zurich Convention Center (Kongresshaus), Switzerland
www.art-zurich.com

From 2022, the art fair ART INTERNATIONAL ZURICH will once again be held at the Zurich Convention Center (Kongresshaus).

The fair has developed into an important Swiss marketplace for new and contemporary art. International galleries and artists present current positions of art in all formats. In addition to modern masters, ART INTERNATIONAL ZURICH offers a broad overview of current contemporary art and is at the same time a platform for making it accessible to a broad public.
The fair was founded in 1999. It has already hosted the most diverse currents of modern art and created an audience-rich forum for countless artists, galleries, and art mediators from over 80 countries. As an art market where the focus is on personal encounters, the annual exhibition serves as a forum for lively exchange. Thus, the discussions with artists at the exhibition stands are a constant and popular part of the fair.

During the extensive renovation of the Convention Center (an important building in the history of Swiss architecture), the exhibition moved to Zurich West and took place there as planned and successfully as a public exhibition even during the coronavirus pandemic.
Art-loving visitors can now once again expect a wide range of works of art in autumn 2022. In addition to paintings and sculptures, they can also discover graphic works as well as photography and video art.

‚Art International Zurich, www.art-zurich.com‘

As a discovery fair, ART INTERNATIONAL ZURICH offers genuine experiences „in the real world“. The immediate experience, the personal relationship with the work of art and the resulting sensual pleasure are in the foreground. And of course, the works can also be purchased directly.
Modern and young art is presented in a refreshingly relaxed atmosphere, new discoveries included. Anyone looking for something unique will find it at ART INTERNATIONAL ZURICH.

Venue
Kongresshaus Zürich / Zurich Convention Center
Claridenstrasse 1, CH-8002 Zurich, Switzerland

Opening hours
Thursday, 13 October, 18:00 – 21:00 (vernissage)
Friday, 14 October: 11:00 – 20:00
Saturday, 15 October: 11:00 – 20:00
Sunday, 16 October: 11:00 – 18:00

Tickets
Day ticket: CHF 20.- / 10.-
Vernissage: CHF 30.-
Free admission for VIP card holders
Ticketcorner.ch

Directions
Map and information: www.art-zurich.com/visit
Tram stop Bürkliplatz or Stockerstrasse
Car park Park Hyatt or Bleicherweg

Contact
E-mail: info@art-zurich.com
Accreditation: www.art-zurich.com/evip
Contact: www.art-zurich.com/contact

„Images in Fashion – Clothing in Art Photography, Fine Arts, and Fashion since 1900“ 18.2. – 30.5.22

By /NEWS/

F.C. Gundlach, Berliner Mode, fotografiert auf dem Dach des RCA Building, New York 1958, © Stiftung F.C. Gundlach, Hamburg; Repro: Anja Elisabeth Wit

 

"Images in Fashion – Clothing in Art Photography, Fine Arts, and Fashion since 1900" 18.2. – 30.5.22
Fashion and art are mirrors of social changes and individual needs. In the collection of the Berlinische Galerie, this theme is present in surprising and diverse ways. In addition to numerous fashion photographs spanning the twentieth century, just as many paintings and drawings testify to the role of fashion as a means of expression and representation of a particular era: from the reform dress around 1900 and the Dada dandies of the 1920s to avant-garde clothing designs in contemporary art.
On this broad basis and with loans of selected pieces of clothing, aproximately 270 exhibits shed light on artists’ relationship to fashion. What role has fashion played in the painting, drawing, and photography of the past century? With what rules were clothing and costumes employed in fine art? How did artists dress and present themselves then and now? How is fashion used as a medium in contemporary art?

Herbert Tobias, Abendkleid von Horn auf dem Kurfürstendamm, Berlin 1958, © Berlinische Galerie / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, Repro: Dietmar Ka

Herbert Tobias, …und neues Leben protzt aus den Ruinen…Berlin 1954, © Berlinische Galerie / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, Repro: Dietmar Ka

Herbert Tobias, Abendkleid von Horn auf dem Kurfürstendamm, Berlin 1958, © Berlinische Galerie / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, Repro: Dietmar Ka

#007 Women issue comes out on March 01

By /NEWS/
#007 Women issue comes out on March 01

Women… sounds like one of the oldest topics in the world, doesn’t it? In fact, we have started discussing it just recently (a couple of centuries are nothing compared to the history of humankind). Women are facing new issues and challenges each decade, not to say, each year. So who is the woman of today? What is her relation to the world and how does she identify herself? Purplehaze #007 Women print issue is entirely devoted to those questions articulated by the brightest women of the contemporary art scene and cultural industry sector. Yang Ge, a brilliant Chinese-born actress, stage director, and singer, who is currently based in Moscow, is one of the examples. Enjoy Yang Ge adorning the #007 cover and make a preorder of the issue now!

* #007 Women issue comes out on March 01. You can pre-order it right now via Purplehaze website or at Haze Gallery. Both print and pdf versions of the issue are available.

In March 2022 HAZE GALLERY will introduce four of its artists at AFFORDABLE ART FAIR, Brussels

By /NEWS/
In March 2022 HAZE GALLERY will introduce four of its artists at AFFORDABLE ART FAIR, Brussels

HAZE GALLERY LOCATION:
Bülowstraße 11, 10789, Berlin

ARTISTS:
KLEBER CIANNI
KRISTINA OKAN
MARINA WITTEMANN
NAT APANAY

CURATED BY:
IRINA RUSINOVICH

EXHIBITION STAND:
Avenue du Port 86C, 1000 Brussels

GENERAL OPENING TIMES:
23 March, 18:00 – 22:30
24 March, 12:00 – 22:00
25 March, 12:00 – 18:00
26 March, 10:00 – 19:00
27 March, 11:00 – 19:00

In March 2022 HAZE GALLERY will introduce four of our artists at AFFORDABLE ART FAIR, Brussels. This occasion is important for galleries, because it’s a mark of the high level artists that galleries represent. Despite the name of the Fair, all works, artists and galleries were selected very carefully..
This is the first time HAZE GALLERY participated in an Art Fair and it’s very exciting and honorable. We selected four artists and they are very different, but all of them have an unique original style, artistic language and, as we expect, will be interesting for visitors of the Fair and art connoisseurs from all over the world.

ABOUT AFFORDABLE ART FAIR

Affordable Art Fair Brussels will be back with its 13th edition. Treat yourself to an artistic adventure with 1000s of contemporary artworks from over 75 local, national and international galleries. You’ll be welcomed by our friendly team, along with galleries, artists and other guests to enjoy the exciting range of artworks on show. Join us for a long weekend filled with affordable art, a creative entrance installation, a workshop and much more.

KLEBER CIANNI

Born in Brasília, the capital of Brazil, Kleber Cianni uses his art like a language to access a space without time, where he can play whatever he wants, without barriers or borders. His works are very impressive and colorful.
“Right now I’m a brush, color, art and artist, all together making room for the idea to take shape. Focused on the process, I let my body free to tell the images of the ancestral stories that come as breaths in my ears”.

KRISTINA OKAN

In her works, Kristina examinse the beauty and fragility of the natural world. Her sculptural language is rooted in classical European traditions of porcelain art, engaging with themes of beauty, biomorphism, and notions of the micro and macrocosm. One of her main ideas is to capture the transformation of ephemeral brittle beauty into petrified porcelain forms that will stay like little eternal monuments of delight and celebration of life.
Inspired by Renaissance traditional still lives with their visual relish of objects, she creates sensual biomorphic shapes formed from repetitive and fractal modules.

MARINA WITTEMANN

Marina WitteMann, being a synesthete, feels the world a little deeper and more fully than the other persons, she sees in color the emotional states of surrounding people, vivid experiences, pain, anger and euphoria. That is why the works she created strive to break out of the framework of generally accepted art forms. That which had no volume, breaks through the two-dimensional space, color acquires shape, paper — texture, depth. Each work is an outspoken image formed through the prism of the artist’s perception, through the fusion of several sensory levels at once.

NAT APANAY

All life long Nat physically felt the foreignness of the environment in which she came for money, comfort, an apartment in Moscow, a vibrant life, hedonism, and lightness. Long time she searched for herself through science, psychoanalysis, esotericism, and much more. She understood what it means to be herself when she was reborn, having forgiven and accepted herself, freed from self-identification through the bodily – both male and female principles harmoniously exist in her, she feels like an androgyne. And now she embodies her thoughts and ideas, love and hate in what she does – she creates endless worlds. 

“I remember very clearly how, at the age of five, from my birth, a dream broke out in me – to become a famous artist”.

SHAPE OF COLOUR. MARINA WITTEMANN Exhibition

By /NEWS/
SHAPE OF COLOUR. MARINA WITTEMANN Exhibition

ARTIST: MARINA WITTEMANN
CURATED BY: IRINA RUSINOVICH
LOCATION: Bulowstrasse 11, 10789, Berlin
EXHIBITION DURATION: 09.04.2022 – 30.04.2022
VERNISSAGE: 08.04.2022 AT 7PM

After then the art world  turned 180 degrees at the beginning of the XX century and the main value of a piece of art became not the form, but the work with meanings, allegories and symbols, artists began to actively look for ways of self-expression through a variety of shapes and mediums. It would seem that the goal is quite simple in its point. But what if the artist perceives what he depicts not only in the visual plane? What if the colour has a smell? Or does the sound have a taste? In science this phenomenon is called synesthesia — the perception of the world in a somewhat special way, with the connection of those senses that don’t work for other people in an alike situation. In a similar way, for example, Kandinsky depicted music in his paintings, and the composer Scriabin played his melodies with a color apparatus, assembled with his own hand.
In the XXI century many artists went further, abandoning the classical postulates of art, and began to widely use not only arts techniques, but also scientific, philosophical methodologies to create their works. This is how new media, deep media, nft-art and other trends in contemporary art appeared. All this becomes the premises for a new kind of materialism, in which the form, shape and structure of the work come to the first plane, ceasing to be just an instrument, becoming a new language of expression.
The Shape of Color project is a kind of manifest of the unlimited possibilities of our perception.
Marina WitteMann, being a synesthete, feels the world a little deeper and more fully than the other persons, she sees in color the emotional states of surrounding people, vivid experiences, pain, anger and euphoria. That is why the works presented at the exhibition strive to break out of the framework of generally accepted art forms. That which had no volume, breaks through the two-dimensional space, color acquires shape, paper — texture, depth. Each work at the exhibition is an outspoken image formed through the prism of the artist’s perception, through the fusion of several sensory levels at once.

MARINA WITTEMANN

Marina graduated from the Moscow State Academic Art Institute, named after V.I. Surikov in Russia. Marina exhibited her works in solo and group exhibitions across Europe, South America and Asia, including Brazil, UK and China.
In 2015 she completed an Exchange Program in São Paulo, Brazil at the Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation (FAAP University).
In 2017 she learned Traditional Chinese painting, Calligraphy and Metaphysics in Shanghai, China.
Since 2019, the artist lives and works in Germany. Parallel she practices sculpture and continues researching for her practice at the University for the Creative Arts – Open College of the Arts (England).

CONCEPTS FOR MITIGATIONS. VICTORIA ROSENMAN Exhibition

By /NEWS/
CONCEPTS FOR MITIGATIONS. VICTORIA ROSENMAN Exhibition

ARTIST: VICTORIA ROSENMAN
CURATED BY: IRINA RUSINOVICH
LOCATION: Bulowstrasse 11, 10789, Berlin
EXHIBITION DURATION: 11.03.2022 – 26.03.2022
VERNISSAGE: 10.03.2022 AT 7PM

Each of us in our life, to one degree or another, is faced with fears and psychotraumas. But not everyone can and knows how to overcome them. Often, this is due to the destructive essense of our fears and the inability to understand their matter. We feel uncomfortable and don’t understand how to cope with mental problems, we don’t have the right instruments and skills for this, we find ourselves cornered by our own consciousness.
Victoria Rosenman’s work is aimed at exploring her own identity, searching for a fragile, elusive balance, to engage in an internal dialogue  with ourselves and interpersonal relationships. The main questions that the artist explores in her works: Who are you? Who am I? What do others see in me? Who am I for you? Who am I without you? The thin edge between the artist and her emotional twin, her muse, with which she has a dialogue, clearly shows the viewers how fragile and unstable the inner world of each of us is.
Victoria Rosenman’s Concept of Mitigation project explores the essence of our subconscious phobias, psychological traumas and offers various utopian instruments, psychograms, material objects and abstract solutions that help to mitigate the burden of thoughts oppressing us, to alleviate inner anxiety.
The exposition is a sort of glossary, in which every work is a term noting various conditions, feelings (life and death, vulnerability, beauty, the end, tribute offering, desire to be demanded) and some objects directed to facilitate, mitigate the strong of these experiences.

VICTORIA ROSENMAN

Victoria Rosenman (born in 1986 in St. Petersburg) lives and works in Berlin. After studying art in Switzerland, she received a scholarship from the PIC Selected for her project About destroying a muse. She works with multimedia and her works are represented in private collections, galleries and museums.

DINNER WITH THE MONSTER. IRINA DROZD Exhibition

By /NEWS/
DINNER WITH THE MONSTER. IRINA DROZD Exhibition

ARTIST: IRINA DROZD
CURATED BY: IRINA RUSINOVICH
LOCATION: Bulowstrasse 11, 10789, Berlin
EXHIBITION DURATION: 11.02.2022 – 26.02.2022
VERNISSAGE: 10.02.2022 AT 7PM

The symbol and the symbolic image have always been among the most sought-after and beloved themes in art. The fears, archetypes, images, and symbols that our subconscious reproduces are striking in their diversity, depth of semiotic meanings, and allegoricality.
It is impressive how others read abstract images recreated by one person on an unconscious level. Even when we cannot directly grasp the connotative signification intended by the author, much is grasped through common cultural archetypes, through the inner reference points and images laid down in us by nature. It is impossible to read Lovecraft’s works without feeling a vague unease, even where seemingly trivial everyday events are described. It’s also impossible not to feel the disquieting mood of Goya’s etchings which make us all sense the growing fear of monsters looming in our vicinity.
The exhibition Dinner with the Monster tells of childhood fears that many of us carry through our lives. Irina Drozd explores in her works how people since childhood test the boundaries of what is permissible in society and what is not, and why, and how far each of us can go. This is a kind of dialogue with one’s inner demons, the stereotypes of good and evil, which the author wraps up in the images of fairy-tale characters and attributes familiar to us from childhood.
Revealing the theme of subconscious anxiety, the artist recreates disturbing, painful images of abstract monsters in her works. What adds even more drama to the paintings is the presence of children who, for all their apparent purity and naivety, arouse horror in the beholder, frightening him with their undisguised directness and quiet acceptance of the cruel adult world. Here a little girl’s charming smile is juxtaposed with a slain monster on a plate. The cold, regal beauty of children’s faces is interspersed with the suffering of monsters. But who is the real monster here, the viewer still has to decide: the little dead creature or the sweet girl, whose face we can read with undisguised pleasure and rapture of their own superiority?

IRINA DROZD

Graduated from the department of monumental painting at the St. Petersburg State Academy of Art and Industry. B. Stieglitz.
Since 2009, exhibitions of Irina Drozd have been regularly held throughout Europe. Now the artist lives and works in Russia and Hungary.
In her work Irina shows the interdependence and conditioning of good and evil, the thin line where one passes into the other. Everyday scenes in her works are filled with fantastical characters that remind us of the existence of what is unknown to reason.