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March 28 2015
March 28 2015

Regis High School

Regis 2015 Auction

 

At Regis 2015 Auction a bas-relief woodcarving by Serhiy Karpenko entitled Religio (created in 2014, carved out of basswood, size 23 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches) will be offered.

 

About Religio

 

“If we look carefully over this beautiful panel, we can easily see that the central figure and the two foreground figures form the base of the composition. The central figure is an abstract character personifying Religion. The figure on her right hand in the foreground is the realistic form of Columbus who represents the sciences; and on her left hand an abstract figure represents the Arts. Sitting at her feet under her benevolent protection, they acknowledge her as their Sovereign, parent and teacher, and they venerate her as a divine institution placed over them by a supernatural power, to restrain and to nourish them forever. This Divine Institution is for us the Catholic Church. Science and Art realize that she is their foremost patron who brought them into existence, guided and protected them in their infancy, and who will continue to help to protect, to restrain them by her holy precepts, who will show them most explicitly that Art which is false—that Art which is true; encourage Science in its proper field and bid it halt when it goes beyond....I now come to the secondary interests of the panel. These elements are stationed on either side of the central figure, Religion. On the right side a group of men are earnestly admiring a little child. This child personifies the Renaissance or the re-birth of the Classic Greek and Latin culture which was lost to Western Christendom for over a thousand years. […] The tall man in the papal robes, highly interested in the activity of youthful Master Renaissance is the fierce Pope Julius II, who occupied the Chair of Peter from the year 1503 to 1513, and who did so much to encourage this era of learning. Around the child are classic Greek and Latin figures suggesting the ancient art and culture which the Renaissance brought back again into the world. On the other side of the panel is a Roman jurist or if you will a law-student talking to a monk who personifies clerical learning and scholarship. […] Lastly we have certain grave figures standing near the throne and along the back of the panel. They represent Greek and Latin literature.”

 

By Harry W. Kirwin ’29 published in November 1926 edition of The Regis Monthly, Regis’ former literary magazine.

 

 

 

March 18 2015
March 19 2015

Foyer, Rayburn House Office Building, U.S. Congress, Washington, D.C.

MAIDAN. UKRAINE. ROAD TO FREEDOM

 

Created by artists who participated in Ukraine’s uprising against a corrupt regime.

 

This unique exhibit displays over fifty works including paintings, photography, original artifacts, music and film documentary by Matviy Vaisberg, Maxim Dondyuk, Anton Trofymov, Igor Gaidai, Olexander Glyadyelov and Oles Kromplas. Cinema of a civil protest #BABYLON’13. Music by folk-rock band ‘Mandry.’

January 24 2015
January 28 2015

Stay Gallery, Downey, CA

MAIDAN. UKRAINE. ROAD TO FREEDOM

 

Maidan. Ukraine. Road to Freedom

Stay Gallery, Downey, Jan. 24-27, 2015

Revolutionary art fresh from recent headlines will be displayed January 24-27, 2015, at the Stay Gallery, 11140 Downey Ave., in Downey. 

 

The exhibit will be open for the public on Saturday, January 24, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. A reception for invited dignitaries, the press and others will take place that day, starting with a panel discussion with Ukrainian participants of Maidan via Skype, and various events following.  Refreshments will be available. On Sunday, January 25, exhibit hours will be 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.  At 2 p.m., there will be a lecture and panel discussion, showing of "Dancing Diplomats" documentary film at 5 p.m., and original music by renowned musician Foma from Ukraine.  Exhibit curator Serhiy Fomenko, Alex Demko of Artfira Gallery, and Irynej Prokopovych will participate. The exhibit will be available for viewing 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 26 and Jan. 27.

 

Maidan. Ukraine. Road to Freedom. will include original paintings, posters, photographs, film and music by participants in the months-long uprising in Eastern Europe that ousted a corrupt president and his regime.  Audio recordings and genuine artifacts such as gas masks, helmets and home-made shields give the visitors the sounds and feel of this modern revolution. 

 

In late 2013, a scattering of student gatherings in central Kyivs Maidan square exploded into a huge, but peaceful, daily public protest after President Viktor Yanukovych reneged on his promise to sign a European trade agreement. The government reacted with violence, protestors were killed and the resulting public outrage forced Yanukovych to flee the country.

 

Artists were active in the movement from the start. Now a traveling exhibit of their work comes to Southern California after successful runs in Berlin, London and New York.

 

Participating artists include painter Matviy Vaisberg, photographers Igor Gaidai, Maxim Dondyuk, Olexander Glyadeylov, and Anton Trofymov, the Strike-Plakat poster group and others.  Documentary films will be screened.  The exhibit is curated by Serhiy Foma Fomenko, who compiled the soundtrack for the exhibit. Mr. Fomenko will be at the show opening reception and throughout the showing.

 

The exhibit is sponsored by DAR Foundation, Meest America, Stay Gallery and the Ukrainian Art Center, Inc. (UAC).  It is facilitated by Artfira Gallery and hosted in Southern California by the Ukrainian Art Center. Special thanks to Tamara Shevchenko.

 

Stay Gallery (stay-gallery.com) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit offering a creative space for the community, hosting a variety of monthly art exhibits in Downey. The Ukrainian Art Center, based in Los Angeles, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit for the promotion of Ukrainian art and artists in Southern California. 

 

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October 21 2014
November 07 2014

The Ukrainian Institute of America

MAIDAN. UKRAINE. ROAD TO FREEDOM

 


MAIDAN. UKRAINE. ROAD TO FREEDOM
Art created by artists who participated in Ukraine’s uprising against a corrupt regime
October 21 –  November 7, 2014
The Ukrainian Institute of America

The exhibition ‘Maidan. Ukraine. Road to Freedom’ is the artistic expression of Ukrainian artists who participated in Ukraine’s uprising against a corrupt regime.


The Ukrainian ‘Maidan’ of 2013-2014 started on November 21, 2013 as a peaceful demonstration and turned into civil unrest on the central square of Kyiv called "Maidan Nezalezhnosti" (Independence Square). This peaceful demonstration was initiated by journalists, students, artists, musicians, bloggers and pro-democratic politicians after the government unexpectedly dropped the negotiations with the European Union on an association agreement and instead decided to join Russia’s customs union.

Artists were at the center of the demonstrations from very beginning creating protest posters, organizing mass performances and showing their works directly in the square. “Maidan. Ukraine. Road to Freedom” is a multi-disciplinary arts exhibition featuring paintings, photography, original artifacts, strike posters as well as art performance, music and film documentary created by the artists who were active participants of the Maidan events.

Matviy Vaisberg created a series of expressive abstract paintings entitled ‘The Wall’ that carries on the spirit of the events. The artist spent every day at demonstrations and painted at night in his studio being emotionally overwhelmed with the ongoing events. Photographs by Igor Gaidai, Oleksandr Glyadyelov, Maksym Dondyuk and Anton Trofymov comprise a series entitled "Maidan’s Saga" that is a highly dramatic, psychological, historic and social expression of the peaceful protests that turned into violence. Nothing can compare to the feeling of touching objects used by protesters to defend themselves against brutality of security forces that were part of the corrupt regime. These original artifacts will be presented at the exhibition; wooden and metal shields, cobblestones, burned down pieces of clothes, sticks, helmets, empty Molotov cocktail bottles, firewood logs and a pit fire barrel. Strike posters were an idea of the
Facebook community called "Strike-Plakat" consisting of eight professional designers and painters who created them and posted them online making it available for everyone to download and use. One poster from this series by Pavel Klubnikin entitled "I am a drop in the Ocean" was reproduced by the thousands and became the visual symbol of the peaceful protest. Oleh Denysenko created a commemorative coin dedicated to the Heavenly Hundred. It will be available for sale during the exhibition with all proceeds to go to help volunteers and refugees in Ukraine. Cinema of a civil protest "#BABYLON’13" provides a focused lens where the viewer can hear and see what took place inside the Maidan. Finally, the folk-rock band Mandry will perform ‘Music of Maidan.’ The lead musician of the band Foma spent countless days and nights at Maidan’s stage and on barricades: his music is directly inspired by the sound of the Ukrainian Revolution.

This exhibition was initially presented on June 5, 2014 at the Checkpoint Charlie Museum in Berlin and later traveled to London where it was on exhibit at the Ukrainian Cultural Center on July 10-13, 2014. The exhibition will open at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York on October 20, 2014 and will continue through November 7, 2014. An opening reception featuring music and art performance will take place on October 23, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A panel discussion with Oleksandr Glyadyelov, Matviy Vaisberg and Serhiy Fomenko to take place on October 24 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.


Curator
Serhiy Fomenko ‘Foma.’


Facilitated by
Alexander Demko, Artfira Gallery

Participating artists
Matviy Vaisberg, Maxim Dondyuk, Anton Trofymov, Igor Gaidai, Olexander Glyadyelov, Oleksiy Sai, Mykola Honcharov, Oleh Denysenko.
Cinema of a civil protest #BABYLON’13. Music by folk-rock band ‘Mandry.’


This exhibition is supported by
DAR Foundation, Kyiv online at www.darfoundation.org.ua
Meest America, USA online at www.meest.us

View the catalog here: http://issuu.com/artfira/docs/maidan_final_catalog

April 04 2014
April 06 2014

Pier 94, New York City

Art Expo New York 2014

 

Artfira Gallery will exhibit at Art Expo New York 2014 at Pier 94 on April 4 – 6 at booth # 133. We will be showing works by Volodymyr Makarenko, Yuriy Savchenko, Serhiy Karpenko, Ivan Turetsky, Olga Turetsky, Volodymyr Radko, Oleh Denysenko, Vlad Datko and Anton Trofymov.

Volodymyr Makarenko was born in Ukraine in 1943. He is a well known non-conformist artist who immigrated to France from Soviet Union in 1981. The artist lives and works in Paris.

Rhapsody, 2001, oil on canvas, 50 x 50 cm

 

Yuriy Savchenko was born in Slavyansk, Ukraine in 1935. He is a graduate of the Kharkiv Institute of Art and Design. He started exhibiting in 1956 and held over 50 exhibitions. Yuriy Savchenko is known for his landscape and still life paintings. In 2003 Yuriy Savchenko exhibited at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York with a show entitled: ‘Between Abstract and Expressive Impressionism.’ At that show, which sold out one painting was acquired by Sammy Ofer. The artist lives and works in the USA and Ukraine.

 

Irises, 2013, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches

 

Serhiy Karpenko was born in 1965 in Kozatyn, Ukraine. The artist is a master wood carver. He has discovered his talent in early childhood, while in school carving miniature figures from chalk in the age of 8. At the age of 18, during an internship in Russian town of Ufa, he purchased his first set of wood carving tools. He is known for his exquisite bas-relief woodcarvings on classical and folk themes. It takes the artist hundreds of hours of meticulous work to complete each composition. The artist exhibited extensively in Ukraine. He had a solo show in New York in 2004. The artist lives and works in Ukraine.

 

Quiet Laguna, 2013, wood carving bas-relief, 31 x 47 inches

 

Ivan Turetsky was born in 1956 in Krasnoyarsk (Russia). He graduated from Lviv National Academy of Fine Arts in 1982. He works in the areas of oil paintings, graphics and heraldry. Ivan Turetskyy is a member of the National Artists' Union of Ukraine. His works can be found in private collections in Ukraine, Poland, Austria, USA, Switzerland and other. He lives and works in Lviv, Ukraine.

Untitled, 2013, oil on linen, 48 x 38.5 cm

 

Olga Turetsky was born in a family of artists in Lviv, Ukraine in 1984. She graduated from Lviv National Art Academy, Department of Art Glass in 2009. Over her extremely busy artistic career she mastered the technique of ‘fusing.’ She starts working with sketches, which she then transfers onto cartons. The glass is cut from cartons. These cut glass collages are then fired in a kiln at a temperature of 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. The artist uses American made spectrum glass which is never colored during this artistic process. The glass objects are then glued to a glass panel making some pop and contemporary art glass compositions.

 

Wanted, 2013, art glass, 25 x 21 inches

 

Volodymyr Radko was born in Cherkasy region, Ukraine in 1951. He graduated from Grekov’s College of Art, Odessa and Kyiv State Academy of Art. Since 1984 Radko is a member of Ukrainian Artists’ Union.  Radko’s paintings evoke Renaissance characters with whimsical features of our contemporaries. His works are very fine, small oil on linen portraits compatible in execution and style to those by Rembrandt and Jan Van Eyck. Radko lives and works in Kyiv.

Woman with a Fan, 2006, oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm

Oleh Denysenko is a graduate of the Ukrainian Academy of Printing. He is mostly known for his etchings. Over the last five years the artist has created a number of unique bronze sculptures and gesso on panel compositions. Inspiration for his works comes from the old Northern Renaissance masters. The artist lives and works in Lviv, Ukraine.

 

Pegasus, 2007, sculpture, bronze, unique, height 36 cm

An exhibition of photographs by Anton Trofymov entitled: “Euromaidan Chronicles” will open in conjunction with the panel discussion to take place at the Shevchenko Scientific Society in New York. 

“Euromaidan: Social and Political Crises or Revolution?”

 

November 15 2013
November 17 2013

Pinchuk Art Centre, Kyiv

Tony Oursler, Transmisson (2013)

 

“Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way” - a joint exhibition of the ANTIAIDS Foundation and the PinchukArtCentre

«Є воля – є шанс» - спільна виставка Фонду «АНТИСНІД» та PinchukArtCentre, присвяченої темі СНІДу в сучасному мистецтві

Artfira Gallery contributed to a production of an artwork of Tony Oursler, Transmisson (2013) for the “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way” project of Elena Pinchuk’s ANTIAIDS Foundation. The video was projected on the Pinchuk Art Centre in Kyiv over three nights, 15 to 17 November, from 17:00 till 24:00.

Tony Oursler’s large-scale projection featured a virtual chorus of faces that speak English, Ukrainian and Russian, which resembled a “telephone game”, tracing the passage of language from one person to the next in a long chain. Metaphorically, the work takes the notion of the viral nature of language as a means of approaching the subject of AIDS awareness. Oursler’s work explores issues of transmission and protection as well as the safety and permeability of border areas as metaphors for social activity.

For more information please visit: http://pinchukartcentre.org/en/exhibitions/current/24232

October 17 2013
October 31 2013

Gemism Academy / Artfira Gallery Showroom

ANTON SELF-PORTRAIT ANTON SELF-PORTRAIT ANTON

 

Anton  Self-portrait  Anton  Self-portrait  Anton

 

This exhibition is a close study of self-portraits by three artists: Anton Solomoukha, Anton S. Kandinsky and Anton Trofymov. All three artists originally lived and studied in Kyiv, Ukraine and moved to Paris (Solomoukha) and New York (Kandinsky and Trofymov).

 

Each artist had to re-define himself in a new city where he lives now. Each artist created a new oeuvre that made him successful in the West. But most importantly, each artist had changed his own image, had come up with a new “self-portrait” that showcases and documents the story of his success.

 

Is such self-portrait a camouflage, a shell behind which the artist remains fragile and vulnerable? Is it the way to show off how adaptive he became? Or is it a self-defining marketing campaign that enhances the artist’s portfolio, making him a supermodel, a ‘face’ of his own art.

 

Without doubt a strong image of the artist will occupy our minds sometimes more than artwork created by him. It will become indivisible from his works. Moreover, only those artists who have redefined themselves via new image in a newly found home will become successful here.

 

This exhibition will feature self-portraits of each artist, with a total of 15 works on view. The exhibition will open on October 17, 2013 at Gemism Academy / Artfira Gallery showroom located at 40 West 23rd Street, 6th Floor in Manhattan.

 

For additional information please email: mail@artfira.com

 

April 20 2013
April 20 2013

Regis High School, New York

Regis Auction - The Regis Parents' Club Annual Fundraiser

 

An original intaglio by Oleh Denysenko will be offered at Regis Auction among a number of other valuable works of art.

Prudentia, 2013

Etching

Edition of 50, individual number 2

Paper size 13 ¾ x 8 ¾ inches

Imprint size 7 ¼ x 5 ¼ inches

Printed on archival Fabriano paper

Sold at live auction, lot number 1 for $1,900

Oleh Denysenko is a Ukrainian artist specializing in printmaking, painting, sculpture and artist’s books. He is a graduate of Ukrainian Academy of Printing. Oleh Denysenko had a solo exhibition at The Ukrainian Institute of America in New York in 2003 and was the lead artist of the exhibition entitled “Made in Kyiv Made in New York” – a project of international portfolio of intaglio prints realized together with The New York Society of Etchers in 2005.  He is a recipient of The Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s grant. In 2005 Oleh Denysenko had a solo show at The Albrecht Dürer House in Nurnberg, Germany, which once a year invites one artist who works in a tradition of “Old Masters” printmaking technique.

 

The offered etching was printed from a copper plate. It took seven ‘acid baths’ and two months of intricate work using multiple scratching tools to bring the plate to its final stage. The artist then used a high-pressure printing press to hand print each etching on a moistened archival Hahnemühle paper. Denysenko follows the exact technique that was used by such great engravers as Rambrandt van Rijn, Albrecht Dürer and Pieter Bruegel the Elder. For more information about the artist please visit www.olden.com.ua

 

The offered lot was commissioned by Artfira Gallery from the artist in the summer of 2012 especially for Regis Auction.

 

 

October 27 2011
November 10 2011

Consulate General of Ukraine in New York

Vasyl Hryhorovych Krychevsky, paintings and works on paper

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  October 23, 2011

 

Consulate General of Ukraine in New York

240 East 49th Street, New York, NY 10017

Tel.: (212) 371-6965

 

Vasyl Hryhorovych Krychevsky

Paintings and works on paper

 

Vasyl Hryhorovych Krychevsky, one of most important Ukrainian artists of the 20th Century, will be honored in an exhibition at The Consulate General of Ukraine in New York. The exhibition will open on October 27, 2011 and will be on view through November 10, 2011. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, October 27 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the artist’s grandson, Vasyl Linde Krychevsky and Artfira Gallery. This exhibition is one of the series to be presented by The Consulate General of Ukraine in New York within “Ukrainian Art outside Ukraine” theme.

The exhibition entitled Vasyl Hryhorovych Krychevsky, paintings and works on paper will consist of 10 oil paintings and 10 works on paper, as well as a multimedia presentation about the artist.

 

Vasyl Hryhorovych Krychevsky played a key role in establishing Ukrainian academic art school through which he influenced the development of Ukrainian nation and state. What Taras Hryhorovych Shevchenko did for Ukrainian language and literature, Vasyl Hryhorovych Krychevsky did for Ukrainian art.

Vasyl Hryhorovych Krychevsky was the founder of Ukrainian style in architecture, the first artist of Ukrainian film, innovative graphic artist who designed state coat of arm of Ukraine – Tryzub (Trident), collector of decorative and fine art, collector of Ukrainian folk art, art historian, set designer and a very prolific teacher. Vasyl Hryhorovych Krychevsky was one of the founders of Ukrainian Art Academy, established Ukrainian style in theater and in the Ukrainian film industry, was the founder of modern Ukrainian book design. Equally important, Vasyl Hryhorovych Krychevsky was a painter. 

Vasyl Hryhorovych Krychevsky was the founder of Artistic Dynasty of Krychevsky. In 2013 The National Art Museum of Ukraine will organize an exhibition of Artistic Dynasty of Krychevsky with works on exhibit by the following members of Krychevsky family: Vasyl Hryhorovych Krychevsky: (1872-1952), Fedir Hryhorovych Krychevsky (1879-1947), Mykola Vasylovych Krychevsky (1898-1961), Vasyl Vasylovych Krychevsky (1901-1978), Halyna Krychevska-Linde (1918-2006), Kateryna Krychevska-Rosandich (born 1926, lives and works in California), Oksana Linde-Ochoa (born 1948, lives and works in Caracas, Venezuela), Vasyl Linde-Krychevsky (born 1953, lives and works in the USA and Ukraine), Blanca Myroslava Linde (born 1976, lives and works in the USA), and Vasyl Linde Jr. (born 1985, lives and works in Ukraine).

For further information, please contact the Consulate General of Ukraine in New York at 212 371-6965.

This exhibition is supported by DAAR Foundation and SigmaBleyzer.

Preview the exhibition online at: www.krychevskyfoundation.org

 

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September 13 2011
October 09 2011

WHITE BOX, New York

CHINA-ISM II: DEMOCRACY or ECONOMY? ANTON S. KANDINSKY and AI WEIWEI

 

CURATED BY DAVID RONG & ALEX DEMKO

SEPTEMBER 13 - OCTOBER 9, 2011

Opening Reception: September 22, 6 – 9 p.m.

WHITE BOX
329 Broome Street, New York

China has galvanized a powerhouse economy, and its contemporary art is now in a state to deliver a Viagra effect to the contemporary art world at large. When Andy Warhol transformed Mao into a pop art icon through his larger than life portrait, Mao entered the international art scene and became a timeless symbol of what New York-based artist Anton S. Kandinsky calls "China-ism.

"China-ism" is an artistic interpretation of contemporary China - its culture, politics and economy coined by Kandinsky, a non-Asian artist. It also serves as a way for the international art community to reflect on contemporary China via art. The first China-ism exhibition was curated by David Rong and Alex Demko in October of 2009.

While China's economy has changed dramatically over the last twenty years, the state of democracy in the country has not changed at all. Merely an artist seeking and defending his freedom of speech, Ai Weiwei was detained on April 3, 2011 and was held in an unknown location by the Chinese government for 80 days. Just over a month into the artist's arrest, Alexandra Munroe, Senior Curator of Asian art at the Guggenheim Museum, spoke at the opening of Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads in New York City (an opening the artist was formerly scheduled to attend) stating that if there is no freedom of speech, there is no modern art and that the world is not challenging the Chinese government but that the Chinese government is in fact challenging the world.

The exhibition, China-ism II: Democracy or Economy?, asks the question: "If China is already changing the world, will the world change China?" The exhibition presents 13 oil paintings by Kandinsky as well as one original photograph, Guard, Seven Frames (1994) and video art I'm walking on the road to Dead Land (2010) by Ai Weiwei.

If Wassily Kandinsky's works are representative of revolutionary change in the early twentieth century, Anton S. Kandinsky has upheld the tradition begun by his forefather. Well known for his "Gemism" paintings, begun in 2004, these works are composed of naturalistic images of gemstones intermingling with flags, ideograms, political figures and celebrities as well as historical and social iconography from China, the former Soviet Union as well as American pop culture.

White Box, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, provides a unique site for curators and artists alike to present exhibitions and explore non-commercial, innovative ideas via projects that range from aesthetically exciting to provocative.

press conference September 15, 2011 at 5pm
VIP reception September 15 from 6pm-8pm
Opening reception September 22, 2011
Panel discussion, "Democracy or Economy? China-ism in the Contemporary World" with academics, economists, and artists September 29, 2011

Press can contact press@whiteboxny.org

Media Sponsor:

Ai Weiwei, Video Art I'm walking on the road to Dead Land (2010)

Anton S. Kandinsky, Mao's Smile, tetraptych, 2011, oil on canvas, 36" x 96"

November 12 2009
December 30 2009

Art Next Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, New York, NY

Over the Wall: For the Twentieth Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

 

NEW YORK, 10/18/09 - Art Next Gallery together with Artfira Gallery is pleased to announce a group exhibition of contemporary Chinese, Russian, Ukrainian, German, and New York based artists “Over the Wall”.  The exhibition will be held from November 12 to December 30 at Art Next Gallery, located at 530 West 25th Street, 3rd Floor. Opening reception will be on Thursday, November 12th, from 6-8pm.

 

From Perestroika to Global Financial Crisis, From Berlin Wall to “Great Wall” of China, From Sots Art to Pop Art, and from Socialist Realism to Political Pop Art – the show for the first time brings together works by most distinguished contemporary artists whose artistic careers skyrocketed as a result of the geopolitical changes that occurred over the last 20 years.

 

The show not only focuses on the tangible and visible Berlin Wall that has become a relic of history, but takes a broader viewpoint on historical events of the last few decades. Today one can witness the presence of an invisible wall – as a symbol of brutality, rape, authoritarian regime and human ignorance. It is a wall that deprives our freedom of choice. It had not been easy to dismantle the visible wall but to let the invisible wall go down may be even harder.

 

Events of the last twenty years, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, have changed the way we live and think. The destruction in 2001 of the World Trade Center in New York City and the beginning of the War on Terror, followed by the World Financial Crisis of 2008 are only some of the events that have created boundaries to our freedom and lifestyle.

 

Art, as the most deliberate and complex means of communication, can help nations overcome long histories of reciprocal distrust, insularity and conflict. Featured works in the exhibition visually explore an array of multifaceted political and social events, the leap from communism to capitalism (and back), the political and cultural boundaries that separate unified nations, and the roles of influential political leaders of both the West and the East.

 

The show will feature works by such well-known artists as Alexander Melamid, Ai Weiwei, and for the first time works by world renowned fashion designer Marc Ecko. Overall, seventeen artists from six different countries will be represented in the exhibition, including Alexander Melamid, Anton S. Kandinsky and Marc Ecko (New York), Ilya Chichkan, Alexander Roitburd and Yuri Solomko (Ukraine), Yuriy Balashov and Alexey Salmanov (Russia), Ai Weiwei, Lao Liu, Zheng Lianjie, Zhang Hongtu, Zhang Dali, Ji Shengli and Chen Weiming (China), Lorenz Haarmann (Germany) and Robert Bery (Israel).

 

The show was organized by Art Next Gallery in collaboration with Artfira Gallery. Art Next Gallery is dedicated to creating an East-West discourse by spotlighting the greatest artistic talents ascending across Asia and emerging here in New York. By featuring both emerging and established artists from Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo, and New York, Art Next offers the Chelsea gallery community a unique confluence of cross-cultural vitality, shifting perspectives, and the newest voices of artistic identity. Art Next Gallery, located in the heart of Chelsea, functions as a gallery and event venue for artists, auctions, and various private events.

 

Over the Wall exhibition is curated by David Rong and Alex Demko.

A catalogue in English and Chinese will accompany the exhibition.

To view the catalogue click here:

Over The Wall Catalogue

 

Curated by David Rong and Alex Demko

Honorary Curator:  Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev

 

Participating artists:

Alexander Melamid (1945)

Marc Ecko (1972)

Anton Skorubsky Kandinsky (1960)

Ilya Chichkan (1967, Ukraine)

Alexander Roitburd (1961, Ukraine)

Yuri Solomko (1962, Ukraine)

Alexey Salmanov (1976, Russia)

Youriy Balashov (1964, Russia)

Ai Weiwei (1957, China)

Zheng Lianjie (1962, China)

Zhang Hongtu (1943, China)

Zhang Dali (1963, China)

Ji Shengli (1967, China)

Chen Weiming (1956, China)

Lorenz Haarmann (1968, Germany)

Robert Bery (1953, Israel)

 

November 06 2005
November 30 2005

The Ukrainian Institute of America, New York

MADE IN KYIV – MADE IN NEW YORK

 

With the suspense and uncertainty of the “Orange Revolution” that swept Ukraine last year looming as a backdrop Walter Hoydysh, Vice President and Program Director of New York’s Ukrainian Institute of America, pressed ahead with plans for completion o an international portfolio of intaglio prints titled “MADE IN KYIV – MADE IN NEW YORK”. The collection, commissioned by the D. Hoydysh Endowment of the Arts, will be debuted this fall at the Institute’s Fifth Avenue galleries during the month of November. This exhibition is timed to coincide with The International Fine Art Print Dealer Association’s Fine Art Print Week in New York City. The planned world tour of the portfolio will culminate with a closing exhibition and celebration in Kyiv during May 2006.

Alex Demko, programs coordinator at the Ukrainian Institute of America, initiated the project some two years ago by contacting Stephen A. Fredericks of the well-known artist print makers group The New York Society of Etchers.

 

Ukrainian artist contributions to the portfolio come from Oleh Denysenko, Konstyantyn Kalynovych, Kostiantyn Antiuhin, Sergiy Ivanov, and Sergiy Hrapov. The New Yorkers contributing to the project are Stephen A. Fredericks, Andry P. Hoogenboom, Denise Kasof, Steven Walker and Tom B. White.

 

The prints have been published in an edition of 60. The American prints were pulled on radiant white Somerset paper, and the Ukrainian prints on a crème toned Hahmenuhle printmaker’s paper. Each of the prints measures 11” x 15” to the outside margin with varying plate sizes. Oleh Denysenko, in addition to his print, designed the exclusive presentation folios.

 

The portfolio “MADE IN KYIV – MADE IN NEW YORK” will be on exhibit at the Ukrainian Institute of America from November 6 – 30th 2005.

October 22 2004
November 14 2004

The Ukrainian Institute of America, New York

Alexis Gritchenko (1883-1977) Travels in Europe From Cubism to Expressionism

 

The Ukrainian Institute of America in collaboration with
The ALEXIS GRITCHENKO Foundation, Inc., present

Commemorative Exhibition

Alexis Gritchenko (1883-1977)

Travels in Europe

From Cubism to Expressionism

October 22 - November 14, 2004

 

Alexis Gritchenko (the French spelling of the Ukrainian Oleksa Hryshchenko) was born in Krolevets, Northern Ukraine, on April 2, 1883. While studying philology and biology at the Kyiv, St. Petersburg and Moscow universities, he became interested in painting and went to study at the Moscow Art School. There he played a significant role in the modern art movement, and had close ties with the important art collectors, Stchukin and Morozoff. In 1911 he traveled to Paris where he met Andre Lothe, Alexander Archipenko and Le Fauconnier, and became an enthusiast of modern painting, especially cubism. In 1913-1914 he studied in Italy concentrating on Italian primitives. He published several books and articles, the most important of which were his studies on the icon in relation to Western art, and also took part in contemporary discussions on various aspects of modern art.

During the Russian Revolution, Hryshchenko became professor at the State Art Studios in Moscow and a member of the Commission for the Protection of Historic Monuments. He was offered the directorship of the Tretiakov Gallery, but in 1919, not wishing to became a state functionary, he escaped by way of Crimea to Constantinople, leaving all his paintings and other possessions in Moscow. In the Tur5kish capital, he lived a life of extreme poverty, but never ceased to paint and his watercolors of that period soon made his name famous in the art world of the twenties. He made the acquaintance of the American archeologist and collector Thomas Wittnore, of Boston, the restorer of St. Sophia, who acquired 66 of his water colors. This enabled Hryshchenko to make a trip to Greece where he painted in Mistra, Delphi, Corinth and Olympia. In 1921, when he came to Paris, 12 of his Constantinople paintings were accepted by the Salon d'Automne, and Fernand Leger placed them next to his own works. After his second trip to Greece in 1923 and an exhibit at the Byzantine Museum in Athens, the art dealer Paul Guillaume introduced him to Dr. Barnes Zborovsky, another well-known Paris dealer, and Dr. Barnes acquired 17 of Hryshchenko's paintings for his collection, now the Barnes Museum in Merion near Philadelphia.

After 1924, Hryshchenko lived in France. In 1927, he married Mile Lilas Lavelaine de Maubeuge, and settled in Cagnes, where Renoir once lived. At that time he had already changed his style from cubist toward an explosive color expression. Here he was obviously influenced by the Riviera sun, sea and mountains, and his heavily applied paints and dramatic colors were an expression of the inner unrestrained forces of a painter who was striving to transform nature according to his own image. After the exhibition at the Bing Gallery, 1926, Louis Vauxcelles wrote that: "the young Ukrainian colorist conquered Paris." Katia Granoff acquired 24 of his oils and exhibited them in her gallery. Hryshchenko made frequent trips to Spain, Purtugal, England and Scandinavian countries, and the paintings he brought from these places he exhibited in leading Paris galleries: Paul, Guillaume, Bing, Granoff, Druet, De l'Elysse, Weil, Bernheim-Jeune, and in the large Salons, especially the Tuileries and d'Automne (member since 1930). In 1937 he had a one-man show at the Ukrainian Museum in Lviv (Lvov), then under Polish rule, where his first Ukrainian-French monograph appeared.

Hryshchenko's works are found in various museum and private collections, more than three hundred of them in USA and Canadian collections. At the beginning of the sixties it became known that Hryshchenko's paintings which had been in the collections of the Ukrainian Lviv Museum were destroyed as creations of 'bourgeois formalism', together with works of Archipenko, Boichuk and Narbut. This induced him to bequeath a collection of 70 oils and watercolors to the Alexis Gritchenko Foundation in New York with the provision that they be transferred some day to the museums of a free Ukraine. The Foundation is located at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York, where a retrospective show of his works were organized by the artist's friends in 1958.

After 1958, Hryshchenko held three more exhibits in New York and Philadelphia, the last taking place in 1967 at the Peter Deitsch Gallery in New York. Hryshchenko died in Vence, France on January 28, 1977.

Besides his books on art printed before Russian Revolution, Hryshchenko is the author of 'Two Years in Constantinople', a journal published in 1930 in French with 40 color reproductions of his watercolors. He wrote several books of memoirs, among them a swries of articles describing his encounters and conversations with modern French artists many of whom were his friends. Two monographs of his art work appeared in France in 1948 and 1964. The celebrations commemorating his birth pay homage to an artist who united Eastern and Western painting ideals while stamping his works with his own unique talent and personality. This exhibition is organized by the Gritchenko Foundation and the Ukrainian Institute of America. Fifteen paintings are from the Foundation's collection, and the remaining works are on loan from New York and Philadelphia collectors.

by Sviatoslav Hordynsky

Acknowledgements

We are grateful to Volodymyr Baranetsky for providing artwork for this exhibition from the collection of the Alexis Gritchenko Foundation. We also wish to extend our thanks to Alexander Demko for design and coordination.

September 21 2004
October 17 2004

The Ukrainian Institute of America, New York

Sergei Belik, Paintings

 

Sergei Belik is a contemporary Ukrainian artist of exceptional talent and skill well known for his still life paintings. After receiving his artistic training from Grekov’s College of Art in Odessa, Ukraine and St. Petersburg Mukhina Higher Art and Industry College, Russia he returned to his native Odessa in 1975. Upon his return he established himself as an independent artist and has been actively exhibiting nationally and internationally. His art was exhibited in over 20 group and personal exhibitions, several art festivals, charity auctions and symposia. Belik became a member of Artist’ Union of the USSR in 1973 and later a member of Artists’ Union of Ukraine. At the difficult time of Perestroika, when government commissions disappeared he continued working actively, making his own way through this time of turbulence and uncertainty. Over the past 30 years of his artistic career Belik has always remained loyal to the genre of still life complimented by landscape and seascape paintings.

December 10 2002
January 30 2003

International Curatorial Space, 504 West 22nd Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

Contemporary Art - Eastern Europe +

 

Contemporary Art - Eastern Europe +

 

Curated by Alex Demko & artfira.com

 

Serhij Bratkovsky – formal studies

Roman Demko – photography

Oleh Denysenko – etchings

Bohdan Hirnyj – sculpture

Volodymyr Kostyrko – oil paintings

Jurij Lesiuk – oil paintings

Natalia Pukhinda – gouache on paper

Bohdan Hoshovsky – photography

Steven Weisenreider – sculpture


December 10, 2002 – early January 2003

 

Opening reception, Friday, December 13, 6pm - 8pm

 

Gallery Hours:

 

Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm

 

International Curatorial Space

504 West 22nd Street, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10011

Tel. 212-255-0979 or info@artfira.com

November 08 2002
November 24 2002

Mayana Gallery, 136 Second Avenue, New York

5 Contemporary Artists from Ukraine

 

NEW YORK - artfira.com, in collaboration with Mayana Gallery, presents an exhibit of artworks by emerging Ukrainian artists, who are distinguished by their exceptional skills, strong academic backgrounds, personal styles and techniques.

Within the past decade, Ukraine, a country in transition, has been experiencing a difficult time, both in the economic and the social spheres. Despite all adversities, much has been happening on the Ukrainian cultural scene, especially in the field of visual arts. Most artists represented in this exhibition currently reside and work in Lviv, a town with old artistic traditions.

The featured artists have participated in a number of exhibitions, both group and solo in galleries of Ukraine, and Central and Western Europe. They have a cross-cultural appeal: the viewer perceives them unconditionally, unhindered by his or her cultural or ethnic background, esthetic standards or personal tastes.

The following artists are featured in the exhibit.

Volodymyr Kostyrko, a graduate of the Lviv College of Applied Arts, holds an M.A. in art history from the Catholic University of Lublin, Poland. His often grotesque, figurative paintings (oil on canvas) are adaptations of historic figures and settings to contemporary perception, utilizing the old masters' chiaroscuro technique.

Oleh Denysenko is a graduate of the Lviv Academy of Printing. He finds inspiration for his etchings in the Northern Renaissance masters. Mr. Denysenko describes his work as "art-chemistry," which is an actualization of spiritual energy through the creative imagination and skills of the artist.

Yurij Lesiuk, a professor at the Lviv Academy of Art, is a representative of the older generation of Ukrainian painters. A graduate of the Odesa Grekov Art College and the Kyiv Academy of Art, Mr. Lesiuk's realistic landscapes (oil on linen) achieve a true representation of the countryside. His love of nature emerges from the Carpathian village of Kovaltsi, Kolomyia region, where the artist was born and spent the early years of his life.

Nataliya Pukhinda is a graduate of the Odesa Grekov Art College and the Lviv Academy of Art. In her "eclectic revivalist" paintings (gouache on paper), Ms. Pukhinda depicts romantic fragments of rural existence. Her paintings intend to beautify our illusion of reality.

Serhij Bratkovsky graduated from the Lviv Polytechnic Institute, majoring in architecture. In his paintings (oil on canvas), Mr. Bratkovsky expresses the beauty of old buildings, streets, parks, squares and scenes of Lviv city life, through the geometric forms of "formal cubism" and a limited spectrum of colors.

An opening reception will be held Friday, November 8, at 7 p.m. at the Mayana Gallery, 136 Second Ave. (between Eighth and Ninth streets), fourth floor.

 

 

 

 
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