Anatoly Zverev. "There must be a forest here" Automatic translate
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ул. Ильинка, 4. Гостиный двор, пространство 88-89.
Gallery "Vellum" presents from November 23, 2021 to January 30, 2022 an exhibition of early abstractions, landscapes and portraits of Anatoly Zverev "There must be a forest". Zverev is loved and highly valued by collectors of the so-called "second Russian avant-garde", or, in other words, unofficial Soviet art of the last third of the 20th century. This year one of the "pillars" of nonconformism would have turned 90 years old (1931-1986). On the occasion of the anniversary, a marathon of the artist’s exhibitions was organized in four large art institutions: on December 1, an exhibition will open at the AZ Museum, and, in addition to the project in the Vellum gallery, exhibitions will be held at the ART4 Museum of Contemporary Art and the Zverev Center for Contemporary Art.
The exposition corpus of works of the exhibition "There must be a forest" will consist of abstract works of the late 1950s, portraits and landscapes of the 1960s, along with some things from the 1970s. This is that "early Beast", as his friends and associates called him, the most highly valued by collectors. The collection of abstractions by Anatoly Zverev, which the Vellum gallery will show at the exhibition “Anatoly Zverev. There must be a forest here ”, which is also unique in that it comes from the collection of George Kostaki.
Here is what the director of the Vellum gallery Lyubov Agafonova says about this meeting:
“Eyewitnesses, friends of Zverev recall, these things he did, looking at the works of Lyubov Popova, Wassily Kandinsky and other pillars of the first avant-garde, which were in the collection of Kostaki. This is how it is possible to trace and confirm the validity of the definition of "the second Russian avant-garde" almost in a textbook way. It can be seen where the roots of Russian unofficial art of the second half of the 20th century grow from. And how the "squares" and the blue moon of Lyubov Popova are freely quoted in 1957-58. Anatoly Timofeevich Zverev. Thus, the link between generations of artists becomes inseparable. "
For the first time in the domestic art space will be shown two paired portraits made by Zverev: Georgy Kostaki and Zinaida Kostaki - from the collection of Lyubov Agafonova. Thus, the organizers of the exhibition once again confirm the continuity of collectors of works of the Russian avant-garde. First and second.
It is worth remembering that this year the Vellum gallery has consistently introduced the audience to the works of artists of the second Russian avant-garde, the projects “Diaries in the Kitchen” (I. Voroshilov, V. Yakovlev, P. Belenok, M. Grobman, E. Unknown) and "Another Sterligov". Now it’s time to show the works of the recognized "classic of unofficial art" - Anatoly Zverev.
A. Zverev’s works are in the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Museum AZ, State Historical Museum, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Vellum Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art ART4. RU, the New Museum (St. Petersburg), the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, as well as in the collection of Norton and Nancy Dodge, the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and other museum and private collections in Russia and abroad.
As part of the Vellum gallery’s cultural program, on November 26 at 20:00, a cinema evening will take place with the screening of documentaries about the artists of the Second Avant-garde. The program will be presented by script writer and director Lilia Vyugina.
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