"This is us!". Exhibition of works by Igor Smirnov. Graphics, caricature automatic translate
с 10 по 28 Июля
Российская академия художеств
In the exhibition halls of the Russian Academy of Arts (Moscow, Prechistenka, 21) opens an exhibition of works by Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts, a member of the French Academy of Humor Igor Alekseevich Smirnov “It’s We!”. Its name is metaphorical, since the exhibition presents about 80 caricatures and graphic easel works, revealing the problem of the relationship between man and society. Among them are such famous works as the series “All about Don Quixote”, “The Wind of Changes”, “Icarus”, “The Last Supper”, “Plotina”.
Igor Alekseevich Smirnov belongs to the generation of caricaturists of the 1960s – 1970s, who sought to escape from the official cartoons of the first half of the 20th century. The philosophical understanding of the acute social problems of society has made him one of the brightest representatives of the "new wave" of informal caricature, proclaiming sincerity, a harmless cheerfulness, as the basis of the genre.
His vocation as a cartoonist Igor Alekseevich found even in the years of study. First, he created drawings for a student newspaper at an art school attached to the Moscow State Institute of Arts and Technology. V.I. Surikov. Then, while studying at the Moscow Art School "In Memory of 1905," he received an order to create his first caricature for the newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda (1971). The success of the first works, their high appreciation in the professional environment, aroused the interest of large domestic publications in the artist’s work. His original and witty drawings were published in the newspapers Pravda, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Krasnaya Zvezda, Izvestiya, Literaturnaya Gazeta, Moskovskie Novosti, Golos Rodiny, Rossiyskie Vesti, Obschaya Gazeta ", Magazines -" Crocodile "," New time "," Funny pictures "," Homeland "," Business people "," Journalist ", foreign periodicals.
The caricatures of Igor Smirnov are devoted to the eternal themes of art - the struggle between good and evil, poverty, lawlessness, global problems of our time, such as the difficult environmental situation. The goal of the artist is to introduce the viewer to a particular problem of society, without imposing his own opinion. He does not ridicule, does not set himself the task of making laugh, but compares himself to a doctor, for whom "making a diagnosis is a professional duty." The main weapon in the hands of the graphics becomes the grotesque, the metaphor. With them, he creates a complex matter, which can be interpreted by each viewer in their own way.
Igor Smirnov works a lot in easel graphics, continuing the theme of the tragic fate of a person, his “abandonment” into an alien world. It reveals plot contradictions that give rise to the unity of the comic and the tragic. The artist exposes the reality, creating explicit allegories on the theme of a "bright future", a special way of man. Resorting to deliberate hyperbolization, he brings the plot of some works to the point of absurdity, such as, for example, in certain graphic works (“Capcan”, “Ship of Fools”) or in a series of works about the main character of the novel Miguel de Cervantes “Don Quixote”. Don Quixote Smirnova - a multi-valued image, but at the same time a concrete embodiment of the hero, who fights for bright ideals. He is a prototype of the artist himself, opposing the absurd and unjust surrounding reality.
The drawing of Igor Alekseevich leaves no one indifferent. The laconic and expressive language of his work deeply affects the viewer. Filled with thin broken lines, they cause a whole range of feelings - from bitterness to anger, from sadness to compassion.
The independence of the author’s manner, the profound approach to the creation of caricature and easel graphic drawings were highly appreciated both in Russia and abroad. Works of Igor Smirnov were exhibited at the largest international exhibitions in Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Holland, England, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Japan, Cuba, the Philippines.
The creative activity of I. A. Smirnov was marked by many awards, including the first prize at the International Exhibition “Satire. Politics "in Italy, 1st prize at an international cartoon competition in Turkey, medals, honorary diplomas, prizes.