Art Roundup – May 2013

It’s a sunny spring finally, folks, and we are back with another look into the world of art in the month of May.

For the traveller:

The St Petersburg Gallery in London is a new venue for exhibition and sales (set up October last year), and is currently holding a display on The Golden Age of Russian Ballet and Theatre Design (until July 28, 2013). I think I might check it out.

The Russian Art Week runs in London from May 31 to June 7, 2013. There will be a series of pre-sales exhibitions by the major auction houses, lectures, films, and possibly even a plate or two of pelmeni.

The Pushkin House (in London again) organises a lecture on the artist Felix Lembersky on May 14, 2013, by Joseph Troncale, a professor of Russian literature and visual studies at the University of Virginia, Richmond.

London is certainly heavily represented this month: the Ben Uri Museum and Gallery organises Boris Aronson and the Avant-garde Yiddish Theatre (Kiev 1917 – New York 1929), which runs until June 30, 2013, and has the modernist sketches and theatre designs of the Jewish artist.

Zipping a couple of thousand miles to Rostov, check out Alexei Khamov’s exhibition In the Name of Life at the 16th Line Art Gallery. “In his new project Khamov uses poisons to create art works. Choosing a poison as a material for his works, the artist makes us think about cause-and-effect relationships in the bio-social world of which we are a part.”

For the reader:

The Calvert Journal has an interesting piece on the changing landscape of art galleries in Russia. While oligarchs are able to fund some large-scale spaces for exhibition, there are smaller efforts also, more intimate, dedicated to the up-and-coming. Moscow is a veritable hubbub.

Russian Art + Culture is a fine compendium of interviews, reviews, overviews, and general views. The latest edition has its editor chatting with three contemporary Russian artists in connection with the ongoing exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery.

And Trebuchet magazine has an article on Erarta Galleries and its focus on up-and-coming and non-conformist art from Russia.


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