|Painting by Victoria Kovalenchikov|
About 90 percent of MacDougall's sales are Russian works.
It's no joke about Russians secreting unapproved images, especially during Soviet times.
When I was there twice in the USSR, when underground Samizdat newspapers challenged the regime with considerable risk, artists, unless they worked for some state organ, likewise went underground and in some cases had their works confiscated or suffered personal repression or imprisonment.
Think Ai Weiwei.
Beginning in the 1990's these discarded works started to emerge. Fat cat Russians, the new rich, bought up lots of it on the cheap.j
That was then, this is now.
Russian tastes grew to nclude Old Masters but more recently, turned to the contemporary Russian genre. The only problem, and a big one, says Gorst, is there are as many fakes as originals circulating on the secondary market.
Meanwhile, in New Jersey, U.S.A., starting 18 June (Saturday), Russian painter Victoria Kovalenchikova, who lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, opens her first solo show in the United States at the Museum of Russian Art, Jersey City, which runs through 26 June. New Jersey and New York are traditional homes for large concentrations of Russian immigrants.
Dr. Abbas Daneshavi of California State University, Los Angeles, desribed her work in a news release: "The transofrmtion of the concensual forms through perilous amalgamations, make for fantastic dimensions." (ArtSpeak for.......help, anyone?)
|"Andalusia Spring," photograph by Stefan van Drake (2007)|