2008

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Fade to Black: The Composition of Shadow

This exhibition explores themes of darkness, nighttime and shadows during the Socialist Realist period of Russian art.  In the official art of Socialist Realism, ‘light’ was a universal metaphor for Soviet life that promised a radiant future to the people.  Soviet artists were expected to produce artwork that was infused with energy and sunlight fit […] Read More

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Transcendent Art: Icons from Yaroslavl, Russia

Online Exhibition This exhibition features 54 extraordinary icons from the Yaroslavl Art Museum. The treasured, and once venerated icons on view were painted in the 17th and 18th centuries, considered "The Golden Age" of Yaroslavl's cultural and commercial life. Separating the exquisite icons of Yaroslavl from others of the same period is the highly decorative […] Read More

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Transcendent Art: Icons from Yaroslavl, Russia

Online Exhibition This exhibition features 54 extraordinary icons from the Yaroslavl Art Museum. The treasured, and once venerated icons on view were painted in the 17th and 18th centuries, considered "The Golden Age" of Yaroslavl's cultural and commercial life. Separating the exquisite icons of Yaroslavl from others of the same period is the highly decorative […] Read More

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Russian Impressionism: On the Edge of Soviet Art

This exhibit of 54 fine art paintings traces the historical evolution and influence of impressionist painting from its roots in 19th century France to its successful transplantation in pre-Revolutionary Russia. Although impressionism was routinely suppressed by the Communist Party as a foreign-inspired and socially decadent art form for over six decades, Russian artists never abandoned […] Read More

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Printmaking from Soviet Estonia

Prints from the Zimmerli Museum and Rutgers University in the Lower Gallery “Art was a controlled substance in Russia and the Communist-bloc countries of Eastern Europe during much of the Soviet era (1922-91). While government censors tried to restrict what artists painted or sculpted – especially anything with a religious or political theme – they […] Read More