Vladimir Ya. Yukin. Earth Suzdal, 1973
51 1/2 x 57 3/4 in
Oil on Canvas
The Raymond and Susan Johnson Collection of Russian Art


The exhibition will uncover the unique regional art style that emerged in the town of Vladimir (120 miles east of Moscow) in the 1960s and 1970s. Festive and vibrantly colorful, the works of Vladimir artists were a striking contrast to subdued, albeit well balanced, color palettes of the masters of official Soviet art. Deeply rooted in the folk traditions of the ancient Vladimir land, paintings of local artists explored connections to icon-painting, lacquer miniature art, brightly painted wooden household objects, and traditional textiles. Northern landscapes, scenes of village life, views of quaint small towns are recurrent themes in Vladimir paintings.

Drawn from the celebrated collection of TMORA founder Ray Johnson, the exhibition will include more than 30 works by the Vladimir art style’s founders Kim Britov, Vladimir Yukin, Valery Kokurin, and several other prominent Vladimir artists.


Vladimir School of Painting

Mezzanine Gallery

October 7, 2017 – March 3, 2018