The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Monday, September 22, 2014

Soviet Art Photography from the 70s and 80s Opens at Rutgers University
Kupriyanov, Vladimir, In Memory of Pushkin, 1979. Gelatin silver print. Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. Photo: Jack Abraham.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ.- From October 3, 2009 to March 28, 2010, the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers presents Four Perspectives Through the Lens: Soviet Art Photography in 1970-1980s, a selection of 70 rarely seen photographs by four major artists working in the Soviet Union in the two decades before the fall of Communism. The works are drawn from the museum's Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Soviet Nonconformist Art, the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of Soviet dissident art from the historical Cold War period.

The oeuvres of Francisco Infante, Vladimir Kupriyanov, Boris Mikhailov, and Alexander Slyusarev demonstrate four different approaches to photography at a time when the outsider status of art photography in the Soviet Union allowed great creative freedom and presented wide opportunities for experimentation. In the 1970s and 1980s, the medium was not officially considered art, nor taught in art schools in the Soviet Union, because it was regarded as a documentary tool at the service of state propaganda.

"Unrestricted by professional conventions or censorship, Soviet photographers made exceedingly canny, inventive, and highly individual use of the medium, expressing ideas that were both specific and universal in character," says Julia Tulovsky, Assistant Curator, Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art, at the Zimmerli Art Museum.

On view are elegant formalist photographs by Alexander Slyusarev, where shadows, light and reflections transform reality into abstract patterns. Images by Boris Mikhailov, who is regarded as the founder of Russian conceptual photography, document the 1970s and 1980s, translating them into art photographs that are often charged with political and social criticism. Highly individual, penetrating works by Vladimir Kupriyanov are based on documentary photographs that are transformed by conceptual and fine art strategies. Performative photographs created by Francisco Infante, an artist with long-standing interest in kinetic and land art, capture momentary artistic events staged in the landscape that he calls Artifacts.

Combining four very different perspectives, the exhibition offers opportunities for comparing and cross-referencing approaches to social themes, cultural and art historical associations, and the various photographic techniques and artistic effects.

"Rutgers is incredibly fortunate to have the Dodge Collection as a resource for understanding the Soviet experience from 1956 to 1986, and the strategies employed to create vanguard art in that setting," says Suzanne Delehanty, director of the Zimmerli Art Museum.

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum | Four Perspectives Through the Lens | Julia Tulovsky | Alexander Slyusarev | Suzanne Delehanty |

Today's News

October 4, 2009

Exhibition Built on New Research Focuses on Gauguin's Artistic Development

Soviet Art Photography from the 70s and 80s Opens at Rutgers University

Rubin Museum of Art Presents First Public Showing of Jung's Red Book

The Paintings of Charles Burchfield on View at the Hammer Museum

101 Master Drawings from the Kupferstichkabinett at the Kunstmuseum Basel

Seconds that Made History: Photographs by Harald Schmitt on View in Berlin

Richard Avedon's Fashion Photographs Coming to Detroit Institute of Arts

The Finest Scottish Art and Food Come Together at the National Gallery

Stunning and Significant French Drawings on View at the National Gallery of Art

Exhibition of Icons of American Photography Opens in Pittsburgh

Politicians Beware: Oil Photo Exhibit Opens in Washington

Major Exhibition of 18th Century French Drawings on View at the Morgan Library

Ceramic Museum in Barcelona Shows Chinese Porcelain from the Baur Collection

Groundbreaking Exhibition Explores the Unique and Compelling Art of Ancient Hunters

Denver Art Museum Joins Forces to Tell the Story of One of Colorado's Favorite Artists

A Town's Love of Indian Artifacts Backfires

Early Brazilian Plane in Wright Brothers Country

Cranbrook Art Museum Launches Artology: the Fusion of Art and Science

Royal Academy is Showing Michael Kidner's Dreams of the World Order 1960s

Norman Rockwell Museum Presents "I Am a Part of Art! The Artists of Community Access to the Arts"

The Print Club of Cleveland Celebrates the 25th Annual Fine Print Fair & 90th Anniversary of Club

Hunts for Indian Relics Date to 19th Century

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Fever mounts as stunning statues found at Alexander The Great-era tomb

2.- Hi-tech underground scans reveal vast complex of monuments at Britain's Stonehenge

3.- National Geographic Museum opens exhibition featuring shark-munching Spinosaurus

4.- First major New York City exhibition to explore Vienna Actionism opens at Hauser & Wirth

5.- Elizabeth I 'airbrushed' for 18th century make-over and a bug is found in Edward VI

6.- Award winning Swedish director Daniel Fridell to direct Kalliope Films' Vincent Van Gogh biopic

7.- Comprehensive retrospective exhibition of Joan Miró's work opens at the Albertina

8.- Synchrotron radiation technology in art conservation: Science to the rescue of art

9.- Mona Kuhn's first solo exhibition in the US opens at Edwynn Houk Gallery

10.- Sotheby's announces details of its sales series for Property from the Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon

Related Stories

Children's Book Illustrations Conjure Magic from Real Life at Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

Large Scale Photographs by Lalla Essaydi on View at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum

The Zimmerli Art Museum Presents Japanese-Inspired Work from its Permanent Collection

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site