FROM PICTORIALISM AND AVANT-GARDE TO SOCIALIST REALISM
Through October 13
With sixteen photographers and only 25 prints this sampling of Russian photography offers but a glimpse at the many movements within the media in the early years of the 20th century. The artists include masters Max Alpert, Nikolai Andreev, Viktor Bulla, Semyon Fridlyand, Alexander Grinberg, Sergey Ivanov-Alliluev, Valentina Kulagina, Sergey Lobovikov, Moisei Nappelbaum, Nikolai Petrov, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Arkady Shaikhet, Arkady Shishkin, Mikhail Tarkhanov, Vasily Ulitin, and M. Vitoukhnovsky. We travel a visual timeline with modernist samples coming from Russian artists based in the West and pictoralist movements from artists within the country. Other genres touch on studio and environmental portraiture, nude studies, and the dawn of Soviet photojournalism. As the Soviet strength grew we see other movements fade. Forbidden for its lack of ideological power pictoralist works dwindle as do avant-garde movements accused of formalism- the later works in the Russian Photography 1908-1938 show tend toward propagandist. A satisfying scann, we leave intrigued by each frame, and are even a little hungry for more.
The show is closing soon, but worth the effort to catch.
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