Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

10 February 2015. Now, For Something Entirely Different…

00 the fat cat. 10.02.15

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Russian artist Svetlana Petrova’s mother passed away, leaving behind her beloved orange cat, Zarathustra. Svetlana took in her mother’s feline companion; as she worked through her loss and grief, she began inserting Zarathustra into classical paintings. Soon after, it became a full-on project. It led to these amazing works of art, which give even the originals a run for their money.

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Fat Cat Art

http://fatcatart.ru

Click here for the “Fat Cat” in English

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Tuesday, 2 July 2013

2 July 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Events of the Week in Cartoons: 24-28 June 2013

00 Sergei Yolkin. Events of the Week in Cartoons. 24-28 June 2013. 2013

Events of the Week in Cartoons: 24-28 June 2013

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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Sergei Yolkin comments on graduation parties, on a Pre-Raphaelite exhibition (the “Victorian avant garde”), and on Snowden’s “disappearance” at Sheremetyevo Airport.

28 June 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130628/946438042.html

 

Friday, 17 May 2013

17 May 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. These are All Manmade Artworks… There’s Nothing Edible Here

00 Sergei Yolkin. These are All Manmade Artworks… There’s Nothing Edible Here. 2013

These are All Manmade Artworks… There’s Nothing Edible Here

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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I think that Yolkin’s attitude to Andy Warhol is a little less than “reverent”… this doesn’t mean that he thinks that it’s piffle… but it’s certainly not complimentary.   

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Sergei Yolkin takes a tongue-in-cheek look at an exhibition at the St Petersburg Academy of Arts showcasing Campbell’s Soup Cans, in a show featuring “New Artists” Pop Art genius Andy Warhol.

16 May 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130516/937685283.html

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Kustodiev Painting Sold for 7 Million Dollars in London

The Coachman

Boris Kustodiev

1920

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A View of Isla di San Giorgio in the Venetian Lagoon

Ivan Aivazovsky

1844

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 In London, Christie’s sold Boris Kustodiev’s masterpiece The Coachman for 7 million USD (217.4 million Roubles. 5.4 million Euros. 4.4 million UK Pounds), breaking the old price record regarding his works. The 250th auction “The Masterpieces of Russian Art”, timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Russian Christie’s trading auctions is still underway. The painting went to a private buyer from Europe who took part in the trading by phone. Earlier, MacDougall’s auction house sold Ivan Aivazovsky’s painting A View of Isla di San Giorgio in the Venetian Lagoon for 1.62 million USD (50.3 million Roubles. 1.25 million Euros. 1.02 million UK Pounds). Currently, a week of Russian art auctions is underway in London.

26 November 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_11_26/Kustodiyevs-painting-sold-for-7-million-dollars/

Editor’s Note:

Kustodiev’s most colourful and “happiest” paintings were made after he was confined to a wheelchair in 1916. He was also a convinced supporter of the Soviets and an Orthodox Christian. What’s not to like? He was a decent man, a cheerful human being, a lover of justice, and a real Christian… that’s the ticket for me. Sadly, he died young in 1927 at the age of 49… but he was happy to the end, may we all die so well.

BMD

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