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THE ODESSA GROUP
Paintings and graphic works by major
artists of the Odessa School
Private view: 4th May 2005, 6pm to 9pm
The city of Odessa, with its spectacular topography, is one of Russia’s most important artistic centres. In the 1960s, during the ‘Khruschev Thaw’, a group of artists from Odessa began to attract the artworld’s attention. Their ‘unofficial’ paintings would compare favourably with the best modern art in Europe.
Yuri Yegorov, born 1926, was the leading member of the group. Other well-known members included Voloshinov (born 1936), Basaniets (1941), Khrushch (1943), Maryniuk (1935), and Savchenko (1949). As artists employed by the state, they would produce murals or large canvases for public buildings in the socialist-realist style. In their own time, however, they would create figurative and abstract work reaching back to the Southern Russian tradition of the early 20th century and the Russian avant-garde of the 1920s.
Since then, whether in exile in Munich, New York or Washington, or still working in Russia or the Ukraine, these artists remained true to their century-long traditions of formal pictorial experiment.
Their work – from the last five decades – is now on show at The Chambers Gallery.
For more details, please contact Eleanor on 0207 778 1600
The exhibition runs from 4th to 26th May.