Author: jwilson

5 Minutes in Russia

This footage was captured by SRAS Assistant Director Josh Wilson: “This was city day in Moscow, but the amount of foot traffic on the new pedestrian streets in the city center – and the amount of open art displayed – are actually fairly typical for a weekend evening in Russia’s capital these days. Note that […]

Post Soviet Theatre

How did the economic and political disarray that beset Russia in the days and years following Glasnost affect Russian cultural institutions? In Russia, theatre practitioners have long enjoyed a social position comparable to Hollywood actors or professional sports stars in America. By the mid-nineteenth century, amateur, provincial, and serf theaters had sprung up in even […]

Great Lost Soviet Art

One of the great lost artists of the Soviet Union features in a solo exhibition at Sotheby’s, London, this week. Javad MirJavadov’s colorful individuality made him an unwelcome guest among the grey, realist ranks of state-approved art while his passionate connection to the roots of his native Azerbaijan kept him in isolation from the non-conformist […]

Get Real: Why Socialist Realist Painting Deserves Another Look

But this moment lasted almost as long as the Soviet Union and for anybody who wants to explore this system it has to be carefully studied. Socialist realism was a traditionalist, representational from of art, famously “national in form, socialist in content” and concerned primarily with literature and only later with painting, sculpture and architecture. Although it […]

New Movie About Chagal and Malevich

Legendary director and screenwriter Alexander Mitta is back after a 10-year break from his craft. He has recently released a film about the at-times violent conflicts between the great Russian artists Marc Chagall and Kazimir Malevich in the early years of Soviet rule. A trailer is below with English subtitles (with brief nudity).  

Student Blog on Socialist Realist Art

Allie Bull studied Russian language and art over the summer of 2013 on a customized program with SRAS. As part of her studies, Allie has begun a blog “exploring what Socialist Realism is, how it emerged, major themes, and this art today.” She also discusses, in part, her studies abroad. See more about Allie’s work […]

New Online Collection of Natalia Gontcharova Paintings

A Stone Thrown is a small, privately held collection of assorted works by Russian artist Natalia Gontcharova (1881-1962) featuring unpublished paintings as well as artist’s preparatory and studio paintings. The goals of this website are to present the work in an open and unpretentious way, to encourage further debate and to contribute to continuing research into […]

The Malevich Society Grants

The Malevich Society is pleased to announce its grant competition. The Malevich Society is a not-for-profit organization based in New York dedicated to advancing knowledge about the Russian artist Kazimir Malevich and his work. In the belief that Malevich was a pioneer of modern art, and should be recognized for his key contributions to the […]

NGOs, Charities, and Other Organizations

The Russian-American Cultural Center in New York offers annual auctions and an online gallery with a range of Russian artists represented. The Museum Association of Russia is an NGO serving the interests of curators and museums. ProArt is an NGO promoting contemporary culture in St. Petersburg by sponsoring festivals and a variety of education programs. NewNames […]

Government Sponsered Organizations

“Official Art” – Government Sponsored Agencies The Ministry of Culture and Mass Communication (MinCult) is a federal body responsible for the development of state policy and normative legal regulations in the sphere of culture, art, cinematography, archiving, mass media, mass communications, and “inter-ethnic relations.” The Ministry may propose laws concerning these issues for consideration by […]

The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

The Hermitage is a travel destination, artwork, and history unto itself. One could spend days in the labyrinthine rooms and anterooms and never see all the art on display – and this is not to mention that in its vaults rests about 20 times more art than even these rooms can hold. It occupies several […]

Faith Seim: The Drama of Russia

Faith Seim, after studying at for an academic year (1999-2000) at Moscow State University with SRAS, applied to and was accepted to study film direction at the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). She eventually went on to work in the studios of RAMKO/Russian-American Movie Company, a Moscow-based film company specializing in producing films “for the international market” and […]

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