Artists (Modern)

For the purposes of this site, we have defined “modern” artists as those that spent most of their careers after 1953. We have chosen this date as, first, a generational marker. Many late-tsarist artists continued working after the revolution, while many late-Soviet artists are still working today. Those still working today are likely to have been born after 1953, when political and social restrictions were relaxed after the death of Stalin. The anti-communist movement in the US, which occurred around the same time, also means that artists born after this date are much less likely to be known in the US. In preparing material for this section, however, we have tried to concentrate mostly on living artists.

Ilya Gaponov & Name Gallery

At the intersection of Nevsky Prospect and the Griboyedov Canal, one can see some of the most famous sites in St. Petersburg – from the Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood to the Kazansky Cathedral. Just a five minute walk from here, past the famous Bank Bridge with the golden-winged griffons, there is […]

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