Histrionis (travelling artistst, acrobats and musicians) by Javad MirJavadov, 1978.

Great Lost Soviet Art

Published: February 16, 2015

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 cliques of Moscow and Leningrad for much of his life. Only now, almost 30 years after his death, are the fabulous hues of MirJavadov’s larger-than-life works beginning to get the attention they deserve.

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Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson is the Assistant Director for The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) and Communications Director for Alinga Consulting Group. In those capacities, he has been managing publications and informative websites covering geopolitics, history, business, economy, and politics in Eurasia since 2003. He is based in Moscow, Russia. For SRAS, he also assists in program development and leads the Home and Abroad Programs.

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