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Exhibition November 15 − December 2, 2012

DEGREE OF MOST NOVELTY

MOSCOW CITY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE

CULTURAL ADMINISTRATION OF THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICT

STATE BUDGETARY INSTITUTION OF CULTURE OF THE CITY OF MOSCOW

MOSCOW EXHIBITION HALL "GALLERY AZ"

119002 Moscow Starokonyushenny lane, 39

tel / fax (495) 697 14 56 www.a3gallery.ru a3@complat.ru

SESSIONS OF MOSCOW ARTISTS IN THE A3 GALLERY

ELEVENTH SEASON

DEGREE OF MOST NOVELTY

One of the distinguishing features of the reality surrounding us is its constantly, avalanche-increasing variability, due to many factors: social, technological, and cultural. Under the influence of the processes occurring in society, many problems (the boundaries of art and its quality, the place of the artist in society, etc.) acquire a new meaning and require rethinking.

One of such newly actualized questions is the thesis about novelty in art - this topic was repeatedly raised by one of the brightest art critics of the 90s - early 2000s: Sergei Kuskov: “As Nietzsche advised“ ... the more abstract the idea, the more feelings should be added ”. Therefore, already on a purely aesthetic level, the new incarnation of the most ancient sacred “types”, i.e. archetypes, a degree of due novelty and even copyright arbitrariness is needed, as well as an overt reflection of the spiritual situation in which we are abandoned, perhaps as saboteurs - rebels - liberators ... ”(S.Kuskov)

The eleventh season of the Moscow artists' sessions is devoted to the continuation of the searches begun by him: each author will try to find an interpretation of the degree of due novelty with reference to his artistic creativity.

“... Of great importance here is the modern experience of individual mythology - free author myth-making in the space of renewed picturesque worlds - quasi-painting after the death of Painting and again in the installation genre where new totems and fetishes originate. So, we love the colorful textured shell of modern visual culture. We willingly deploy this scroll, pulling a terry palimpsest. But, loving hundreds of masks and forms, we learn to burn them, giving birth to the sign universe again and again ... Horizons are smoking. Dali are relaxed. The doors are open. ”

“... Art requires not only Eternity, but also a volatile beginning, not only universal principles, but also individual and unique manifestations, not only the One, but also a variety of particular phenomena. Along with the supreme peace of the foundations and the beginnings, dynamic development and the generous vital variety of plastic metamorphosis are just as important. ” (S.Kuskov)

“He meant by his term“ degree of novelty ”in the first place - the quality of novelty and the depth of art. Why did Kuskov remain his whole life - marginalized? He stood on the side of the road and did not want to walk – run with a crowd of art critics towards the “bright” future. Kuskov felt for a long time that art in Russia is following the western path in its worst form: commercial, outwardly spectacular. He saw in the emerging in the Russian artistic situation too much haughty, empty, stupid. That is why Kuskov very carefully looked for the “degree of novelty” from contemporary artists of Russia.

Alexander Elmar

Sergey Kuskov - one of the most interesting art historians of the 1990s; he was a regular contributor to fine art magazines; He was an expert on the early wave of metaphysics in the art of Russia of the twentieth century. He is the author of the first significant monographs on Eduard Steinberg, Vladimir Nemukhin, Nikolay Vechtomov. Pieces was a model thinker not so much European as Russian warehouse. His search for the philosophical foundations of art differed in brightness and surprise, comparable to the aesthetics of his closest artists: Anatoly Zverev, Venedikt Erofeev, Boris Turetsky, Vladimir Yakovlev, Marlen Spindler. His work has not yet been sufficiently covered in the works of contemporary researchers, but the topics in which he has been involved remain relevant today.

Site dedicated to Sergei Kuskov: http://www.art-critic-kuskov.com/

Information for artists wishing to participate in the project:

The exhibition on October 29 and 30 from 13.00 to 19.00

The exhibition runs from November 15 to December 2