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BAUMANSKAJA SCHOOL OF PAINTING
- Dorodny Sergei,
- Kalyagin Nadezhda,
- Norshtein Boris,
- Ovsyannikov Sergei,
- Stasenko Evgeniy,
- Sutyagin Konstantin,
- Sutyagin Svetlana,
- Shevchenko Alexander.
from 6 to 28 December 2002
"In spring 1988, walking along the Baumanskaja street, I drew attention to one house, there through open windows of the first floor often was heard loud, cheerful laughter. Later, in the fall, between window frames appeared a nice picture, and the announcement that there is an art studio. I decided to have a look to see what the joy is there..."
"One day walking along the street named after the revolutionary Bauman, I saw pretty girl with a shining blue eyes. She was bound for Zhenya's art studio..."
"It was time I learned to engineer, but always wanted to become an artist. Perhaps, my dream has not been realized but the way to my college passed by an art studio."
"15 years ago I lived on Baumanskaja street and was concerned about how to learn painting. I was looking for studio (any studio), teacher (any teacher), but couldn't find. And suddenly somewhere out-of-the-way I saw an announcement: "To announce a recruitment in the painting studio. Address: 46, Baumanskaya st." Five minutes from home, what the fate! And so I live now in neighboring place too."
"One day I wanted to become a painter. One day I got into the Zhenya Stasenko's studio. One day this tyrant and despot taught me to paint. And once I told him: "Thank you". And he replied: "You are welcome".
Our exposure presents artists who have in common that they came out of the Evgeniy Stasenko's art studio, located at the Baumanskaja street, near the subway station Baumanskaja, in two steps from the former Baumanskiy market. At some point in their history, many of these people have lived, studied, worked in the former Baumanskiy district.
But the formal territorial indication is not the only thing that unites them - there is also another feature common to them: these artists do not attempt to appear as modern.
Modern Art is sometimes blamed for the fact that it is not understandable to a spectator. In doing so, as an example of positive, understandable arts they name Classic Art and Folk Art.
For Folk Art really has been characterized by the organic unity of the author and audience. This was a peculiar "subsistence farming", art was born and consumed in the same village and even the yard. Sometimes in the same individual (for example, take the song in the open field - to sing about what to see). Thus, in the Folk Art was no problem of understanding of the author by audience. They were socially united and the birth of the object of art sprung from the natural need as for one as for the other.
Classicism emerged from condition of the social stratification: arts became a business of professionals, stood out class of rich customers. In this situation, understanding of the author by spectator was entailed because was paid. However, a wide audience has essentially been out of the Classical Arts, understanding of which required significant education.
Impressionism and Expressionism made application for right of an artist to draw on his personal understanding of the arts, despite the rejection of it by most spectators.
And with the advent of Abstractionism situation was approaching stalemate. Only author could pretend to understand his creations, even the buyer (!) was not being able to explain: what is it he bought? In this situation, when the artist has done something that he considered a work of art, and all others, with a few exceptions, denied his work as work of art, occurred a question: what is art? Where is the boundary between art and non-art?
Answer to a question about boundaries and definitions of an art emerged like a row of various genres of Conceptual Art very soon. If make the answer to a short, it would look like this: art is everything that is proposed as an art. However, the broad masses of the public have refuse to name as art excavation and backfill of pits, exposing the plumbing and canning excreta.
Now, among the many sincere attempts "to infuse fresh spirit" in the arts and more abundant attempts to capitalize on any kind of innovation, we find artists who paint oil on canvas in about realistic style. Is this contemporary art? To draw an analogy with music, a modern is music, written by our contemporary, regardless of the musical instrument, which it is implemented.
Yes, these are contemporary artists, because their works express their deepest feelings, beliefs and experiences - feelings, beliefs and experiences of our contemporaries. And at the same time, because of the sincerity and warmth their art is in the same row that the best pieces of the world picturesque tradition.