"New Nikonov" 05/12/2018 automatic translate
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The exhibition, organized by the GROSart Gallery in conjunction with the Alexander Pushkin State Museum, presents more than sixty graphic and pictorial works by the oldest Moscow artist Pavel Fedorovich Nikonov, performed in the most recent years and virtually unknown to both the general public and professionals.
The leading role of the Moscow artist Pavel Fedorovich Nikonov in the domestic art of the second half of the twentieth century and the XXI century, which has actively come into its own, is beyond doubt today. Having long been a living legend of the Russian art scene, Pavel Nikonov made a powerful statement about himself in the early 1960s, becoming one of the luminaries of the “harsh style” along with Victor Popkov, Nikolai Andronov, Tair Salakhov and other young masters then. The large-scale figures of the heroes of his paintings, clearly defined by a confident and decisive brush, arose as a result of bold travels to various regions of Siberia, where one could closely join the difficult taiga life.
But soon, moving away from the modernized pictorial fixation of the harsh working days and fanned by the romantic heroism of the revolutionary scenes, Nikonov from the early 1970s was completely seized by impressions from the life of remote Volga villages and towns (Aleksino, Kalyazin, Volkovnoy), where long to be. According to art critic Dmitry Sarabyanov, a special “Nikon’s universe”, “great, but terrible” made the central place where the first living and relatively prosperous, and then the dying Russian village with its land, sky, man, his work and leisure was central.. By the beginning of the 1990s, as Olga Musakova, curator of the exhibitions of the Russian Museum, remarked, “the long and painful period of searches ended with the birth of the“ new ”Nikonov.
The eternal dramaturgy of the relationship between man and nature, which is destined to plow the land, sensitively caught in reality, contributed to a noticeable renewal of the painter’s pictorial and graphic style, which was steadily gaining liberated expressive heat of a formal language and a deep, sometimes tragic sounding philosophical overtones. The very element of peasant life, with its troubles and holidays, seems to be “screaming” in the troubled and energy-powerful paintings of the master with the martial arts of restless figures and space, faults and heels of buildings, flashes and showers of the skies. Sometimes the almost semi-abstract plasticity of his compositions amazes with the enviable intensity of the dialogue with nature reflected in them, which, in the works of the last years shown at the exhibition, perhaps even intensifies. That is why before us the phenomenon full of creative passion and deprived of the slightest creative laziness of the artist, invariably presented as “New Nikonov”, arises before us in its entirety.
Curators: Elena Gribonosova-Grebneva, Elena Osotina.