Exhibition of Arkady Petrov "Without Love there is no happiness" automatic translate
с 29 Марта
по 20 Мая
Старопименовский пер., д. 14
Arkady Petrov’s exhibition "Without love there is no happiness" will be held in the ARTSTORY gallery from March 29 to May 20, 2018. The project includes more than 100 works: painting and sculpture of different years, from the 1970s. - to the present day, one of the leaders of the generation of "artists of the seventies". The city signboard, the lubok, the life of the "little" man from the totalitarian state, the work and leisure of the inhabitants of the workers’ settlements, sketches of the provincial way of life, the visual images of the mass culture of the Soviet era, the naive appeal of kitsch, are the main themes of Petrov’s paintings and glues.
Petrov reinterprets the stereotypes of the life of a simple Soviet man through the paradoxical kitsch images of mass culture, his own very difficult history and the history of the country.
Art critics and art critics in various ways call the classic of modern Russian art. "Sots-artist", "primitivist", "naivist", "avant-gardist", "postmodernist"... Arkady Petrov himself is not going to answer the question "Who am I?", But suggests looking at the "source", "spring" if you want, from which he took the material, what he uses in his work, - and draw conclusions. This - "and, firstly, and, secondly," - his life in the Donbass. The artist comes from a miner’s village near Gorlovka. "Mines, poverty... Life went on among very down-to-earth people, who no one sees, can not hear, the so-called mass, the poor."
The main asset of the village was the bazaar and the park of culture. The bazaar was a theater. The park of culture with pubs is a resting place for workers. In the bazaar, carpets, painted on a sheet, blanket, paper, were sold. With beauties, swans, gorgeous men. Happiness, summer, beauty, resorts... "How else could people have fun? They bought carpets, went to a photo studio, dreamed of Sochi, and listened to Alla Pugacheva - this is pure kitsch for me. It is mine. The world where I lived, and I live now. Until now, I tend to be very affectionate towards such manifestations. "
Most likely, the singer of the aesthetics of kitsch Arkady Petrov can be considered to be "kitschism", if such a definition ever appears. Not only in the titles of the works, but also in the self-valuable inscriptions on the pictures, all the impressions of the artist’s childhood thrive, hence the themes referring to the visual images of the Soviet era. "Without love there is no happiness"; "Fate will force us to part, but will not make us stop loving"; "In the resort"; "Pneumatic shooting range works from 10 to 12 hours..."; "Glory to Labor. Repair of bags "; "Greetings to our truck farmers"; finally, "Wait for me"; "Be ready", and next there and then "Intimate at home" and "WORLD, WORK For the happiness of ordinary people."
Petrov’s peculiar attitude toward women and beauty is expressed practically in all his works. As an introduction to a personal project in the ARTSTORY gallery, the artist puts the words from the interview of the famous filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, consonant with the Petrovsky understanding of love and beauty: "Love is that a person does not see the other person’s shortcomings - that she is badly dressed, that she is fat... He sees only the miracle that it is for him... Love must be accepted, no matter what form it takes. " Author’s texts of the artist - sketches dating back to the 90th of the last century - can be read in an art album published for the exhibition project "Without Love No Happiness". With many texts, as well as the works presented in the exposition, the viewer will get acquainted for the first time.
Arkady Petrov was born in 1940 in the miners’ village of Komsomolets near Gorlovka, Donetsk region. In 1957 he moved to Moscow. He graduated from the Art School "In Memory of 1905" (1964) and the Moscow State Art Institute. VI Surikov (1969). Participates in exhibitions since 1970. In the Soviet years, his works were practically banned from the official show. By the end of the 1980s, the artist was becoming more and more famous. Participates in a number of major exhibitions, which were overseen by Oleg Kulik and director Sergei Soloviev. His work "Dancing. Playing a brass band "is sold for incredible 3,000 pounds at the famous auction" Sotheby’s "in 1988 - the 30th anniversary of this auction is now actively celebrated in the art world. However, Arkady Petrov refers to that "sale" very smoothly, almost indifferent, as in general to the frequent presence of his work at various auctions.
The artist’s works are in the State Russian Museum, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Modern Art ART4, the Museum of P. Ludwig (Cologne, Germany), the Ludwig Foundation for Contemporary Art (Aachen, Germany), the National Museum of Modern Art (Seoul, South Korea), the Zimmerli Museum of Art (Norton Dodge, New Jersey, USA), the Kostaki Gallery (Greece) and many other museum and private collections.
Gallery ARTSTORY: Moscow, Staropimenovsky lane., D. 14 (metro station "Tverskaya", "Mayakovskaya"). Every day, except Monday, from 12.00 to 20.00. Free admission.