STARFLYER: New World Russian Realism

Gallerie BB

July 6 - 29, 2018

  • Opening Reception: First Friday July 6th
BORGIA, INC. and GALLERIE BB present STARFLYER: New World Russian Realism. From the Collection of BORGIA, INC. specifically highlighted the evening of JULY 6th, 2018 are two Soviet Socialist Realist portrait paintings from the mid-20th century. The other work in the gallery is Contemporary painting, sculpture and photography. The GALLERIE BB artists are shown in tandem with the ongoing Inaugural year Collection presentation of BORGIA, INC.

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The Soviet Socialist Realist tradition of painting was noted for the extraordinary technical ability of its followers. The portraits included in STARFLYER exhibit a subtle concern for human dignity, a practice associated universally with the artists who worked within this influence. Uniquely positioned within the stylistic ethos of the Contemporary New American West, BORGIA, INC and GALLERIE BB present two portraits from the Soviet period within the ongoing gallerie exhibition program. The ICONOCLASM produced through this exhibition dichotomy is timely to be sure. The contrasting interests of the traditional Soviet style and the modernist sensibility specific to the POP ART movement and the contemporary art world are examined in depth in STARFLYER: New World Russian Realism. A POP ART aesthetic interest further informs the site-specific installation surrounding the Soviet masterworks present in the gallerie the evening of #FirstFriday JULY 6th, 2018.

STARFLYER: Russian Realism in the New World features the work of the foremost Kyrgyzstani painter SEMYON AFANASEVICH CHUIKOV Семён Афанасьевич Чуйко́в (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Бишкек, Киргизия 1902 – 1980 Moscow, RUSSIA Москва, РОССИЯ) and ARKADY ALEXANDROVICH PLASTOV Аркадий Александрович Пластов (31 January 1893 - 12 May 1972) recipient of the Academician of the USSR Academy of Arts (1947), People’s Artist of the USSR (1962), winner of the Lenin Prize (1966) and the Stalin Prize of the first degree (1946).