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Impressions and Abstractions - Art in the Eastern Block

University of Toronto professor of psychology, author and passionate art collector Dr. Jordan B. Peterson showcases a selected series of paintings from his extensive private collection. The art work provides a record of the 20th century rarely captured by similar means in the more experimental and avant-garde art of the west.

Some Featured Artists' Biographies

Gorbunov, Boris Ivanovich. (1922-200X). Born in Kirillovo, Vologda province, 1922. Studied at 1905 Art College 1945-1949; Surikov Institute until 1956. Active in Moscow. Began exhibiting in 1951.

Loshakov, Anatoly Victorovich (19XX-1990). Active in Lugansk, Ukraine. Specialized in landscapes.

Redko, Kliment Nikolaevich: Born in Rakolupy (now in Poland) 1897. Studied in art studio of Pechserksaya Lavra, Kiev, 1910-1914 (and at F. I. Rerberg’s studio-school, Moscow, for one month 1913); at Drawing School of OPKh 1914-1918 (study interrupted by military service 1916-1917); at Kiev Academy of Arts 1918-1919; in State Artistic-Decorative Production Studios, Kiev, 1920; at Moscow Free Art Studios\VKhuTeMas 1920-1922. Active in Kiev 1918-1920; Moscow 1920-1927; Paris 1927-1936; Moscow thereafter (military service 1942-1945). Member of Elektro-organizm, Moscow, 1922; Projectionists from 1922. Important shows include “Discussion Exhibition,” Moscow, 1924. Chief artist of All-Union Agricultural Exhibition 1938-1940; worked in art club of Timiryazev Agricultural Academy after World War II. Celebrated young artist of 1920s. In 1921 wrote the electro-organism declaration. Developed aesthetic theory of svechinizm (from Russian word svet = light); basic principle of theory: “Light is the highest manifestation of matter.” Painted industrial subjects, genre paintings, series of northern landscapes, portraits 1920s, official works from mid-1930s (after return from France). Expelled from Moscow Artists’ Union for formalism, 1947. Died in Moscow 1956. Dictionary, Bown, M.C.

Stenberg, Georgi Avgustovich (1900-1933). Born in Moscow. Studied at Stroganov College 1912-1917; Moscow Free Art Studios 1918-20. Active in Moscow, Member of ObMoKhu 1919-1921: Moscow InKhuK from 1920. Important shows: Konstruktivisty, Moscow, 1921: Ciscussion Exhibition, Moscow, 1924; Artists of the Russian Federation over Fifteen Years, Moscow, 1933: Best known as a sculptor. Also a graphic artist, poster designer, decorator of mass festivals. Decorated festivals in Moscow, 1918. One of the founders of Constructivism.

Suetin, Nikolai Mikhailovich: Born in Myatlevskaya, Kaluga province in 1897. Studied at Vitebsk Higher Art School 1918-1922. Active in Petrograd/Leningrad from 1922. Member of UNovIs from 1919, Painterly-Plastic-Realism, Leningrad, 1928. Important shows include Artists of the Russian Federation over Fifteen Years, Leningrad, 1923. Worked in Museum of Artistic Culture/ InKhuK/GInKhuK 1923-26; worked at Lomonosov porcelain factory, Leningrad, from 1923 (art director 1932-52); helped design Soviet pavilions international exhibitions in Paris 1937 and New York 1939. Best known as a ceramic artist. Also a graphic artist, art critic and art historian. Died 1954. Dictionary, Bown, M.C.

Vlasov (Wlasov), Vladimir (Volodymyr, Wladimir) Grigorevich (Grigorovich, Hryhorovyc, Grigor’evic) (1927-200X). Born in Odessa, Ukraine, 1927. Studied at Odessa Art College 1942-1947. Moscow Art Institute/Surikov Institute 1947-1953. Active in Odessa. Began exhibiting in 1953. Dictionary, Bown, M.C. His paintings hang in the prestigious Odessa Fine Art Museum and in most national museums, as well as in private collections worldwide.

Vyalov, Konstantin Aleksandrovich: Born in Moscow, 1900. Studied at Stroganov Vollege 1914-1917: Moscow VKhuTeMan 1917-1925. Active in Moscow. Began exhibiting 1923. Member of OSr 1925-1931 (Founding Member): Izobrigada 1921-1932. Important shows include “Discussion Exhibition,” Moscow, 1924; “Anti-imperialist Exhibition,” Moscow, 1931; “Artists of the Russian Federation over Fifteen Years,” Leningrad, 1932; “Artists of the Russian Federation of Fifteen Years,” Moscow, 1933; “Fifteen Years of the Workers and Peasants Red Army,” Moscow, 1933; “Twenty Years of the Workers and Peasants Red Army,” Moscow, 1938: “Industry of Socialism,” Moscow, 1939; “All-Union Art Exhibition,” Moscow, 1951. Specialized in navy subjects. Also a theatre artist, poster artist. Died in Moscow, 1976.