KHUDGRAF 2012 – Graphic art for connoisseurs and collectors

The graphic arts fair KHUDGRAF-2012 runs from 28 March to 1 April in the New Manege exhibition hall right in the center of Moscow, in Georgievsky pereulok. The exhibition shows all types of “paper” art: drawing, pastels, watercolors, prints and photographs in a great diversity of styles and areas. The 7th graphic arts fair KHUDGRAF-2012 once more displays masterpieces of world art. The special project is designed to mark the 125th birthday of Marc Chagall. The Starinnye gravyury chain of salons present brush-painted colored lithographs, part of the series “12 tribes of Israel”, and which reproduce Chagall’s drawings for the stained-glass windows of the Hadassah synagogue in Jerusalem. Work on this major project lasted around two years, and was completed in 1962. Connoisseurs of the graphic art of the “peredvizhniki” and artists of the Silver Age will appreciate the drawings of I. Shishkin, I. Kramskoy, A. Ryabushkin, L. Lagorio, K. Somov, M. Dobuzhinsky, K. Petrov-Vodkin, A. Kuprin, D. Burlyuk, S. Gerasimov, P. Konchalovsky, A. Labas, D. Mitrokhin, G. Nissky, A. Tyshler and A. Shevchenko. Collectors’ attention will be drawn to the extremely rare, early work (1956) by A. Savrasov, “The Oak”. Connoisseurs of historical maps will be interested in the rare, museum-standard “Plan of Moscow”, 1796, by K. Frolov, “View of the Kremlin buildings and surroundings”, 1799 by F.B. Lore, based on an original by J. Delabart. These maps, of an extremely high artistic level, also contain valuable historical and cultural information – you can see the old appearance of the Russian capital in them.

Khudgraf is the only Russian exhibition that unites diverse artistic styles and directions in one space, which give a full idea of the development of world art in the 19th-20th centuries. The Spanish gallery Arte 10 displays several outstanding specimens from its own collection. For the Moscow fair-exhibition, works were shown by artists who represent different trends in modern art. Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and Antoni Tapies – the stars of cubism, surrealism and materialist expressionism. At the Khudgraf-2012 exhibition, artists of the Paris school rub shoulders with the Americans Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Jasper Jones, who demolished the traditional rules of art with pop art; and the English artist Damien Hirst with his provocative creations. The works include ones created in the early 20th century, such as Picasso’s engravings, from 1905, and works from the first years of the 21st century – Hirst’s work is dated 2006. The art of Russian artists of the 1960s reflects the definite and unique facet of the complex phenomenon of the modern Russian avant-garde – L. Kropivnitsky, D. Plavinsky, A. Zverev, D. Krasnopevtsev, O. Rabin, O. Tselkov, B. Sveshnikov and V. Nemukhin.

The project “The Book of the artist Pyotr Perevezentsev”, which he called “The Book of Escapees. Text with Commentary” not only presents the book, but creates a field for thought about the fate of contemporary book culture, and the possibilities and forms of its development. Current trends of graphic art, and the aspiration to move from quiet easel art to another, more dynamic form, are demonstrated by many participants. Andrei Krasulin, who is better known as a sculptor, demonstrates his symbiotic special project “Archive”, in which a steel grid, paper, etching and text are combined in objects. The “dynamic pair” of Ulitskaya and Krasulin is a creative duo that has been around for a long time.

The Roza Azora gallery displays graphic art by Ivan Yazykov, and his series “Microdramas” – special lyric diary notes, existential feelings and events recorded graphically. Almost all of Yazykov’s “microdramas” are of tiny size, filled with details, and it seems almost impossible to look at them without a magnifying glass.

In the real space, projects from RUNET are shown “live”. The virtual gallery of modern art “Tsvetnaya Kapusta” presents young graphic designers and photographers who use modern technology. “SPB graphic art on AVELEV.RU” presents the project of the Petersburg collector Kirill Avelev: albums of prints by Valery Mishin, the Florensky family, Pyotr Shvetsov, published by the collector himself, and also important engravings by Konstantin Kalinovich, Yelena Novikova, Oleg Yakhnin and Mikhail Shemyakin, the prints of which are in the gallery’s collection.

In memory of the great Russian collector, expert and historian of Russian and western engraving D. A. Rovinsky, the Moscow House of graphic art is displaying western European engravings and graphic art by contemporary artists.

Nadezhda Nazarevskaya, antiques columnist