Art-gallery Black Dog Krasnye Holmy presents


Lev Dyakonicin, Alexander Kuklis, Anastasia Danilochkina.


04.09.2012 - 30.09.2012

Dear guest. You are cordially invited to attend the opening ceremony of the art exhibit "Concrete Abstraction" on Tuesday, September 4th 2012, at 7pm.  The program of the evening will include viewing of art works, meeting with artists, and a performance by Veronika Ivanova (violin).

Opening photostream


The art project "Concrete Abstraction" is a dialog about the abstract in art by means of art. There is no doubt that  the statement about art being initially abstract holds true. However, what is abstract art, why do we call it so, what is the status and the degree of it being understood. The answers to these questions help place abstractionism in the universum of art that has evolved from the 20th century until now.

Abstract form in art, as we understand it, appears at the end of the 19th century/beginning of the 20th century. A century ago Vailiy Kandinskiy (1886-1944) created his first non-figurative art work. At the same time his major theoretical texts were published. After these events, abstractionism secured itself a prominent place in the art world among other avangarde movements.
How do we see it today? Lets decide this by examining works of contemporary Russian abstractionists.

The art project "Concrete Abstraction" is not taking place this year by chance. It coincides with jubilee dates in the history of abstractionism. The year 2012 marks the hundred year anniversary of Kandinskiys book "Concerning the Spiritual in Art" (Petrograd 1912) in which the author described in detail the aesthetics of abstract form. In his ontology of art, Kandinskiy emphasized that painting was always concrete and this structure established itself based on composition and its means, such as paint and form. This is enough to create a basic plane. Paintings other major elements are point and line.  In 1912 the artist began to create abstract art using all of the above components. In this way the borders of forms were created, in other words paintings took on aesthetical clarity. And here we see a paradox: "abstraction that is concrete". However, its concrete meaning is different depending on the viewers perception and emotional experience. Thus improvisation becomes possible, a state of play emerges that adds up to the "theater of things".

In the exhibit works of the best Russian abstract artists are on display. The program will include as a mandatory component - music improvisation.  In the above mentioned text "Concerning the Spiritual in Art" Kandinskiy analyzed and identified the relationship between music and art. And so, each art work on display will be introduced to guests with violin improvisation as a special type of playing in which the process of composing is born at the time with performing.



Lev Dyakonicin, "Celebration"



Anastasia Danilochkina, "Dream symthony".



Alexander Kuklis, "The sublimation of abstact senses".


Art project curator Anastasya Danilochkina.

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