Exhibition opening reception - Wednesday 24 th April 2013, 6.00 pm– 9.00 pm
7.30 pm: Introduction by Yelena Lembersky and reading by Robert Chandler
Pushkin House is pleased to present the work by Russian artist Felix Lembersky (b. Lublin, Poland, 1913; d. Leningrad, 1970), his first exhibition in Great Britain. Rooted in Soviet Avant-Garde and academically trained in Leningrad, Lembersky melded realist and modernist forms, realigning them to create emotionally charged and thought-provoking imagery, expressed through a masterful technique and exquisitely complex color.
Lembersky was a painter, set designer, teacher, creator of artistic groups and a vocal proponent of freedom in art in the Soviet Union. He became a refugee at the onset of World War I, grew up in the crucible of the Bolshevik Revolution and the Civil War, and lived through World War II, including the Siege of Leningrad and the murder of his parents in occupation.
Lembersky's work has appeared in major exhibitions in the United States and Russia, including solo shows in Massachusetts, Virginia, Wisconsin. Recent catalogues include Felix Lembersky: Soviet Forms, Jewish Context (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, 2013), Torn from Darkness. Works by Felix Lembersky (Richmond: University of Richmond, 2011), and Felix Lembersky. Paintings and Drawings (Moscow: Galart, 2009, in English and Russian). His work is in the holdings of art museums, including the Russian Museum (St. Petersburg) and Dodge Collection of Soviet Nonconformism.
Highlights of this exhibition include one painting from Lembersky's series of works about Babi Yar, a site of Nazi massacre near Kiev , (oil on canvas, ca. 1944-1952), “DOM POSLE BOMBEZHKI,” (“Building after Bombing," 1959, oil on board) and “LEZHASCHAYA. The Siege of Leningrad,” 1964, oil on canvas). Despite the painful historical events he addresses, Lembersky asserts life though beauty, empathy, and shared humanity.
Yelena Lembersky, curator
The Uniterra Foundation
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States UniterraFoundation@gmail.com
About art of Felix Lembersky, please visit their website for more information.
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AN ARMENIAN SKETCHBOOK (NYRB Classics [&] the MacLehose Press)
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Joseph Troncale, Professor of Russian Literature and Visual Studies
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