Friday, June 23, 2006

The Rukavishnikov Dynasty

My Armenian friend has sent me more pictures of Russian sculpture -- and Alexander Rukavishnikov seems to currently be at the top of the Russian sculpture world -- the latest scion of a clan of Russian sculptors going back five generations.

I guess this is my favorite of the ones I received -- kind of mid-way between socialist realism (with the spade under her foot) -- and modern Italian sensuality -- and maybe a bit of traditional Russian folk-piety.

There's an article about the family here, and there's a strange website devoted to contemporary figurative Russian sculpture
which has some examples of his work -- but the list of 300+ sculptures has to be viewed one-at-a-time, and it's not in alphabetical order. (and overall -- this is one of the most bizarre collections of good art/very bad art that I have ever seen --all of it located in what appears to be a public garbage dump -- with remnants of old USSR official art and many post-USSR items that are too clumsy/awful/pathetic to be believed)

This is the portrait of Vladimir Visotsky mentioned on the above website.

The Russians are so good at making marble figures feel cold -- but do you feel just the hint of a sensual thaw in this portrait ?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm..If that woman with the spade and Gaston Lachaise's "Heroic Woman" got into a fight, who would prevail?

Just a thought...

July 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seen some strange sculpture in my day, and that is a great number, but that woman with a spade is unnerving... it is a "road-building" slovic/russian female in a mini-skirt which provides a sensual attractivness to an otherwise chunky woman. I think it would look good in my garden !

July 11, 2006  
Blogger buckshot_lefonk said...

I was searching whom within this family created the statue of Fyodor Dostoevsky one can see in front of the Lenine library ? Any idea ?

July 10, 2013  

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