Peggy Jarrell Kaplan

Portraits of Russian Artists, 1984-1995. Experience of a Russian artist working in collaboration in the East and in the West

Event Venue:

Harriman Institute
Columbia University
420 West 118th Street (International Affairs Building) 12th floor

Event Date:

October 23, 2006 to December 15, 2006

Curated by Regina Khidekel

Reception with the guest speaker artist Vitaly Komar:
Experience of a Russian artist working in collaboration in the East and in the West

Wednesday, November 1, 6:30 to 8:30pm
Exhibition on view through October 23rd - December 15th

Peggy Jarrell Kaplan will exhibit portraits of Russian artists who, by the act of artistic creation, were subject to persecution under the Soviet regime. Portrait subjects include Komar & Melamid, Ilya Kabakov, Eric Bulatov, Vadim Zakharov, Sergei Bugaev (Afrika), Timur Novikov, Brodsky & Utkin, and the Peppers and other leading Russian nonconformist conceptual artists. Comprised of artists from Moscow, Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), and ÈmigrÈ artists in New York who continued to explore Russian themes, the group represents three generations. The exhibition is a record of that time and captures a commonality of spirit that reflects the era in which they were taken. Interviews, collaborative projects with the artists, and background information will also be included.

Concurrent to this exhibition, Kaplan will have a one person exhibition of her portraits of choreographers at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, in New York, from November 18 to December 22.

Kaplan's portraits of Russian artists have accompanied exhibitions of Soviet artists at several universities. Her collection of contemporary choreographers who explore new dance has been exhibited in festivals in England, France, Sweden, Canada, Germany, and Russia. Her work was included in performances by Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project. Solo exhibitions have been mounted at the Pompidou Center in Paris and at the Lincoln Center Museum of the Performing Arts, Goethe Institute, and The French Institute in New York. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum. Her portraits of Andy Warhol, John Cage, and Joseph Beuys have been widely reproduced.

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