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Exhibition of works by Eduard Gudzenko
February 28 at 6 pm in the halls of the Museum and Exhibition Complex of the Russian Academy of Arts of the Zurab Tsereteli Art Gallery at the address: Prechistenka, house 19 opens an exhibition of the Ukrainian artist Eduard Ivanovich Gudzenko (1938-2006). This name remains to this day practically unknown to the Russian spectator.
The retrospective exposition will present more than 70 works. The exhibition consists of several thematic blocks and covers the artist’s creativity from early sketches of the late 1950s, graphic sketches, to his latest canvases of the early 2000s. On meter canvases landscapes and still lifes, portraits, genre scenes and decorative fantasies.
In his works, Eduard Ivanovich turned to various techniques and directions of painting, developing his own handwriting. “For me, art is a game, an improvisation,” the artist wrote in his diary. His painting is distinguished by the ease of writing, pasty sweeping strokes that create a complex texture and dynamics of the plane. The most innocent, prosaic subjects, reflecting the life and life of the Ukrainian outback, are saturated with internal energy and dynamics. Interesting and working with color. Creating a color tonal solution of the canvas, the master is not afraid to use open colors, often weighting and darkening the center of the composition, surrounding it with bright colouristic spots.
The works of “Premiere”, “Comedians” of the 1970s are distinguished by carnivalism. They open space for various interpretations, pointing to the erudition of the author, his propensity for a deep understanding of life, a philosophical view of reality.
Portraits of Gudzenko’s brush and his later works are distinguished by a dark monochrome palette, but this does not make them more dramatic, rather softer and calmer. Such are “Don Quixote” (1973), “Portrait of the veteran groom Gritsaya” (1984) and the last work – “Alley of tranquility” (2005).
Eduard Gudzenko was born in Cherkassy (Central Ukraine) in 1938. He died in the village of Budishche in 2006. He was educated at the Art College in Chisinau (1957-1962), where he studied with Michael Greek and practiced with Corneliu Baba. In 1966, the only time he took part in the Republican Exhibition of Young Artists of the USSR, where he received positive feedback from TN Yablonskaya, GV Yakutovich and GI Gavrilenko.
After studying, Eduard Ivanovich had a difficult fate. Not merging into the wave of official Soviet art, he lived the life of a provincial artist. He was the head of the art studio in the Cherkassy House of Pioneers in the 1960s. He created several chamber mosaic projects in the interior. The only personal exhibition of the unrecognized master was held in 1987 in Cherkassy, in the same year the artist survived the first heart attack, after which he had to restore the ability to write.
Half a century of his active work, from 1957 to 2005, were almost devoid of vivid events. The meaning of his life has always been painting.
Personal exhibitions were organized after the death of the artist, in 2007 – in the Cherkassy Art Museum, in 2008 – in Kiev, in 2014-15, his creativity was seen and Russian art lovers – thanks to the exhibition in the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.
Here is how Jennifer Kahn describes the work of Eduard Gudzenko: “Even in his most abstract works, Gudzenko never neglects the concreteness of the image. One can only imagine what heights he could achieve without being constrained by the limitations of the era. ”
The exhibition runs on 26 March.
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