new-york

Lydia Masterkova

Contemporary Russian Art Center Of America

This show and its sister, “Russian Women Artists: 1930–1980,” both curated by Margarita Tupitsyn, have introduced to New York audiences a new, exciting group of Russian women artists, including both colleagues of and successors to the talented likes of Alexandra Exter, Lyubov Popova, Olga Rosanova, and Nathalia Goncharova. What links these artists is the desire they share to use art as a serious means of self-expression, as a revelatory key to emotion and self-awareness, but never—and I must repeat never—as the propaganda arm of the official Soviet style and sensibility of Socialist Realism. Lydia Masterkova, according to Tupitsyn, “was for a long time the only woman artist included in all major Western shows of Russian non-conformist art”; as represented by this retrospective (her first in New York) of her paintings from 1965 to 1982, her work is exemplary of the high quality, passionate

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