The Blinding Light of History: Genia Chef, Ilya Kabakov, and Oleg Vassiliev
Russian Paintings and Drawings from the Collection of Wayne F. Yakes, MD

On view in the Clinton Adams Gallery February 8 – May 17, 2014
With an opening reception, Friday, February 7, 6 – 8 pm, preceded by a members’ preview at 5 pm.*

The Blinding Light of History features provocative paintings and drawings by three major artists of the Russian Non-Conformist movement: Genia Chef, Ilya Kabakov, and Oleg Vassiliev. The exhibition includes work produced between the 1960s and 2010s, straddling the Soviet period and the more recent Russian period and highlights the politically and socially charged artwork of three of Russia’s most important contemporary artists. Emerging first as major artists under the Soviet system, and then later again in their respective adopted countries of exile, the exhibition highlights each artist’s mastery of Classical technique and Socialist Realism but also each artist’s conceptual challenge to these traditions and to the political and social culture from which they emerged.

Curated by Lisa Tamiris Becker, Director, UNM Art Museum

<b></b><b>Oleg Vassiliev</b> (b. 1933 Moscow, Soviet Union, emigrated to the United States in 1990, d. 2013); <i>By a</i> <i>Campfire</i>, 1998, oil on linen, 63.25 x 44 inches; Loan from the collection of Wayne F. Yakes, MD; Image courtesy of Wayne F. Yakes, MD. © Estate of Oleg Vassiliev.

Oleg Vassiliev (b. 1931 Moscow, Soviet Union, emigrated to the United States in 1990, d. 2013); By a Campfire, 1998, Oil on linen, 63 1/4 x 44 inches; Loan from the collection of Wayne F. Yakes, MD; Image courtesy of Wayne F. Yakes, MD. © Estate of Oleg Vassiliev.

<b>Genia Chef<i> </i></b>(b.1954, Kazakhstan, Soviet Union, currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany); <i>Perestroika</i>, 2011, oil on wood, 13.5 x 12 inches; Loan from the collection of Wayne F. Yakes, MD; Image courtesy of Wayne F. Yakes, MD. © Genia Chef.

Genia Chef (b.1954, Kazakhstan, Soviet Union, currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany); Perestroika, 2011, Oil on wood, 13 1/2 x 12 inches; Loan from the collection of Wayne F. Yakes, MD; Image courtesy of Wayne F. Yakes, MD. © Genia Chef.

<b>Ilya Kabakov </b>(b.1933, Ukraine, Soviet Union, currently lives and works in the United States); <i>Under the Snow #3</i>, 2004; oil on canvas, 64 x 99 inches; Loan from the collection of Wayne F. Yakes, MD; Image courtesy of Wayne F. Yakes, MD. © Ilya Kabakov.

Ilya Kabakov (b.1933, Ukraine, Soviet Union, currently lives and works in the United States); Under the Snow #3, 2004; Oil on canvas, 64 x 99 inches; Loan from the collection of Wayne F. Yakes, MD; Image courtesy of Wayne F. Yakes, MD. © Ilya Kabakov.

Main Image:

Genia Chef (b.1954, Kazakhstan, Soviet Union, currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany); Exotic Species; 1995-1997; Oil on panel; 6 5/8 x 12 1/2 inches. Loan from the collection of Wayne F. Yakes, MD; Image courtesy of Wayne F. Yakes, MD. © Genia Chef.

*members’ previews are open to Sustaining Members and higher of the UNM Art Museum.