Posts Tagged ‘kiev’

Artist of the moment…….Alexander Bogomazov



Alexander Bogomazov was a Russian painter renown for his own style which combined elements of Cubist and Futurism. Alexander Bogomazov was born in Yampil, Russian Empire in the year 1880. The first picture in the gallery is a self portrait by the artist.

Bogomazov attended school in Russia at the Art Academy of Kiev. The artist also knew world renown painter Alexander Archipenko ( I have already done a post on this artist!) One of the first exhibitions he had was with Archipenko.

Below a great selection of works by Bogomazov:

The artist also taught at the collegiate level in Russia. Also in Russia he taught at school for the deaf and mute.

Alexander Bogomazov passed away in 1930, at the age of 50 years old.

Price range information: Charcoal works start at $40,000. His record price for an oil painting is $1.4 million.

With his emphasis on labor and the common man Bogomazov reminds me of Jacob Lawrence with his compositions and bold use of color.


Artist of the moment……….Alexander Liberman


Alexander Liberman was a painter and sculptor renown for his abstract works. Alexander Liberman was born in Kiev, Ukraine in the year 1912. The artist was educated in Russia, England, and France but didn’t study art.

Over his career Liberman worked for Conde Nast magazine in various artistic and design positions within the company. He ended as an editorial director for the magazine.

He took up painting and sculpture in the 1950s.

Liberman is part of the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Below a long interview with Liberman talking about various works he created including sculptures:

In this clip we view a sculpture by Alexander Liberman:

The artist became an American citizen in 1946.

Alexander Liberman passed away in 1999 at the age of 87 years old.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000. Liberman worked in oils, enamel, acrylics, watercolor, lithography, and photography.




Artist of the moment…..Louise Nevelson

Louise Nevelson was an American artist born in the year 1899 in the city of Kiev, Russia. Her family emigrated to the United States in 1905 and as a child she grew up around Rockland, Maine. The United States Postal Service produced a commemorative stamp featuring the artist  in 2000 which is below. Louise Nevelson was most famous for her very large sized works made with wood. These works look like three dimensional puzzles. Some mediums used other than wood by Louise Nevelson include aluminum, metal, and plastic.


Nevelson’s father own a lumberyard when the family lived in Russia. When the family came to the States her father also would run a lumberyard and was made several successful real estate investments.

In this clip we view some of Louise Nevelson’s sculpture works:

She was married briefly to the owner of a shipping company. The couple divorced but had one child. The child’s name was Myron or “Mike” Nevelson who would go on to be a professional artist. As an artist Mike Nevelson focused on modernism and abstraction. I love this families of artists! Below some examples of Mike Nevelson’s style of art (born in 1922.)

For her artistic education Nevelson enrolled at Hans Hoffman’s School of Art located in Munich, Germany. In later years Nevelson studied the art off etching and printmaking with Stanley William Hayter. Hayter was an educator and world renown printmaker and below an example of his art. Nevelson also enrolled at the famed Art Student’s League of New York City.


Nevelson worked as an assistant to famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. He also worked for the WPA as a teacher.

Nevelson was a participant in the Venice Biennale.

Her first solo exhibition was in 1941, whilst in her early 40s.

Louise Nevelson passed away in 1989.

In this clip we visit a show featuring Louise Nevelson that took place in Rome, Italy:

Louise Nevelson was also known for her unique and flamboyant style of dress. Often the artist would black mink eyelashes, silk scarves, and a black cap.

Louise was grandmother to another artist profiled here already, Neith Nevelson. What a creative family!

Its just amazing to see how many multiple generations of artist families exist worldwide. Myron worked with wood, but loved working with the figure.

Price range information:  Works in graphite, monoprints, and etchings can be found starting at $3,000 up to larger sized paintings reaching as a high as $400,000. Many works in wood range from $10,000 to the low six figures.


Artist of the moment……Kazimir/ Kasimir Malevich…..

Kazimir Malevich was born in Kiev, Russia in the year 1879. Some sources say 1878, but it is officially 1879.

Malevich did a fair amount of work promoting the Political ideas of the Communist party. I enjoy his works in this style that would be perfect for woodcuts or linocuts.

When you think of the artist Kazimir Malevich, Suprematism should come to mind. This was a movement that dealt with art as non objective or with reference to something. The square wasn’t supposed to be anything else. Not a brillo pad box or box of  Wheaties, just a square. Malevich made his first type of painting in this style in 1913.

Here is a great clip featuring a show at the Gagosian Gallery. Its great to watch the curator get so excited about his Suprematist works. He made barely more than eighty, forty seven are in public museums, around twenty were destroyed. These are his most significant works so take five minutes to relax and check out his masterworks! The breakout year for Malevich was in 1915.

In the clip above the curator tells us also showing at the same time is Richard Serra. I found these two artists experimented with the same ideas of form and space. Here is a piece done in 1915 titled black square by Malevich.


Richard Serra has spent much of his career working with form and especially with the black square format. Here is a great example of Serra’s style, he is primarily known for his work with sculpting and the basic geometric shapes.


Malevich produced many lithographs which can be found from $2,500 to $20,000. The artist set a record for himself and a painting titled Suprematist Composition that sold for $60 million dollars in 2008.

In this clip some of the artists work set to piano music.

Malevich’s family came to Russia from Poland. His father ran a sugar factory. Malevich was one of fourteen children, nine made it to adult age.

Malevich first studied drawing at the age of sixteen and seventeen years old. The artist went on to attend the Moscow School of Painting. In addition to going to class, the artist was able to learn from a professional painter in a studio setting. His teacher’s name was Fedor Rerberg.

Rerberg was a  great painter of all things. Check out this picture that is a indeed a great still life (watermelons, nude (the two ladies), and seascape ( the setting with the nude and water reminds me of Jeremy Lipking, Anders Zorn, or John Whorf who also painted great nudes alongside the water. ) The painting below is by Rerberg.


Malevich also explored the theme of painting with shades of white. Or if you like books, a modern very light fifty shades of grey! This work is held in the Museum of  Modern Art’s Collection.


Another artist who explored the same idea decades later was Robert Rauschenberg. Here is style of white on white painting.


Malevich died from cancer in 1935 at the age of fifty six years old . At his funeral his body was shown below a black square and funeral goers were allowed to wave black banners.