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This exhibition features more than fifty works of the Sterligov School from the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. This group of abstract painters worked in Leningrad from 1960-1990.
More than any other group, their art demonstrates the self-conscious continuity of early twentieth-century Russian avant-garde practices in nonconformist art of the post-World War II Soviet Union. Led by the charismatic painter and teacher Vladimir Sterligov (1904-73), these artists based their approach on Kazimir Malevich's Suprematism and Mikhail Matiushin's Organic Culture. Sterligov, with wife Tatiana Glebova and students Elena Gritsenko and Gennadii Zubkov, sought to convey their perception of the world as a non-representational reality, "a visible invisibility, and a visibility unseen."
Curated by Isabel Wünsche, a scholar from the International University of Bremen