In the Search of an Absolute: The Art of Valery Yurlov

Valery Yurlov: Counter-form, 1959
Dec 03, 2011 - Apr 14, 2013
Dodge Wing Lower Level

The art of Moscow artist Valery Yurlov (born 1932) stands out as one of the earliest examples of geometric abstraction in Soviet nonconformist art. Yurlov’s artistic vision developed in direct communion with the traditions of the Russian avant-garde of the 1920s. In his work, which the Zimmerli holds in depth thanks to the generosity of Norton and Nancy Dodge, these traditions were reflected in his search for an absolute. Throughout his artistic career, Yurlov has combined this principle with the latest developments and theories in contemporary art, such as neoconstructivism and performance art.

Organized by Julia Tulovsky, Associate Curator of Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art

The exhibition is supported by the Avenir Foundation Endowment Fund.

Valery Yurlov

Counter-form, 1959

Oil on canvas

Collection Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union

Photo Peter Jacobs