Rare Opportunity to Meet Artist Valery Yurlov

March 19, 2012

New Brunswick, NJ – Celebrate the exhibition In the Search of an Absolute: Art of Valery Yurlov, with a rare appearance by the Moscow-based artist, during Art After Hours on Wednesday, April 4, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for adults over 65, and free for museum members, as well as Rutgers students, faculty and staff (with ID), and children under 18.

The evening begins with a 5:30 tour of In the Search of an Absolute with Dr. Julia Tulovsky, Associate Curator of Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art. At 6:15 p.m., with an introduction by Dr. Jane Sharp, Associate Professor and Research Curator of Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art, the 15-minute short film “Valery Yurlov: Sketch for a Portrait” provides insight into the artist’s creative ideas and principles, featuring interviews with art historian and author Dmitry Sarabianov, as well as with the artist himself. A reception with Yurlov follows from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lower Dodge Gallery. A performance of contemporary Russian music takes place in the lobby from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. The Museum Store features 20% off all purchases and complimentary art posters until 8:30 p.m.

“Valery Yurlov continues the intellectual traditions of the Russian avant-garde of the 1920s,” notes Dr. Tulovsky. He stands out as one of the earliest proponents of analytical abstraction within Soviet nonconformist art and was among those brave artists who, as early as the 1950s, defied the harsh restrictions placed on artists by the Communist government. The exhibition spotlights 50 pioneering works, selected from more than 200 by Yurlov in the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection at the Zimmerli, from the late 1950s and 1960s, with a few later pieces from the collection of the artist. In the Search of an Absolute is the latest in a series of one-person shows devoted to Soviet nonconformist artists at the Zimmerli.

In the Search of an Absolute: Art of Valery Yurlov is curated by Dr. Julia Tulovsky, Associate Curator of Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art, with assistance by Olena Martynyuk and Corina Apostol, graduate students in the Department of Art History and Dodge Fellows at the Zimmerli Art Museum. Most of the works are drawn from the museum’s 20,000-piece Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Soviet Nonconformist Art, the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of Soviet dissident art from the historical Cold War period between 1956 and 1986.

This exhibition is made possible by the Avenir Foundation Endowment Fund.

Zimmerli Art Museum

The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum houses more than 60,000 works of art, ranging from ancient to contemporary art. The permanent collection features particularly rich holdings in nineteenth-century French art; Russian art from icons to the avant-garde; Soviet nonconformist art from the Dodge Collection; and American art with notable holdings of prints. One of the largest and most distinguished university-based art museums in the nation, the Zimmerli is located on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Established in 1766, Rutgers is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and a premier public research university.

SUPPORT

The Zimmerli’s operations, exhibitions, and programs are funded in part by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Johnson & Johnson; and the donors, members, and friends of the museum.

LOCATION AND HOURS

The Zimmerli Art Museum is located at 71 Hamilton Street (at George Street) on the College Avenue campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The Zimmerli is a short walk from the NJ Transit train station in New Brunswick, midway between New York City and Philadelphia.

Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and the first Wednesday of each month (except August), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays, major holidays, and the month of August.

Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for adults over 65; and free for museum members, as well as Rutgers students, faculty and staff (with ID), and children under 18. Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month. For more information, call 732.932.7237, ext. 610 or visit the museum’s website: www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu

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