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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 2, 2002
"From Russia with Love"
March 16 - April 10, 2002
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 16, 2002, 5-8 PM
On display at the Schomburg Gallery in Santa Monica from March 16 - April 10, 2002 is an exhibition of Russian Impressionist paintings, by artists who led that movement in the 1930s through the 1980s. Also included are works of several contemporary artists, all of whom graduated from The Academy in St. Petersburg, and some who studied with the Russian Impressionist artists.
The show has been assembled by Martin Kurgan, a Palisades High School graduate, who studied at the St. Petersburg Academy in Russia from 1992- 1998. He now lives and paints in Santa Monica. Through his international connections, he was able to gain access to the works of these important artists.
This diverse exhibition consists of portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes, as well as some genre scenes. Most of these works are held in major museum collections in Russia, including the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg and the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. Bringing these paintings out of Russia was a complex task; Mr. Kurgan chose the particular paintings from hundreds of different works, using his personal experience and artistic tastes. Each painting has been reviewed and documented by the St. Petersburg Commission of Culture. Each of the artists occupies a place of importance in the Russian history of art.
The Schomburg Gallery is located at Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Avenue, E-3A, Santa Monica, CA 90404. Hours are: Tuesday - Saturday from 11 AM to 6 PM.
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