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ARTIST: WHITE LIBRARY

He is a full member of the Royal Society of Graphic Artists of Great Britain. His exhibitions are held in New York and London, and his works are bought in the best collections. Peter Bely is a rising star of Russian art, although it is better known in the West than ours.

Bely lives and works in St. Petersburg, where in addition to the workshop under the roof (overlooking Sennaya Square) he had the Luda Gallery. In memory of her, an exhibition will open in autumn. Wandering around the space turned into a maze, viewers will see the work of 50 St. Petersburg artists and visit the bar. formerly an integral part of the Luda Gallery. According to Bely, the exhibition will reflect the artistic process of St. Petersburg, in which much has changed and is confused. The “New Academy”, invented by Timur Novikov, was the last bohemian phenomenon in the traditional sense – drugs, sex, alcohol. My generation is calmer. We are pragmatists who know how to sell ourselves, and conformists who traveled abroad. ” After living in London with his English wife and making sure of the “Anglo-American market dictatorship.”

Bely nevertheless returned: “Not from patriotic feelings, from lyrical – my relatives and friends live in St. Petersburg.” Seeing at the exhibition in New York Peter’s installations “Danger Zone” and “Pinocchio Library”, one of the most important players in the art world, Martin Margulis, without hesitation acquired them. Versions of the “Library” travels around the world so far. The first, for the Milan gallery, from an expensive old (200 years old!) Tree, in the St. Petersburg version Peter used the wooden floor of the destroyed house. This is the image of a carefree architect of the sixties, a monument to the generation who received a good education and failed to build anything: “nine-story buildings and typical projects,” but not ipex to destroy them.

Ruins of ruins is Bely’s favorite theme. In clothes, he also likes the smack of “devastation”. “The artistic public of St. Petersburg is still dressed rather poorly. I like what our homeless people look like: a “leopard” coat, a cockerel and nylon trousers. ” However, White does not follow their example. “I wear Diesel sneakers, Levis 513 jeans, red t-shirts and Paul Smith socks – practical clothes associated with physical work.” But he also has 300 ties.