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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.

PREMIUM: BARAK

Having fallen on runes and turning a decent exhibition space into a hut, Oleg Kulik, as a curator, presents the first London exhibition of Kandinsky Prize nominees.

Where does Oleg Kulik’s fantasy end and serious curatorial work begin? Impossible to say. Everyone knows the passion of the former shareholder, and now a Buddhist and director of oriental practices. But in order to select and hang up the works of artists in accordance with the apocalyptic forecast of José Aguéles related to December 25, 2012, when the powerful detonation of Russian influence in the West will be launched? .. Kuliku, who, like a cat (or dog), has seven art -Life, everything is possible. And certainly arrange a real wooden hut in the center of London. From the dictionary: “hut” is “a wooden building with a simplified design, framing a space that carries a certain semantic load and is intended for temporary housing”. For Kulik, this is an atmosphere free of external conventions.

For the architect of the exhibition Boris Bernasconi – “Russian” wooden walls built into the western exhibition space with holes and crevices through which light will penetrate. “Rough external light,” the curator explains. No point neutral lighting that western galleries are so proud of. “Pictures will be perceived in the atmosphere in which they were created. And not in the white walls in which no one has ever lived with us. ” This London “hut”, housed in the building of the Louise Blouin Foundation, one of the most powerful art publishers in the world, contains the work of 40 Russian artists who claimed a year ago for the Kandinsky Prize (and some of them, like Diana Machulina, a group of PG or Alexei Belyaev -Gint, received it).

The exhibition is organized in the midst of the Frieze, Zoo fairs and the autumn series of contemporary art auctions, when the concentration of art lovers and professionals in London will be maximum. So everyone will talk about Russians. Moreover, at the opening day, arranged in the hot season for contemporary art, according to the provocateur Kulik, “everyone will be pleasantly naked.”

MAUSOLEUM

YURI AVVAKUMOV. “BLACK MAUSOLEUM”, 2008

The grand tombs of the kings and, as an exception, the leader of the revolution, Vladimir Lenin, got their name from the tomb of the Persian king Mausoleum, built in the 4th century BC. Mausoleums are very different. The Indian Taj Mahal is like a palace, the mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian in Rome is like a fortress. And Lenin’s mausoleum, of course, on the Egyptian pyramid. It was built by architect Alexei Shchusev in 1930. And more recently, another architect, Yuri Avvakumov, made a copy of dominoes. And he showed his mausoleum at a Russian exhibition as part of Art Basel Miami Beach.

FLAG

PAVEL PEPPERSTEIN. FLAG, 2004

The first flags were used in ancient India and China. In Europe, the flag became a mandatory attribute of armies in the Middle Ages, and later moved to the fleet. Gradually, the flag becomes a symbol of states. The American flag is probably the most volatile in the world: for J 50+, the number of stars on it has grown from thirteen to fifty. Pavel Pepperstein has a difficult relationship with the United States. On the one hand, he sets the flag of a superpower over an endless sea, as if bowing before the power of America. On the other hand, the flag on the lunar landscape looks lonely, like a sail from Lermontov’s poem. But both versions remind of Russian Malevich and his Suprematist painting “The Red Cavalry Gallops”.

ORDEN

VLADIMIR KOZIN. TRUTH, 2008

The order is a sign of belonging to the number of people especially marked by the state. The orders first appeared in the Middle Ages, and some of them survived to the present day. One of the most famous “old-timers” is the British Order of the Garter, created by King Edward III already in 1344. It is still given exclusively to persons of royal blood. In Soviet times, orders were awarded to both people and organizations. For example, the newspaper “Pravda”, the emblem of which was made from St. Petersburg by Vladimir St. Petersburg Kozin. Here the form corresponds to the content: the coarse material reminds of Soviet mass housing.

LOVE FORMATS

Harlequin, the world’s most famous “female” publishing house, has signed a contract with Centerpolygraph and is now publishing books in Russia. Vice President of the publishing house Catherine Orr talks about the love of female novels.

“Love is an international language, and our novels are able to enrich personal experience and satisfy readers’ fantasies without harming language and culture. We have been working in the women’s literature market for many years, we study the preferences of readers, we monitor the change in language and try to make it modern in our novels. It may seem strange, but most of our authors today are … our former readers, who know better than others what interests the public. We try different formats: audio books, e-books, mobile books (books in special formats for mobile phones and other devices), graphic novels (varieties of comics).

The demanded literature for women can take various forms and ways of embodiment of the plot – this is one of the reasons why we have such a huge selection of books for every taste. There are series under the conditional names “Intrigue”, “Erotic”, “Paranormal.” Reading is, in general, inexpensive pleasure, it captures and relieves stress. With the modern crazy rhythm of life, little is so distracting and reassuring. ”

HIGH AND RUSSIAN

The book “This High Fashion”, written by the legendary French journalist Jeanie Samet, is published by the ABC Publishing House.

“Once I was present at a very funny scene with Dior: a young Russian couple chose a wedding dress. Katrim Riviere, who runs haute couture sales, showed them, among other things, a stunning fiery red evening gown. “If you could make it in white, adding embroidery, it would be great.” That Russian wedding was played in a Dior evening dress. Fashion houses never reveal their haute couture customer names. And if these ladies are Russian or American, then confidentiality is even stricter. All Russian haute couture clients are young. They are about 30, it is important for them to take place professionally, most often they have a rich business husband with whom they travel a lot.

Russians prefer dresses to suits, sometimes ordering three models at once, seen somewhere in the magazine, but made exclusively for them. They love the black, purple color of the sea wave, and for evening – flesh-colored silk. A client from Russia is very beautiful, with the gait of a top model. She is more elegant than French women who are too lazy to dress up and who go out of town in jeans, boots and a leather jacket. A Russian woman always comes in Louboutm heels, in a simple but sexy dress. She knows how to file herself and will never look like a dummy. And a valuable piece for French couturiers: the Russians never discuss the price. ”

YOUR VOICE

The author of two sensational novels about golden youth, 19-year-old Lolita Pius, does not tire of praising Frederick Begbeder.

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“I always clearly understood what I love and what I hate, even when I neglected what I love and concluded a truce with what I hate. They say one step from love to hate. I hate proverbs – and especially this one. She was invented to convince fools. She appears in a dispute when the other arguments are exhausted. For example, you say you hate a person. And then some fool with anger answers you: “From love to hate, one step, af-af!” As a rule, he means that love that has turned into hatred is just uncomplicated love. In fact, you love, but since you did not get this love, it becomes anger and bitterness. The same thing with criticism – they say, this is a hidden envy. But all this is wrong! I am sure that sincere hatred, just hatred, like criticism, is needed, since this is a form of our confrontation.

Today there is a lot of false love. We bathe in sickening sweetness, love the way opponents of fur love animals – this is just the flip side of their hatred of people. I openly talk about my hatred. For example, I hate Miss France contestants: they all speak with one voice, the voice of customer service. I want to take them and shake them so that they speak with their own voices. ”

THE BEGINNING OF TIME

Alessandro Barikko, whose world best-selling Silk is once again published by the ABC Publishing House.

“When you start writing, all you need is a good plot, an idea of ​​what the narrator’s voice will be, and a huge dose of determination. You may also need cigarettes – in large quantities. In the very first lines, the reader is offered a game, its rules are explained, and a hint is given as to what the reward will be if he agrees to enter this game with the author. The beginning cannot be delayed, very few play games where it takes more time to learn the rules than the game itself. Kafka’s “Transformation” has a great start, it’s better simply not possible: “Waking up one morning after a restless sleep, Gregor Zamza discovered that he had turned into a terrible insect in his bed.” Bad novels always have a bad start. But good novels with a bad start are few: if you will, War and Peace, starting with a huge quote in French,

The Silk novel for me personally began when I found out that in the 18th century there were people who, on duty, went half the world to buy silkworm larvae: I was shocked by the disproportion between the scale of the trip and the tiny purpose of the trip. I liked this rhythm of the pendulum, back and forth, every year, so that for six months we could find peace in the emptiness of everyday life … I used a similar plot scheme and wrote a love story, starting it with a description of an unusual craft. ”

FETISH FOR AGE

“Large skirts with hoops, a tight corrugated collar or a blouse with a hundred buttons … Any fashion, if it is uncomfortable, today seems strange, because people appreciate comfort and lightness in clothes. Corset is perhaps the most controversial ladies’ toilette in the history of fashion. And despite this, the corset has not disappeared, it is still in favor today. Firstly, it is impossible to imagine some dresses without a corset, for example, wedding dresses. Secondly, it is important for designers looking for inspiration in history, such as Christian Lacroix.

A corset is indispensable for those fashion designers who appreciate “fetishes” in fashion – this is a godsend for a designer like Vivienne Westwood. I have a specially designed corset for me from black leather in the style of the 80s. I feel comfortable in it, and it looks amazing. However, there is another extremely uncomfortable “thing” that no woman is able to refuse. These are high heels. Yes, some women hate them, but most of them are crazy. And by the way, when asked if it is painful to wear corsets, I usually answer: “No, everything is fine with the corset, but my shoes are killing me …” Things disappear from fashion if they stop being functional. But creating a beautiful and sexy look is also a function. And we are unlikely to be able to refuse it. ”