10 December 2010 – 9 January 2011 – Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art
Gennady Zubkov anniversary exhibition presents more than 40 paintings date back to diverse periods of the artist’s creative life.
Gennady Zubkov is a well-known artist, a direct heir and successor of the traditions of the Russian Avant-Garde art. Since 1963 during 10 years Zubkov had been studying painting under Vladimir Sterligov guidance. He became one of the first Sterligov’s students. After the master’s death Zubkov managed to continue his path. He taught a generation of Sterligov successors. Nowadays many of them became prominent artists of various genres – from painting to video-art.

From the art-critic’s point of view Zubkov’s painting is a continuous experiment, an attempt to combine various conceptions of classical Modernism – Impressionism, Cubism, Cézannism, Suprematism. He considers a figurative idea to be an essence of a painting. That is why a lot of his canvases are dated twice – the first date present a year of an idea birth, the second – a creation of a painting. The gap between them may be even several decades.

Zubkov’s paintings are in the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts (Moscow), the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), the Zimmerli Art Museum (USA) and many other museum and private collections in Russia, the USA, and Germany.
Zubkov first of all strives in his painting to reveal internal links among things. On his canvases on the edge of two forms the third one appears – it fills the objects with new meanings. Color combinations result in new additional shades. The onlooker discovers the entire solid world where nothing is close or far, but everything is united. Zubkov prefers simple subjects – still lifes, countryside landscapes, casual scenes; though he fills them with profound symbolical significance.

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