Contemporary Art is No Hindrance to Classical

The Sixth Cyberfest, the largest annual international festival of cybernetic art in Eastern Europe, is taking place in St. Petersburg. Cyberart is a cunning blend of living substance with technical, computer components. “Are there no more artists, in the conventional sense of the word, working with brushes and paints, and are they gradually being replaced by programmers and electricians?” pondered the “VP” correspondent. Ivan Govorkov, a professor at the Academy of Arts, shared his thoughts about art and culture.

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Announcement of Anna Frants’ Exhibition at the “Borey” Gallery

Traditionally, every December on Catholic Christmas, the “Borey” gallery presents video projects by media artist Anna Frants. She graduated from the Mukhina School and has lived in Manhattan, New York, for a long time. She is a successful, established person and artist. Following the example of other compatriots abroad, she could have forgotten about her homeland, the city, and those who live here and engage in art, she could have “shaken off the dust from her shoes,” so to speak. But she did not follow this example and did not shake off the dust. Hardly anyone among private individuals has done more to popularize Petersburg’s art than Anya. One of her first projects, conceived with art historian Olga Thomson, was the “Russian Album” website, which collected all the St. Petersburg artists who leaned towards contemporary art at the end of the 20th century. This was followed by the collective project “Moving Objects,” shown as part of the epochal exhibition at the Russian Museum “Abstraction. 20th Century”. Anna Frants organizes exhibitions of St. Petersburg artists in the USA, has collected a collection of modern Russian art. For several years, together with the State Center for Contemporary Art, she has been organizing the significant review of media art “Cyberfest,” which this year took place in the Hermitage.

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Pies at Anna Frants Gallery, Champagne at Natalia Lyakh’s Apartment Party

On Friday, pirozhki were served: some with meat, others with jam. At Anna Frants’ gallery (Frants Gallery) in Soho, there’s a long-standing tradition: an exhibition opening always features pirozhki.

This time, they showcased new works by the St. Petersburg artist Vitaly Pushnitsky, united by a common theme – burn marks on paper. The burnt sheets resemble graphic drawings executed in 3D: where the burn is imprinted on the paper, it becomes voluminous, as if swelling, and one can discern a window or even a door to the unknown.

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Anna Frants. “Visionary Dreams #2391-95”

December 19 – 30, 2006
video installation/cyber installation

Anna Frants, a multimedia artist based in New York, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1989, she graduated from the Leningrad Higher School of Industrial Art named after V.I. Mukhina (now the St. Petersburg Academy of Design), where she received a classical education. Later, by mastering new fields (computer graphics and animation), she expanded her creative horizons. Anna’s works have been recognized with awards at prestigious competitions, including a prize for her three-dimensional computer animation “Angel” at the Autodesk Planet Studio Award. Her short computer-animated film “Angel” also participated in the competitive program of the SouthSide Film Festival (Pennsylvania, 2006) and the New York festival “Red Shift” in 2004. Her works can be found in the Museum of Modern Art KyoseinoSato (Japan) and in private collections.

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