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PAINTING

VOLODYMYR RESHETOV
HENRI YAGODKIN
KATERYNA KOSYANENKO
TETYANA YAGODKINA
PETRO BEVZA
ALEXSANDER KUDRIAVCHENKO

GRAPHIC

GRYGORIY SOKIRINSKIY
ANNA NOSENKO
VOLODYMYR RESHETOV

SCULPTURE

GENNADIY TITOV
KLIM STEPANOV
OLEKSANDR KUZMIN

ENAMEL

OLEKSII KOVAL

N2N GALLERY

When Kipling the Great said that «East cannot meet West» he certainly wasn’t able to envisage the gallery space of «N2N». Not that we could have expected him to, but here the different cultures and styles work wonderfully together, flowing hand in hand and producing something enchanting and beautiful.

Typically, the Oriental expressive pieces lack the figurative, yet captivate audiences as only they can. Contrasting well with Slavic authenticity in terms of shapes and refined psychological insight used to represent space, surface and time.

Spectacular in an understated way and inspiring certainly, this exhibition holds appeal to the European West and the Middle East. Both previously lacking in knowledge and understanding of realism, now attracted and interested in its appeal.

The treasures of the Ukraine are shared here, with its crossroads of civilizations well represented using much Italian Renaissance influence, such as the three-dimensional and artificial-detailed portrayals. Dating back to the 18th Century, but in full flow during the 19th, the Renaissance boasts magnificence, well recognized as the most prolific artistic period in history. Among the many acclaimed artists are many Ukrainian’s.

One such artist was Ilya Repin whose work posed a symbol of realism, born in the Kharkiv Region, but moving away for much of his life he never forgot his roots or his heritage. As a painter he immortalized his homeland in many intriguing pictures.

Despite much narrative surrounding a conflict between modernism and realism it is now largely regarded as fictitious... In fact the 20th Century sees the continuation of Repin’s artistic initiative, despite the prevalence of modernist methods the world over.

Realism and modernism reconciled to each other — like East and West... at least in the field of arts, painting and sculpture.

The 2N2 art gallery in Abu Dhabi presents a harmony between the two as it collaborates with artists of different styles and cultures, including those who diverted from the realistic streamline in their creative work in favor of academic professionalism. Perhaps ahead of their time in many ways, as such a priority remains at the fore for most. Still, there are those who feel technologies stifle the ‘presumption of uniqueness’ that is crucial in art to our mind.

Traditional genres, techniques and themes hold immense value and significance as each individual work of art is completely unique. Such could not be said so readily of the genres, techniques and themes of late modernism, despite their indisputable appeal.

In spite of political change and societal progression humans by nature hold a desire to furnish their homes as they choose... To dream beneath their favorite picture, to converse over a piece of art, to imagine themselves a part of it...

Ukrainian works through the second half of the 20th and early part of the 21st Centuries can fit this bill. Many of those called for by the N2N Gallery live up to the desire of the disillusioned modern spectator looking for the comfort in reason, kindness and eternal values. Perhaps as a form of escapism from the conflicting reality of modern life...


   
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