The Ukrainian Institute of America (UIA), New York, NY, March, 2004


Mykola Hlushschenko
"Still Life with Wood Grouse", 1974
oil, canvas 

The Ukrainian Institute of America is pleased to present "Ukrainian Art through American

Eyes", an exhibit featuring art from the collections of Grace Kennan Warnecke and former

US Ambassador to Ukraine, Carlos Pascual. The exhibition will be on view through April

25, 2004.

The exhibit features the works of 22 painters,  ranging by style from realistic,

impressionistic to abstract and naif. Among others the exhibit features art of such

well-known Ukrainian artists as Tatyana Yablonska and Mikola  Hlushchenko.

Paintings from  both of the collections were acquired between 1998 and 2003

The idea for the present exhibition came from  Ms. Warnecke. The first paintings

she purchased in Kyiv were in response to  the blank walls of her apartment and

office. "One day I realized that I was building a collection," she recalls. After that,

the idea of having a show of Ukrainian  Art in the USA for the American  viewer

became more and more important to her. When  she approached the Ukrainian

Institute with the proposition to organize this show,  the institute  immediately

agreed to host the exhibit.

The Ukrainian Institute of America Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose primary

mission is to showcase and support Ukrainian culture with an emphasis on visual

arts and music. The Institute was founded more than fifty years ago by William

Dzus, a prominent Ukrainian inventor, industrialist and philanthropist.

"We are thrilled by the opportunity to present this exhibit to the general public, says, Walter Hoydysh, the director of Ukrainian programs at the Ukrainian institute as well as the curator of the exhibit. "It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase Ukrainian paintings that were chosen by an American collector."

The work on exhibit includes social realism "Night shift at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant", 1973, by Mamsikov, depicting the glory of construction of the plant that opened in September, 1977, and brought to the world the worst lesson on nuclear reactor safety. We also see the wonderfully colored, compositionally elegant still life and landscape paintings by Mikola Hlushchenko, a legend of Ukrainian art who also became a chief designer of the USSR exhibits at international expos.

There is a touch of authenticity of Ukrainian spirit in primitive painting of Anastasia Rak, who after surviving great oppressions of Stalin's Famine of 1932 -1933 and Nazi labor camps of World War II was able to return to her native village where she brings optimism to everyday life with her joyous villagescapes reverse painting on glass. But above all the exhibit presents a great academic level of art.

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A. S. Derbenev
oil, panel

Vladislav Mamsikov
"installation Crane On Main Frame", 1973
tempera, cardboard
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Anastasia Rak
"Harvest", 1998
reversed painting on glass

Olga Kryvenko
"Winter of Dreams No3", 1992
oil, canvas



Tatyana Yablonska
"By the Pier", 1947
oil, cardboard

Olga Krylova
"Winter Motif", 1973
oil, canvas

A total of 37 works are on view. A fully illustrated catalogue of the exhibit is available as well as a full preview on the UIA website

UIA Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 2 to 6 pm; Address, 2 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021; Telephone: (212) 288-8660 Fax: (212) 288-2918.

NOTE: The  Information Service (ARTUIS) is pleased to have had the opportunity to know and work with Grace Kennan Warnecke while she lived in Kyiv and was assembling her art collection. We introduced her to the art of Anastasia Rak and Olga Krylova.

March 8, 2004

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