|Biography from a third party submitted on 08/02/2010:|
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Yevgeny Rukhin, a prolific Nonconformist artist, showed the willingness
and strength to defend his artistic expression during his short career.
A Leningrad artist, Rukhin produced work that abruptly challenged
Social Realism while staging controversial events such as the Bulldozer
Exhibition (1974) with fellow artist and friend, Oscar Rabine. Less
than two years after this underground exhibition was violently broken
up by police, Rukhin died in his sleep, surrounded by toxic painting
supplies in his studio, in a fire allegedly ignited by the KGB in
efforts to force him into conformity.
In 1966, when Rukhin was
just twenty three, his work was received by the Betty Parson’s Gallery
in New York, alongside artists such as Pollock, Newman, Rothko and
Rauschenberg. Although Rukhin’s abstractions and morose grey-brown
palette placed him in accord with the American artists, Rukhin can
never be considered anything other than Russian. As his assemblages
emerged in 1968, Rukhin overlaid elements of Russian antiquity such as
icons, furniture and even manholes, into thickly coated surfaces that
speak his heritage. Despite his cultural profundity, the artist’s
legacy has yet to infiltrate Russia but remains abroad, in collections
such as that of Norton Dodge.
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