Natalia Goncharova and women artists of the Russian avant-garde
Monday 9 September 2019
- Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8EP
- Lecturer: Dr Natalia Murray
In line with the retrospective of the leading Russian avant-garde artist, Natalia Goncharova, currently showing at Tate Modern, this study day will be dedicated to the amazons of the Russian avant-garde whose art challenged traditional aesthetic values and redefined the boundaries between art and life, and contributed to the formation of the new Soviet woman in post-revolutionary society. Working almost entirely within the male exhibition-and-sales paradigm, these women considered themselves artists first and became zealous participants in a great aesthetic revolution. Revolutionary in their art and politics, they had seized the freedom of the first decades of the twentieth century to pave a remarkable path from primitivism to cubism and from representation to abstraction.
Programme for the day
- Great female artists of the avant-Garde: from embroidery to the Revolution
- Goncharova: the shining star of the Russian avant-garde
- Liberated woman: the creation of the superwoman after the Bolshevik Revolution
- Soviet female sculptors
Dr Natalia Murray graduated in St Petersburg before taking the PhD course at the Hermitage Museum. Over the past five years she has been lecturing on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian Art at The Courtauld and at the University of Sussex. She curated Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 at the Royal Academy of Arts and in 2017 she led a Society study day on Art at the time of the Revolution to link with the RA exhibition. Natalia is also a trustee of the Russian Avant-Garde Research Project and led a study day for the Society in 2018 on Paris and the Russian Avant-Garde.