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Art

From art to film, from music to photography.

December 9, 2017
Why We Love to Hate Russians
Why We Love to Hate Russians

Why are Russians are such enduring villains, and what was the real intent of the election meddling campaign?

By Paul E. Richardson
Tags: hollywood, stereotypes
November 25, 2017
Photography, Kachka & Spies
Photography, Kachka & Spies

Photography, food and spies comprise this week's Three Best Reads. We travel to Vilnius, Brooklyn, and Washington, DC, to consider wagging tongues, boiled tongues, and an overlooked photographer.

By Paul E. Richardson
Tags: khrushchev, espionage, photography, russian cuisine
August 9, 2017
Music Defeats War
Music Defeats War

When Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony was performed from besieged Leningrad on August 9, 1942, music suspended the horrors of war.

By Divya Ryan
Tags: shostakovich, world war ii, leningrad, music
June 6, 2017
7 Banned Films from the 1960s
7 Banned Films from the 1960s

Where we discuss seven outstanding Soviet movies from the 1960s dealing with rural Russia, humaneness, and the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution that, instead of contributing to the revolution’s legacy, gathered dust for decades.

By Oleg Koronny and Leonid Marantidi
Tags: cinematography, 1960s, film
March 16, 2017
Meet Four Russian Centenarians
Meet Four Russian Centenarians

One hundred years ago, in 1917, Russia was wracked by revolution, famine, foreign war, and domestic unrest. And yet, throughout 1917, babies were born, lives were started. 

By Paul E. Richardson
Tags: history, women, 1917
March 10, 2017
Six Great Songs About St. Petersburg
Six Great Songs About St. Petersburg

Many Russian cities have songs about about them. Here are six of the best ones about Russia's Northern Capital – three by American artists, three by Russians.

By Elena Bobrova
Tags: music, St. Petersburg
March 6, 2017
Better Russia
Better Russia

Bob Blaisdell reviews Other Russias, an album of images and impressions of ordinary, unconnected Russian citizens who have unexpectedly found themselves activists. 

By Bob Blaisdell
Tags: art, illustration, dissent
February 17, 2017
Our Next Big Thing
Our Next Big Thing

We are excited to announce our next big project: Time Travel! And we'll document it with a book and a movie!

By Paul E. Richardson
Tags: books, history, 1917
January 25, 2017
Titan of the Russian Forest: An Ivan Shishkin Art Gallery
Titan of the Russian Forest: An Ivan Shishkin Art Gallery

Today marks the 185th birthday of the artist Ivan Shishkin, whose paintings evoke Russia's beauty and vastness. With a nickname like "Forest Tsar," his trees must be good.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Russia, Shishkin, painting, art, Peredvizhniki, realism
January 24, 2017
Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky

Maria Plotnikova acquaints us with Tchaikovsky. No, not the composer, the town named for him in Siberia's Perm Krai.

By Maria Plotnikova
Tags: Tchaikovsky, Kama, Udmurtia
January 7, 2017
The Good, the Bad, and the Middling
The Good, the Bad, and the Middling

A tour of ten distinctive Moscow monuments that goes a long way to summarizing the state of the art in Russia today.

By Alexander Mozhaev
Tags: Moscow, art, monuments
December 13, 2016
Tyumen
Tyumen

Yulia Sulzhenko takes us to her hometown, Tyumen, Siberia's western capital, and the oil and gas capital of Russia.

By Yulia Sulzhenko
Tags: Siberia, oil, Lenin, rasputin
December 5, 2016
"We invented and changed the world": A Rodchenko Art Gallery
"We invented and changed the world": A Rodchenko Art Gallery

Photographer, painter, designer, and more, Alexander Rodchenko (born December 5, 1891) worked at the intersection of innovative art and radical politics. Here are 14 of his works. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Rodchenko, Russia, art, modernism, photography, Soviet Union
December 4, 2016
Abstraction Turns 150: A Vasily Kandinsky Art Gallery
Abstraction Turns 150: A Vasily Kandinsky Art Gallery

Vasily Kandinsky was a renowned abstract artist whose shapes and colors revolutionized twentieth-century modernist art. Here are 11 of his paintings in honor of his 150th.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Kandinsky, Russia, art, modernism, abstract, abstraction
November 19, 2016
Famous People Who Studied Russian
Famous People Who Studied Russian

Studying Russian and finding it a bit challenging? You are not alone. Check out our list of famous people who have studied Russian, and find some fellow-sufferers...

By Letitia Rydjeski
Tags: immigration, Russians, us-russian relations
November 18, 2016
Famous Americans with Russian Roots
Famous Americans with Russian Roots

America is a land built by immigrants. We researched famous Americans with Russian roots and offer this compilation.

By Letitia Rydjeski
Tags: immigration, Russians, us-russian relations
September 25, 2016
Listen and Learn: Shostakovich Turns 110
Listen and Learn: Shostakovich Turns 110

Dmitry Shostakovich created classical music that spoke to modern times. Read up on his life story and listen along to some of finest works along the way. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: russia, shostakovich, music, composer, soviet union, ussr, stalin, classical
July 25, 2016
Vasnetsov, Painter and Planet: An Art Gallery
Vasnetsov, Painter and Planet: An Art Gallery

July 25 is the 155th birthday of Apollinary Vasnetsov, who is both a renowned painter of medieval Russia and a fixture in the night sky.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: vasnetsov, painter, painting, art, artist, russia, history
June 28, 2016
Altai
Altai

Ekaterina Novikova shares her region, the Altai, with us through words and images.

By Ekaterina Novikova
Tags: Altai, Siberia, travel, Katun River
June 21, 2016
Sochi
Sochi

This week we travel to Russia's warmer climes. Lesya Polyakova gives us a quick tour of Sochi.

By Lesya Polyakova
Tags: sochi, black sea