Newsletter

July 2014
  
Welcome to the July Newsletter!
Добро пожаловать в июле Информационный бюллетень! 
  

  

July Silent Auction 

    

For July's Silent Auction --we have decided to not split up a couple! For this month's auction we have selected not one but TWO great works by the renowned Ukrainian artist Victor Kirillovich GaidukWe feel that the two are so perfect together that they should be auctioned together. Remember, when placing your bid- it is for both paintings.


"Spring Countryside"

19'' x 26''
, 1970's, Oil on Board  
 
 
 
 
 


"Fall Fields"
19'' x 27'',  1970's, Oil on Board

Estimate for both works, $3,500- $4,000
Current Bid, $1,250, W. Vivian

 



  

 

 

 

           

 Olya Cheney "Eternal Aspens"
8'' x 24'',  2014, Acrylic on Canvas $1,100

Olya Cheney: Artist Reception & Exhibition of New Works!  


Please join us Friday, July 25th, from 7 to 9 pm for the perfect meeting of Russia and Utah! We will be celebrating the opening of an exhibition with over 20 new works by one the Gallery's favorite and best selling artists, contemporary Russian Impressionist landscape painter Olya Cheney. Olya will be at the Gallery to open the exhibition which will run through the end of August.

   

Olya is a delightful blend of East and West-- an ideal match for the Gallery. Olya is a Russian-born artist who now lives and paints in Utah! New works from her include many well-known landmarks from around Park City and several noted landscapes of the Wasatch Mountains and Southern Utah.
  
Born Olga Alexandrovna Kovalova in 1972 in Semipalatinsk, Shyghys Qazaqstan, Kazakhstan, Olya has always harbored a love of art.  Living in such places as Kazakhstan, Russia, Sakhalin Island (above Japan), California, and now Utah, Olya has developed an exceptionally unique and often times breath-taking artistic style.

    

Read More & View Some of the New works.. 

 

 

Erik I. Rabane, "The Open Window"
17'' x 23'', 1968, Oil on Canvas, $4,500

A Huge Variety of New Works! 

 

The Gallery has never had this many new works.

   

From Olya Cheney, Margarita Kolobova, Marty Ricks, to new works in our Treasure Chest and  most notably some works by top artists from the Gallery Vault, we present a huge variety of paintings that have never displayed in the Gallery before. We have never been able to better showcase such a great variety of artists, genres, and prices.

  

Stop by the Gallery or visit the Gallery web site as you are certain to find a great work or TWO for your collection.      

View More...

 
 
 
 
The Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood, Saint Petersburg
Private Russian Art &Culture Tour
August 30th - September 10th

With Dr. Vern Swanson

   

There are numerous tours to Russia and many people who can take you there. However, there are very few who know the splendor of Russia like Dr.Vern Swanson, America's preeminent Russian art scholar and the Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery. We have been leading small private tours to Russia since 1981. We know Russia--and we know Russian art.

It has been a couple of since our last tour and we are organizing a small private group of Russian art enthusiasts for a behind the scenes view of Russia and its astonishing art. We will visit the imperial Capitol of St Petersburg, the power Capital of Moscow and travel to the village Prislonikha, the birth place of Arkady Alexandrovich Plastov. While there we will be hosted by Plastov's grandson, Nikolai Plastov and Dr. Swanson will present a lecture on the life of the great Russian master.
 
Russian Art Week, 
Huge Demand Results in $109 Million 

  

The Ukrainian crisis may have disrupted the UK-Russia Year of Culture; it may also have prevented Sotheby's and Christie's from touring highlights of their Russian art sales to Moscow. But last month, art and money spoke louder than politics as the four London auctioneers, Bonhams, Christie's, MacDougall's and Sotheby's, sold 64 million - the highest total for a series of Russian art auctions since November 2007, and the second highest ever
 
"Peasant's Head" by Kazmir Malevich, right, tripled estimates to sell for 2.1 million, or $3.6 million USD.
  

Read more.... 

  

 

  

  

Marty Ricks,"Kiev Monk"
20'' x 16''2014, Oil on Canvas $2,200

Gallery Stroll, Friday July 25 

Olya Cheney Artist Reception, Many New Works & Meet the Entire Gallery Staff!

 
The Gallery Stroll takes place the last Friday of every month and is sponsored by the Park City Gallery Association. The stroll takes place from 6 to 9 p.m.
 
Enjoy the newsletter!

   

Stephen Justesen, Gallery Director   

   

Contact the Gallery...

     

Summer Hours:

Sunday to Wednesday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday to Saturday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm

Gallery Strolls - Open Until 9 PM (Last Friday Each Month)

July Silent Auctionauction
   

Congratulations to M. Caravati who placed the winning bid of just $1,500 for June's silent auction piece "Last Snow" by Nina Volkova, Estimate $3,000- $4,000.

 

For July's Silent Auction --we have decided to not split up a couple! For this month's auction we have selected not one but TWO great works by the renowned Ukrainian artist, Victor Kirillovich Gaiduk. We feel that the two works are so perfect together that they should be auctioned together. Remember, when placing your bid--it is for both paintings. 
  
Don't miss this rare opportunity to add a TWO great works by a distinguished artist to your collection. The Current bid is just $1,250! 
 

We invite you to participate in this month's auction and thank everyone who placed bids last month. The next bid is $1,500, followed by minimum bidding increments of $250. Please note that you may place a maximum bid and the Gallery will bid on your behalf up to your maximum. Bids will be taken via telephone, fax, or e-mail until the auction ends at 9:00 pm, Thursday July 31st. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's web site.

 
Victor K. Gaiduk,"Spring Countryside", 19'' x 26'', 1970's, Oil on Board
Victor K. Gaiduk, "Fall Fields" 19'' x 27'', 1970's, Oil on Board
Estimate for both works, $3,500- $4,000 Current Bid, $1,250, W. Vivian
Here is a review from a Soviet gazette of the work of Victor Kirillovich Gaiduk:

 

"Only a small minority of Soviet landscape painters put the emphasis on what they felt rather than on what they saw, and even fewer committed themselves to striking a balance between emotion and observation. Among the latter was the Ukrainian Victor Kirillovich Gaiduk, a painter of large, bold, highly subjective landscapes that were painted in the field and that always represented a particular place and time.
   
And passionate it is, what with his swirling, low-lying horizons, and hearty daubs of paint that become trees, hills, buildings, and forests if viewed from the proper distance. The result, depending on one's point of view, is art that is visionary, ecstatic, ominous, highly romantic - or even a combination of all the above.   
 
Gaiduk's work is not is dull nor like everyone else's. Even someone wishing to criticize his work has to admit that it is totally unique. And why shouldn't it be? It comes from deep within him, reflects his own profoundly Ukrainian personal view of life and the world around him, and was brought into being only after years of dedication and hard work.
  
Victor Kirillovich Gaiduk, 1926-1992
(Haiduk), Виктор Кириллович Гайдук 
  
Born in Zaporozhye, Ukraine in 1926. He trained at the Zaporozhye association of artists in the studios of the famous Ukrainian artists G. and B. Kolosovsky between 1951 to 1957. 

     

Active in Zaporozhye, Ukraine,.Gaiduk began exhibiting in 1953. Gaiduk was a member of the National Union of artists.   
Victor Kirillovich Gaiduk is listed in "A Dictionary of Twentieth Century Russian and Soviet Paintings 1900-1980" by Matthew Cullerne Bown (page 92).
  
Gaiduik's works are included in major national museums, the Zaporizhzhya Regional Art Museum, in numerous galleries and private collections in Ukraine, Russia and worldwide.  
 
Olya Cheney, New Works!- Artist Reception & Exhibition
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Friday July 25th, Gallery Stroll 

 

Please join us Friday, July 25th, from 7 to 9 pm for the perfect meeting of Russia and Utah! We will be celebrating the opening of an exhibition with over 20 new works by one the Gallery's favorite and best selling artists, contemporary Russian Impressionist landscape painter Olya Cheney. Olya will be at the Gallery to open the exhibition which will run through the end of August.

    

Olya is a delightful blend of East and West-- an ideal match for the Gallery. She is a Russian-born artist who now lives and paints in Utah! New works from her include many well-known landmarks from around Park City and several noted landscapes of the Wasatch Mountains and Southern Utah.
   
Born Olga Alexandrovna Kovalova in 1972 in Semipalatinsk, Shyghys Qazaqstan, Kazakhstan, Olya has always harbored a love of art. As a result of her father's service in the Soviet military, she has lived in many places throughout Russia. Living on military bases, Olya was unable to attend formal art school, but that did not keep her from dreaming of a life as a painter. She spent countless hours watching local artists paint. Inspired by the works of Paul Rubens and Isaac Levitan, she pursued her craft by studying art books, spent countless hours watching and learning from other artists and finally by practicing on her own. Living in such places as Kazakhstan, Russia, Sakhalin Island (above Japan), California, and now Utah, Olya has developed an exceptionally unique and often times breath-taking artistic style. 
 
 "Trail Through Aspens", 24'' x 36'', 2014, Acrylic on Canvas, $2,300

 

"Fall Canyon"
16'' x 20'', 2014, Acrylic on Canvas, $1,100

 

"Yellow Pansies"
8'' x 10'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $590

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Summer White, Park City", 18'' x 24'',  2014, Oil on Canvas $1,390
"Fall Mountains", 16'' x 20'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $1,290
"Canyon Aspens"
18'' x 24'', 2014, Acrylic on Canvas $1,200
"Up the Trail"
8'' x 10'',  2014, Acrylic on Canvas $550

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Weekend Resort, Park City", 16'' x 20'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $1,290
 "Volcanic Rock, Snow Canyon" , 24'' x 36'', 2014, Acrylic on Canvas, $2,100

 View More Works.....

A Huge Variety of New Works! sport

  

Here is a small preview.

 

Ricks, Marty, "Day's Reckoning", 24'' x 32'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $4,400
    
Ricks, Marty, "Fields at Harvest", 24'' x 32'', 2014, Oil on Board, $4,400
Boris V. Arakcheyev, "Road Construction by the River Svisloch", 23'' x 31'', 1961, Oil on Canvas, $2,000

 

Feodor V. Shapaev, "Portrait of the Artist" 
37'' x 31'', 1948, Oil on Canvas on Board , $35,00

 

 

Alexei P. Belykh, "On the Bailkal Lake"
30'' x 24'', 1959, Oil on Canvas, $9,700

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter D. Pokarzhevskey, "Ship Repair on Lake Baikal", 29'' x 74'', 1955, Oil on Canvas, $16,000
---Unknown---, "House Garden", 8'' x 10'', 1970's, Oil on Board $750
Margarita Kolobova, "Boats", 23'' x 31'', 2012, Oil on Boar, $2,500

 

Private Russian Art & Culture Tour
August 31st - September 10thtour

With Dr. Vern Swanson

 

 

Dr. V. Swanson
This will be an amazing tour in which to not only encounter first-hand the splendor, beauty, art, and history that is Russia but also a rare opportunity to meet people, visit artists' studios, and go places few tourists are invited or even allowed! This will truly be a "once in a lifetime"  dream-come true, jet-away adventure experience. Space is very, very limited. We prefer a small group so that the adventure can be more exciting, personal, and educational. If you are interested, email me, Stephen@McCartheyGallery.net and I will be happy to provide additional details. Note, due to some health issues this may be our last tour with Dr. Swanson.   
 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Palace Square & the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
   
St. Petersburg
August 31st, September 1, 2 & 3rd:
  • Russian State Museum of Art
  • The Hermitage (Winter Palace)
  • Repin Institute of Art Gallery
  • Canal boat tour of City 
  • Catherine's Summer Palace in Pushkin
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral and Church of the Spilled Blood
  • Kirov Ballet
  • The Bolshoi St. Petersburg State Circus
  • Visit with Sergie Ivanov of Leningrad School of Art, visit artist's studios
  • Other sites: WWII Siege Museum, Marble Palace of Count Orlov, The Yusupov Palace (where Rasputin was murdered), and shop the Nevsky Prospekt and Gostiny Dvor
  • The State Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace)   In 2014 the Hermitage Museum will celebrate 250 years of existence. A new wing of the museum has opened consisting of  800 rooms all dedicated to the art from the 19th to 21st centuries. The opening of this behemoth new wing will make the Hermitage the largest museum in the world.
Sculpture of Arkady Plastov, Prislonikha

 

Ulyanovsk, Volga River and Prislonikha 
September 4th, 5th: 
  • Visit Vladimir. I. Lenin's birthplace, Arkady A. Plastov Museum, and the Ulyanovsk Art Museum
  • Night at a Russian house-like Dacha.
  • Visit Arkady Plastov's studio with grandson Kolya and his wife Tatiana Plastov. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moscow

The Kremlin, Red Square & St. Basils Cathedral

September 7, 8, & 9th:

  • Old and New Tretyakov Gallery of Art
  • Pushkin Museum
  • Institute of Russian Realist Art
  • The Kremlin and Kremlin Museums, including the Armoury Museum, Diamond Fund, Assumption Cathedral and Patriarch's Palace
  • Red Square, Lenin's Mausoleum and St. Basil's Cathedral
  • Church of the Redeemer
  • Visit to Arkady Plastov's studio 
  • Bolshoi Ballet
  • Other sites: visit the unbelievable studio of "Stalin's sculptor"  M. Maniser; the Old Arbat Street, and shop at Izmailovo Park flea-market.
 If you are interested in additional information please email me, Stephen@McCartheyGallery.net
Russian Art Week ReviewArtWeek

 

The Russian Art Market Is On Fire, the value of Russian artworks reached a record high last month at auctions of Christie's, Sotheby's, Bonhams and MacDougall's.   

 

Robert Falk, "Boy with a Cap", 1910-1911
According to William MacDougall, who directs MacDougall's auction house, "confidence has returned to the market after the worries about Ukraine and sanctions of the last few months, while top lots continue to do well in Russian auctions". MacDougall's auction of more than six hundred pieces on June 4 fetched 10.3 million. The most sought-after paintings were pre-revolutionary. One, a 1910 canvass, "Boy with Cap" by Robert Falk, left Russia with an anonymous European collector, who got it from a Leningrad family sometime after World War II.  

 

It sold within the estimated valuation range for 1.04 million ($1.7 million). The top lot at MacDougall's was Pavel Kuznetsov's view of Bukhara. Painted in 1912, it left Moscow for a European owner in 1956. The painting fetched 2.4 million ($4 million), also within the pre-sale estimate.  
 
Christie's and Sotheby's dominate the remainder of the Russian art market, with Christie's claiming in the wake of the June sales that it holds the largest market share for Russian art traded internationally. Christie's reports that its June 2 auction realized sales of 234 of the 302 lots on offer, for a total value of 24,012,200 ($40,196,423), including the buyer's premium.

 

Sotheby's reports that at three auctions of paintings and other works over the first week of June it realized 23.8 million - the highest result in the category since June 2008, and the third highest total in Sotheby's history. According to Frances Asquith, the head of Sotheby's Russian paintings department, the outcome "quickly dispelled any pre-sale doubts that had been raised about the market. The appetite for Russian masterpieces has never been stronger. In this market quality speaks for itself."  

Pavel Kuznetsov's "View of Bukhara" 1919
 
For the first time, Sotheby's offered a group of Soviet-era paintings held by the Russian Union of Artists. According to Asquith, there were 22 lots, which were estimated at 3.5 million. Although the sales fell short at 2.34 million, Georgy Nissky's 'Over The Snowy Fields' set a new auction record for Soviet painting - 1.8 million ($3 million) - more than double Sotheby's estimated valuation between 500,000 and 700,000. 

 

"We define 'Russian Art' broadly," says MacDougall, "including art from all of the former Russian Empire, except Poland and Finland, or all of the former USSR. So it includes Ukrainian art, however defined. Ukrainians do tend to buy more Ukrainian art than art from the current boundaries of the Russian Federation, but they do buy both. For most of our ten years as an auction house, Ukrainian buyers were certainly important, second only to Russians. 


They came from both the Orange and Blue sides of that badly divided country. Indeed, they would come from fisticuffs in the Rada in the morning to our receptions in the evening and be best friends. This year their participation is down, as you would expect from the economic collapse and political difficulties. But they still made an appearance."

"Nearly all the Russian buying was by Russians living in Russia, rather than in the West. There was some encouraging interest and buying by Ukrainians resident in Ukraine; in the past they have been an important part of the market, so it is good to see they are still here in spite of the country's economic difficulties. Also, Moscow collectors are selling to other Moscow collectors via the London auction market; there is turnover."  

Georgy Nissky, "Over The Snowy Fields"

Christie's reports that 74% of the buyers at its auction were Russians. "We are starting to see more Russian interest in paintings", observes Sarah Mansfield at Christie's. At Sotheby's, Asquith said that 75% of the buyers were "from Russia or the CIS."

 

For the time being, all the art houses agree, the driver of price is rarity. That means that Russian painters of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, from whom supply is most limited, generate the most competition among buyers, and thus the highest prices. Wealthy Russian collectors, who have already amassed as much porcelain and jewellery as they want, are moving on to a new class of what the market is calling "trophy art". "They are looking for the best in the category," Mansfield says - "the truly great pieces".

  

Supply is scarcest for some 19th century painters; even rarer still are the avant-garde painters of the decade before the revolution.

  

Two paintings by Vladimir Borovikovsky, who came from a Ukrainian Cossack family and worked between 1780 and 1825, were sold for record prices well above earlier market valuations. The portrait of Countess Kusheleva had been estimated at 70,000; it went for 3 million.


A second painting, a portrait of Prince Petr Lopukhin, fetched 2.2 million; the pre-auction estimate was 60,000. Three other portraits of Kushelev or Lopukhin family members by Borovikovsky sold for a total of 2.8 million.

  

Borovikovsky's reputation as a portrait painter was established in the St. Petersburg aristocracy, and reportedly 400 of his portraits have survived. Whether the price will drop as more of them appear on the market remains to be seen. For the time being, the rarity has generated intense competition among buyers.

  

"This is a masterpiece market," says Asquith. "There is strong demand for the very best Russian art across the board, right from the 19th century to the present day. This season we saw particularly fierce competition for the avant-garde collection, as works of such quality and provenance so rarely comes to market."  

Sotheby's top lot in this category was Aristarkh Lentulov's 'Children with Parasols'. Painted in 1912, it went for 2.1 million, a record for the artist. In 1974 the same work was sold by Sotheby's for 180.

Aristarkh Lentulov's 'Children with Parasols', sold for 2.1 million. 
In 1974 the same work was sold for 180.

 At Sotheby's, Aivazovsky's 'Shipwreck off the Black Sea Coast', which had spent most of the 20th century in a Swedish family, managed to reach 1.7 million, below the top estimate. In 2006, Sotheby's had sold the same painting to a European collector for 814,400. An Aivazovsky view of Odessa on a moonlit night, failed to sell. His 'Sunset, Crimea' of 1865 was estimated at 90,000; it sold for 194,500.  

Ivan Aivazovsky

 

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