Synopsis: Vagrich Bakhchanyan (1938-2009), a Russian writer and conceptual artist, possessed a keen sensitivity to the absurdities of the Soviet regime.
Start Time: Saturday, October 24, 2015 12:00 AM
End Time: Saturday, February 27, 2016
Location: Voorhees Hall Incl Zimmerli Art Museum
Address: 71 Hamilton Street
Campus: College Avenue
City, State, Country: New Brunswick, NJ US
Fee: Free
Sponsor: Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers
Category: Art
Web Site: http://www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu/dodge-wing-lower-level/vagrich-bakhchanyan-accidental-absurdity
Contact Name: Theresa Watson
Contact Email: press@zimmerli.rutgers.edu
Contact Phone: (848) 932-7237
Additional Information: He was born to an Armenian family in Kharkov in Soviet Ukraine. In the mid-1960s, he moved to Moscow, where he worked as a newspaper caricaturist. In 1974, Bakhchanyan immigrated to United States, settling in New York. Through collages, artist’s books, and other mixed media objects—which the artist minimally altered from their everyday appearance—he revealed the fine line that can separate normality from madness, banality from absurdity, platitude from blasphemy. Through experimentation and the development of inventive artistic strategies, Bakhchanyan broadened the range of expressive possibilities for other nonconformist artists. Many of his puns became an intrinsic part of Soviet dissident culture.
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