Alexander Gassel: Rediscovering the Past
Presented by Museum of Russian Icons
August 17 - October 5, 2013
Continuing to expand its scope, the Museum of Russian Icons is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings by artist and designer, Alexander (Sasha) Gassel. Born in Moscow, USSR in 1947, Gassel graduated from Moscow Institute of Arts and Graphics in 1970 with an MFA. From the late 1960s to 1980, he worked at the Grabar Center for the Restoration and Preservation of Art in Moscow, restoring and copying medieval tempera paintings and collecting and assessing icons that were being removed from churches across Russia and brought to Moscow for conservation and display.
Gassel’s style evolved as much from early icon painting as from 20th Russian masters like Erte, Chagall, Kandinsky and the complex formal structures of Kazimir Malevich—all integrated to generate a highly sophisticated, distinctive style that is unique—yet typically Russian. He creates his paintings—mainly, personal interpretations of Biblical events—using traditional and ancient techniques learned from observation and also through his conservation training. TBased on traditional Russian artistic values, Gassel’s new paintings often engage a surrealistic combination of details from different civilizations. Ancient symbols are joined with contemporary subjects and reflect his evolving experience of life in America.