What are the first images that come to mind when you think of a Russian woman in 2019? You’d be forgiven for thinking of a tall femme-fatale who religiously watches her diet and eats men’s hearts for breakfast. We have the new Cold War to thank for that. The KGB honeytrap look is back in vogue, to say nothing of the classy look we ourselves propagate. Plenty of surveys conducted over the past 10 years suggest that we favor tall, slim women of unreal beauty like model Natalia Vodianova or pop singer Vera Brezhneva. If you’re still in doubt, here’s our number one techno music export, Nina Kraviz, who’s made a global name for herself while shrugging off sexism and misogyny. Today, it’s hard to be a pretty Russian without attracting the opinion that you’re simply given things for your looks. However, in the Soviet Union’s heyday, Russians themselves had no qualms about depicting their women as something resembling a combine harvester - … [Read more...] about What’s behind the West’s stereotyping of Russian women?
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By Laman Ismayilova An exhibition titled "Wind blowing from Turkey" will be held at the National Art Museum on May 14-24. The event is co-organized by the Azerbaijan Culture Ministry, Yunus Emre Institute and the National Art Museum, Trend Life reported. The exhibition aims at promotion of the Turkish cultural heritage in Azerbaijan. The event will include more than 50 works performed in various techniques and genres by Turkish academic artists Rauf Tuncer, Huseyn Elmas and Erkin Keskin. The main feature of Rauf Tuncer's creativity lies in his unique style based on Turkish culture and Islamic motifs. Tuncer combines pre-Islamic and post-Islamic cultural heritage of Central Asia with modern visual art. The art of Huseyn Elmas is a modern interpretation of the Turkish cultural heritage. The main theme of Erkin Keskin's works is music and sound. Each painting is a separate piece of music. Applying a mixed technique, the artist encourages viewers to hear dazzling sound and music, … [Read more...] about Turkish artists to present their works in Baku
Review by Richard Amey ‘Tales From The Arabian Nights’ concert – Worthing Symphony Orchestra, conductor John Gibbons, Yi-Yang Chen (piano). Assembly Hall, Sunday May 5 (2.45pm). Dvorak, Carnival Overture; Saint-Saens, Piano Concerto No 5 in F ‘Egyptian’ Op103; Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherezade (leader/solo violin, Robert Atchison).House chef John Gibbons laid a new concerto dish onto the WSO menu which left a taste to last the summer. And Yi-Yang Chen playing Saint-Saens’s 5th was a double-barrelled whammy to resonate until autumn when the next WSO concert explodes over the town with violinist Nicola Benedetti, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and his elder sister pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason in the first three concerts.It’s 12 months since Chen ran away with all three prizes here in the Sussex International Piano Competition (SIPC). Now the Taiwanese from East Tennessee, USA, returned, subjecting himself to that peculiar concert-giver’s pressure of … [Read more...] about REVIEW: Worthing Symphony Orchestra
Many common terms in English have unexpected roots. Kelly Grovier explores the origins of seven words coined in art history, including the political meanings of ‘silhouette’ and ‘picturesque’, and how ‘mobile’ became ‘mob’. By Kelly Grovier 8 May 2019 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on WhatsApp Share on Google+ Share by Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Share on Google+ Share by Email Which came first, the chicken or the Fabergé egg – the world itself, or the artistic expressions we use to see and describe it? While it is always observed with surprise when reality appears to imitate art, in fact the world of painting, drawing, and sculpture is responsible for giving us a great deal of the language with which … [Read more...] about The surprising history of the word ‘dude’
Yaroslavl. Church of the Feodorovskaya Icon of the Virgin. Southwest view. May 22, 1996. William Brumfield At the beginning of the 20th century, the Russian chemist and photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky devised a complex process for vivid, detailed color photography. His vision of photography as a form of education and enlightenment was demonstrated with special clarity in his photographs of architectural monuments in the historic sites throughout the Russian heartland. Logistical support for his project came from the Ministry of Transportation, which facilitated his photography on Russia’s waterways and expanding rail network. His trips along the upper and middle parts of the Volga River proved especially productive. Yaroslavl. Church of the Feodorovskaya Icon of the Virgin. Southwest view. Summer 1911. Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky During the summers of 1910 and 1911, Prokudin-Gorsky photographed in Yaroslavl, today an industrial center of some … [Read more...] about Feodorovskaya Church in Yaroslavl: Built on miracles in turbulent times