Icon Art: Visions of a World Unseen / Contemporary Sacred Art From Ukraine
The Ukrainian Institute of America, Inc.
Mar. 20, 2023 - Apr. 12, 2015
NEW YORK – The Ukrainian Institute of America is pleased to announce a selling group exhibition of 18 artists from Ukraine, “Icon Art: Visions of a World Unseen”, on view from March 20 – April 12, 2015. Organized in cooperation with Iconart Gallery of Contemporary Sacred Art, Lviv, Ukraine, the exhibition draws from the work of artists associated with the Ukrainian gallery. Independently working in different media – painting, drawing, metal work, ceramics and glass – the artists focus on spiritual and religious concerns within the contemporary cultural context in which they live. There will be an opening reception on Friday, March 20, from 6-8pm.
The artworks – both representational and abstract – visualize ties between rituals of medieval religious iconography and current interpretations of the sacred. This group of artists is brought together through shared origins in Ukrainian spiritual culture and their respective intimate experiences.
Most of the artists are exhibiting for the first time in the United States. Spanning multiple generations, some commenced their creative practices forty years ago working outside of official then-Soviet mandates, while others entered the Ukrainian art arena in the past decade, influenced by contemporary culture and recent political events.
Exhibiting artists include: Olexander Antoniuk, Olexander Bryndikov, Ivanka Demchuk, Oleh Denysenko, Petro Humenyuk, Olga Kovtun, Ola Kravchenko, Ivanka Krypyakevych-Dymyd, Olexander Kudryavchenko, Ostap Lozynsky, Mykola Molchan, Danylo Movchan, Uliana Nyshchuk-Borysyak, Natalia Rusetska, Yuriy Smolsky, Yaroslava Tkachuk, Luba Yatskiv, Roman Zilinko.
The Ukrainian Institute of America, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the art, music and literature of Ukraine and the Ukrainian diaspora. It serves both as a center for the Ukrainian-American community and as America’s “Window on Ukraine”, hosting art exhibits, concerts, film screenings, poetry readings, literary evenings, children’s programs, lectures, symposia, and full educational programs, all open to the public. Founded in 1948 by William Dzus, inventor, industrialist, and philanthropist, The Ukrainian Institute is permanently housed in the Fletcher-Sinclair mansion at 2 East 79th Street at Fifth Avenue. The building is designated as a National Historic Landmark and protected as a contributing element of the New York Metropolitan Museum Historic District.
Exhibition hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12-6pm, or by appointment.
For further information, contact Olena Sidlovych at (212) 288-8660 or [email protected].