Portfolio by Olga Chernysheva

BOMB 137 Fall 2016
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Discover MFA Programs in Art and Writing

New York, London, Berlin—all are familiar names on the global trade routes of contemporary art. Less so Moscow, which has only regained some of its avant-garde glory in the new century. In this short time, Olga Chernysheva has emerged as an acute observer of post-Soviet life. Her mordant yet deeply sympathetic investigations offer a distinct view of the social and political climate of Russia today. More recently, the Moscow-based artist turned her gaze upon New York during a month-long stay in the winter of 2015. The results, on view this fall in Vague Accent, a solo exhibition at The Drawing Center, offer a unique opportunity to see the streets of America’s cultural capital through Russian eyes.

—Saul Anton

Olga Chernysheva 01 Bomb 137

Untitled, 2016, charcoal on paper, 33.1 × 20.5 inches. Images courtesy of the artist.

Olga Chernysheva 02 Bomb 137

Untitled, 2016, charcoal on paper, 16.5 × 23.8 inches.

Olga Chernysheva 03 Bomb 137

Untitled, 2016, charcoal on paper, 16.5 × 23.8 inches.

Olga Chernysheva 04 Bomb 137

Untitled, 2016, charcoal on paper, 16.3 × 23.3 inches.

Poems and Drawings from Window-book by Semezdin Mehmedinović
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Drawing on Dovlatov by Kevin Kinsella
Florensky Ours Body

In 1993, Alexander Floresnky, founder of the infamous Russian underground art group Mitki, nearly turned down the opportunity to illustrate the collected works of the great Russian humorist Sergei Dovlatov—thankfully, he did not.

Danzig Baldaev’s Drawings from the Gulag by John Reed
Danzig Baldaev 01

Danzig Baldaev, hired by the KGB to document tattoo symbolism within the Russian penal system, secretly sketched the atrocities inflicted on political prisoners. The drawings are now published in Drawings from the Gulag.

A Disciple of Her Own Mind: Anne Minich Interviewed by Melissa Joseph
A triangular painting of a rocket ship with a penis inside it titled, Fire Island Angels, by Anne Minich

Painting and drawing that confront sex, death, and religion.

Originally published in

BOMB 137, Fall 2016

Featuring interviews with Sarah Oppenheimer, Mel Chin, Marina Rosenfeld, Okwui Okpokwasili, Laia Jufresa, Nell Zink, Jen Bervin, and Dianna Frid.

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