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Some words about Janina Kushtevskaya's work

Art. Opposite side of debates about art.

    "Russians demand wonders, and Germans are looking for wisdom", - we let ourselves to rephrase the words of apostle Paul. "We preach beauty".

    At that time, both in the East and West big changes happened, it became possible to view the art in its initial form. Not only like something, which is looking for something new all the time, but also not like automatic machine, which is able to give everything a definite sense but criticize all phenomena. Finally, it will lead to violence on art, making it as an instrument.

    Today many artists fight for new expression in art and try to find connection with early avant-garde after tenth anniversary of socialism. Getting tired from elevated significance of Soviet painting, they come to delicate play of forms. Cannot we offend on them?

    In Germany, vice versa, people refer incredulously to everything avant-guard. Such respected expositors like Boris Groys, have been trying with the help of symbolic exercises of modernism to ascribe totalitarian ideology, in the future they will rest responsibility on it for all disasters of XX century 
    But here artists propose definite morality and refer to humanism. But nobody has to offend, as a matter of experience of Third Reich who destroyed modern. But still both sides do not notice that they become prisoners of the same vicious circle. They both use art with an aim to build up socio-political position as they want it and prove their right.

    As a matter of fact everything is very simple. Rephrasing the words of apostle Paul irrationality of art higher than wisdom of the world. No subtilization but naivete and spontaneity; the first genuine and real view on things. 
    You must not prove anything to the art. As Russian bard Alexander Galich sings: "There is a picture in canvas-sketcher. This is it and it is enough!"
    Alexander Pushkin writes in his letter to Peter Vyazemskiy his famous phrase: "Your verses ()are too smart. Poetry, forgive me God, must be stupid."

    It is possible to view the works of Yanina Kystevskaya with a possible spontaneity, as it was indicated above.
    She is not going to take part in current political debates about art and its aims, with her pictures and graphics. She just paints pictures and it is enough. She is not interested in placard technique, the same about pedagogical utterance. With stable naivete, which confirms the truth, she paints her pictures like dancing dervish.

    Yes, she paints figurally, but does it mean "realistically"? Special usage of paints and her own position of objectives circle-wise, appear rather ornamentally than reflection of reality. The word object is not exactly an appropriate word to use here: in the pictures of Kyshtevskaya the border between painter and object, which she is painting disappears invisibly, as if it dissolves. It is possible, that it is the new "magic realism", but it is already without its constructivism and in general, it is without any notice to any change
    Besides, her pictures do not have any didactics. Even when the painter turns to such theme as celebration of soul, which was interpreted and is interpreted now at the point o view of moral.

    "I preach beauty", - I would answer so to the possible utterance concerning this topic. The beauty which according the words of Fedor Dostoevskiy will save the world.

    Exactly this metaphysics of beauty is quickly forgotten during all debates about art. It is not wonder, because the real beauty is impossible to press within limits. It does not need explanations: it is obvious either it exists, or does not. If only people who are viewing pictures learned to trust their own eye instead of appropriated somebody elses theories!

    Of course, the pictures of Yanina Kyshtevsaya is filled in with beauty obviously. It makes it strong, but at the same time defenseless. Because beauty does not have anything to defend except its own. It opens to a person who wants to see it and it disappears in front a person who is blind. Everything happens like in the Pushkins verse "Beauty":

"But meeting her, confused You
will stop involuntary,
Praying in front
the relic of beauty".

Alexander Nitsberg, Germany.


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