Gérard A. Goodrow

Eröffnungsrede Yury Kharchenko – Wege des Unsichtbaren

22. Mai 2016 im Jüdischen Museum, Dorsten

„Wege des Unsichtbaren“: Ein rätselhafter aber dafür sehr denkwürdiger Titel für eine umfangreiche Ausstellung mit fast 90 Werken eines jungen in Deutschland lebenden, russischen Künstlers, der – auch wenn er schon sehr viel nachzuweisen hat – eigentlich gerade am Anfang seiner Karriere steht. Sind also die im Ausstellungstitel erwähnten „Wege des Unsichtbaren“ vielleicht die Wege, die er begangen ist bzw. noch begehen wird – als Künstler, aber auch als Mensch?

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Matthew Baigell, Professor Emeritus, Art History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

(published on 6 May 2016)

Yury Kharchenko

Through whatever lens a viewer observes a work of art, be it political, philosophical, historical, purely stylistic, or iconographical, or perhaps in search of connections to works by other artists, it begins for me by interacting with the work directly in front of me and by desiring to understand what might have been on the artist’s mind during the process of creation.

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Barbara J. Scheuermann, Curator at Wilhelm – Hack – Museum (former Curator at Tate Modern, London)

The Spiritual on Canvas

(published in 2011)

“Being Between Two Worlds” is the title of Yury Kharchenko’s series of small-format oil paintings on canvas from the years 2006/7, which may quite rightly be considered Yury Kharchenko’s first important group of works. Since then much has changed in his work; in the paintings of recent years he has clearly continued down the artistic path upon which he embarked with this series: the palette has become darker, the formats have increased in size several times over, and his painting style has become more confident.

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