The National Arts Club, New York
15 Gramercy Park South, New York
May 25 – June 6, 2012
NEW YORK, May 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Yosef Ostrovsky (1935-1993) is one of the most renowned of the Odessa artists. Indeed his name continues to be a symbol of Odessa art in the second half of the twentieth century. It is easy to recognize his works at first glance as they are both joyous and sad at the same time. These works contain the expression of the very essence of the soul of the Jewish people.
Today Yosef Ostrovsky's paintings can be found in renowned museums, galleries and private art collections throughout the world including USA, Israel, United Kingdom, Germany, Ukraine and Russia.
Most of the paintings on view are from the "Jewish cycle" and were produced between the 1970's and 1990's when Ostrovsky became influenced by his early childhood memories. He brought to life his grandfather's prayer shawl and his mother's lighting Sabbath candles. His paintings and drawings are perceived as a philosophical parable, a reminder of a lost world.
As Ostrovsky said regarding his "Jewish Cycle": "Eternal themes concern everyone. The language of art and feeling knows no borders. The more deeply you penetrate the soul of your own nation, the more understandable your art becomes to other nations."
Marina Kovalyov, the President of Russian American Foundation, says, "We continue to present the treasure of South-Russian art to New Yorkers. The great artist Yosef Ostrovsky produced a wealth of simple, yet poignant works, so beautifully colored, so full of light, so very full of the Jewish soul. We are happy to share the joy of this exhibition with American art lovers."
Media contact: Larisa Abramson, Russian American Foundation
Office: 212-687-6118 x 200; [email protected]
SOURCE Russian American Foundation