Black & White Chicago - Photography by Sasha Manovtseva
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About the Event
Dear Friends and Gallery supporters,
KRUG Art Gallery proudly presents, for the first time in Chicago, renowned Russian Art and Commercial Photographer Sasha Manovtseva.
Please join us for the unforgettable display of art work and met the artist, who will show us the world of transcendent moments in the Chicago light reflections, caught with her camera lens.
The exhibit will open on September 23rd at 6:00.
Sasha’s artwork will be displayed until October 12th, please do not lose this unique opportunity and visit “Black & White Chicago” Exhibit.
Call us at (224) 423-5784 for Gallery hours.
About Sasha Manovtseva
Moscow born, Sasha Manovtseva studied in Poland, and defended her Master’s degree in Art History at Warsaw University on the topic of “Russian Constructivism.” In parallel to her work at Warsaw University, she studied photography at the Lodz Cinematographic University (Poland).
Manovtseva has been a working photographer since 1994. Her creative portfolio includes five albums, not counting catalogues, over a hundred publications, dozens of popular exhibits, and a plethora of awards, both Russian and international.
Manovtseva is a professional commercial and art photographer. Sasha has worked for brands such as Nescafé, Coca-Cola, Megaphone (Russia), Vogue, Dunhill, and many more. She was twice awarded second-place in the category of “Print Advertising” at the Moscow International Advertising Festival. Manovtseva has been presented at major artistic exhibits and book publications. Through designing such projects, Manovtseva refutes the common assumption that commercial photography cannot be artistic, creative and intriguing. Sasha Manovtseva’s works can be found among many private collections, and are sold to Christie’s Auction House.
By Tanya Illina – Chicago Art Historian
A human being of our time could be easily called the one who is shooting: we all take pictures, we do it many times per day. But regardless of it we are not photographers, we do not know the magic how to write with light.
Fortunately, there are still people who keep the tradition of the art photography. Sasha Manovtseva is one of them. Her camera captures the moment of life with all subtle tonal gradations, the moment saturated with dramatic tension, with the contrast of beauty and ugliness.
The people's portraits taken by Sasha create the great gallery of our time, but still each image goes beyond the present. Undoubtedly, her interest in people allows Sasha to see and show something immutable that connects those people with history.
Even in our digital era, Sasha Manovtseva continues to work with film photography and experiment with early photo–processes such as ambrotype.
Sasha has created many projects, among which, beautifully enigmatic The Bolshoi Theater; Russian Estates: Time and Place; Black & White Chicago and many more. Her advertising work proves that the advertisement could be a work of fine art and Sasha’s fashion-projects for a magazine turn out to be a story allied to Nabokov's Lolita. Above all, Sasha always explores new horizons of photography, creating innovative compositions such as photograms or suprematist out of crackers and cookies.
In spite of all the experiments, Sasha Manovtseva could be called a keeper, a keeper of the art of photography which is based on the skills to really see the world and write the story about this world with the help of light.
Please join us in KRUG on September 23rd at 6 PM
Address: 1400 S Wolf Rd, Ste. 100, Wheeling, IL 60090
Admission is FREE