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Russian art's fairy grandmothers

Posted by Alex Beam  April 27, 2010 09:40 PM

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A curiosity of Russia's magnificent art storehouses, such as the Tretyakov Gallery, or the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, is that the world's greatest masterpieces are surveiled not by museums guards, but by .... grandmothers. Yes, the same babushky who chide you for wearing inappropriate clothing on cold days, or frown at Western European tourists in short short and tank tops, stand vigil everywhere in Russian art world. They are an integral part of the Russian art scene, "forming a kind of latter-day addition to artistic landscape," according to the Clark Gallery in Lincoln.

The gallery is currently exhibiting photographer Andy Freeberg's show, "The Guardians," featuring the art, and the art keepers, of modern Russia. The show runs until May 8. Please consult the website for more details.

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