Since its inception in 2011, RUSSIAN ART + CULTURE has become the most popular and comprehensive international guide to the world of Russian art and culture.
Owned by art collector and professional Natasha Butterwick, our website features daily event listings and a unique blend of articles, interviews, book/film/concert and theatre reviews together with art fair and auctions reports. Attracting over 10,000 online visitors per month, our content is updated daily on both the website and on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and over 25,000 followers on Twitter). Readers range from students and leading academics, to the media, art professionals, art collectors and international businessmen. Throughout the year we host seminars, lectures, film screenings, conferences and organise private art tours. In 2014 we published the UK-Russia Year of Culture magazine and, in 2015, commissioned the first-ever in-depth analysis of the Russian Auction Market – an invaluable and much-quoted source of reference for art professionals. RA+C has regularly featured in The Times, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, The Art Newspaper, Huffington Post, Blouin ArtInfo, The Moscow Times and RIA Novosti – and on the BBC.
RUSSIAN ART + CULTURE publishes the official guide to Russian Art Week in London, coinciding with the June and November auctions of Russian Art at Sotheby’s, Christie’s, MacDougall’s and Bonhams. The Guide is available across London free of charge – at locations from the Courtauld Institute, via the Saatchi Gallery to the Russian Embassy, to leading auction houses, business centres, restaurants and hotels, including The Dorchester, Claridge’s and The Ritz. Russian Art Week is usually inaugurated with gala evening at a prestige Mayfair location attended by journalists, key players in the art world and members of the Russian business and diplomatic élite.
This year RUSSIAN ART + CULTURE has announced new plans for development and is expanding its coverage to contemporary Russian art, art law and for running a number of new projects.
Natasha has over 20 years’ experience in the art world in Russia and the UK. Born in Moscow, she is a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of Economics and Statistics and from Christies Education Fine and Decorative Art Department, Natasha established a fine art business in Moscow dealing in applied arts and Russian Art of 19th and 20th centuries. She is an avid art collector and is passionate about music,dance and literature. Her recent acquisition of RA&C fits well with her extensive range of contacts and personal interests.
Simon Hewitt studied History of Art at Oxford University and has over 25 years’ experience as an art critic and art market journalist, working on a regular basis for Art + Auction, The Art Newspaper, Antiques Trade Gazette and The Huffington Post. He has also contributed to a number of Russian magazines, including DEI Desillusionist, Vedomosti and the Russian editions of Robb Report and ELLE De Luxe. He has been reporting on Russian art and culture since 2004, and is regularly asked to write for catalogues to exhibitions of Russian art. He visits Russia several times each year, and has explored the country from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok.
Marina Maximova is a doctoral researcher in Russian art and culture at Loughborough University. Marina studied International Relations in Moscow, and Art History and Curating in London. Marina has worked for Tate, GRAD and Christie’s Russian Art Department and is a contributor to ZIMA. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on curating in the late Soviet period.
Born in Moscow, Irene studied ancient and modern languages and history of art and holds an MA degree from the University of Oxford, focussing on Syria and Byzantium in Late Antiquity. Between 2005 – 2008 she was the secretary of the Oxford Byzantine Society, taught Russian and Russian philosophy at Oxford and acted as a consultant for the film the Shroud of Turin: Material Evidence aired on BBC2. Between 2007 and 2010 Irene worked as cataloguer, translator and consultant for the Icons and Works of Russian Art Departments at Christie’s. Irene has another MA in Fine and Decorative Arts from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in and has written numerous articles in both English and Russian. She lectured at Sotheby’s Institute of Art between 2009 -2013 and has been collaborating with curators at the Royal Collection (Russian art) and the Kremlin Museums since 2014. Between 2012 – 2016 she worked as the representative for the Art Newspaper Russia in London as a journalist, researcher, lecturer, conference and events manager.
Born in Moscow, Katya runs Russian Art and Culture on a day-to-day basis and is responsible for its operational and market development. She has run several businesses in the arts sector in Russia and the UK after an earlier career in the financial sector. Katya has a MA in Economics from Moscow Finance University and an MA in Art History from Christie’s Education and has worked with a number of London galleries.