Author: Vita Susak, Foreword: Michel Lievre
Publishing house: RODOVID
Design: Oleh Hryshchenko (Kyiv) Books.
Subject: Ukrainian avant-garde / modernism
Cover: Hardback, 320 pages, Size: 250 x 310 x 25 mm
Language: English, Year: 2017
Alexis Gritchenko (1883-1977) was a painter, art critic, whose creative work is closely connected with Ukraine, Russia and France.
In 1910-ies he developed his own art direction — colordynamos, based on the cubism principles and formal language of icons. In post-revolutional Moscow in Art Culture Museum (1919-1929).
Gritchenko’s colordynamos were shown side by side with Shevchenko’s primitivism, Kandinsky’s expressionism and Malevich’s suprematism.
Why were colordynamos forgotten? Is it because forgotten is equal to unimportant? But who remembered Malevich, Boichuk, Bohomazov in 1950-70-ies? Why did the contempraries regard colordynamos as an independent phenomenon of avant-garde? How did Gritchenko’s art evolve when he left Moscow in 1919, spent two years in Constantinople, went to Greece and then to Paris to stay in France for good?
More than 40 years have passed since Gritchenko’s death, and a serious monograph to encompass all his creative development is timely.