Reborn Periodical Views Art World From Every Angle

Tvorchestvo means creativity in Russian, and there could hardly be a more appropriate name for the local art world's newest -- and first -- glossy magazine.


In truth, it is only new in a sense. Tvorchestvo is the latest incarnation of a journal that took daring stances in support of dissident artists during the Soviet era, while introducing Russians to foreign avant-garde artists such as Joseph Beuys and Robert Rauschenberg. It stopped printing in 1993 after 30 years in business because of a lack of funds, but the editorial staff did not give up. Instead, they forged a partnership with Miktor, a Finnish publishing house, and the result is a brighter, slicker magazine that should appeal to a wider audience.


The periodical, which will appear four times a year, blends news about modern Russian and foreign artists with historical essays and gallery updates. It is geared toward gallery owners, artists and art critics, although editor-in-chief Alexander Rozhin is hoping that the colorful format will attract students and art enthusiasts as well.


Rozhin says that even though the new Tvorchestvo is style-oriented, it will not shy away from political issues. In fact, he sent copies to Boris Yeltsin, foreign minister Andrei Kozyrev and other officials in order to open their eyes to some of the problems that artists face in the former Soviet Union.


"The first issue contains an article about the great Georgian artist Pirosmani," Rozhin said, "so we are presenting a copy to Eduard Shevardnadze as a sign of respect and friendship. Art has no borders, and we want to show that."


In addition to the Pirosmani story, the first issue includes a psychoanalyst's look at the 16th-century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch. Another article is a portrait of the 18th-century Russian sculptor Alexander Loganovsky, who made the remarkable bas-reliefs on the Church of Christ the Savior, which was blown up by Stalin in 1931. A section called Studio gives all the latest news on the modern art scene, and each issue includes listings of upcoming events and exhibitions -- as well as a pull-out color poster of a noteworthy piece of art.





Tvorchestvo is available at the Central House of Artists and at most major galleries in Moscow. You can also order a subscription by calling 291-5481.