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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
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Maker(s):Brui, William
Culture:Russian (1946- )
Date Made:1965
Materials:Etching on medium heavy paper
Measurements:Sheet: 18 3/8 x 12 3/16 in.; 46.7 x 31.0 cm; Plate: 16 1/4 x 10 11/16 in.; 41.3 x 27.2 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2001.141
Credit Line:Gift of Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937)

Label Text:
Brui associated with the experimental graphic section of the Union of Artists, which attracted independent artists. Older colleagues introduced him to the work of the Russian avant-garde, and helped hone his skills as a printmaker. In 1959, the ambitious young artist organized his first exhibition, which he held in his apartment. Later, in his mid-twenties, Brui left the Soviet Union, eventually settling in France.

With its interplay of light and dark, Bridge is typical of Brui’s prints of the 1960s. The black curved lines evoke a complex architectural construction, while the spaces are filled with a multitude of patterns. Perhaps the dynamic distortions relate to the artist’s interest at the time in then-popular theories of the paradox of the shrinking or expanding universe.
BJ, 2014

abstract; bridges; urban

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