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"Huupi's treatment of colour reveals her source of inspiration in creating this series – the Mexican architect Luis Barragán (1902–1988), whose few completed buildings in Mexico are undoubtedly architectural gems. The design of his own home has been widely recognised and the building currently functions as the architect's house museum." – Mary-Ann Talvistu "Without light, there would be no colours" (KUNST.EE 4/2021)


Estonian ‘mystics and moderns’ in USA

Andreas Trossek (1-2/2011)

Jeremy Canwell curated a show of Estonian painting at the Zimmerli Art Museum, the largest collection of post-war Estonian art in the United States. Questions asked by Andreas Trossek.
Jeremy Canwell: The title of the show is Mystics and Moderns: Painting in Estonia before Glasnost. I have been in the middle of organising something I hope will be substantial. We have a lot of really good works in the Dodge Collection, as you know. The Norton & Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union is the largest collection of its kind in the world, with art works that date from Khrushchev’s cultural thaw to Gorbachev’s glasnost and perestroika. The exhibition will include Tiit Pääsuke, Rein Tammik, Mari Kurismaa, Kaarel Kurismaa, Jaan Elken, Toomas Vint, Aili Vint, Raul Meel, Leonhard Lapin, Ando Keskküla, Andres Tolts, Jüri Arrak and Lemming Nagel. Those works bear obvious influences of Pop Art, Minimalism or Conceptualism, but those styles are put to uses that challenge the prevailing concepts of American modernist ideology. I wanted to create an opportunity to consider those challenges. I imagine that Western viewers will at first notice some stylistic similarities with European or American art they already know. René Magritte in Toomas Vint, Andy Warhol in Leonhard Lapin, etc. I hope this will only be a point of departure for considering the historical circumstances in which these artists found themselves.
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