Silvermine lectures: Why we buy art and the Russian avant-garde

Two Wilton artists, who are Silvermine faculty members, will present Sunday afternoon lectures this fall.
David Dunlop will explore the psychology of art and design on Oct. 16, and Natasha Karpinskaia will discuss artists of the early 20th-Century Russian avant-garde on Nov. 13. Both programs are from 4:30 to 6:30. Tickets are $20.
In his talk, Dunlop will consider the subconscious psychological processes in play when making or looking at art — and how do we decide to buy art? What are the forces and circumstances that subliminally direct our intentions and determine our responses to works of art?
The Russian avant-garde, whose work spanned the years before and after the Revolution of 1917, fueled one of the great art movements of the 20th Century. It was known for experimentation, geometric abstraction, and an artistic and political break with the past. As a result of Russia’s isolation from the rest of Europe, Russian artists fostered their own intense creativity. In 1934, Stalinist decrees ended the avant-garde movement, but while it flourished, the leading artists of this period, including Kazimir Malevich, El Lissitzky, and Alexsandr Rodchenko produced a new art for the people, crucial to understanding of modern and contemporary art in Europe and in the U.S. Karpinskaia is a full time artist who teaches painting, mixed-media collage and printmaking.
Lecture registration: or 203966-6668, ext. 2.