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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 53 | volume X | March-April, 2007



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                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 53March-April, 2007
Gallery Reviews

The Joy of Painting

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Zlatko Teodosievski

Macedonian artist Sergej Andreevski has been painting professionally for 20 years. This retrospective exhibition of his paintings is a celebration of the expanse of his body of work. Worthy of international commendation, this exhibition is a must see for serious art lovers.
    Sergej’s last solo exhibition in Macedonia was in 1998 at the Museum of the City of Skopje. He has been creating many paintings in the last ten years but has exhibited mostly abroad in Germany, Japan, China and the USA.
    

    When the art scene in Macedonia embraced other forms of artistic expression that uses new media and new technologies, Sergej stayed true to his passion for painting. His work transcends the short-lived fads and local kitsch and is firmly grounded in the quality, the developing structure and the creative logic of authentic art. With his deft use of strong color he is a true ambassador of Macedonian Expressionism.
    This 20th retrospective exhibition of Sergej Andreevski stands alone among past exhibitions in Macedonia as it embodies the bold language of international art.

Notes on the Macedonian Expressionism

“You face the white canvas. Here you are as a painter,
    here is the canvas, here is the paint. You don’t understand anything. How can this white canvas become life?”
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    Petar Mazev

Petar Mazev is probably one of the greatest Macedonian Expressionists. An eruptive painter, his work is steeped in Macedonian history and tradition. In his painting he pushed the limits of established art. From the influences of St. Pantheleimon in Nerezi to Nikola Martinoski his passion for painting inspired a multitude of Macedonian Expressionists in the second half of the 20th century.
    Although Expressionism is not the only art movement, it is certainly one of the most powerful. It embraces the essence of art and is one of the most important movements in the 20th century.
    One might argue that expression is a part of any work of art. For example, the white canvases of Malevich are very expressive, but are not Expressionist paintings. Munch wrote “Art can be reached only from the human side.”

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1. Sofija Gjurovska, Da ne bese strasta posilna od razumot, (interview with Petar Mazev), LIK, no. 25, 1987, p.8-9.






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