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"THE GREAT COPY"
The 4th International Competition of Artcopyist Mastery will be held in St. Petersburg

Application deadline: until October 25, 2021 inclusive.

Exhibition Dates: November 2-7, 2021.
Exhibition address: Exhibition Center of the St. Petersburg Union of Artists (St. Petersburg, Bolshaya Morskaya str., 38)
Opening of the exhibition: November 2, 2021, 18.00,
Announcement of the winners: November 7, 2021, 17.00.

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"The Great Copy"
III International exhibition-contest of mastery of copyist artists
 

Project Press Release


The creative path of many artists begins with an acquaintance with the works of the Great Masters and the desire to repeat a masterpiece with their own hands. Gaining mastery in an art school, students perform numerous copies of the works of recognized masters and, thus, learn the technique of applying paint, selecting color, creating a unique texture. Sometimes, in the process of copying, new original works of art appear that are worthy of being presented to the general public and taking their place in the interior of houses, a private collection, and a gallery.

The practice of copying works of art has a long history and its own “heroes”. Thanks to copies, we get samples of the art of gone ages. Copying was done by many outstanding artists, it was both a way of learning and raising the level of its professionalism.
In addition, copies are in great demand from buyers and have great success at art fairs.

We invite artists, graphics, sculptors to take part in a new, interesting project and present to the general public their experiments in the field of copies of the work of the Great Masters.

 
Organizer:
World Fund of Arts (Russian branch)
Patronage:
St. Petersburg Union of Artists
Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Professional Union of Artists of Russia
Eurasian Art Union
Russian Union of Abstract Artists
Creative Union of Artists of Decorative and Applied Arts
Production Center "NextArt"
"Heritage" Art Workshop

PROGRAM

I. EXHIBITION AND COMPETITION PROGRAM
All participants of the competition program are represented at the exhibition.
The competitive program includes:
1) Competition "Copy of the work of classical and traditional painting"
2) Competition "A copy of the work of avant-garde painting"
3) Competition "Copy of a work of contemporary art"
4) Competition "Copy of a work of abstract painting"
5) Competition "Copy of graphic work"
6) Competition "Copy of the sculpture"
7) Competition "Copy of works of decorative art and textiles"

II. FAIR PROGRAM
The project will host a fair of works exhibited at the competition
 
III. MASTER CLASSES AND LECTURES 
The project will host a series of workshops and lectures on the topic of copyright, technical features of copying works and art lectures on the topic of the exhibition.
 
IV. FORUM OF CURATORS
During the Great Copy contest, a talk platform will be organized where leading experts in the field of curating, gallery business and art management will share their experience in organizing exhibition projects.
The forum is aimed at supporting initiatives in the field of contemporary art and promoting independent art spaces and galleries.
 
 

Nominations

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"THE GREAT COPY" IVth International Competition of Artcopyist Mastery will be held in St. Petersburg

Application deadline: until October 25, 2021 inclusive.

Exhibition Dates: November 2-7, 2021.
Exhibition address: Exhibition Center of the St. Petersburg Union of Artists (St. Petersburg, Bolshaya Morskaya str., 38)
Opening of the exhibition: November 2, 2021, 18.00,
Announcement of the winners: November 7, 2021, 17.00.


 

The Great Copy - Imitating the Greatest

IV International Copyist Art Competition
 

Nominations:

I. Russian Fine Arts

1) Fine arts of the XVII century
2) Fine arts of the XVIII century
3) Russian fine arts of the XIX century
4) Fine arts of the second half of the XIX century
5) Fine arts of the late XIX– early XX century

a) Realism
b) Modern
c) Avant-garde
d) Abstractionism 

II. Copies of the Renaissance masters  (XIVth - XVIth centuries)

1) Copies of Renaissance masters (XIVth-XVIth centuries)
a) Italian Renaissance
b) Northern Renaissance
2) Copies of the Baroque masters
3) Copies of the masters of Classicism
4) Copies of Impressionist masters
5) Copies of the masters of Post-Impressionism
6) Copies of Modern masters
7) Copies of the masters of Expressionism
8) Copies of the masters of Abstractionism

 

III. Fine arts of the masters of the Soviet and post-Soviet period

1) Copies of the masters of the Soviet period
      a) Russian avant-garde
      b) Social Realism
      c) Severe style (USSR)
2) Copies of masters of the period of modern Russia

IV. Asian Fine Arts

1) Copies of the masters of China
2) Copies of the masters of Japan
3) Copies of the masters of India

V. American Fine Arts

       1) Copies of the XX century American masters 

 

 

More details:
Copies of the Renaissance masters  (XIVth - XVIth centuries)

The period of cultural and ideological development of Western and Central Europe, as well as some countries of Eastern Europe. The main distinguishing features of the Renaissance culture: secular nature, a humanistic worldview, appeal to the ancient cultural heritage, a kind of "revival" of it (hence the name). The Renaissance culture has specific features of the transitional period from the Middle Ages to the New time, in which the old and the new are combined.

Sections of the Renaissance:

а) Copies of the Italian Renaissance masters

The painting is characterized by a sense of harmonious order of the world, an appeal to the ethical and civic ideals of humanism, a joyful perception of the beauty and diversity of the real world. The main motif of the art of the High Renaissance is the image of a harmoniously developed person, strong both in body and spirit, who is above everyday routine life.

Representatives: Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael Santi, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Titian, Jacopo Sansovino and others.

b) Copies of the Northern Renaissance masters

Unlike the Italian Renaissance, which drew inspiration from antiquity, the northern artists were more inspired by the Gothic heritage, its archaism, symbolism and religiosity. The plot was based on Christian love and humility. A significant place in the painting of the Northern Renaissance was taken by nature as the personification of the God's intention. Living and dead nature as a symbol of connection with God, harmony, finiteness and infinity of life is embodied in such genres as landscape and still life. The Northern Renaissance is characterized by using details that create incredible realism, and at the same time, some neglect of anatomical certainty.

Representatives: Jan van Eyck, Hugo van der Hus, Rogier van der Weyden, Hans Memling, Jerome Bosch, Peter Brueghel, Albrecht Durer, Lucas Cranach the Elder and Hans Holbein, Jean and Francois Clouet, Jean Fouquet and others.

 

Copies of the Baroque masters

Baroque is one of the great styles that dominated the architecture and art of European countries, from the late 16th to the mid-18th centuries. The main characteristics of Baroque were scale, an abundance of decor, rapid dynamics, the desire for illusory effects in organizing the space of the interior - an increase in the size of rooms with the help of mirrors; the heights of the halls thanks to picturesque shades that have a complex solution to the perspective.

Representatives: Caravaggio, Annibale Carracci, Peter Rubens, Rembrandt and others. 

 

Copies of the Classicism masters

Classicism - an artistic style in Western European art of the XVII - beginning XIX century and in the Russian XVIII - early XIX, referring to the ancient heritage as an ideal for imitation. It manifested itself in architecture, sculpture, painting, arts and crafts. Classic artists considered antiquity the highest achievement and made it their standard in art, which they sought to imitate. Characteristic features are the completeness of the composition, consistent forms, consistent transfer of forms. Over time it reborn as academicism.

Representatives: Jacques-Louis David, Nikola Poussin, Greuze Jean-Baptiste, Karl Bryullov and others.

 
Copies of the Impressionism masters 

Impressionism is a trend in the art of the last third of the XIX - beginning of XX centuries. The artistic conception of impressionism was based on the desire to naturally and naturally capture the world around it in its variability, conveying its fleeting impressions. 

Representatives: Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, P.O. Renoir, Eduard Manet and others.

 

Copies of the Post-Impressionism masters

Post-impressionism is the collective name for several areas of French art of the late 19th century that arose after impressionism. This is a definite repulsion from impressionism as a kind of foundation, on the basis of which began the artists' own artistic and aesthetic searches, expressed in the desire to convey on the canvas not momentary, but long, essential states of life, both material and spiritual origin. 

Representatives: Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Henri Russo, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Pierre Bonnard, Eduard Vuillard, Paul Serusier, Maurice Denis, Emile Bernard.

 

Copies of the Art Nouveau masters

Art Nouveau - style in European and American art on the coast of the XIX-XX centuries. The model reinterpreted and styled the traits of the art of different epoxes, and worked on the related good practices, which are based on the principle of sensitivity. Natural forms also become the object of modernization. This explains not only the interest in floral ornaments in the works of art Nouveau, but also their very composition and plastic structure - the abundance of curvilinear outlines, swollen, uneven contours resembling plant forms. Closely related to modernism - symbolism, which served as the aesthetic and philosophical basis for modernism, relying on modern as a plastic implementation of their ideas. Modern had in different countries have different names that are basically synonymous: Art Nouveau in France, Secession in Austria, Jugendstil in Germany, liberty in Italy.

Representatives: O. Beardsley, Gustav Klimt, Fernand Knopf, Alphonse Mucha, etc.

 

Copies of the Expressionism masters

Expressionism-modernist trend in Western European art, mainly in Germany, the first third of the 20th century, formed in a certain historical period – on the eve of the first world war. The ideological basis of expressionism was the individualistic protest against the ugly world, the increasing alienation of man from the world, the feeling of homelessness, the collapse of those principles on which European culture seemed to rest so firmly. Expressionists are characterized by a tendency to mysticism and pessimism. Artistic techniques characteristic of expressionism: the rejection of illusory space, the desire for a flat interpretation of objects, deformation of objects, love of sharp colorful dissonances, a special flavor, which includes apocalyptic drama.
Artists perceived creativity as a way of expressing emotions.

Representatives: Edvard Munch, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Egon Schille, etc.

 

Copies of the Abstract art masters

Abstractionism - one of the main artistic trends in the art of the 20th century, in which the structure of the work is based solely on formal elements — line, color spot, abstract configuration. Works of abstractionism are detached from the forms of life itself: non-objective compositions embody the subjective impressions and fantasies of the artist, the flow of his consciousness, they generate free associations, movements of thought and emotional empathy. One of the goals of abstractionism is to achieve "harmonization", the creation of certain color combinations and geometric shapes to evoke a variety of associations in the beholder.

Representatives: Vasily Kandinsky, Pete Mondrian, Kazimir Malevich, etc.

 

Copies of the Soviet period masters

a) Russian Avant-garde - Russian painting in the first post-revolutionary years absorbed the influence of the futurists and the avant-garde as a whole. The avant-garde, with its contempt for the traditions of the past, which was so close to the destructive ideas of the revolution, found adherents in the person of young artists. In parallel with these trends in the visual arts, realistic tendencies developed, the life of which was given by critical realism of the 19th century. This bipolarity, matured at the time of the change of eras, made the life of the artist of that time especially intense. The two paths that were outlined in post-revolutionary painting, although they were opposites, nevertheless, one can observe the influence of the avant-garde on the work of artists of a realistic direction. 

Representatives: Natalia Goncharova, Pavel Filonov, Mikhail Larionov, Pyotr Konchalovsky, Aristarkh Lentulov, etc.

b) Socialist realism is an artistic method common in the art of the USSR and other socialist countries. It was approved at the 1932 party congress as a tool to strengthen the party’s authority and promote state ideas. Typical stories: factory workers at work, happy collective farmers against the backdrop of virgin lands, May Day marches, joyful pioneers, leaders at a meeting with the population, and etc. Artists seemed to draw frames typical of Soviet films, praised work - not for money, but for letters and places on the boards of honor. The paintings are realistic, they have no metaphors or abstractions. The color scheme on the canvases is light, pastel.

Representatives: Alexander Deineka, Isaac Brodsky, Alexander Gerasimov, Fedor Reshetnikov and others.

c) Austere style is a direction in the art of the 1960s and 1980s, the task of which was to recreate reality without all that deprives the work of depth and expressiveness and destructively affects creative manifestations. It was characterized by conciseness and generalization of the artistic image. Artists of this style sang the heroic beginning of harsh working days, which was created by the special emotional structure of the picture.

Representatives: Tair Salakhov, Helium Korzhev, Victor Popkov, Pavel Nikonov, etc.

 
Copies of the modern Russia period masters  

All kinds of artistic movements that took shape at the end of the 20th century are commonly called modern art. In the post-war period, it was a kind of outlet, once again taught people to dream and invent new life realities. Tired of the shackles of the harsh rules of the past, young artists decided to break the old art norms. They strove to create new, before these unknown practices. Contrasting themselves with modernism, they turned to new ways of revealing their stories. The artist and the concept behind his creation have become much more important than the very outcome of his creative activity. The desire to move away from the erected framework led to the emergence of new genres.

 
Copies of the masters of Asia

a) China. Minimal means with maximum expressiveness, deep symbolism and, at the same time, plot accessibility, the ratio of religious and secular are the distinguishing features of the paintings of traditional Chinese masters. And the main features of the painting are the harmony of the energies of Yin and Yang, the symbolism and spiritual meaning of the picture, the connection with calligraphy and the dominant position of the exquisite line.

Representatives: Wu Daozi, Li Xixun, Wang Wei, etc.

b) Japan. Japanese painting is one of the most ancient and sophisticated Japanese art forms, characterized by a wide variety of genres and styles. Japanese painting, as well as literature, is characterized by the assignment of a leading place to nature and its image as a carrier of the divine principle. Another subject that is widespread in Japanese painting is the depiction of scenes from everyday life and thematic paintings, which are often crowded with figures and details. This tradition, undoubtedly, began in the early Middle Ages under the influence of China, but over time it began to be considered as part of the Japanese traditions that exists today. 

Representatives: Katsushika Hokusai, Kitagawa Utamaro, Hiroshi Yoshida, etc.

c) India. Through drawing, Indian classical pictorial art expresses the joy of life, the generosity of its gifts, religious feelings and the triumph of spiritual perfection. A characteristic feature of Indian painting is the lack of tragedy in it, in contrast to the European one.

Representatives: Bichitre, Raja Ravi Varma, Rama Naidu Swami, etc.

 

Copies of the masters of America of the XX century

 

After World War II, non-objective painting became the leading trend in American art. The focus was on the picturesque surface itself; it was seen as an arena of interaction between lines, masses and color spots. The most significant place was taken in these years by abstract expressionism. It became the first trend in painting that arose in the United States and had international significance. The leaders of this movement were Arshile Gorky, Willem de Cooning (Kooning), Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Franz Kline. In the late 1950s, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Jones and Larry Rivers, who worked in mixed media, including assembly technique, opposed artless art. They included fragments of photographs, newspapers, posters and other items in their “paintings”. In the early 1960s, the assembly spawned a new movement, the so-called pop art, whose representatives very carefully and accurately reproduced in their works a variety of objects and images of American pop culture: Coca-Cola cans and canned food, packs of cigarettes, comics. Leading artists of this direction are Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, Jim Dine and Roy Lichtenstein. Following pop art, opt art appeared, based on the principles of optics and optical illusion. In the 1970s, various schools of expressionism, geometric hard-edge, pop art, photorealism, and other styles of visual art, which were increasingly becoming fashionable, continued to exist in America.

Entry Rules

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"THE GREAT COPY" 4th International Competition of Artcopyist Mastery will be held in St. Petersburg

Application deadline: until October 25, 2021 inclusive.

Exhibition Dates: November 2-7, 2021.
Exhibition address: Exhibition Center of the St. Petersburg Union of Artists (St. Petersburg, Bolshaya Morskaya str., 38)
Opening of the exhibition: November 2, 2021, 18.00,
Announcement of the winners: November 7, 2021, 17.00.

 

FORMS OF PARTICIPATION IN COMPETITION: ONLINE, DISTANT, OFFLINE
1. Online(participation in the form of photocopies): you send file, we print and expose;
2. Distant (original or copy of the artwork): you send artwork, we expose;
3. Offline: you visit Saint Petersburg and bring artwork in person.
(Learn more about participation options.)

How works are exposed:

For offline works: A copy of the work is exposed with a photocopy of the original (on the left - a photocopy of the original A4, on the right - a copy of participant - A3).
For Artprint: Two photocopies of the A3 and A4 format are exhibited nearby (on the left is a photocopy of the original - A4, on the right is a competition artwork/copy - A3).
A spectator will be able to give appraisal to the degree of similarity and mastery of the copyist artist.

STAGES OF REGISTRATION:

1 stage:

Sending the set of materials to the Organizing Committee.
Registration deadline: until 18 October  2021 inclusive. All participants send the same set of materials!
registration english
    а) "Cost of participation"
    б) "Payment methods. How to pay"

Copy of entrance fee payment you should apply to the registration forms.
 
2 step (for offline participants):
Prepare art objects for presentation at the exhibition.
Having received the label with the registration number, the offline participant prints it and places it in the lower right corner of the art object. Labels can be fixed on a stretcher or canvas, as well as on decorative elements (frames, stands, etc.).

Also, offline participant prints photocopy of the origninal work of which he/she has made copy. Demy - A4. 

3 step (for offline participants):
Competition works are given to the exhibition.
An artist or his proxy brings works for the exhibition at the address: Exhibition Center of the St. Petersburg Union of Artists (St. Petersburg, 38, Bolshaya Morskaya str.).
Dates for receiving of art objects to the exhibition: 1 November  2021 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All art works must be supplied with:


а) labels with the registration number (in the lower right corner, on the front side) 

b) fixators / hooks for hanging on a vertical panel or fixators and supports to avoid the falling down.

c) "Transfer Deed Card" (download in Word, PDF). This card is a documentary confirmation of the delivery of the art object to the exhibition.

4 step (for offline and online participants):
Full-time and correspondence participants have the opportunity after registration to participate in programs held during the exhibition "The Great Copy". You can get acquainted with the programs on the page "Programs".

How works are exposed:

For offline works: A copy of the work is exposed with a photocopy of the original (on the left - a photocopy of the original A4, on the right - a copy of participant - A3).
For Artprint: Two photocopies of the A3 and A4 format are exhibited nearby (on the left is a photocopy of the original - A4, on the right is a competition artwork/copy - A3).
A spectator will be able to give appraisal to the degree of similarity and mastery of the copyist artist.

5 step (for offline participants):
Ceremony: announcement of wines

Receiving art objects back at the end of the exhibition
At the end of the exhibition the artist or proxy receives the paintings according to the transfer deed. Date of returning art objects: 7 November 2021, after the end of the award ceremony (from 17.00 to 20.00).

 
Certificates / awards

The Organizing Committee  gives certificates to all participants of the exhibition and competition. The closing ceremony is held on the last day of the exhibition and the winners are awarded with certificates (for all participants).


Further:
а) scans of certificates are sent to all exhibitors to the email address of the participant written in the application form;
b) certificates all participants are stored in the Organizing Committee and can be sent to the postal address noted in the application form that was sent previously to the Organizing Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;


Implementation of special promotion programs

Participants can take part in exhibitions abroad/ Personal exhibitions, publications, admission to the union can be provided.

All participants' works are published in the catalogue of the exhibition "New Faces in Arts". The artist can order the necessary number of catalogues in the online store "Art Index-Pro /www.ArtIndex.pro ).

Learn more about participation options.

COMMENTS: In case of offline and online participation the artist gives originals, giclee or copies of his works in original size, prepared for exhibiting. In case of online participation art objects are exposed at the exhibition in the form of photocopies, which are printed and prepared by the Organizing Committee. All works have equal rights.

1) Offline participation: originals or copies of works, in original size are exposed. Personal presence of the author at the exhibition is not required. It is possible to send the works by mail, in this case the Organizing Committee will place the work at the exhibition, and after the end of the exhibition will send the work back by the same postal service.
2) Online participation (photocopies): The organizing committee prints the sent files in size A3 and places them in the general exhibition. By the special request of the author it is possible to make a full-size photocopy.
3) Distant participation: originals or copies of works in original size are exhibited. Personal presence of the author at the exhibition is not required. It is possible to send the works by mail, in this case the organizing committee will place the work at the exhibition, and after the end of the exhibition will send the work back by the same postal service.

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