Contemporary Azerbaijani Art Takes off in London

My knowledge of Azerbaijan is probably as limited as the next person; because of this ignorance, one that I’m sure isn’t too irregular throughout the States, Artnet’s highlight on Azerbaijani artists is all the more important and interesting (what little is known about the country itself, probably dwarfs whatever is known about their art).

A show entitled “Fly to Baku: Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan” running until the 29th of January at Howick Place galleries in London features 21 artists from the Turkic country which shares borders with Iran, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, and the Caspian Sea. The exhibition offers a varied image of their culture, one that has been suppressed as Socialist Realism which was the only type of art endorsed by the Soviet Union until the country’s independence in 1991. The dearth of free thought and sharing of ideas throughout the USSR has led to many great responses and developments after the fall of the Wall, and while us in the West might be a bit late in exploring Azerbaijan, thanks to Phillips de Pury & Company we can all say “better late than never.”

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