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Growing up in the USSR: Images of a Bygone Age
Paintings selected by British art dealer John Barkes

By James Brewer

Sentiment and tenderness, and splashing about in the sea on sunny summer days are rarely associated by outside observers with life in the Soviet era, but as everywhere families sought to shelter their children from harsh realities.. >> read the article

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Soviet Grand Designs
Surprising exhibition of art created under suppression

By Varvara Bashkirova

John Barkes, an art dealer and collector based in London, has been buying works by Soviet artists since his 1992 visit to St Petersburg. He has since met more than 400 contemporary artists in the interest of buying their paintings and has assembled around 50 works for this exhibition which has been to Australia, New York and London… >> read the article