Max Penson: Photography between Revolution and Tradition at Nailya Alexander Gallery

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NEW YORK, N.Y.- Nailya Alexander Gallery and Forum of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan Foundation present “Max Penson: Photography between Revolution and Tradition” featuring 48 vintage gelatin silver prints from the artist’s family estate and several private collections. The exhibition runs from April 5 through May 13, 2011. Max Penson was born in 1893 in the small town of Velizh near Vitebsk, the birthplace of Marc Chagall. Penson managed to finish four classes of the local school before moving to Vilno (now Vilnius, Lithuania) where he studied at the art school of the Antokolsky Society. To escape WWI and Jewish pogroms, the young artist fled to exotic Central Asia, and settled in Kokand, Uzbekistan. There, he helped found an art-production labor-school under the authority of the Kokand Revolutionary Committee.