“The Nomad: Memory of the Future,” the largest U.S. exhibition of works by renowned Buryat artist and sculptor Dashi Namdakov has been extended through July 28 at the National Arts Club in New York City.
The more than 60 items on display include bronze sculptures and jewelry that showcase the his craftsmanship and style—a blend of visual art traditions and techniques of the East and the West. It is curated by Marina Kovalyov, president of the Russian American Foundation, the exhibition’s sponsor.
“This exhibition is a delightfully psychological trip through the past and future, a journey that connects mythology and history together with the spirit of the modern person,” Kovalyov said in a press release on the exhibition.
Artist and sculptor Dashi Namdakov
Namdakov is heralded as one of the most original voices in contemporary Russian art.
“Dashi Namdakov is without question a phenomenon in art: not only Buryat or Russian art—and not only modern art—but art as a whole, regardless of time or place,” Elena Korolkova, senior researcher and curator at the State Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, said in the press release. “His style is inimitable; his feeling for form, plasticity and motion, and the sense of harmony embodied in his works is faultless and at the same time absolutely original.”
Born in 1967 in Transbaikal, the borderlands between Russia and Mongolia, he trained as a sculptor at the Krasnoyarsk Academy of Fine Arts and had his first solo exhibition in Irkutsk (Siberia) in 2000. One of a few living artists to have had a solo exhibition in the State Hermitage, Namdakov also has works in the museum’s permanent collection. His sculptures and his graphic and jewelry pieces also have been featured in solo and group shows around the world, including the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the Beijing World Art Museum, the Grand Palais in Paris, and the Tibet House in New York City.
Namdakov grew up in a culture of Buddhism and Shamanic mythology; he draws creative inspiration from the traditions of the Turkic peoples of Siberia, Buryat legends and tales, and ancient art of China and Japan, including warriors and horsemen, Buddhist lama priests and Siberian shamans, and totemic animals and mythological creatures.
Namdakov’s jewelry is sculptural and delicate, resembling historical artifacts, with traditional and nontraditional materials such as silver, gold, mammoth tusk, and colored stones evident. Plus, diamonds are often set deep in materials for a cloisonné effect. Finished pieces are reminiscent of ancient amulets and talismans and have sculptural qualities that make them comfortable to wear.