Like many of my contemporaries in Los Angeles, I work across multiple disciplines that allow for attention to be directed toward my investigations rather than restricted by a commitment to a single medium. Working in this way allows for opportunity to explore.
In 2004, St. Petersburg laid scant claim to being a center for contemporary art. But much has since changed, with the advent of a clutch of dynamic galleries and new museum venues showcasing both domestic and international art.
I want to tell you about an exhibition -- of a sort -- consisting of hundreds if not thousands of striking images presented onscreen to an audience eager to get to know the latest version of Leo Tolstoy's spectacularly unhappy Anna Karenina.
I've reported on Russian art from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok, but a recent invitation to Ulyanovsk took me by surprise. It came from the Plastov Awards, which I had never heard of. I didn't know much about Ulyanovsk either.