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Articles tagged Konovalenko: 12

  • Steve Nash, Curator of Archaeology, and Rick Wicker, Photographer Today, we had the remarkable experience of actually going into the Gokhran, roughly translated as "Reserves of the Diamond Fund". This Russian institution has held the most valuable national treasures since 1920. The Gokhran supplies …
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  • Stephen E. Nash, Curator of Archaeology and Rick Wicker, Museum Photographer Today, we finished our work at the Samotsvety. In total, we have high quality images of 24 sculptures (20 originals and 4 duplicates/variants) and 2 stone butterflies. In order to finish the work on Thursday, Rick put in a …
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  • Steve Nash and Rick Wicker Today we had a special treat, spending much of the day with Corey Flintoff of National Public Radio, who is stationed here in Moscow. He absolutely loved the Konovalenko history, project, and sculptures, so hopefully we'll hear his account on NPR in the coming weeks. Rick'…
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  • Steve Nash, Curator of Archaeology, and Rick Wicker, Museum Photographer The first sculpture we wanted to shoot today was Tsar’s Henchman (1970) on which we tried a new background color. Unfortunately, given a weird combination of lighting, background color, and the mineral colors in the piece, Ric…
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  • Steve Nash, Curator of Archaeology and Rick Wicker, Museum Photographer Monday, March 25th was our first full day of work, and what a day it was! We met our guide and translator, Irina, at 9:00 a.m. She helped us negotiate the complex metro system and find the State Gems Museum, or Samotsvety (http…
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  • Steve Nash, Curator of Archaeology and Rick Wicker, Museum photographer We arrived in Moscow on Saturday, March 23rd, and spent Sunday getting oriented to the beautiful city that will be our home for the next tend days. It was a typical winter day in Moscow-- really cold, snowy, and windy, but after…
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  • As Rick continues to process his photographs (they'll need more work back in Denver), we thought we would share some more with you so that you can again see the results of his many talents. Today, we send along five photographs: a close-up of the face of the old man in Balilaika…
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  • Rick and I finished our work with the Konvalenko family today! Rick took photographs of another sculpture, Balilaika Player, which has the oldest character we've seen in the collection. He's a jolly old man, with bony figures and a lively disposition. His face is really expressive, and Konoval…
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  • Today Rick faced the biggest photography challenge to date, with two really big pieces (photos will follow soon) and three smaller pieces. The Painter is not a typical Konovalenko sculpture -- note the figure is static, not dynamic. The Fisherman is more dynamic, having just lost the big one t…
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  • Today I conducted more interviews with Ms. Konovalenko, focusing on the Museum's sculptures and family archives. Rick took photographs of a Fisherman statue and various clay sculptures that Konovalenko used as models for the stone sculptures. Note the rabbit -- the pencil marks …
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