In the art museums of Russia, women sit in the galleries and guard the collections. When you look at the paintings and sculptures, the presence of the women becomes an inherent part of viewing the artwork itself. I found the guards as intriguing to observe as the pieces they watch over. In conversation they told me how much they like being among Russia’s great art. A woman in Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery Museum said she often returns there on her day off to sit in front of a painting that reminds her of her childhood home. Another guard travels three hours each way to work, since at home she would just sit on her porch and complain about her illnesses, “as old women do.” She would rather be at the museum enjoying the people watching, surrounded by the history of her country.

Photographer Andy Freeberg was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. He began his career as a photojournalist and now concentrates exclusively on his fine art projects. His work has appeared in publications such as Time, Fortune, Der Spiegel, and Rolling Stone. His travel jobs have taken him to Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa, including two treks up Mt. Kilimanjaro. His photographs are in many collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the George Eastman House Museum of Photography. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

 

  • image Guardians of Russian Art Museums

    Photographs By Andy Freeberg

    The "Guardians" are former economists and dentists, engineers and singers, teachers and clerks - a corps of grandmothers perched on chairs throughout Russia's finest museums, forming a kind of latter-day addition to the artistic landscape.  They are the guardians of the country's masterpieces, but also of much more.  This series of photographs reflects the singular role that these women play in both the Russian art world and society as a whole.

    The photographs that Freeberg took at four museums in Russia - the Hermitage and Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, and the Tretyakow and Pushkin in Moscow - present a humanizing contrast.  These guardians are not only visible, but exert a powerful hold over the viewer, in some sense helping to bring the art to life.

    - Clifford J. Levy, New York Times Moscow Bureau Chief

    Hardcover, 2010, 64 pages, 37 color illustration


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  • image Art Fare

    Sojourn Books is proud to announce the debut of its first title, Art Fare, a new book of photographs by Andy Freeberg. This monograph will be released April 10, 2014. The book depicts dealers and their workers at the major art fairs in Miami, New York, and Basel. This fast growing phenomenon of glittering art fairs is transforming the nature of contemporary art in the way business is done and even how art is being made.

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