“Valentin Gertsman — 30 Years in Art”

Russian-American photographer Dr. Valentin Gertsman has made a career of architectural photography. Born in Russia, Gertsman fought Fascists as a Red Army soldier during the Siege of Leningrad at the age of 17. After his time in the army, he started a family and trained to become a doctor and surgeon. When he left the country in 1974, he settled in Houston. Gertsman was initially drawn to what most Houstonians tend to overlook and completely circumvent while cursing rush-hour traffic: urban construction and architecture. “Valentin Gertsman: 30 Years in Art,”now on display at the Russian Cultural Center, will showcase his famous photographs and books as well as sculptures and drawings.

In 2000, he published a collection of architectural photographs in the book Houston Architectural Ballade. Gertsman also compiled photos of the construction of 12 Houston landmarks from 1985 to 2007 for Construction Site = Art. His images are included in the permanent collections of several prestigious museums, including the Pushkin Fine Art Museum in Moscow, Museum Ludwig in Cologne, the French National Library in Paris and The Collection of the Vatican in Vatican City, along with our own Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Menil Collection. There’s an opening reception at 7:30 p.m. on August 26. Regular viewing hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Through October 31. Russian Cultural Center, 2337 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-395-3301 or visit www.ourtx.org. Free.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: Aug. 26. Continues through Oct. 31, 2011

 
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