Alexander Kholopov – RUSSIA – 1948 to 2016 Memorial Tribute

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Alexander Kholopov (Sasha) is internationally known for his Artistamps and his contributions to the Mail Art Realm.

Alexander Kholopov

Alexander Kholopov

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The Best Sewerage for the Best People, 1996 Artistamp Series.

http://sewers.artinfo.ru/archives/archive-en.htm

His resume lists his accomplishments: http://artistamp.artinfo.ru/cv/cvk.htm

How did a USA Artist become acquainted with Russian Artists in Moscow?  I was actively engaged in artwork based on the theme of  Manhole Covers, when a colleague, Michele Brody, a designer of  NYC Manhole Covers, http://michelebrody.com suggested that I apply to be on the “Sewers of the World Unite” website.

My art was happily accepted in their projects, commentaries and archives: http://sewers.artinfo.ru/archives/archive-en.htm, but I was amazed at how this unique website had evolved.

Sewers of the World Unite (website: sewers.artinfo.ru)

On Laughter Day 2000 (Our April Fools’ Day) Two enterprising artists, Alexander (Sasha) Kholopov and Natalie (Natasha) Lamanova from Moscow posed a mail art project just for fun.  They invited artists from all over the world to send photos of manhole covers to their website.  So April Fools’ Day was the start of something “Grate.”  Artists from 40 countries enthusiastically responded to the E-mail request.

Sasha, Bobbi and Natasha in their apartment.

Sasha, Bobbi and Natasha in their Moscow Apartment in 2001.

In August 2001, my husband, Al sang with Barbershop Harmony Choruses in St. Petersburg, Russia. The next week, we met Natasha and Sasha in Moscow and were invited to their apartment for dinner. They were not comfortable speaking in English and I knew only a few Russian Words, but their warm hospitality, and our love of music and art bridged the gap. Their bond and devotion to one another were heartwarming.

For a decade we maintained contact with them by overseas mail and e-mail. Sasha continued his artistamps and arranged some fascinating manhole art exhibits in Russia and Abroad.

Moscow International Forum

The Moscow International Forum of Art Initiatives, 2004. Exhibition “Paradise” A.Kholopov exposition in “Pirogi” on Nickolskaya.

The “Sewer Cover” project reflects in an ingenious way Kholopov’s personal history as an artist throughout the isolation of the Soviet era. From the BBC to BB King to the Beatles, each sewer cover is dedicated to the many sources of stimulation and inspiration that sustained his art. Choosing the sewer cover as a vehicle for his project is an apt reflection of the sardonic and bitter-sweet humor that characterizes so much of Russian humor.

Sasha and Natasha at a Moscow Cafe

Sasha and Natasha at a Moscow Cafe

By 2009 the participation grew to 233 Persons who contributed 3,052 images of manhole covers and grilles from a total of 71 countries.  Alexander Kholopov, a single artist, promoted more International Good will than many politicians accomplish. Sasha’s Drawing honors all the participants of  “Sewers of the World, Unite.”

Sasha's Drawing "Sewers of the World, Unite" & Participants

Sasha’s Drawing “Sewers of the World, Unite” & Participants

Sasha and Natasha especially enjoyed time in the country and working on their Dacha.

Natasha and Sasha at their Dacha

Natasha and Sasha at their Dacha

On the fortieth Day after his passing, People from all over the world were celebrating Alexander  Kholopov.

Here are Artistamps from the website: http://artistampmuseum.blogspot.com/2016/01/alexander-kholopov-russia-1948-to-2016.html The postings are by Ginny Lloyd.

Alexander Kholopov Tribute Stamps

Alexander Kholopov Tribute Stamps

The fortieth day post mortem February 13, 2016 is of cultural significance in Russia and Natalie Lamanova is putting on an exhibition of Alexander’s work to coincide with his fortieth day.

Art Museum Blogs spot invites your artistamp contribution to Honor Sasha:  If you make a commemorative sheet or single stamp it can be added to this post. Deadline: March 31st.  http://artistampmuseum.blogspot.com/2016/01/alexander-kholopov-russia-1948-to-2016.html

Here is one of the first to honor Sasha:

Alexander Kholopov 1948 - 2016 by Steve Smith

Alexander Kholopov 1948 – 2016 by Steve Smith

 *”The art of Alexander Kholopov can be seen as an example

of the finest work emerging from Mail Art.

His many innovative projects

produced work that reflected his command of composition

& color, mirroring an active intellect and imagination.

The richness of his imagery gave us a unique vision

of the world in which he lived.

Sasha was a fine artist and a generous friend who will be

sadly missed by the International Mail Art community.”

* Written by Harley and images by Steve Smith.

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