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05.12.2003 The Presentation of the Editions Arkadia Olenska-Petryshyn and Khrystya Olens’ka
Tow sisters. Two talented masters. Two tragic fates.
Ukrainian viewers are well acquainted with the last creative working period of the elder sister — Arkadia — and her astonishing world of cacti. From the late 1980’s to mid-1990’s Arkadia was a frequent guest in Ukraine. She led active social and cultural life, and she was the first among those who were building the young independent Ukrainian state. She was doing that according to her understanding: she gave lectures, arranged meetings, wrote critical articles on Ukrainian contemporary art, and organized large-scale art projects. She had many personal exhibits in large cities of Ukraine: Kyiv, Lviv, Odessa, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovs’k, and Poltava. She tragically died in 1996. The present edition is the first fundamental album-catalogue, which represents all creative periods of the well-known American artist Arkadia Olens’ka-Petryshyn.
Unfortunately, the works of the younger sister, Khrystya, were never shown in Ukraine. Upon studying at the painting workshop of Myroslav Radysh, Khrystya entered the University of New York, where she studied design at the laboratory of the famous Alexey Bodovich. In 1960’s, her experiments in design, especially her bijouterie objects made of papier-mache made Khrystya Olens’ka famous in the world of fashion. Then followed her experiments with sculpture. The material stayed the same — papier-mache. Her creative development was interrupted by her tragic death.
The editions are the result of the scrupulous work of many people, first of all of those, who knew the Olens’ka sisters well and loved them. We hope that those wonderful album-catalogues will not only be interesting for experts, but also regular readers, who appreciate the beautiful.