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Despite the wildfire smoke that shrouded New York City in a rust-colored haze last week, art lovers and collectors ventured out to be among the first to view “Songs of Summer,” the solo exhibition of artwork by Elena Chestnykh, on Thursday, June 8th at The Untitled Space. Curated by Indira Cesarine, the exhibition presents a selection of the artist’s watercolors and oil paintings that emanate the joy of summer through vibrant color palettes and ethereal femininity.

Guests packed the Tribeca gallery on Thursday evening and sipped wine as they viewed the collection. Among the attendees was artist Elena Chestnykh herself, who spoke to many enthusiastic viewers throughout the night about the inspirations for many of the artworks, which celebrate self-love, body positivity, self-liberation, and human connection with nature. “Songs of Summer” prominently features figurative portraits of female subjects. Chestnykh, who was born in Novosibirsk, Russia, says of these works, “My attention to the body comes from my immigrant experience. I left my country and everything I had, but my body is inseparable. It belongs only to me.”

The exhibition is now open to the public and is on view through Thursday, June 22nd. Chestnykh has previously been featured in a number of group shows at The Untitled Space, and “Songs of Summer” marks her debut solo exhibit as a represented artist of the gallery. Read more about “Songs of Summer” and Elena Chestnykh here.

Elena Chestnykh “SONGS OF SUMMER” Solo Exhibition, The Untitled Space, June 2023

Event Photos by Mikhail Torich for The Untitled Magazine

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