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Art is one of the ways people communicate with one another. Every work of art brings the viewer to into a special kind of relationship, both with whoever has created or is creating the art and also with everyone else who—together with him, or before or afterwards—is subject to that
artistic impression.
—Leo Tolstoy

It would be a mistake to ascribe this creative power
to an inborn talent.
In art, the genius creator is not just a gifted being, but a person who has succeeded in arranging for their appointed end, a complex of activities, of which the work is the outcome, requiring an effort.
—Henri Matisse

Art is so varied that to reduce it to any single purpose, be it even the salvation of mankind, is an abomination before the Lord.
—Nikolai Gumilev

Conception, my boy, fundamental brain work,
is what makes all the difference in art.
—Dante Gabriel Rosetti

Art is art.
Everything else is everything else.
—Ad Reinhardt

It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance…
and I know of no substitute whatever
for the force and beauty of its process.
—Henry James

It's not what you look at that matters,
it's what you see.
—Henry David Thoreau

New Faces, New Voices

The Future of Russian Literature

Limited to writers no more than 25 years of age, the Debut Prize receives over 50,000 submissions annually from all corners of Russia. The winners form a new generation of rising literary stars who are transforming the Russian literary landscape. «CAUSA ARTIUM» has invited four members of what is coming to be called the "Debut Generation" to NY to read their works and speak about their lives and their art.

The visiting Debut winners are:

  • Irina Bogatyreva
  • Polina Klyukina
  • Pavel Kostin
  • Andrei Kuzechkin

Not all in the West are aware of how crucial a moment this is in the art, culture, and life itself in Russia. The Soviet and post-Soviet generations, focused in different ways upon the same historical heritage, are about to be joined, in part displaced, by a new generation, a generation for which the Soviet Union is a part of history rather than a part of life. They have an entirely new set of hopes, worries, experiences, interests and concerns. Take this special opportunity to learn about how the world is changing and what it is likely to become!