Zhenya Gershman

From Russia With Grotesquerie

Zhenya Gershman

The phrase “Soviet artist” makes me think of dissidents and deprivation–bearded men writing masterpieces in small, cold apartments crammed with one-too-many generations of family, subsisting on crusts of bread and the occasional bowl of borscht.

I knew the painter Zhenya Gershman wouldn’t have a beard, and when she suggested we meet for a drink in the posh lobby of Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, I should have known she’d upend a lot of my deeply held clichés. And to be fair to Gershman, who’s accessorized today with blue eye …

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