Drawn to street photography, Roberta Fineberg visited Moscow for extended periods in 1989-1990, witnessing Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev's politics of "Glasnost/Perestroika" ("Openness").
The celebrated Soviet dancer Maya Plisetskaya was living in Spain, and during Glasnost/Perestroika she returned to Moscow to appear once again on the Russian stage. Plisetskaya, 64, remained youthful and beautiful, on- and off-stage. This is a black-and-white artist portrait of Maya Plisetskaya, legendary Russian ballet dancer and choreographer, in the ballerina's dressing room at the Bolshoi in Moscow.
Maya Plisetskaya, 1989 by Roberta Fineberg is a 14" x 11" gelatin silver photograph -- signed, matted, and framed for a public art exhibition in 2004 at the Empire State Building, New York City.
Provenance: RF Archive
As a photographer and visual artist, Roberta Fineberg (RF) focuses on the themes of serendipity, inventiveness, and development of ideas for her photography, video, installations, works on paper, and painting. Drawn to experimentation, she explores diverse mediums and subjects such as the ephemeral (butterfly series), stolen moments (documentary work), play, timelessness, the enduring, and significance of matter.
In July 2022, Roberta Fineberg’s Double Helix was included in a Sotheby’s auction in New York City and exhibited in the preview show Contemporary Discoveries. Selected exhibitions include: Time Gallery New York (2022), Phyllis Harriman Gallery New York studio shows (2022; 2020), CADAF online art fair (2020), Gallery122 New York pop-up group show (2018), Curate NY online group show (2013), Paris Photo: Photos, Femmes, Feminisme group show (2010). RF’s photography is in private and public collections, including portraits of women writers at the Bibliothèque Nationale and Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand in Paris, France. As a visual artist she was awarded 14 laurels (2020-2021) from independent film festivals worldwide for an experimental video she made: You Will Never Beat New York (2020).
RF began her career as an editorial photographer while a student in Paris in the 1980s. In France she contributed both photography and writing to publications, landing a column (photos and text) with The Saturday Review while exhibiting photographs in public spaces. Roberta Fineberg’s freelance photography appeared in Le Monde, Jeune Afrique, Paris Match, L’Officiel Femme, Ms, Weltwoche, Vanguardia, among others with images licensed through stock agencies: nonstock, Jupiter, and Getty. Photographs were selected for cover art at W.W. Norton, St. Martin’s Press, Harcourt, Bookspan, Simon & Schuster, etc. Print Regional Design Annual New York (2003) awarded her for book jacket photography for If Wishes Were Horses.
Roberta Fineberg lives in New York City.
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