Three and a half stars
G. C. Lucas Gallery.
Birthdays are celebrated with song and dance, but Valery Kosorukov’s 70th birthday milestone is marked with a solo show that includes oil paintings of dancers. Born in Moscow, Kosorukov was dubbed “The Russian Degas” for his notable images of the ballet — particularly behind-the-scenes views — influenced by French Impressionism and his late wife, a ballerina. Now in Indianapolis, Kosorukov still uses oils to show us the ballet stage as well as images of figures, landscapes and European street scenes. Kosorukov’s skills have matured with age. Newer, looser works, such as the plein air landscape “New Mexico” and portrait “Renee,” capture mood and light through active brushstrokes and gestures of color. With these, one senses an immediacy of recording a moment in time, which brings us back to that other time notch, a birthday. Through April 14; 317-255-4000.