Alexander Kosolapov - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Friday, October 12, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Exhibited

    New York, Museum of the Yeshiva University, Remembrance: Russian Post-Modern Nostalgia, September 10, 2003 – February 2, 2004, 2004 - 2005; New York, Alexandre Gertsman Contemporary Art, Russian Art: 1980 – 2005, October 15 – November 15, 2006; New York, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, 2006 Annual Tretyakov Ball, November 8, 2006; Moscow, Cultural Foundation Ekaterina, Movement.Evolution.Art., February 21-March 31, 2007 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    A. Gertsman, ed.; Remembrance: Russian Post-Modern Nostalgia, New York 2003; Cultural Foundation Ekaterina, Movement.Evolution.Art., Moscow 2007 (another example illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Alexander Kosolapov, who for three decades has been living on the border of two cultures, one American and one Russian, works on the concept of the “integration” of communist and capitalist consumer cultures or, to be more precise, on the form of post-communist consumption. Using his pet Warhol concept that the epitome of beauty is “McDonald’s,” Kosolapov tries to create a new Russian product, a Russian “epitome of beauty” – MICKEY AND MINNIE. In Kosolapov’s opinion, it is easier to explain Russian culture to an American viewer through recurrent motifs in national culture. Accustomed to manipulating social iconographic signs from the contemporary world such as Mickey Mouse, Lenin, the Marlboro trademark, the Russian Icon, or images from Russian avant-garde in his art, Alexander Kosolapov transports the Kalashnikov into the ranks of the symbolic phenomena of our age.
    Alexandre Gertsman, Remembrance: Russian Post-Modern Nostalgia, INTART – International Foundation of Russian and Eastern European Art, New York, 2003, p. 24


Mickey and Minnie

Cast bronze.
27 x 22 1/4 x 20 in. (68.6 x 56.5 x 50.8 cm).
Incised with the signature and date “Kosolapov 2006” on the base. This work is from an edition of 10.

£20,000 - 30,000 ‡♠

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Evening Sale
13 October 2007, 4pm