Alexandr Roitburd - Contemporary Day Sale London Sunday, June 28, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Collection Gallery, Kiev

  • Exhibited

    Odessa, NT-Art Gallery/Collection Gallery, A Bar at the Folies— Bergeres, 31 October – 13 November, 2008; Kiev, Kiev State Museum for Russian Art, 2 x 3 m: The Museum Size, 30 January – 10 February, 2009

  • Literature

    Exhibition catalogue, NT-Art Gallery/Collection Gallery, A Bar at the Folies—Bergeres, Kiev, 2008, p.14 (illustrated); Exhibition catalogue, Kiev, Kiev State Museum for Russian Art, 2 x 3 m: The Museum Size, Kiev, 2009

  • Catalogue Essay

    When I heard the news that a Caravaggio painting was stolen from the Museum of Odessa, I felt as if one my closest people has died and as if a part me has been cut off. Alexander Roitburd
    The paintings by Alexander Roitburd are practically always mythological and archetypical. Paying attention to the different facets of his extremely energetic and creative character—in video, graphics, installations or Kulturtrager—Roitburd never betrayed his calling and gift of a painter. His new paintings sometimes make believe that he departs from his enthusiasm about mythology, abundance of quotations and metaphysical sayings...And sometimes, just the opposite—he would defiantly ‘slip back to his old ways'...His color scheme might be brighter or more ascetic, but his painting manner and his signature daub remain unfailingly recognizable. (ed. Collection Gallery, A. Soloviov, Bloomsday '08 Ideal Century, Kiev, 2008, p. 56)


Goodbye Caravaggio

Oil on canvas.
200 x 300 cm. (78 3/4 x 118 1/8 in).
Signed [in Cyrillic] and dated ‘Roitburd 2008' on the reverse

£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £58,850

Contemporary Day Sale

29 June 2009, 4pm