Boris Mikhailov - The John L. Stewart Collection of Russian Contemporary Art London Friday, October 12, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Exhibited

    Portikus Frankfurt am Main, October 21 - December 3, 1995 and Kunsthalle Zurich, January 13, 1995 - March 10, 1996, Boris Mikhailov (another work from the series exhibited); Berlin, DAAD Gallery, Photomania, 1997; Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Boris Mikhailov, 1998; Paris, Centre National de la Photographie, Boris Mikhailov, 1999; Göteborg Art Museum, Hasselblad Center, Boris Mikhailov 2000 Hasselblad Award Winner, November 25, 2000 - January 21, 2001

  • Literature

    B. Kölle, Boris Mikhailov, Stüttgart, 1995, p. 56 (another work from the series illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Luriki is a term invented by Mikhaylov. It is derived from 'zhmuriki' which means 'those who wink or blink' - the name by which musicians playing at funerals referred to the dead. 'Luriki' are colored black and white photographs from anonymous family albums, most of them with a cloying touch of nostalgia. "I find that coloring photographs and using family albums gives me a chance to say more about the Soviet Union and its inhabitants than it has been said in all photographs before. (Boris Mikhailov, 1993) In the 1970s, Boris Mikhaylov earned his living as a commercial photographer, retouching and coloring photos according to his clients' wishes. The manipulation of the photograph addresses a central question in photography with regard to the representation and construction of reality. The private photographs used by Mikhaylov as the basis for his intervention project a personal image shaped both by individual ideas and infiltrated by social stereotypes." (B. Kölle, Boris Michajlov, Stüttgart, 1995, p. 55)


Untitled (Luriki Series)

Hand-toned black and white photograph.
23 1/2 x 17 in. (59.7 x 43.2 cm).
Signed and dated "Mikhailov 76-81" on the reverse. This work is unique.

£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £3,600

The John L. Stewart Collection of Russian Contemporary Art

13 October 2007, 6pm