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

  • Literature

    B. Kölle, Boris Mikhailov, Stüttgart, 1995, p. 38 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    "At the end of the 60s, the KGB found some nude photographs Boris Mikhaylov had taken of his wife. The upshot of the incident was the immediate loss of his job as a technical engineer in his home town of Kharkov, Ukraine. Boris Mikhaylov flew in the face of public censorship by devoting himself entirely to photography from them on. In his 'Red Series', he tries to go his own independent way in a world dominated by flags, political demonstrations, Lenin portraits and official awards. Red was the predominant color of the Soviet Union in the 60s and 70s: the red of flags, political banners, flowers and clothes. Red is the color of the proletariat, the martyrs, and the faith. In this world saturated with slogans and symbols, Boris Mikhaylov does not lose sight of the individual." (B. Kölle, Boris Michajlov, Stüttgart, 1995, p. 27)


Untitled (Red Series)

11 7/8 x 8 in. (30.2 x 20.3 cm).
Signed and dated "Mikhailov 1978" on the reverse.

£3,000 - 4,000 

Sold for £4,560

The John L. Stewart Collection of Russian Contemporary Art

13 October 2007, 6pm