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

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  • Provenance

    Mezhkniga, Moscow; Kniga Collection, Paris

  • Exhibited

    Madrid, Arco, Art Contemporain Soviétique, Sélection d’Oeuvres Provenant de la Collection Kniga, June – July, 1988

  • Literature

    Editions du Regard and Galerie de France, Kniga eds., Art Contemporain Soviétique, Sélection d''Oeuvres Provenant de la Collection Kniga, Paris, 1998, n.p. (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Igor Kopystiansky, who is primarily engaged with the exploitation of art
    as a system of cultural artifice, makes use of varying periods and styles of painting, recreated within the confines of his ‘interiors’, to form a uninterrupted wall of multiple artistic identities. However, because Kopystiansky produces all of the images himself, the labor-intensive aspects of his process result in a type of homage to the idea as a historically based form. The implicit message in the interiors is that we can no more easily escape from the conventions of our time than artists of previous centuries could from theirs, so that the gesture of matching contemporary installation techniques with highly traditional paintings resounds with the awareness that someday the resistance which is inevitably encountered by our most complex artistic permutations will also appear to be nothing short of quaint." (Dan Cameron).
    This present work is the last work from this period and series remaining in a private collection. The other ''Interiors'' from this period are part of the permanent collections of the Museum of St. Etienne in France and the Ludwig Forum Aachen in Germany.


Interior #5

Installation comprised of three oil on canvas and two chairs wrapped with oil on canvas.
76 x 91 1/2 x 74 in. (193 x 232.4 x 188 cm) overall installed dimensions.
Titled “INT. 5 [in Cyrillic]” on the reverse of floor piece; titled “INT. 5 [in Cyrillic]” on the underside of each chair; signed, titled and dated “Interior 5 [in Cyrillic] I. Kopystiansky 1987 [in English]” on the reverse of wall piece; titled “Interior -5 [in Cyrillic]” on the reverse of table piece.

£10,000 - 15,000 ‡♠

Sold for £31,200

The John L. Stewart Collection of Russian Contemporary Art

13 October 2007, 6pm