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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Washington, D.C., National Jewish Museum, Here and There, Then and Now: Contemporary Artists from the Former Soviet Union, 1996; New York, Museum of the Yeshiva University, Remembrance: Russian Post-Modern Nostalgia, September 10, 2003 – February 2, 2004; New Brunswick, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Mikhail Roginsky, 2005  

  • Literature

    Alla Rosenfeld, Ed. Mikhail Roginsky, Zimmerli Museum magazine, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, 2005; Alexandre Gertsman, Ed., Remembrance: Russian Post-Modern Nostalgia, INTART Foundation, New York, 2003, p. 119 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “In Mikhail Roginsky’s work, the subject is solely an everyday object that is at the same time a metaphysical object. Very often, by abstracting the subject from the viewer, he restores the central meaning inherent in the object. His objects are illustrations of his life in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, with its ugliness, disorder, and communal apartments. They were subjects of the artist’s investigation. Asserting the fact of their existence did not depend on the lives of the owners so much. Roginsky found an artistic beauty in their ugliness without depicting them, unlike what American pop-artists did, in beautiful “commercial” techniques. His dark and gloomy, Philip Guston-like colors, surprisingly, summon viewers and activate their minds for unexpected associations, as one can see in Roginsky’s Catastrophe. The modern tool of quotations from various banal advertisement slogans and logos helps create an impression of absurdist magic for the viewer.” (Alexandre Gertsman)

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Catastrophe

1986
Oil on canvas. 
137.8 x 196.9 cm. (54 1/4 x 77 1/2 in).
Titled 'Catastrophe' upper center and signed 'Roginsky' lower right. 

Estimate
£30,000 - 40,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

30 June 2008, 10am & 2pm
London