Semyon Faibisovich - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Friday, October 12, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Exhibited

    New York, Museum of the Yeshiva University, Remembrance: Russian Post-Modern Nostalgia, September 10, 2003 – February 2, 2004; New York, Alexandre Gertsman Contemporary Art, Russian Art: 1980 – 2005, October 15 – November 15, 2006; New York, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, 2007 Annual Tretyakov Ball, November 8, 2007

  • Literature

    Alexandre Gertsman, ed.; Remembrance: Russian Post-Modern Nostalgia, New York, 2003

  • Catalogue Essay

    Semyon Faibisovich has a special role in the development of contemporary Russian art, for he was one of the first to use, along with a photoreporter’s emotional distance, those techniques of American photorealism that were so popular in the US in the 1960s. Despite the highly contemporary nature of his art, Faibisovich’s roots go back to the traditions of Russian nineteenth-century realism, which tend toward a matter-of-fact portrayal of life rather than an emphasis on the social aspect of the subject matter. Faibisovich finds the aesthetic in the non-aesthetic, beauty in the banality of everyday life. All of the people he portrays are gloomy, sleepwalking, absorbed in their own internal world, as he does in IN THE TRAIN. The artist is externally indifferent to his characters; although his works reveal a distinct social slant. The artist is more interested in an artistic solution than in fostering a social undercurrent. Faibisovich presents reality, leaving the viewer to act as judge if he wishes to do so.
    Alexandre Gertsman, in Remembrance: Russian Post-Modern Nostalgia, INTART – International Foundation of Russian and Eastern European Art, New York, 2003, p. 32


In the Train

Oil and silkscreen ink on canvas.
54 5/8 x 93 3/8 in. (138.7 x 237.2 cm).
Initialed and dated “90” lower right; signed, titled and dated “S. Faibisovich The Circle Suburban Train ‘There is a home and there is…’1990” on the reverse.

£40,000 - 60,000 ‡♠

Sold for £78,000

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Evening Sale
13 October 2007, 4pm