Simon Faibisovich - 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

    Ridgefield (Connecticut), Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Adaptation & Negation of Socialist Realism, June 9 – October 7, 1990

  • Catalogue Essay

    The painting does not belong to the cycle dedicated to lines, instead it
    stands alone, mostly because this line that the artist ran into early in the
    morning of November 7 was a special one, a holiday line waiting for sausage, not vodka. On the main state holiday in the very center of Moscow on the corner of Sadovoe Koltso and Zemlyany Station, not far from Kursk Station, the line was freezing and patiently waiting for the store to open and to “give out” sausage. “This line, as opposed to the very energetic vodka lines that I began drawing after the anti-alcohol campaign began, was peaceful, quiet, comprised of timid provincial folks who had come to the capital specifically for groceries. This was the anniversary of Soviet power, the place we had arrived after seventy years. At that time it was impossible to even imagine that this was the final grandiose anniversary, but the feeling was already emerging that everything was coming to an end, that the air was leaving – a more lyrical attitude toward what was happening emerged.” - Faina Balakhovskaya


Colorful Demonstration, Lux

Oil on canvas.
67 x 106 1/2 in. (170.2 x 270.5 cm).
Initialed and dated “SF 88 [in Cyrillic]” lower right; also signed, titled and dated “S. Faibisovich Colorful Demonstration Lux 1988 [in Cyrillic]”on the reverse.

£30,000 - 40,000 ‡♠

Sold for £84,000

The John L. Stewart Collection of Russian Contemporary Art

13 October 2007, 6pm