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

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  • Provenance

    Mezhkniga, Moscow; Eva Poll Gallery, Berlin

  • Exhibited

    Berlin, Eva Poll Gallery, Scene Moscow, 1998

  • Literature

    E. Poll and L. Poll, Scene Moscow, Berlin, 1988, n.p. (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1978, Svetlana Kopystiansky integrated the unofficial art scene in Moscow, participating in rare public exhibitions of unofficial art such as Art and Photography at the Center of Technical Aesthetics, Moscow in 1983, and Object-1 at Malaja Grusinskaja in 1987. After the historical Sotheby’s Moscow auction held in 1988 she emigrated to New York and has participated in major exhibitions in the West, including Sculpture Project Münster, Germany in 1997, Places in the Mind at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2001, Documenta 11 and the Russia! exhibition held at the Guggenheim Museum, NewYork in 2006. She has had several solo exhibitions around the world including an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago and today her work is found in the permanent collections of museums such at the Tate Modern, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Tretyakov Museum of Moscow. “The paintings Kopystiansky made at this time merge verbal and visual languages, using handwritten text (taken from novels of Russian writers) as a material with which to make a landscape. She writes: ‘Our system of perception is constructed in such way that if we read, we cannot see the material shape of the text and if we look at the materiality of painting, we cannot read the text. We obviously have a certain mechanism inside us which we have to switch on and off.’” (F. Bonami and J. Nesbitt, Examining Pictures: exhibiting paintings, Whitechapel art gallery, London and The Contemporary Art Museum Chicago, 1999)


Landscape #6

Tempera on linen.
49 1/4 x 63 in. (125.1 x 160 cm).
Signed, titled and dated “Svetlana Kopystiansky Landscape -6 1988 [in Cyrillic]” on the reverse.

£35,000 - 45,000 ‡♠

Sold for £45,600

The John L. Stewart Collection of Russian Contemporary Art

13 October 2007, 6pm