Phantom Installations. 50 conceptual drawings. When the installation is dismantled it returns to its primal essence. In these witty and accessible drawings Prigov recaptures the purity of the original idea for the installation and the textual, architectural and symbolic sources that inform it.
50 conceptual drawings
Curator Anya Stonelake
When the installation is dismantled it returns to its primal essence.
In these witty and accessible drawings Prigov recaptures the purity of the original idea for the installation and the textual, architectural and symbolic sources that inform it.
In choosing to present gallery space in graphic space, Prigov re-presents 'the ninety percent of installations ... that disappear like phantoms, dismantled and broken. My installations represent a modelled space recorded on paper... a space of phantoms' depicted in three metaphysical colours, black, white and red, the colours of Russian iconography and the Russian avant-garde of the early twentieth century.'
Norman Rosenthal of the Royal Academy of Arts writes: 'Dmitri Prigov is one of the most known and outstanding contemporary artists. He is both visual artist and a writer of considerable distinction and has shown his work extensively in Europe, particularly in Germany, France and Italy where he has also published many books.'
1987 London ICA, 'Novastroika'
1993 Berlin, 'Kunstwerke'
1995 Budapest, Ludwig Museum 'Dmitri Prigov 1975 - 1995' Saint Etienne, Musee d'Art Moderne
2001 St Petersburg, The State Russian Museum, 'Malevicha'
1995 'Text of our Life', Keele University Press
Contemporary Art Museum in Koln, Kunst Museum in Kiel, Musee d'Art Moderne in St Etienne, Madison Contemporary Art Museum, The State Russian Museum, Contemporary Art Museum in Moscow, etc.
Prigov was born in Moscow in 1940 and studied at the Moscow Art Institute. He was one of the founders of the Moscow Conceptualists, along with Ilya Kabakov, Vitali Komar, Alexander Melamid and Erik Bulatov. He has created drawings, sculptures, objects and installations and, as an author, has written more than 20,000 poems.
Dmitri A. Prigov will present a poetry recital and performance in Russian with English translation at 7pm, 12 December at the White Space Gallery
Admission: Â£5 (Â£3 concs).
Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm,
See the website or call 0208 740 46 75 for more details.
White Space Gallery was started by Anya and Michael Stonelake in 1999.
'Phantom installations' is their third exhibition of Russian contemporary Art.
Previous exhibitions include:
2001 Mitki: Losers Victorious.
2001 Vladimir Shinkarev : World Literature (also shown at the Cheltenham Festival of Literature).
White Space Gallery
St. Peter's, Vere St (off Oxford St), Bond St. Tube Station.
PO Box 30850 London W12 9FR
Tel: 0208 740 4675