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(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov • White on Red
Five paintings from 1987
|Page 1: Image and sign|
|Page 2: White on Red|
|Page 3: Star|
|Page 4: Star. 6. Figures|
|Page 5: CCCP|
|Page 6: The Human Being Comes First
|Page 7: Smiling Sickle|
|Page 8: Exhibitions|
Red on White: Exhibitions
Between 1988 and 2018, seven exhibitions showed one, two, or more works from the White on Red cycle. It is highly probable that at least Star was also included in a 1988 New Artists exhibition at Copenhagen, but no photographs are available from this exhibition.
Thus, Star has been documented with five exhibitions, and it also became the most prominent of the five works from th cycle – as the logotype of the Liverpool exhibition “Perestroika in the Avant-garde”.
Star. 6 Figures and CCCP were exhibited three times each, in part at different exhibitions. Smiling Sickle was shown only once – it was sold the first time it was publicly presented, at the Kulturhuset, Stockholm, in 1988. According to curator Fredrik Vogel, the work was acquired by art collector Jeannette Bonnier. Since the Jeannette Bonnier Foundation operates the Bonnier Konsthall in Stockholm, it might have been shown again, but so far, this remains a matter of speculation.
Regarding the painting The Human Being Comes First, the only documentation available are the pictures published in this article. Its whereabouts are unknown, although it is possible that the painting left Leningrad for Stockholm in 1988, together with the other four works of the White on Red cycle, and was also sold there.
The following list presents the exhibitions in chronological order.
1. Новые художники / The New Artists.
Three of these five works – Star, CCCP and Star. 6 Figures – were first exhibited in April 1988, when the New Artists had their first official Leningrad exhibition, at the Sverdlov House of Culture. Dominating the main view of the hall – the front side with the stage – their presentation constituted the only example of a conceptual, site-specific approach towards the installation of works.
Combining elements of Constructivism with Kozlov‘s distinct innovative features, these bright, highly aestheticised compositions immediately attracted the attention of fellow artists and curators.
2. Club of Friends of V. V. Mayakovsky
Exhibition commemorating Mayakovsky‘s 95th anniversary
Star. 6 Figures was featured at the exhibition celebrating Mayakovsky‘s 95th anniversary, organised by the Club of Friends of V.V. Mayakovsky aka New Artists at the Leningrad artist space NchVch (НчВч) in the summer of 1988. Left: Timur Novikov, right: Inal Savchenkov.
3. De Nya från Leningrad /The New from Leningrad
From left to right: works by Oleg Kotelnikov Madonna,
The curators of the first international New Artists festival “The New from Leningrad”, Kulturhuset, Stockholm (August/September 1988), displayed a total of seven of Kozlov‘s works, among them Star, CCCP, and Smiling Sickle.
An interesting detail can be observed on the reverse of both Star and Stat. 6 Figures. When artists and musicians took these and other works to Stockholm, in order to avoid declaring them at the customs, they pretended them to be backdrops for the Pop Mekhanika concert. It was probably Timur Novikov who wrote ПОП МЕХАНИКА 1 К on the reverse of Star and ПОП МЕХАНИКА 2 К on the reverse of Star. 6 Figures.
4. De Nye fra Leningrad. The New from Leningrad.
Star was the logotype of this exhibition
5. Perestroika in the Avant-Garde
The festival of Leningrad musicians and artists featured Star as the logotype.
The painting Star at the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool more >>
6. Exhibition of Banners (E-E Kozlov with Timur Novikov and Sergei Bugaev),
This exhibition had (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov‘s painting CCCP as the largest single exhibit.
(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov‘s solo show saw Star and Star. 6 Figures with drafts and other related works from the same period.
Text: Hannelore Fobo, April/May 2020
Uploaded 11 May 2020