Sergei Volokhov: Theory of Reflection. Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation at Harriman Institute Atrium, 12th Floor International Affairs Building, Columbia University, 420 W 118th St, New York.
October 22 – December 18, 2019. Opening reception on Tuesday, October 22, 6:00pm -8:00 pm
This exhibition features selected paintings and drawings from the 1980s to the present by prominent Russian artist Sergei Volokhov. These imaginative drawings on specially prepared paper are contemplations by the artist on Russian history and his personal memories. Volokhov perceives the surrounding environment as an inexhaustible opportunity to create art, and art as an opportunity for a metamorphosis of the imperfect world. His philosophical reflections on the phenomena of art and public life become a constant inspiration for his art process. Since 1990, Volokhov lives and works in Brussels. About his recent paintings Volokhov writes: “A point is a countdown from something, it is 'the beginning and the end'. It is the universe that originated as, I suppose, from the concept of science/scientists from the point where matter and antimatter joined together. This is the beginning of my work, which ends in all the Provisional Laws. This is a continuation of the idea of the Malevich square.” In one of his recent painting Volokhov quotes Vladimir Nabokov’ novel The Gift's conclusion: “..the end: the shadows of my world extend beyond the skyline of the page, blue as tomorrow’s morning haze – nor does this terminate the phrase.”
Sergei Volokhov was born 1937 in Moscow; and lives and works in Brussels. He graduated from the Graphic Arts department of the Pedagogical Institute in Moscow. In 1969, Volokhov had his first solo exhibition at Café Blue Bird in Moscow, where a number of Russian nonconformist artists, including Komar and Melamid, Ilya Kabakov, Oleg Vassiliev and Erik Bulatov, Pyotr Belenok also had their first semi-official shows. Since 1969, Sergei Volokhov participated in many group exhibitions in museums, including the Second Open-Air Exhibition in Izmailovsky Park in 1974; exhibition at Palace of Culture Pavilion at VDNkh, Moscow, 1975; Labyrinth, Palace of Youth, Moscow, Warsaw, Hanover, Hamburg, 1989; Russian Art from Lenin to Gorbachev, Botanik, Brussels, Belgium, 1988; Russian Pop Art, The State Tretyakov Gallery, 2005; Times of Change: Art of the 1960-85 in the Soviet Union, State Russian Museum, 2006; Moscow - New York = Parallel Play. From the Kolodzei Art Foundation Collection. National Center for Contemporary Art (NCCA), Moscow, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, 2007 – 2008; This Leads to Fire: Russian Art from Non-Conformism to Global Capitalism. Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York, 2014-2015. Volokhov’s works are in many museum collections, including: The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Musée d’Ixelles, Brussels; Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, The Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey; ART4.RU Contemporary Art Museum, Moscow; Kolodzei Art Foundation.
The Kolodzei Art Foundation, Inc., a US-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public foundation started in 1991, organizes exhibitions and cultural exchanges in museums and cultural centers in the United States, Russia and other countries, often utilizing the considerable resources of the Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art, and publishes books on Russian art.
The Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art is one of the largest private art collections, and consists of over 7,000 works, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, digital art and videos, by more than 300 artists from Russia and the former Soviet Union. For additional information visit http://www.KolodzeiArt.org
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