Lot 113
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Valery Koshlyakov, b.1962

20,000 - 30,000 GBP
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  • Valery Koshlyakov
  • fragment goroda [fragment of the city], 2006
  • triptych, each panel signed and titled in Cyrillic on reverse with measurements, numbered 1,2 and 3 respectively and dated 006
  • tempera on canvas
  • size of panels: 200 by 84cm., 78¾ by 33in.; 200 by 150cm., 78¾ by 59in.; 200 by 150cm., 78½ by 59in.

Catalogue Note

Valery Koshlyakov is one of Russia's most celebrated contemporary artists.   Born in 1962 in the Rostov Region, he trained as a stage decorator and was active in the underground art scenes in both Rostov and Moscow.   He is best known for his installation works formed from cardboard and large scale paintings on cardboard.  Amongst his favoured subjects are monuments and landmarks in Russia and Europe.  The artist maintains that he finds inspiration in 'history' and as such claimed in an interview in May 2006: ''I'm trying to step back from the requirements for being contemporary''

His work has been widely exhibited.  He was selected to represent Russia at the 2003 Venice Bienniale; displayed his installation ''Cloud'' at the Tretyakov Gallery for the first Moscow Bienniale of Contemporary Art in January 2005 and later exhibited at the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg. A major retrospective of his work is being planned by the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.