As a symbol of freedom and one of the first sites seen by immigrants upon their arrival to the United States, the Statue of Liberty was a compelling subject for the non-conformist artist who was famously denied a state-funded personal exhibition in the Soviet Union. While his Russian period paintings are often interpreted as ‘portals’ into his most treasured memories, the present lot conveys the artist’s perception of reality as he encountered it on a foggy night in New York. In spite of the specificity of time and place, however, the New York skyline is rendered in the distance, its representation hovering on the margins between realism and abstraction. Enclosed in an organised geometric structure, the cityscape seems to exist in an ethereal and metaphysical space which invites the beholder to enter and contemplate it.
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