Lot 23
  • 23


12,000 - 18,000 USD
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  • Ivan Chuikov
  • Window # XXXXVI
  • acrylic on hardboard and wood with metal hardware
  • Work: 47 by 47in., 120 by 120cm
  • Framed: 53 by 53in., 134 by 134cm
signed and titled in Cyrillic and dated '2000' on the reverseacrylic on hardboard and wood with metal hardwareChuikov's 'window frame' series with images drawn on them is one of his most famous, an exploration of the collision of reality and fiction – a constant source of friction in the Soviet Union. 'It was in the late 1970s, when I was already making windows. I had about thirty of them, and I had other works too, but the main thing was those windows, people knew me by those windows'. Of the seven works on this theme sold at auction, six have dated to his post-2000 period. Four of Chuikov's paintings were included in Sotheby’s Moscow sale in 1988. A solo show titled ‘Labyrinths’ opened at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art in 2010 to this enigmatic artist termed by one critic ‘The Prince of Emptiness’.


Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner


M.Bodryagina and V.Klyueva (eds.), 'Ivan Chuikov', Moscow: Regina Gallery, 2010, p.372 illustrated; p.411 listed