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Vagrich Bakhchanyan
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Details & Cataloguing

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Vagrich Bakhchanyan
1938-2009
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signed in Cyrillic and dated '1969' l.m.
collage on paper

Bakhchanyan grew up in Kharkiv in Ukraine until the mid-1960s, when he moved to Moscow where he produced caricatures for 'Literaturnaya gazeta'. In 1974 he emigrated to New York City. 'Through collages, artist’s books, and other mixed media objects - which the artist minimally altered from their everyday appearance - he revealed the fine line that can separate normality from madness, banality from absurdity, platitude from blasphemy. Through experimentation and the development of inventive artistic strategies, Bakhchanyan broadened the range of expressive possibilities for other nonconformist artists. Many of his puns became an intrinsic part of Soviet dissident culture.' (Julia Tulovskaya in 'Vagrich Bakhchanyan: Accidental Absurdity', the 2016 exhibition at the Zimmerli Art Museum).
collage on paper
Sheet: 14 by 11in., 35.5 by 28cm
Framed: 23 3/4 by 19 1/2 in., 60 by 49.5cm
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Provenance

Collection of Mikhail Grobman, Jerusalem

Exhibited

St Petersburg, The State Russian Museum; Moscow, The State Tretyakov Gallery; Frankfurt am Main, Städel et al., 'Nonkonformisty: vtoroy russkiy avangard 1955-1988', 1996-1997, illustrated on p.82 of the catalogue

Escape Artists: The Non-Conformists Online

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New York