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Ivan Chuikov

Blue Square (Dedicated to Malevich)

Lot Closed

September 21, 01:05 PM GMT


20,000 - 30,000 GBP

Lot Details


Ivan Chuikov

1935 - 2020

Blue Square (Dedicated to Malevich)

signed in Cyrillic t.l.; further titled and inscribed in Cyrillic and dated 1990 on the reverse

enamel paint on photograph laid on masonite

Board: 53 by 79.5cm, 20¾ by 31¼in.

Framed: 63 by 89.5cm, 24¾ by 35¼in.

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

Chuikov’s Blue Square (Dedicated to Malevich) highlights the importance of Russian avant-garde theory for the representatives of the non-conformist movement, which many of them started discovering during Khrushchev’s Thaw. In the words of the art critic Boris Groys, Chuikov was preoccupied with ‘…methods of fragmentation, appropriation and recombination to reveal the pure pictorial quality of his work, to discover the integral and potentially infinite painted surface where certain configurations of form and colour replace each other, but which remains equal to itself forever’ (B.Groys, ‘Twenty Years Later’, in Ivan Chuikov, Moscow: Regina Gallery, 2010, p.114).

By dedicating the painting to the pioneer of modernist abstraction, Chuikov continues Malevich’s quest for ‘the realism of painterly form as an end in itself’ (J.Bowlt (ed.), Russian Art of the Avant-Garde: Theory and Criticism, 1902-1934, New York: Viking Press, 1976, p.124), in this case employing elements such as a black and white photograph and a Soviet price tag.