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Erik Bulatov

Sky and Sea

Property from a Private European Collection

Erik Bulatov

Erik Bulatov

Sky and Sea

Sky and Sea

Property from a Private European Collection

Erik Bulatov


Sky and Sea

signed and titled in Cyrillic and dated 1985 on the reverse and bearing Centre Pompidou and Stedelijk Museum exhibition labels on the stretcher

oil on canvas

Canvas: 200 by 200.5cm, 78¾ by 79in.

Original canvas. Stretcher bar marks are visible along the top and bottom edges. There are a few isolated areas of craquelure, most noticeably to the letter 'B' and the clouds, to both letters 'O', to the bottom of the letter 'R', to the sky in the upper left and elsewhere. There is a light layer of surface dirt with handling marks in places. Inspection under UV light reveals retouching to the drip marks at the bottom of the letter 'E' in the lower right. These are also visible to the naked eye and appear to have been done by the artist. Unframed.

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Ambassador Karl Fritschi, Switzerland
Phillips London, Contemporary Art Evening, 28 February 2008, lot 123

C.Schenker, ‘Erik Bulatov’, Noema – Art Magazine, no.17, April-May 1988, p.65 illustrated

Exhibition catalogue Erik Bulatov Moskau, Zurich: Parkett, 1988, n.p. illustrated and listed

Exhibition catalogue Ich Lebe – Ich Sehe, Künstler der Achtziger Jahre in Moskau, Bern: Kunstmuseum Bern, 1988, illustrated

Exhibition catalogue Erik Boulatov, Paris: Centre Georges Pompidou, 1988, p.57 illustrated; p.31 listed 

B.Groys, 'Slovo izobrazhenie', Dekorativnoe iskusstvo, no.6, 1989, illustrated

I.Levkova-Lamm, 'Vlast' prostranstva prostranstvo vlasti. Erik Bulatov', Tvorchestvo, no.2, 1990, p.7 illustrated

Exhibition catalogue Artisti Russi Contemporanei – Contemporary Russian Artists, Prato, 1990, p.70 illustrated b/w

Exhibition catalogue Erik Boulatov, Paris: Fondation Dina Vierny-Musée Maillol, 1999, p.53 illustrated 

R.O'Dea, 'Toward a New Mythology: Social Reality in the Art of Erik Bulatov',

Zimmerli Journal, no.2, Fall 2004, p.92 illustrated b/w

Exhibition catalogue Erik Bulatov, That's It, Moscow: Knigi WAM, 2006, p.112 illustrated; p.206 listed

M.Arndt (ed.), Erik Bulatov. Catalogue Raisonné in Two Volumes. Volume I: Paintings 1952-2011, Cologne: Wienand, 2011, p.128, no.110 illustrated; p.275, no.110 listed

Zurich, Kunsthalle Zurich; Frankfurt am Main, Portikus Frankfurt am Main and Bonn, Kunstverein Bonn, Erik Bulatov Moskau, January-June 1988 

Bern, Kunstmuseum Bern, Ich Lebe – Ich Sehe, Künstler der Achtziger Jahre in Moskau, 11 June - 14 August 1988

Paris, Musée Nationale d'Art Moderne, Galeries Contemporaines, Centre Georges Pompidou, Erik Boulatov, 27 September - 27 November 1988

London, Institute of Contemporary Arts; Boston, MIT List Visual Arts Center; Newport Beach, California, The Newport Harbor Art Museum and Chicago, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Erik Bulatov Moscow, February-November 1989

Prato, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Artisti Russi Contemporanei - Contemporary Russian Artists, 10 February - 14 March 1990

Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Black Lights, 22 March - 22 April 1991

Prague, Galerie hlavního města Prahy; Berlin, Haus Am Waldsee and Kiel, Stadtgalerie im Sophienhof, Flug, Entfernung, Verschwinden: konzeptuelle Moskauer Kunst, 1995-1996

Paris, Fondation Dina Vierny-Musée Maillol, Erik Boulatov, 21 October 1999 - 20 January 2000

Moscow, State Tretyakov Gallery, Erik Bulatov, That's It, 19 September - 19 November 2006