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Sale of artworks to benefit the International Rescue Committee to help support families affected by the crisis in Ukraine
signed, titled and dated 2015; signed, titled and dated on the reverse
acrylic and spray paint stencil on canvas
150 by 120 cm. 59 by 47¼ in.
Executed in 2015.
Please note the colours in the online catalogue illustration may vary depending on screen settings.
This work is in excellent condition. Very light layer of surface dirt. Unframed.
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Oleg Tistol is a key representative of the Ukrainian New Wave, a group of artists which came to prominence during the period of perestroika and Ukraine’s Declaration of Independence in August 1991. As the art critic Galina Sklyarenko notes, Tistol’s art, which emerged at the intersection of the Soviet and post-Soviet epochs, combines ‘both a critique of Soviet culture with [the] re-evaluation of its clichés as well as the vital, joyful and playful atmosphere, which largely defined the look of “the Ukrainian new wave”.’
The present work showing a palm tree framed by a folkloric pattern executed in bright, Pop Art-inspired colours, belongs to the series “U. B. K.” (an abbreviation for the “Southern Coast of Crimea”), which the artist had been working on since 2007. As Tistol explains: ‘Palm trees for me, just as for all other people, are symbols of paradise. Moreover, in our tradition, the fir tree is a substitute for the palm. Therefore, I always perceived the palm as our “national tree”. One can also add here the summer, the Yalta seafront, and the holiday-like feeling of light-heartedness…’ Since the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Tistol’s palm tree paintings have taken on a more tragic and poignant meaning, coming to epitomise the evergrowing elusiveness of paradise.
*The Consignor is donating 100% of the hammer price from the sale of this and other designated artworks, to be sold during Sotheby’s Contemporary Discoveries online sale held from May 13-19, 2022, to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a not-for-profit humanitarian aid organization that is helping to support families affected by the crisis in Ukraine. In addition, in relation to these designated artworks, Sotheby’s will donate 1) 100% of its Overhead Premium to IRC, and 2a) where the artwork is consigned by Ukrainian artist(s), 100% of its Buyer's Premium to such artist(s), and 2b) for all other artworks, its Buyer's Premium, after deducting expenses, to IRC. No portion of the purchase price is tax-deductible. For more information about the IRC, visit www.rescue.org