Famous artists under 35: Young painters whose works can be found in museums

July 9, 2020

Becoming a painter takes time, and there are few to be lucky enough to turn out to be famous artists already in their thirties. The heroes of this mos.ru article are under 40, and they already take part in international biennales of modern art together with renowned painters. Art critics know of their names plus follow their exhibitions, and museums are happy to get hold of their works.

Let’s become acquainted with Marina Agureeva, Evgeny Antufiev, Kirill Garshin and Darya Irincheeva, as well as with their videos, paintings and art installations from the MMOMA collection.

This is a collaborative article of mos.ru and Mosgortur agency.

Kirill Garshin. Idle Days series. 2014

Kirill is the youngest artist whose paintings are part of the collection of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. He was born in 1990 in Voronezh. In 2010, Kirill graduated from the Voronezh Art School and became a professional painter. He often uses connected media, such as cinema, photography and painting. Many of Garshin’s works are autobiographical.

Kirill’s name is related to the new wave of artists’ interest in painting, which is something quite common for the former Eastern bloc in the past couple of decades. Garshin transforms photos taken in the late 20th century into expressive paintings evoking nostalgia and reminding people that not only works of art have a ghostly aura, but also technologies used to create them.

The Idle Days series of paintings is based on photos taken during family gatherings. Adults and children, family members and friends are depicted in various corners of a standard flat with normal stuff from the 1990s: a wall cabinet and audio tape recorder, a colourful carpet and old television set. The heroes’ tragicomic deliberateness and clumsiness reflects the feeling of awkwardness that many of us know when we have to take part in the mandatory ritual photography of the moment of unity that is slipping away.

The characters who do not play the same role they used to in the life of the artist are depicted with distortions. Their faces have been erased as well as the memory of them. Deformities and roughness seem to be breaking the glossy surface and show the inevitable companions of the mental time trips: oblivion and creative imagination.

Darya Irincheeva. Empty Knowledge project. 2011-2016

St Petersburg artist Darya Irincheyeva also focuses on her own memories in almost all of her works. She received a degree with honours at the School of Visual Arts, New York, and has a master’s degree from Columbia University. She has held numerous group and solo exhibitions in Russia, Italy, the US and Austria. Darya works with various media and techniques, uniting sculpture, photography, painting and also performance.

Her long-term project Empty Knowledge consists of several series and is devoted to the books she was surrounded by in her childhood. Using paints on canvas, she creates paintings that imitate the covers and spines of Soviet books from her home library: from a Soviet organic chemistry textbook to a book of fairytales. Once being a source of knowledge and up-to-date research, they are now hopelessly obsolete. Deliberately omitting certain parts of their design, Irincheyeva shows the uselessness of this information for a contemporary person, as well as time’s transience and inexorability.

Maria Agureeva. The Spatial Relations in Anatomic Terminology. 2015

Maria Agureeva was born in 1985. She graduated from St Petersburg State University of Industrial Technologies and Design and from the Institute of Contemporary Art (Moscow). One of her latest achievements is that of receiving a Ruinart Art Patronat grant (2019).

Agureeva creates sculptures, art installations, videos and performances. One of the main subjects of her interest is the study of corporeality, the tension between public ideas of normality and personal identity, the search for the individual self in the world of common standards of beauty.

One of Agureeva’s video installations housed at MMOMA, is The Spatial Relations in Anatomic Terminology. This is a video of a performance the artist gave in a gallery in 2015. In the film, Agureeva faces the audience half-naked and visitors had the opportunity to evaluate her body and say what they would like to change in her face and body according to their taste. Some suggested she do abs or bicep exercises, some suggested a nose job, while the artist simply listened to them.

This performance revealed the mechanisms of representation and control that hide behind the attractiveness of the glossy world. Agureeva builds a space between the captivity and freedom, protest and compromise. The focus is the human body and the relations of power that it generates. The body of a person, a female body, an artist’s body is an object to comment on from the point of view of the standards formed by the mass media.

Evgeny Antufiev. Butterfly, from Fragile Things series. 2016

Evgeny Antufiev was born in 1986. He graduated from the Institute of Contemporary Art. Antufiev took part in the special programme of the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2014, and the main project of the Manifesta 11, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art in 2016. He is also the winner of the Kandinsky Prize in the category Young Artist: Project of the Year (2009). In his art, Antufiev focuses on history and culture by combining the aesthetics of archaeological and paleontological finds with the sacred imagery of a pagan world.

His sculpture Butterfly is in the MMOMA collection. It belongs to the Fragile Things series devoted to Vladimir Nabokov and his hobby of collecting insects. Antufiev is fascinated by the hobby of collecting dead beauty. The bronze butterfly created using a wax model retains the fingerprints of the artist. In this and similar objects, the artist contemplates the fragility of being and his personal history, death and immortalising art through archives, collections or a museum.

Source: mos.ru

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