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    Sale 7684

    Russian Pictures Including Post-War and Contemporary Art Part II

    26 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 458

    Nikolai Kasatkin (b. 1932)

    The portal

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    Nikolai Kasatkin (b. 1932)
    The portal
    signed in Cyrillic and dated 'N. Kasatkin 2004', further signed in Cyrillic, inscribed in Russian and dated 'N. I. Kasatkin (DOB 1932, Moscow)/Portal 2004/("The footprints")/160 x 240' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    63 x 94½ in. (160 x 240 cm.)

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    Nikolai Kasatkin joined the circle of Moscow conceptualists and 'Sots Art' artists alongside Erik Bulatov and Oleg Vasiliev.

    The series 'Traces' depicts ancient landscapes, in which the past activities of man have left traces in the form of ruins and old posts. I chose objects, which strictly define the spatial construction and dictate a fixed perception of space. This can be in the form of 'frames' or 'entrances' to the space of the painting, 'obstacles' which the viewer has to overcome.

    Nikolai Kasatkin

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    Acquired from the artist by the present owner.


    Exhibition catalogue, Nikolai Kasatkin. Traces, Moscow, 2007, p. [17].


    Moscow, Pop/off/art, Traces. Continuation, 2007, no. [11].