Cosmoscow, Russia’s only international contemporary art fair, announces a twoyear partnership deal with Phillips Auction House, starting with the Off white charity auction as part of the fair’s 5th anniversary edition. All proceeds will benefit the recently established Cosmoscow Foundation for Contemporary Art. The auction brings together 17 works by Russian and International contemporary artists linked by a common theme, this year’s Cosmoscow Non-Commercial Programme topic “Where is the Revolution?” inspired by the 100 years anniversary of the revolutionary events of 1917. The auction that will take place on September 8, the first public day of the Fair, will be held by Phillips’ auctioneer Henry Highley.
This year’s auction will feature works by the following contemporary artists, among them are Tato Akhalkatsishvili, Evgeny Antufiev, Sergei Borisov, Valery Chtak, Ivan Gorshkov, Tatiana Hengstler, Vlad Kulkov, Marko Mäetamm, Igor Moukhin, Alexandra Paperno, Pavel Pepperstein, Michael Pybus, Marc Quinn, Daro Sulakauri, Ivan Tuzov, Arseny Zhilyaev and Anya Zholud. All of them in their special way deal with different aspects of revolution as a notion. For example, the hectic and disturbing palette of Vlad Kulkov’s Untitled, along with its dynamic composition refers to the revolution of consciousness, a shift in outlook as necessary preconditions for revolution, allowing to build a new system out of chaos. Whereas Pavel Pepperstein in his Who is to Blame? watercolor uses the image of a parrot to emphasize the loss of revolutionary message contained in such 'leftist' works of 19th century Russian literature as Herzen's Who is to Blame? and Chernyshevsky's What to Do? by means of formal and thoughtless repetition of their formulas. Daro Sulakauri’s The Black Gold photograph shows an electric circuit that is part of the mine management system. It is marked by the year of the October Revolution, serving as a ‘fragile’ evidence of the utopian aspirations’ collapse.