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Russian Art — For Sale

     

Igor Baskakov


Catalogue Note:

The work of Igor Baskakov is becoming popular with Russian collectors, following the succes de scandale surrounding the exhibition of his works at the First International Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2005. A number of members of the Putin government have since bought his work, which has only increased his popularity.

Literature:

'Igor Baskakov received a very traditional art training, in portraits, drawing and landscapes, but his work subverts that tradition. He grew up during the period of Perestroika, when the West — its politics, its business, its culture — was just beginning the assault on the USSR.

As a student Baskakov worked with the Union of Soviet Poster Artists, the industrial arts group that had once been one of the most influential manipulators of communist ideology. Baskakov was at the very centre of this maelstrom, working on the side of Communism while experiencing the onslaught of Capitalism. His work subsumes these two opposing ideologies; he takes the advertising logos and slogans of Western multinationals and refashions them in the Soviet propaganda style. The result appears to be a joke at first, like Warhol’s soup cans, but what it says about the end of an empire is still painful for many Russians, and its commentary on the new empire of Capitalism is perhaps not so funny even for the invading Westerners.'

Passport Magazine, Moscow, February issue, 2005

Exhibitions:

Galerie der Tourist-Information, Bad Breisig, Germany, February 2004

Projects at First Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, January 2005

Gallery Eleven at the German Centre, Moscow, November 2005



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Tatu

Oil on canvas
170x120 cms

$7250

Rasputin


Oil on canvas


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D & G


Oil on canvas
120x80 cms

$6500

Red Energy!


Oil on canvas
90x60 cms

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Tampax


Oil on canvas
190x120 cms

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Egoiste


Oil on canvas
120x80 cms

$6000

Sprite

Oil on canvas
170x120 cms

$7250

Hugo

Oil on canvas
120x80 cms

$6000

Gillette


Oil on canvas
100x80 cms

$6500

Bush

Oil on canvas
120x80 cms

$4500

Camel

Oil on canvas
120x110 cms

$6000

durex No.1 in the USSR


Oil on canvas


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Head and Shoulders

Oil on canvas
100x80 cms

$3000

Cosmopolitan

Oil on canvas
100x80 cms

$3000

Abramovich

Oil on canvas
120x80 cms

$3000

Marxism Mars


Oil on canvas


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Tods


Oil on canvas


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Chanel

Oil on canvas
90x60 cms

$4500

Hugo Deep Red

Oil on canvas
90x60 cms

$4500

Dunhill


Oil on canvas
120x80 cms

$6500

Red Caviar Flavour


Oil on canvas
100x80 cms

$6500

Sanpellegrino


Oil on canvas
140x110 cms

$6500

Red Label


Oil on canvas
140x110 cms

$6500

Parliament


Oil on canvas
120x110 cms

$6500

Sauza


Oil on canvas
120x80 cms

$6500

Singing Brigade


Oil on canvas
120x80 cms

$6500

Sex and the City


Oil on canvas
140x110 cms

$6500

Support the union of the Army and Navy!


Oil on canvas
120x80 cms

$6500

Triumph


Oil on canvas


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Kinder

Oil on canvas
100x80 cms

$4500

Adidas

Oil on canvas
90x60 cms

$3000


Wrigleys Classic Gum


Oil on canvas

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Tszyu-Do

Oil on canvas
75x110 cms

$4500

KGB KFC (with small fries)


Oil on canvas
45x100 cms

$1800

Reality Show


Oil on canvas
100x140 cms

$7000

Volochkova

Oil on canvas
90x300 cms

$7250


© 2005 Jeremy Noble