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Red Tower

Screenprint
1986-1998 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Yuri Avvakumov is a founding member and theorist-in-chief of a group of Russian conceptual artists called the 'Paper Architects'. This group graduated from the Moscow Architecture Institute in the early 1980s and, frustrated by the conservatism of their profession in Russia and the shortage of funds for new building, they turned instead to entering competitions sponsored by western and Japanese architectural journals, where their fantastic and unrealiseable schemes won them international acclaim. The term 'Paper Architecture' was a derogatory one applied to the unrealistic dreams of the revolutionary avant-garde of the early twentieth century, whose utopian ambitions Avvakumov parodies in Red Tower.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Screenprint on paper
Brief Description
Red Tower. Screenprint by Yuri Avvakomov, Russia, 1986-1998.
Physical Description
Screenprint.
Dimensions
  • Height: 78.8cm
  • Width: 53.9cm
Style
Production typeLimited edition
Marks and Inscriptions
  • '19/40 RED TOWER, 1986-98' (Bottom left in pencil.)
  • Artist's signature (Signed in pencil, bottom right.)
Gallery Label
Yuri Avvakumov was a founding member of the Paper Architects. This was a group of young graduates from the Moscow Architecture Institute in the early 1980s. Frustrated by a lack of innovative building projects, they expressed their ideas through conceptual art instead. ‘Paper Architecture’ was the derogatory name given to the unrealistic schemes of the Russian avant-garde. Red Tower is Avvakumov’s homage to Constructivist architect and artist Vladimir Tatlin.(22/10/2016)
Credit line
Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund
Subjects depicted
Summary
Yuri Avvakumov is a founding member and theorist-in-chief of a group of Russian conceptual artists called the 'Paper Architects'. This group graduated from the Moscow Architecture Institute in the early 1980s and, frustrated by the conservatism of their profession in Russia and the shortage of funds for new building, they turned instead to entering competitions sponsored by western and Japanese architectural journals, where their fantastic and unrealiseable schemes won them international acclaim. The term 'Paper Architecture' was a derogatory one applied to the unrealistic dreams of the revolutionary avant-garde of the early twentieth century, whose utopian ambitions Avvakumov parodies in Red Tower.
Collection
Accession Number
E.2090-2004

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record createdJuly 16, 2004
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