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Print - Angels of St Petersburg

Angels of St Petersburg

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Russia (made)

  • Date:

    2000 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Makarov, Stas (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gummipigment print on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist and Anya Stonelake

  • Museum number:

    E.205-2014

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2G, shelf DR84, box MP333

Stas Makarov was one of the original members of the 'New Academy of Art' in St Petersburg in the 1980s and 90s. This was a group of artists who rejected modernism and mined Russia's imperial and totalitarian past, sometimes ironically, as well as Hollywood movies, western advertising, kitsch and homoerotica for classical ideals of beauty. Makarov's 'Angels of St Petersburg' series of paintings, hand-coloured photographs and prints captures the faded grandeur of Russia's imperial capital by focussing on details of architectural ornament and public sculpture. The streaky gummiprint process used here is suggestive of peeling paint, washed-up beauty, or worn out ideals.

Physical description

Photographically-derived image showing detail of a neoclassical sculpture of an angel, printed in blue and red on deckle-edged paper. Signed and dated in pencil, bottom right. Inscribed in pencil with studio and technique, on the back in Russian.

Place of Origin

Russia (made)

Date

2000 (made)

Artist/maker

Makarov, Stas (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Gummipigment print on paper

Dimensions

Height: 78.8 cm, Width: 53.9 cm

Descriptive line

Stas Makarov print, Angels of St Petersburg, 2000.

Labels and date

Stanislav (Stas) Makarov was a member of the New Academicians in the 1990s and shared the group’s neo-classical vision. His Angels of St Petersburg series captures the faded grandeur of Russia's imperial capital in close-ups of architectural ornament and public sculpture. The streaky gum print process suggests peeling paint, washed-up beauty, or worn out ideals. [22/10/2016]

Subjects depicted

Angels

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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