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Angels of St Petersburg

Print
2000 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gummipigment print on paper
Brief Description
Stas Makarov print, Angels of St Petersburg, 2000.
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.
Dimensions
  • Height: 78.8cm
  • Width: 53.9cm
Content description
Detail of a neoclassical sculpture of an angel
Gallery Label
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)
Credit line
Given by the artist and Anya Stonelake
Subject depicted
Place Depicted
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
E.205-2014

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record createdJuly 3, 2012
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