Artists/Assistants @ Triumph Gallery
My list of things I want to do and see in Moscow before I leave seems to be ever-growing. Every time I tick something off my Moscow bucket list, I discover something else that I just have to do. My FOMO (fear of missing out) has honestly reached new and, somewhat, concerning heights in this city. Nevertheless, next on the agenda is the Triumph Gallery. From the 1st October they will be presenting a group exhibition exploring the rarely discussed, yet integral role of the artist’s assistants.
Located in a 19th century merchant’s house two minutes from Red Square, Triumph Gallery was founded in 2006 by Emelyan Zakharov and Dmitry Khankin. The gallery regularly plays host to exhibitions and works of established and emerging contemporary artists- both Russian and international. Its résumé includes Damien Hirst’s Russian premier in 2006, which cemented the gallery’s position as a favourite amongst art lovers in the city.
The gallery extensive promotes the work of young artists, with particular focus on multimedia projects: video, photography, painting and sculpture. Most recently, with the Moscow Museum of Modern Art «музей современного искусства», they launched their ‘Young Lions’ «Молодые львы» project.
Curated by Vika Dushkina, the exhibition Artists/ Assistants will present the work of twenty-five New York artists, including paintings, sculpture and sound installations. Most notable about this collective is that: they’re related, not necessary by their art itself, but by the fact they have all worked as assistants for internationally renown artist Robert Longo. This, for me, is particularly interesting. I am eager to see how this factor has informed and inspired their work- whether wittingly or unwittingly. Moreover, by explicitly placing the, generally obscured, assistants at the forefront, this exhibition is seemingly overturning the intricate and innate hierarchies within the art world. Very badass.
The exhibition will be on until the 16th October, so be sure to go and check it out! For more information, have a look on the Triumph Gallery website: http://www.triumph-gallery.ru/
This post was brought to you by Lola, currently studying at Liden & Denz Moscow
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