Group show Sots-Art. New State Tretikov Gallery, Moscow.
One-man show Vitaly Komar. My Choice - Landscape With Lenin's Tomb. Marat Guelman Gallery, MoscowMy Choice - Landscape with Lenin’s Tomb russian
Ten years ago, in collaboration with Alec Melamid and a number of public-research polling firms, but, most importantly, in cooperation with the thousands of people we polled, we made a discovery. Lenin’s dream did come true, it finally became clear what kind of art the masses need!
It turned out that in different countries the majority of the population, regardless of the level of education or wealth, prefers a blue landscape. Thus, there are more similarities than differences between the art preferences of different peoples. I found the landscape of Italy’s Most Wanted with its absence of human beings and the combination of imaginary and realistic looking objects to be the closest to my liking. The Chinese one attracted me with its large format and the Russian one with its familiar aspirations for spirituality.
In my childhood, I liked to paint landscapes very much. The People’s Choice resurrected this old love. At some point I remembered the caption on the temple of Apollo in Delphi and, having closed my eyes, I asked myself: what kind of landscape would I prefer myself? What would be My Choice? Thus, in collaboration with the god of the arts, the idea of “self-polling” was born.
By asking myself questions I had once asked other people, I saw many shortcomings in the old questionnaire. Some important questions had to be altered (see the addendum).
The most recent version of “My Choice” is a painting installation. A pentaptych with Lenin’s Tomb facing a mandala with a mirror.
I understand that at a different time my choice would have been different. The “self-polling” and work on the landscape were conducted simultaneously with my other project - The Three-Day Weekend, and they influenced each other. In these projects I combine Sots-Art and “Dukhovka” - the main trends inAddendum russian
As I have already said before, during the process of self-polling I recognized the shortcomings of a number of questions that I had asked other people before. The old questionnaire had to be amended. I will enumerate the most important amendments.
Selected Publications:1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die.Selected and reviewed by leading international critics. Preface by Geoff Dyer. General Editor Stephen Farthing. Universe Publishing, USA, a division of Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. 2007
The Saatchi Gallery Daily Magazine Blog on with News, Feb. 13, 2007 .Southerby’s Modern and Contemporary Russian Sale, London, by Jones Laurak.
New York Art World (www.newyorkartworld.com), 2007. Vitaly Komar Three-Day Weekend, by Donald Goddart.
Vechernia Moskva (Evening Moscow, in Russian) #41, March 12, 2007.Vernisage, by Anna Chepurnova (pp. 12).
Przeglad Rusycystyczny, No. 4 (120), 2007. Interview with Vitaly Komar by Anatoly Vishevsky (pp. 126-133).
Hadassah Magazine, Apr, 2007. The Arts. Freedom and Exile by Rahel Musleach.
Art Chronika, Special Issue, Spring-Summer 2007. V. Komar Interview by Olga Kholmogorova (pp. 100-101).
Domus, August 2007. Artists, Preachers and Impressionists by Picchi Francesco.
Art Chronika (in Russian), Sept. 2007. Interview with Vitaly Komar by Olga Kholmogorova.
Komersant Weekend (in Russian), Oct. 5, 2007. Russian Underground Art in London by Tatiana Markina.
The Denver Post, Oct. 26, 2007. Emigres Art Frames Icons With Irony by Kyle MacMillon (pp. 10F).
Rocky Mountain News, Oct, 12, 2007. Russians Salute American Icon by Mary Voelz Chandler.
To the Cognoscenti. Poetry by Tom Mandel. Cover Art. Published by Ateos, 2007