Today is the last day of “Toasting the Revolution,” a show of six young Russian artists curated by artist (and Baibakov Art Projects’ former intern!) Daria Irincheeva at Family Business, the new pint-size Chelsea space of Italians-at-large, Massimiliano Gioni and Maurizio Cattelan, which made headlines with Hennessy Youngman’s come one, come all project a few weeks ago.
In her press release for the show, Irincheeva wonders:
Can the Russian nation, move beyond their self-proclaimed suspicion towards happiness, guilt towards levity and paradoxical frigidity without just the crutch of vodka in hand and song in heart? Can instead Russia move towards real open and free communication and expression? Perhaps not, but that is clearly not stopping these 6 artists….
The artists in question? Ivan Brazhkin, Aleksandra Galkina, Alexander Povzner, Anastasia Ryabova, Sergey Sapozhnikov and David Ter-Oganyan. (Those who’ve caught some of Ter-Oganyan’s recent curated exhibitions – such as On/Off at the 2011 Moscow Biennale – should recognize these names.)
You can get a feel for the show in this promo clip. Photos are up on the Family Business Facebook page.