From Grisha Bruskin, Time Ch, 2012
Following up on the Future Generation Art Prize, tonight, Moscow’s ArtChronika Foundation held the award ceremony for its annual Kandinsky Prize.
While there has been some controversy around the prize – with participants dropping out in protest when Pussy Riot was denied a nomination – we are still very pleased to announce that Dmitry Venkov won the prize for young artist. Baibakov Art Projects worked with Dima on our first ever exhibition in Moscow in 2008, a process which Dima documented in his film The World of the Other (which you can watch here.)
The top prize was shared between AES+F (whose Allegoria Sacra had been the front-runner) and Grisha Bruskin, which meant only third contender Aladdin Garunov went unrecognized.
In the lead-up to the ceremony, Artguide published a witty piece imagining a seance of previous Kandinsky Prize laureates – Anatoly Osmolovsky, Alexander Brodsky, Yury Albert, Alexey Belyaev-Gintovt, and Vadim Zakharov (who will be representing Russia in Venice this summer) – with the prize’s namesake, Vassily Kandinsky. The interactions are culled from various interviews with each of the artists and quotes from Kandinsky, cobbled into an amusing read. We highly recommend it, if you can weather the Russian. A (translated) taste:
Yury Albert: I don’t believe in the self-legitimization of the artist. “I say I’m an artist, and so this means I’m an artist” – that doesn’t work.
Vassily Kandinsky (slightly concerned): Consciously or unconsciously, artists heed the words of Socrates: “Know thyself!” Consciously or unconsciously, artists turn gradually towards an emphasis on materials, placing them on spiritual scales and weighing the inner worth of those elements necessary to create their art.
Alexey Belyaev-Gintovt (leaps up from his place): I am drawn to the aesthetic of the pure form. I am an Apollonist.
Anatoly Osmolovsky: I think Belyaev Gintovt is not a talented artist… The aesthetic in the work of Belyaev Gintovt is equal to nil.
Alexey Belyaev-Gintovt (sits back down in his place): Osmolovsky is not up to par. I don’t consider him an equal from an aesthetic point of view.
Vadim Zakharov (turning to Kandinsky): In Moscow, there are plenty of decent artists.
To read the full version, check here. (And thank you Artguide, for making us laugh!)
Vassily Kandinsky with laureates of his namesake prize, collage for Artguide, by Vadim Semenov