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Eight Landscapes by Cezanne

Eight Landscapes by Cezanne

Artist: Vadim Zacharov (Russian)
Culture: Russian
Date: 1987
Medium: Glazed ceramic tile, mortar on painted pressed wood, fabric
Dimensions:
Assembled: 79 x 114 x 1 3/4 inches (200.7 x 289.6 x 4.4 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Gift of 17 Contemporary Russian artists
Label Text:Each individual piece by Vadim Zakharov is seen by him as a part of a larger body of his works (done in various media - paintings, performance, installations, video), where each piece is linked to a previous one by a system of allusions and reminiscences, whose logic is complex, it escapes the author himself. In his own words, Zakharov is "growing" an independently developing system. In this four panel composition, made withordinary ceramic tiles, some of the forms could be familiar to the viewer knowing Zakharov's work ("elephant" form on theright panel, or L-shaped form on the central one , for example are a constant presence there), but, as the artist points out, this is not necessary and does not explain anything. The thing any viewer should pay attention to, instead, is the title of thework, whichg according to Zakharov is constantly evolving, even after the work is physically completed. The author, observing how his creations are progressing, gives them new titles when he starts to perceive them differently. This composition, made in 1988, by 1999 has had five different titles. While the work remains the same, the titles, very different in their approach, create an imaginary history of stylistic switches, from pseudo-technological minimalism ("AS-8") to obscure mythology ("Two Years Between the Black Cat and the Running Wild Boar") to neo-traditionalism ("Eight Landscapes by Cezanne")
Object number: 1995.16.26