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Grisha Bruskin





 

Grisha Bruskin

Grisha Bruskin was born in 1945 in Moscow. Like the majority of Jews of his generation in the Soviet Union he was growing up in complete ignorance of his Jewish heritage until he started studying Jewish tradition in the 70s. Until today the myth of Judaism and the myth of communism have remained his two central topics which he treats in series of paintings and sculptures. Bruskin is ranking among the most celebrated contemporary Russian artists, since his works achieved sensational results at the 1988 auction of Sotheby's in Moscow.

Parallel to painting (his most renown works are the Alefbet and Fundamental Lexicon series and the monumental triptych Life Over All in the Berlin Reichstag) Bruskin develops traditional arts and crafts techniques as artistic media. In the style of Soviet chinaware (which was often employed to convey propagandistic statements) he created for instance the cycles Alphabetic Truths (34 porcelain plates, 1998) or Life is Everywhere (25 porcelain sculptures, 1998-99). With On the Edge his present series of bronze sculptures Bruskin returns to larger sculptures. By pursuing motives from Soviet monuments, which were omni-present during his youth and had already inspired paintings from the late 70s on, he investigates with subtle irony the complex implications of depiction and deliverance.

Bruskin's complex work does not only scrutinize the significant myths of Judaism and the Soviet Union but also refers to the problem of alienation of the individual from the society and his vulnerability to the catastrophe and transitoriness of cultural contexts.
 

 


Meyerovich Gallery
 


Nota Bene A

2006



 


Nota Bene B

2006



 


Nota Bene D

2006



 


I dreamed of…#3 (Man with Accordion)

2003



 


Leben uber Alles (Life over All)

1998



 


Numeration


 


Jacob with Angel
From "Metamorphoses"
2006


 


Voice
From "Metamorphoses"
2006



 


Angel with Spiral
From "Metamorphoses"
2006



 


Angel with Two Eyes

From "Metamorphoses"
2006



 


Visage

2006



 

Spiral Man

2006



 


Female Beast



 


Black Angel

2006



 


Hiyot



 


Vision

2006



 

Metamorphoses W

1995-1996



 

Notes Revised 6

1995



 


Note A
1991


 


Note B
1991


 


Note C
1991


 


Note D
1991


 


Message 10

1997




 

Metamorphoses I

1995-1996




 

Metamorphoses II

1995-1996




 

Metamorphoses III

1995-1996




 

Metamorphoses IV

1995-1996




 

Moments in a Man’s Life B




 


Untitled

1988



 


Collective Defense I

1991-1992


 


Collective Defense II

1991-1992



 


The Angel

From "Alefbet"
1999


 


Vision

From "Alefbet"
1999



 


Visage

From "Alefbet"
1999



 


Wine

From "Alefbet"
1999



 


Three wine glasses

From "Alefbet"
1999



 


Message 1
1989-1990


 


Adam Kadmon

1980


 


Alefbet 6

1984


 


Alefbet-Lexicon I
1987


 


Blue Sky


 


Untitled

 

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