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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.
 

 


The Birth of the Hero
1985-88


 


The Birth of the Hero
1985-88


 


Moonlight
from "On the Edge"

2001-2003

 


Partner (set of 2 sculptures)
from "On the Edge"

2001-2003



 


Broken Lovefrom
"On the Edge"

2001-2003



 


Step


from "On the Edge"
2001-2003


 


Remembrance of Algambra
from "On the Edge"

2001-2003


 


Improvisator
2001-2003


 


Happy Childhood
from "On the Edge"

2001-2003


 

Blind Musician

from "On the Edge"
2001-2003


 


Sportsman
2001-2003


 


Echo
from "On the Edge"

2001-2003



 


Collapse
from "On the Edge"

2001-2003



 


Dramatic Art
from "On the Edge"

2001-2003



 


Archeologist’s Collection
2001-2003



 


The Archeologist’s Collection

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