A retrospective of the late Russian artist who created subtly subversive paintings using appliqué and paint.
Until his untimely death in 2002, Timur Novikov had been an influential force in the Russian underground art scene. Having set up the New Academy in the 1980s – a local art movement founded with a fear of Americanisation and a desire to encourage a return to classical ideals of beauty, Novikov then began to push the boundaries of what was possible under the tight censorship rules governing art in the Soviet Union. Playing with repeated patterns, sewing and block print, Novikov created simple, almost childlike paintings that seemed to evoke another, more innocent age.
This is the first comprehensive exhibition of Novikov’s work in this country and is curated by his stepdaughter Masha Novikova-Savelyeva.