The Harriman Institute Presents

Anatoly Zverev (1931-1986)

Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation

 

The exhibition will feature artworks from the late 1950s to the mid-1980s.

Hours

Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
October 28, 2021 through December 17, 2021

Closed November 2nd, 25th, and 26th

Location

Harriman Institute Atrium
420 W 118th St, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10027

Visitor Information

Per current visitor guidelines, the exhibit is only open to Columbia University affiliates who are in compliance with the university’s health protocols and have a valid green pass.

Exhibit Preview

Anatoly Zverev is a legend of the Moscow art circles of the second half of the 20th century. Zverev was born in 1931 in Moscow and he died in 1986 in Moscow. In 1948-1950, Zverev attended the Moscow School of Art and Industry, and he attended the 1905 Art School and was expelled after several months for his “personal appearance”. He studied art by visiting various studios and museums including the State Tretyakov Gallery and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. Zverev won a gold medal at the international visual arts workshop held during the Sixth World Festival of Youth and Students in 1957. From 1959 to 1962, he participated in many apartment exhibitions and collaborated with prominent collector of the Russian Avant-Garde, George Costakis. Zverev has never been abroad, however his first solo show took place at the Galerie Motte in Paris in 1965. Zverev’s only lifetime solo exhibition in the Soviet Union took place at Gorkom Grafikov (the Painting Section of the Moscow Joint Committee of Graphic Arts) on 28 Malaya Gruzinskaya Street, Moscow in 1984. Zverev was a legendary figure in Moscow in everything that he did. The artist’s life and work became an original illustration of the myth of the vagabond – “a genius capable of creating a masterpiece with a sweep of the hand … ” In the mid-1950s, Zverev developed his own style based on expressive drawing and rapid improvisation. He sometimes drew without looking at the paper, using a finger, cigarette butt or hunk of bread. Rarely painted pure abstractions, tending to produce portraits, landscapes and still-lifes retaining elements of objective.

Since 1957, Zverev’s artworks were showcased in many group and solo exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world, including posthumous Anatoly Zverev Retrospective at State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow in 1999; at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Private Collections, Moscow in 1994. Zverev’s works are in many museum and public collections, including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, The Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey; The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; Moscow Museum of Modern Art; the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Private Collections, Kolodzei Art Foundation; George Costakis.

Portrait of Tatiana Kolodzei

Anatoly Zverev

1969

Indian ink on cardboard, 69.3 x 49.5 cm

Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art, Kolodzei Art Foundation

Self-portrait

Anatoly Zverev

Late 1950s

Pen, blue ink on paper

Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art, Kolodzei Art Foundation

The Golden Ass from Apuleius's Metamorphoses

Anatoly Zverev

1983

Watercolor, pencil, mixed media on paper, 41.6 x 50 cm

Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art, Kolodzei Art Foundation

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