Gagosian opens an exhibition of new paintings by Kon Trubkovich
The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Sunday, July 21, 2024

Gagosian opens an exhibition of new paintings by Kon Trubkovich
Kon Trubkovich, The Antepenultimate End, 2021, installation view © Kon Trubkovich. Photo: Rob McKeever. Courtesy Gagosian.

NEW YORK, NY.- Gagosian is presenting The Antepenultimate End, an exhibition of new paintings by Kon Trubkovich.

In paintings, works on paper, and videos, Trubkovich employs recollection as his primary source material. Through reference to antiquated technology, he investigates some of the ways in which personal and collective memories contradict one another, their gradual transformation complicating ideas of historical truth. Drawing on both recorded history and the story of his family’s 1990 emigration from the USSR to the United States, he marks the passage of time by alluding to the appearance of electronic media in decay.

Trubkovich borrows imagery of many different origins—historical and contemporary—and reconstructs events from their depiction on TV, using the on-screen image as a metaphor for displacement. He employs a fine paintbrush to emulate the grain of the broadcast image; the fuzzy reproduction quality of old video recordings informs the distinctive texture of his paintings’ surfaces and suggests that each scene is a pause between one frame, one recollection, one era, and the next. Likewise, his palette reveals a coming together of influences past and present, the vibrancy of Byzantine icons inflecting the queasy glow of televisual transmissions.

Alongside The Antepenultimate End (2019) and Barricade (2020)—paintings of Trubkovich’s Moscow birthplace immediately following the collapse of the Soviet Union—the exhibition also features Golden Ratio (Orange) and Golden Ratio (Chartreuse) (both 2020), which depict a brawl between Russian separatists and Ukrainian nationalists that took place in the Ukrainian parliament in 2015, as well as a distorted rendering of a canvas attributed to Russian artist Lyubov Popova (1889–1924).

While referring to events from Trubkovich’s childhood years, the Moscow paintings also relate to recent instances of civil unrest in the United States, such as the January attack on the Capitol in Washington, DC. The conceit of the Golden Ratio paintings has also become newly familiar, in this case from the Accidental Renaissance meme, wherein online commenters identify compositional similarities between certain contemporary photos and well-known historical paintings (here, the artist was reminded of his early fascination with Rembrandt’s 1636 painting The Blinding of Samson). Finally, the Popova painting alludes to histories of Eastern European art that were suppressed or neglected under the Soviet regime but resurfaced in the 1990s, and which continue to represent the destabilizing effect of historical forces on individual identity.

There is an eternal return to chaos that we humans play out, no matter how secure our societies may feel. —Kon Trubkovich

Today's News

September 18, 2021

A new level of ambition in art by 3 women

Phillips to sell works by Max Ernst from the collection of Peter Schamoni

Asia Week New York heads into the autumn season with gallery exhibitions and auctions

Russian oligarch to appeal Swiss closure of art dealer case

Johnny Ramone's Mosrite guitar up for auction

Sotheby's to present first-of-its-kind auction celebrating New York graffiti and street artists

Interactive shadowboxes breathe life into the legacies of Village artists

Gagosian opens an exhibition of new paintings by Kon Trubkovich

Anthony White wins the 2021 Betty Bowen Award

Winterthur acquires recently discovered Anna Pottery Liberty Monument

Exhibition examines the representation of Black women in the United States over the past two centuries

Marian Goodman Gallery opens the fall season with an exhibition of new works by Tacita Dean

Sotheby's to offer the only first printing of the Constitution in private hands

Furniture by renowned 20th century designers Charles and Henry Greene headed to Heritage design event

Exhibition of new works by Cuban artist Yoan Capote opens at Ben Brown Fine Arts

Sondheim is writing a new musical and hopes to stage it next year

Jane Powell, Hollywood's girl next door, is dead at 92

VMFA announces the upcoming retirement of two exceptional museum leaders

Nicola Vassell Gallery opens an exhibition of works by Alvaro Barrington

Broadway is brimming with Black playwrights. But for how long?

Bringing Broadway spectacle back to life

Shayne Doty joins New-York Historical Society as Chief Strategy Officer

The Frye Art Museum opens the first major survey exhibition of Duane Linklater's work

New York Philharmonic marks 'homecoming' after pandemic cancellations

Intuit to conserve contents of Henry Darger's Room as part of "Caring for a Chicago Legacy"

Upgrade your WFH setup now by joining FlexiSpot's Standiversary

Americas Most Beautiful Beach Towns for Artists.

Modern Education: Advantages and Disadvantages

San Diego's Best Appliance Repair Service

Best Free Music Websites to Download Songs in 2021

5 Benefits of Growing Your YouTube Channel Subscribers & Views

The Simple Buying Guide for Choosing Your First Vape Mod

How to Mine EOS? - Everything You Should Know!

RISING STAR Presents: "Jesus, The First And The Last" Includes New Limited-Edition Billion Dollar Haute Couture Sketches

Best Kept Secrets of the Healthcare Industry

How to Care for Your Kids as They go Back to School

Top 5 Creative Ideas to Attract visitors to your Expo Stand

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Truck Accident Attorneys
Accident Attorneys

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful