Modern Art now represents the succession of Karlo Kacharava.
Modern Art announced the representation of the Estate of Karlo kacharava (1964-1994). Their first exhibition of Kacharava’s work, curated by Sanya Kantarovsky and Scott Portnoy, will take place in October 2021 and will open during Frieze Week at Modern Art Helmet Row.
Karlo Kacharava was an artist, theorist and poet living in Tbilisi, Georgia. Active in the 1980s and 1990s, the artist’s inventive approach to painting transgressed the boundaries of late Soviet visual culture, contributing greatly to contemporary art in the post-Soviet Caucasus. Although his career was cut short by his untimely death at the age of thirty, Kacharava’s production and presence galvanized a generation of contemporary Georgian artists, ultimately expanding the conversation beyond the borders of Georgia.
Karlo Kacharava studied art history at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, where he graduated in 1986. He then worked as a researcher at the Chubinashvili Institute for the History of Georgian art of the city, until his death. The artist left the USSR for the first time in 1990, attending and exhibiting thereafter in Europe, notably in Cologne. In 1997, the artist was posthumously awarded the Giorgi Chubinashvili State Prize for his contribution to Georgian art history.
Although his career was short-lived, Kacharava was particularly prolific, producing a wealth of visual art, poetry, and criticism. The artist frequently synthesizes language with painting and is deeply interested in the pictorial dimension of writing. The textual iconography employed by Kacharava oscillated between Georgian and Latin writing, often referring to Western culture and philosophy. 1993 painting Susan Sontag, for example, invokes the famous essay by the writer Against interpretation. The artist’s rich visual universe drew on a wide range of often disparate influences with intense curiosity, including the legacy of Georgian Futurism, German Expressionist works of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, comics and various personalities of European and American currents of the 1980s such as Keith Haring and Dieter. Roth.
Kacharava’s paintings are marked by the intensity of their narrative voice and their formal inventiveness. The surfaces are frequently fragmented, oscillating between modular cartoon cells, pictorial abstract passages and an expressively articulated illusion. The subjects of Kacharava are sewn together by a kind of graphic theatricality. The dreamlike quality of his scenes takes shape in a close attention to nuances and specificity of subjects and places, resulting in compositions that are spellbinding, elusive, yet local and precise. His painting Fur Helena Fur! (1989) captures the artist’s lover, a Swedish intellectual, looking directly at the viewer. Other paintings refer to a pre-Soviet dream of Tbilisi as the capital of international bohemia. Kacharava’s work examines the tangle of private and collective disaster and desire, highlighting a core aspiration and disillusion at the center of artistic and political culture in the rapidly thawing Eastern bloc.
In 1998, Karlo Kacharava’s work was exhibited posthumously at the Joyce Goldstein Gallery in New York. His work has since been featured in numerous exhibitions, including Sprays at the Metro Pictures gallery in New York (2017). A major retrospective was organized by Irena Popiashvilii at the National Georgian Museum in 2017.
Mark Westall is the founder and editor-in-chief of FAD magazine Founder and co-editor of Art of Conversation and founder of the @worldoffad platform
Modern Art presents a solo exhibition of new works by Ron Nagle. This is his second solo exhibition with the gallery, featuring eighteen small-scale sculptures and a set of drawings made over the past three years.
Next week Modern Art will open an exhibition of new works by Martha Jungwirth which will inaugurate the gallery’s new London space on Bury Street, St James’s. This is Jungwirth’s second solo exhibition with modern art.
GalleriesNow is the world’s leading gallery guide, with everything you need to know about great art wherever you are.Our selection of six great exhibitions recorded in VR for you to take a virtual tour online.
A solo exhibition of new paintings by Tim Stoner titled Al-Andalus opens at Modern Art this week. The exhibition consists of new large-scale paintings made with reference to the environment and history of Ronda, a village in Andalusia, in southern Spain.