Born in Moscow in 1943; has lived and worked in the New York City since 1975
The artist uses the following characteristic of human perception Ц the omission or even distortion of one of the elements of imagery stereotype, which does not suppress the capability of its automatic recognition. This allows Kosolapov to develop an original type of doubling object, simultaneously referring to two externally similar, but baring no relation to one another whatsoever, stereotypes of American and Russian mass-culture.
For Kosolapov the role of the imported element (of social origin) is in the destruction of that setting in which he is placed (the setting, consisting of adopted cultural stereotypes). Lenin and Mickey Mouse become mutually interchangeable, as products of mass culture. Creating this radical collage, the artist implies that in spite of the conflicting relations between the two systems, the distinguishing characteristics of which are symbols used by him, their main aim Ц to convince the population of the authenticity and sincerity of their products Ц without a doubt concurs.
Margarita TUPITSINASOLO EXHIBITIONS1997
Galerie Inge Baecker,Cologne1991
Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York City1990
Berman Gallery, New York City (catalogue)1988
Galerie Inge Baecker, Cologne1987
Galerie Anna Friebe, Cologne (catalogue)1985
Semaphore Gallery, New York City1974
Central Exhibition Hall, Kuznetskii Most, MoscowCOLLECTIONS
The works are represented in the collections of
Museum Of Modern Art, MOMA, New York.
The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
New York Public Library, New York.
Kupferstift Kabinet, Berlin, Germany.
Albertina, Vienna, Austria.
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York.
State Russian Museum, St.-Petersburg, Russia.
State Tretjakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Zimmerly Art Museum, Rutgers, New Jersey.
Moderna Galerija Ljubljana, SloveniaSELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS2007
Thaw. 15 years of M. Guelman Gallery. State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg2006
Sotheby's: Russian Art. New York
Armory Show, New York2005
Guggenheim: Russia! New York
White Box: Russia 2, New York.
Russian Pop Art. State Tretjakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Art Moscow, Guelman Gallery, Moscow, Russia
First Moscow Biennale, Russia 2, Moscow, Russia.
Europalia, Katharina, Mode Museum Provincie, Antwerpen, Belgium2004
Moscow-Berlin, State Historical Museum, Moscow. Russia2003
Berlin-Moscow, Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
Remembrance, Yeshiva University Museum, New York
Caution: Religion, Sakharov Center, Moscow, Russia2000
New collection, Kupferstift Kabinet, Berlin, Germany2000+-
Artist collection, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Kosolapov, paintings, Museum of art, The Duke University, N.C.1999
Kunst im untergrund,Albertina museum, Vienna, Austria
"Drama Lenin-Stalin Tragodie", Galerie Hihenthal and Bergen, Berlin, Germanie1998
Russlands Zweite Avantgarde, Museum Moderner Kunst, Stiftung Worlen,Passau, Germany
Kunst mit durch uber Schrift, aus Sammlung Kubler, Attersee, Austria
Pop-art, Sotz-art,Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.1997
Cetinjski Bijenale, Montenegro, Jugoslavia1996
Here and there: Contemporary Artist from the former Soviet Union, B'naiB'rith Klutznick,
National Jewish Museum, Washington, D.C.1995
Kunst im Verborgenen. Wiheim-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein; Dokumenta-Halle, Kassel, Germany
Russian Jewish Artist in a Century of Change, The Jewish Museum, New York
Prospekts, The Chase Manhattan bank, Soho Branch, New York
Temporarily Possessed, The New Museum, New York1994
Before "Neo" and After "Post"; Lehman college; New York
El Magico Mundo De Mickey Mouse; Madrid, Cuartel conde
Cetinjski Bijenale, Montenegro, Jugoslavia
Le Saut Dans Le vide; The Central Artist House, Moscow
Duque; Barsellona, Palau Sant Jordi; Spain1993
3d Minos Beach Sculpture simposium; Greece
Eastern Europian Artfair; Galerie Vorsetzen, Hamburg1992
Sotz Art Lenin museum, Moscow; Russia
Ex USSR, Groninger Museum, Holland1991
From Thaw to Perestroika, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo
Kunst Europa 1991- USSR, Kunstverein Honover, Germany
Transpositions, Art Museum University of South Florida, Tampa
The Three Russian Artist, Eva Poll Gallery, Berlin
Art and Publicity, Du Sezon Museum, Tokyo1990
Art=Money?, The Gallery, New York City
Art and Publicity, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
The Objects, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Schizo-China, Avangard Club, Moscow
Another Art, Moscow,1956-76, The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Transit: Russian Artists Between the East and West, Nakhamkin Fine Arts, New York City: Fine Arts Museum of Long Island; Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow; State Russian Museum, Leningrad1989
D&D, Kunstverein, Hamburg
Reagan: American Icon, Central Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg Pennsylvania
Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery, Pennsylvania
Hommage-Demontage, Neue Galerie-Ludwig Collection, Aachen, traveled to Wilhelm- Hack- Museum, Ludwigshafen, Stadtisches Museum, Gelsenkirchen; Provinciaalmuseum Hasselt, Belgium; Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna Links:SOTSART by Alexander Kosolapov Print version