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Svetlana Kopystiansky

(Russia, United States of America 11 Nov 1950 – )

Title
Correct figures / Incorrect figures
Year
1979
Media category
Drawing
Materials used
ink on paper with type-written text, unique work, 6 panels
Dimensions

6 panels: each 30.0 x 41.5 cm sheet; 61.0 x 47.5 x 2.5 cm frame:

Sheet; 30 x 41.5 cm; each sheet

FRAME; 61 x 47.5 x 2.5 cm; each frame

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 2006
Accession number
321.2006.a-f
Copyright
© Svetlana Kopystiansky
Location
Not on display
Further information

Svetlana Kopystiansky uses a variety of media, from sculpture to drawing, photography, film and installation. Born in Russia, both Svetlana and her husband Igor identified with the aspirations of the Russian avant-garde, and at the same time, their works are made in dialogue with American and British conceptual art of the late 20th Century.1

The drawings ‘Correct Figures/Incorrect Figures’ were made in the period prior to the artists’ emigration from Russia to New York. Clearly referencing Malevich, these drawings depict opaque black shapes – a square, a cross and a circle, in combination with two slightly lopsided black shapes – a distorted square and a cross with one edge shaved off. These ‘incorrect’ figures destabilise the symmetry of the work as a whole. Combining the heritage of the Russian avant-garde and Suprematism with the influence of post-minimalism and conceptual art, ‘Correct Figures/Incorrect Figures’ invoke and subvert the artist’s avant-garde inheritance.

1. Igor Kopystiansky, correspondence with Anthony Bond, Art Gallery of NSW, 08/11/2010

Exhibition history (1)

Igor & Svetlana Kopystiansky, Lisson Gallery, London, London, 07 Jul 2006–19 Aug 2006