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Title

Correct figures / Incorrect figures

1979


Artist

Svetlana Kopystiansky

Russia, United States of America

11 Nov 1950 -


About

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 artist's 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


Details


Date

1979


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

ink on paper with type-written text, unique work, 6 panels


Dimensions

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


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 2006


Location

Not on display


Accession number

321.2006.a-f


Artist information

Svetlana Kopystiansky

Works in the collection

4


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history