We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

🛈 In line with NSW Health advice, the Art Gallery is temporarily closed to the public. Stay updated on our social media.

Title

Correct figures / Incorrect figures

1979

Artist

Svetlana Kopystiansky

Russia, United States of America

11 Nov 1950 –

Alternate image of Correct figures / Incorrect figures by Svetlana Kopystiansky
Alternate image of Correct figures / Incorrect figures by Svetlana Kopystiansky
Alternate image of Correct figures / Incorrect figures by Svetlana Kopystiansky
Alternate image of Correct figures / Incorrect figures by Svetlana Kopystiansky
Alternate image of Correct figures / Incorrect figures by Svetlana Kopystiansky
Alternate image of Correct figures / Incorrect figures by Svetlana Kopystiansky
  • 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
    Copyright
    © Svetlana Kopystiansky

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Svetlana Kopystiansky

    Works in the collection

    4

    Share
  • 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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

Other works by Svetlana Kopystiansky