Alexander Petrov

Composition #6, Flying #2, and Flying #3, 1990-1992

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Lot 32
Carbon-charcoal, oil pastel, sanguine (red terracotta)
25.5 x 19.5 in (64.8 x 49.5 cm)
Signed on recto


This work ships from Brooklyn, United States.


“In Composition #6, Petrov utilizes a variation of sharp black lines from thick to thin and curvy to jagged, implying a sense of movement. The viewer is invited to engage with the work’s constant movement as one’s eyes follow the unfinished squares to the right end of the painting and the curve of the middle lines leading upward. In Flying #3, Petrov creates a fantasy world characterized by aggression, by using vibrant and angry tones of yellow, fiery red, and dark charcoal black. The work appears to depict a man in the center of chaos that is blowing white wisps of air, creating a tornado-like scene. The man looks on at the destruction, yet stands unaffected. Flying #2 portrays a sense of grief and mourning through the use of dark tones of yellow and red to accent the encompassing light, bright neutrals, deep charcoals, and strong blacks. The work demonstrates influences of Russian Constructivism, where works were created not to express beauty but instead modern life. In these three works, Petrov plays with movement, creating dynamic forms and a seemingly unbalanced composition from complex geometric shapes with an abundance of depth.”
~ Nicole Garnett, student at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, M.A. Art Business, New York.

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Works sold as lot. Provenance: Mimi Fertz Gallery (NY).