BORIS MIKHAILOV: FOUR DECADES
NOVEMBER 23, 2013 - FEBRUARY 8, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION: NOVEMBER 23, 2013, 6-8 PM
I am interested in people and the things they do; and I feel I am part of a wider social process.
— Boris Mikhailov
Dominique Lévy is pleased to announce the second exhibition at her gallery’s new home at 909 Madison Avenue. Opening to the public on November 23, 2013, Boris Mikhailov: Four Decades will explore the career of one of the leading photographers from the former Soviet Union. Born in 1938 and raised in Kharkov, Ukraine, Boris Mikhailov has been a tireless observer and documentarian of the social, economic, ideological, and institutional changes experienced by his country since the end of World War II. He has investigated the fate of the individual within the framework of history, making life-size color photographs that reveal the ever-widening gulf between public ideology and private existence in post-communist Eastern Europe. His works are portraits that draw the viewer into a world of humor, lust, vulnerability, survival, entropy, and death — a realm that is foreign and specific, but somehow disturbingly close.
The exhibition at Dominique Lévy will span four decades of Mikhailov's career and consist of selections from some his most celebrated bodies of work. Among those will be the complete At Dusk and Crimean Snobbism series; two large-scale unique works from the Green series, both presented for the first time in the United States; and a key work from Superimpositions.
Boris Mikhailov has had solo exhibitions at Berlinische Galerie, Museum of Modern Art, Berlin; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur; Centre National de la Photographie, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Soros Center of Contemporary Art, Kiev; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Kunsthalle, Zurich; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; among other venues. Mikhailov’s work has been featured in several prestigious group exhibitions, including those at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the 54th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Venice; Palazzo Grassi, Venice; Tate Modern, London; Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm; and Pinchuk art Centre, Kiev; and in 2004, his work was featured in Manifesta 5, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Donostia, Spain.
Mikhailov’s work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Tate, London, among others.