Contemporary Russian Art

IGOR SHELKOVSKY

Igor was born in Orenburg, Russia, in 1937. In 1954-1959, he studied in the 1905 School of Fine Arts in Moscow. In 1962-1966, he participated in the restoration of frescos and icons in the Moscow Kremlin and in Novgorod. In 1971, he began to work as a sculptor. In 1976, Igor immigrated to France where in 1979-1986 he published A-Ya, a magazine devoted to unofficial art in the USSR.

Igor is member of La Maison des Artistes, a major association of French artists. From 2001, he divides his time between Moscow and Paris.

Igor's personal exhibits include those in the Clara Maria Sels Gallery in Dusseldorf in Germany in 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1997, Holst Halvorsen Gallery in Oslo in Norway in 1990, Forum Lindenthal Gallery in Cologne in Germany in 1991, 1997 and 2000, Oliver Schweden Gallery in Munich in Germany in 1995, La Base Galerie in Elancourt in France in 1997, Weiller Galerie in Paris in France in 1997 and 2002, Delire en Formation Galerie in Paris in France in 1999 and 2000, Cassandra Gallery in Drobak in Norway in 2001 and several other.

Among his most notable group exhibits are those at the Blue Bird Cafe in Moscow in 1962, Leonid Sokov's studio in 1976, May Salon in Paris, New Soviet Art: Unofficial View at Venice Biennale and Russian Artists in Tokyo in 1977, Dissidents at the museums of Turin and Lodi in Italy in 1978, Twenty Years of Unofficial Art at Bochum Museum in Germany in 1979, New Trends in Elancourt in France in 1981, Contemporary Russian Art in Cologne in Germany in 1986, Five Russians in Toulouse in France in 1987, Russian Artists in Luxembourg in 1993, Moscow: The Group at Newhoff Gallery in New York in 1995, From Gulag to Glasnost at the Zimmerli Art Museum in USA in 1995, Documenta-Halle in Kassel in Germany in 1995, Transparency at the Cochin Institute in Paris in 1999, Books and Their Possibilities at Gallerie Claude Dorval in Paris in 2000, Festival Garonne in Toulouse in France in 2000, Abstract Art in Russia: The Twentieth Century in the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg in 2001, Moscow Abstraction: Second Half of the 20th Century in the Tretyakov Gallery in 2003, New Acquisitions at the National Center for Contemporary Arts in Moscow in 2004, Russian Pop Art at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow in 2005.

On November 30, 2006, Igor's Landscape (90x75 cm, oil on canvas laid on board, 1990) was sold at Sotheby's in London, Olympia, for £5,280 GBP ($10,322 USD).

Igor's works are found in the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, Centre George Pompidou in France, The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum in USA, The Vienna Contemporary Art Museum in Austria, the George Costakis collection in Greece, as well as in other museums and private collections around the world.


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