Erik Bulatov: Come to Garage!

New book focuses on the making of Come to Garage! (2015) for the Garage Atrium Commissions.

Since the beginning of his career in the 1960s, Russian artist Erik Bulatov has investigated the potential of painting as social commentary. A founder of the school of Moscow Conceptualism—alongside Ilya Kabakov, Collective Actions, and Komar and Melamid among others—Bulatov developed what has been described as conceptual painting, using text and image to explore spatial preoccupations that mirror his understanding of social relations. This book follows the making of Come to Garage! (2015), the artist’s largest work to date: a thirty-two-feet-high monumental diptych made in Bulatov’s trademark graphic style, reminiscent of the poet Vladimir Mayakovsky’s advertising posters from the 1920s.

Introducing an innovative assessment of Bulatov’s oeuvre, this richly illustrated publication includes an essay by Garage curator Snejana Krasteva exploring his use of monumental scale, an interview with the artist by Hans Ulrich Obrist, and several of Bulatov’s texts spanning the period 1978–2006, which are translated into English for the first time.

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art’s New Work series was launched in 2016 and examines in depth the making of a large scale commission, focusing on methods of research and production to provide new perspectives on the practice of a mid-career or established artist whose work resonates across culture.
118 printed pages


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    Malik Saidovhas quotedlast year
    The vantage points onto the atrium, and its size, provide a unique opportunity for the development of large-scale installations in Moscow, as well as the establishment of a commission series that is the first of its kind in the country. The publications series New Work is also a first in Russia, placing emphasis on the process of developing a work, as well as the social, cultural, and political interests that inspire an artist’s production.

    Erik Bulatov was invited to undertake the first Atrium Commission for the opening of the Museum, using his signature graphic style to create the largest singlestretcher paintings he has ever made. This book tells the story of their inspiration and fruition through photographs and text, as well as providing insight into Bulatov’s more than sixty-year career, with an interview by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and texts written by the artist from 1978 to 2006, some of which are translated into English for the first time.

    In his interview with Obrist, Bulatov cites the artist and philosopher Vladimir Favorsky (1886–1964) as one of his biggest influences. In his own writing, Bulatov elucidates why: “he taught me to think, to understand my craft. In essence he formed my world view.” Best known for h
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    The Neva’s smooth and stately movement

    I love you, great Peter’s home

    Who wrote the poem

    I wrote this poem

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