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Horizons: Timur Novikov and Joseph Brodsky

1 December 2016 — 21 January 2017

The exhibition "Horizons: Timur Novikov and Joseph Brodsky", took place at the White Space Gallery, London. It takes as its starting point a significant encounter between Novikov and Brodsky that occurred in 1993 in Amsterdam (on the occasion of Novikov’s retrospective exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum). Their meeting resulted in a fascinating and erudite exchange reflecting a reciprocal network of cultural and autobiographical references to St Petersburg as the city "on the edge" — an intersection where Western and Eastern cultural traditions met.

The catalogue of the exhibition, with carefully chosen accompanying texts by Joseph Brodsky, was published with support from Foundation A. It also includes — for the first time in English translation — a full transcript of the 1993 conversation between Novikov and Brodsky.

Horizons includes a number of silk-screens as well as Novikov’s signature textile pieces such as White Night (1989) which depicts the St Petersburg skyline during the midnight sun. As in other works from the series, here the artist divides the surface into two flat planes creating an aesthetic interpretation or manifestation of the duality he perceived in nature and human thought.

Timur Novikov’s works presented in the catalogue