Vladimir Nemukhin

Born: 1925, Moscow

Painter, graphic artist, object artist. Born in Moscow in the family of a former peasant called Nikolai Nemukhin (1925). Spent his childhood in the village of Priluki in Kaluga Region. Studied Post-Impressionism and Cubism under Pyotr Sokolov (1942–63), at the studio of art of the All-Union Central Trade-Union Council (1943–46) and at the Vasily Surikov Institute of Art in Moscow (1957; expelled). Worked as a designer and poster artist (1952–59). Member of the Moscow Fellowship of Artists (1950–57), Lianozovo group (1951–58) and the Moscow Unified Committee of Artists and Graphic Artists on Malaya Gruzinskaya (1958). Influenced by the exhibition of modern American painting held in Moscow (1957) and the works of Wassily Kandinsky that he saw in the depositories of the Tretyakov Gallery. Painted his first abstract work (1958). Worked on “musical compositions” (1960–61). Launched a series of still-lifes with cards, which became his own original manifestation of Art Informel (1965). Varied this motif, sometimes transforming the surface of the painting into a cards table by adhering real cards to the canvas (until the 1990s). By likening the picture to an object, the artist came close to Pop Art (1980s). Helped to organise the infamous “bulldozer exhibition” in Moscow and acted as intermediary in the negotiations between the artists and the authorities (1974). Lives and works in Moscow and Düsseldorf. Contributed to exhibitions in Russia (from 1952) and abroad (from 1965), including such shows of underground art as the “bulldozer exhibition” (1974) and the exhibition at the Beekeeping Pavilion in the Exhibition of Economic Achievements (1975).

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