Stefan Nikolaev: One for the Money, Two for the Show

Stefan Nikolaev: One for the Money, Two for the Show
Library Shelf Location 18.NIKO
Publication Date 2013
Description The very comprehensively illustrated catalogue presents the work of one of the highest-profile Bulgarian artists of his generation. Like his career, divided between France and Bulgaria, his work is rich in references to an adolescence and a first contact with art experienced on the far side of the Iron Curtain, but it is also enhanced by extended exposure to idols and fetishes of the (more) western world. Through a visual repertory which uses the precious, the monumental and the already-made, Stefan Nikolaev produces unusual alliances between popular culture and art history. An often ironical realism, a service weapon inherited from his experience of communism, enables him, in an intelligent and disenchanted way, to broach the anxieties of a consumerist society whose spell is being increasingly dissipated by sirens mainly on the other side of the Atlantic. Writings and interviews by curators and critics (Iara Boubnova, Paul O’Neill, Emile Ouroumov) help us to explore different facets of this atypical oeuvre, which is one of the rare such corpuses coming from Eastern Europe not to focus first and foremost on a regional attachment, so as to better transmit a discourse going beyond the effects of fashion and folklorism. The interviews also cover the story of Glassbox, an independent space founded by the artist in Paris in 1997.
ISBN 9782840665199
Quantity 1
Pages 248
Authors Emile Ouroumov, Iara Boubnova, Paul O’Neill
Format Hardback
Publisher Les Presses du Réel, Dijon
Related Artist Stefan Nikolaev
Categories Sculpture, Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Artist's Nationality Bulgarian
Language English

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