Valentin POPOV:  'Then & Now'

July 9 - August 30, 2008

Modernism is pleased to present our 4th exhibition of new paintings by Valentin Popov.

Valentin Popov's art makes us wonder at the dark currents running through the phantom museum of human experience. At times his paintings seem filled with laughter, pain, mysticism and fevered memory-a phrase that might well describe the Soviet Union that he grew up in during the late 20th century.

Popov's paintings draw on 500 years of international art history. His collage paintings are a bully brew of Rembrandt, Bosch and Brueghel swirled by the modern eggbeater of Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. His Cynical Romantic paintings use nineteenth century etchings as a source (Popov himself is a master printmaker), and his series on Batman combines Russian icons with comic book imagery.

Here is an artist with the skill of an academic master, and the satirical eye of a post-modern comedian. In recent years the graphic aspects of his paintings have been overtaken by a concern for atmosphere and light.

-  Barnaby Conrad III


Valentin Popov's work has been exhibited in Russia, Europe, and the U.S., and is featured in the collections of many important museums.

On the occasion this exhibition of Valentin Popov's newest paintings, Modernism is proud to announce the publication of a major monograph on the artist, with essays by Barnaby Conrad III and Robert Flynn Johnson.

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