Ilya Kabakov is the most expensive contemporary russian artist. He is known for his drawings, fictional memoirs, and installations that evoke the visual culture of Soviet Russia. Although he worked for years as an official illustrator of Soviet children’s books, in the early 1950s Kabakov began to create his first dissident artworks, which he called “drawings for myself.” He rose to prominence in the 1970s when he became a leading member of the artistic movement known as Soviet Nonconformist Art, or Moscow Conceptualism.
Price record: “Beetle”. 1982. Enamel paint on wooden panel. 226.5 x 148.5 cm. (89 1/4 x 58 1/2 in).
Date of selling: 28.02.2008
Price (GBP): 2 932 500
Average price: (GBP): 117 429