Timur Novikov dominated Russian contemporary art and cultural life of St.Petersburg before and after “perestroika”. He was a talented contemporary Russian artist, philosopher, art theorist and curator, leader of the important avant-garde underground movement called The New Artists which began making their wild paintings influenced by German Expressionism, Pop Art and Primitivism. In 1980 Novikov organized gallery “Assa”, which lasted until 1987, and became a center which accumulated advanced creative and artistic community. The New Academy of Fine Arts, founded by Novikov in 1989, soon became a recognized meeting point for the Russian contemporary art and international art scene. In this period Novikov was dominated by the idea of collages on different fabrics with extremely generalized and minimalist images. He connected two different pieces where the seam in his work meant the horizon. Such a division of the picture gave the artist the possibility of minimal means to create very dynamic themes.
Born: September 24, 1958, Saint Petersburg Died: May 23, 2002
Price record: “Tank attack”. 1989. Oil on textile
Date of selling: 25.11.2013
Price (GBP): 68 500
Average price(GBP): 27 000