Yuri Kuper, British (1940 - )

Yuri Kuper, who has exhibited in the U.S., Japan and Europe, and whose works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, is noted for his mystical, melancholic, eerily transcendental still lifes, often constructed with found objects from the painter’s studio.

Working rigorously through the classic processes of the Modern artist, Kuper is all about carefully gesturing paint – texture, mood, tone, color – all about managing a richly nuanced ground in which his objects take on the quality of hallowed archaeological “mummies” or intensely felt hammer, or pitcher standing in for every man. One is reminded that there is such sweet tragedy in the comfort of faded, familiar objects from childhood, a failed marriage, an abandoned garage – and so few times that we can lock our minds upon these talismans to feel that state of suspended being.

SELECTED ONE-MAN EXHIBITIONS

2004 Decor and Costumes of Boris Gudanov, Galerie Minksy, Paris, France
Winter Gallery, exhibit of sketches for Alexander Sokurov's film production The Sun and the opera Boris Gudanov, St. Petersburg, Russia

2003 Franklin Bowles Galleries, New York
2002 Franklin Bowles Galleries, New York
2001 Galerie Patrick Cramer, Salon d’Marche, Geneva, Switzerland
2000 Yoshii Gallery, New York
1999 Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts,Norwich, England
1998 Modern Art Gallery, London, England
1997 William Weston Gallery, London, England
Claude Bernard Gallery, New York
Dom Nachekina Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Galerie Patrick Cramer, Geneva, Switzerland
Galerie de la Bouquinerie de l’Institut,Paris, France

1996 Saga, Paris, Quedillart, Paris, France
Galerie de la Bouquinerie de l’Institut,Paris, France
Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia

1995 Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia
Bowles/Sorokko Galleries, New York

1994 Bowles/Sorokko Galleries, San Francisco;Los Angeles
Galerie Krugier-Ditesheim,Geneva, Switzerland
Galerie Vallois, Paris, France
Galerie Yoshii, Paris, France

1993-94 Musée de Toulon, Toulon, France

1993 Galerie Le Point, Monaco
Galerie Montaigne, Paris, France
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, England
Yoshii Gallery, New York

1992 Galerie de la Bouquinerie de l’Institut,Paris, France
Galerie Hesdin, Paris, France
Galerie Rambert, Paris, France
Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1991 Shokoku-no-mori Museum, Kyoto, Japan
Kiyoharv-Shirakaba Museum
(Yoshii-Kiyohau Foundation), Kanto, Japan
Ueno-no-mori Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Salon de mars, Gallerie Vallois, Paris, France
Galerie Vallois, Paris, France
Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1990 Galerie de la Bouquinerie de l’Institut,Paris, France
Galerie Rambert, Paris, France

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