Sunday, July 14, 2024

Darina Karpov meticulously builds up her abstract paintings and drawings with multiple layers of illusionistic textures and shapes drawn in precise detail but set in an amorphous, multivalent space that manages to feel perfectly natural and totally illogical at the same time

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Karpov is a member of the first generation of contemporary artists to emerge from Russia after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Born in St. Petersburg and trained at the Moscow Institute of Technology, she attended the Maryland Institute College of Art before receiving an MFA from Yale University in 2001. She is represented by Pierogi Gallery, in New York where she had five solo shows. She also exhibited with Hales Gallery, London. She was included in group shows at Neuberger Museum, DeCordova Museum, Irish Museum of Modern Art. Karpov’s work is represented in numerous public and private collections such as Princeton University Art Museum, West Collection, and Zabludowicz Trust, London. She is a recipient of 2009 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, 2011 Leon Levy Foundation Grant, and 2008 National Academy’s William Paton Prize. She was awarded fellowships at McDowell Colony, Yaddo, two printmaking residencies at the Lower East Side Print Shop and Ucross Foundation Residency. Her work was recently featured in “Frozen Dreams: Contemporary Art from Russia,” by Hossein Amirsadeghi, Thames & Hudson”.

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