Critics’ Picks

Oleg Kulik, I Bite America and America Bites Me, 1997, black-and-white photograph, 65 x 52".

Oleg Kulik, I Bite America and America Bites Me, 1997, black-and-white photograph, 65 x 52".

Moscow

“The Future Depends on You”

Moscow Museum of Modern Art
25 Petrovka Street (also at 10 Gogolevsky blvd, 9 Tverskoy blvd, and 17 Ermolaevsky lane)
July 19, 2013–August 2, 2009

“The Future Depends on You” offers twenty-one artists from contemporary Russian artists, including standouts from AES+F, Yuri Albert, Sergei Bratkov, Anatoly Osmolovsky, and Olga Chernysheva. The exhibition aims to present and promote Russian art within the country and is divided into seven general themes: idea, revolution, the body, parody, society, neoclassicism, and psychedelia. The documentation from Oleg Kulik’s performance I Bite America and America Bites Me, 1997, references Joseph Beuys’s iconic I Like America and America Likes Me, 1974. For his action, Beuys spent three days living in a room with a live coyote. In Kulik’s work, the Ukrainian-born artist lived as a dog in a cage for two weeks. In the photograph Requisite for Revolution, 2003, members of the Russian art collective Blue Noses appear dressed as proletarians waving a pitchfork and a hammer in front of an advertisement for Versace. Alexander Vinogradov and Vladimir Dubossarsky’s Portrait with a Scene from a Painting by A. Platov, 2007, depicts a young Russian woman in a bucolic landscape and is an allegory for the summer that mixes classic social realism with pop art. By including a film festival and educational programs at each of the exhibition’s eight stops (the presentation at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art is the final destination of the tour), “The Future Depends on You” successfully reflects a diverse, if chaotic, range of aesthetic strategies in Russia.