new-york

Ilya Kabakov

Ronald Feldman Gallery

Ilya Kabakov is known to American audiences for elaborate installations such as Ten Characters, 1988, in which the artist constructed an almost life-size Soviet communal apartment inhabited by characters such as “The Man Who Flew Into Space From His Apartment.” The range of imaginative strategies employed by Kabakov’s invented characters read as parodies of various modes of avant-garde art, from collage to process art, for each character left physical traces of his guiding obsession.

The combination of high art and lowly existence appears again in the current exhibition. For Installation I, My Mother’s Life II, 1990, Kabakov has again erected a simulated Soviet apartment. This time one enters a seemingly interminable, serpentine labyrinth. Along the walls are framed panels in which the artist’s mother’s autobiography of hardship and social injustice is paired with faded photographs of an

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