New York

Anton Solomoukha

Elga Wimmer PCC

Since 1991 the paintings of Anton Solomoukha, an artist born in Kiev but living in Paris, have been playing with imagery derived from a catalogue of mechanical toys printed in the ’20s. Not surprisingly, nostalgia and reverie are key elements of these pictures. Yet they are about everything but naiveté or innocence. In earlier paintings from the series, shown in a four-person exhibition at this gallery in 1991, the images from the catalogue—not always recognizable in the paintings as being of toys—were mixed with fragments of nude figures, or rather fragments of pictures of nudes, since, like the toys, these were clearly versions of already existing images. So this nostalgia, this reverie, this yearning even, in which Solomoukha indulges—and in which he is inviting us to indulge—is at least in part erotic in nature.

In these newer paintings, the images of toys, meticulously rendered as

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