The Peppers

Ronald Feldman Gallery

In 1991, Ludmila Skripkina and Oleg Petrenko, who as a duo are known as the Peppers, installed Potato Room at Ronald Feldman Gallery. The Peppers were part of a loose-knit group of artists, dubbed “Moscow conceptualists” in the early 1980s, whose best-known member was Ilya Kabakov. The ’91 show was their first—and until now their only—solo gallery exhibition in the US. The Potato Room included, among other things, six large paintings, six wall hangings made of peas and book fragments, and numerous potato sculptures, hung on and stacked atop cerulean blue walls and pedestals. Seven gnarled potato vines dangled menacingly from the ceiling, and eighty pounds of the vegetable slowly rotted in the corner.

For the Peppers’ recent show, also at Feldman, the work was reconstructed and presented alongside twenty-eight paintings and sculptures by the couple, all from 1989 to 1991. The exhibition

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