Andrey Kovalev’s final guest will be Garage Museum’s friend, active collaborator and Garage Archive contributor, artist Yuri Albert.
Yuri Albert (b. 1959) is a Moscow Conceptualist, beginning in the early 1980s—member of the Gorkom Grafikov and participant of Nikita Alekseev’s own APTART Gallery; founder of the Avantgardist Club KLAVA (1987). Albert exhibited at various unofficial venues and took part in art actions outside of Moscow (including APTART In Nature and APTART Behind A Fence, both 1983). In 1986 Albert showed his works at the iconic Art Against Commerce exhibition at Bitsevsky Park, while after perestroika he became one of the most exhibited Russian artists in Europe and the US, as well as his home country (at Marat Guelman and Stella Art galleries, Central House of Artists, Vinzavod and MMOMA). Albert mingles conceptualism with pop art, often utilizing text and appropriation to comment on works made by others, including famous pieces by Western artists. His works are in the collections of Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery and National Center for Contemporary Arts, the Russian Museum in St Petersburg, museum collections in Helsinki, Budapest, New Jersey, among others. In 2011, Albert’s installation Moscow Poll won The Kandinsky Prize in the Project of the Year category.