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ERIK

BULATOV

(1933)

 

PERESTROIKA

1989

Oil on canvas

89,5х210 cm

In 1958, he graduated from Vasily Surikov’s Art Institute. Since 1959, he worked in the children’s publishing house, Detgiz, together with Kabakov and Vasiliev. He began to exhibit his works in Moscow in 1957, and abroad, in 1973.
The clash of the slogan text grasped from the context of Soviet reality, with figurative (most often, landscape-type, borrowed from mass media) component are Bulatov’s typical and recognizable creative method. As a result, the artist manages to illustrate the absurdity of real life that is impregnated with the Soviet propaganda symbols as intelligible as possible.

In addition to socialist art topics, Bulatov elaborated the theory of picture and space interaction in his early works already. Falk’s influence is noticeable in his works –a strong and unique stage of his creative work, which is not appreciated in the context of art history.

Bulatov’s works are constantly displayed for auctions of modern art. For instance, at Philipps auction, his work of Soviet Aerospace Industry was sold for approx. USD 1.6 million, two more canvases devoted to Soviet time, in particular, Revolution – Perestroika, were sold for USD 1 million each, which made Bulatov one of the most expensive modern Russian artists.