The New World is the first large-scale exhibition focused on the art of Semyon Faibisovich. The exhibits include pieces created in 2016–2020 with print on canvas technique being the main creative technique. The artist created some of the works from the Metamorphoses series in collaboration with GUM-Red-Line for the One Family exhibition that was held in Spring 2019.
The three parts of the exhibition represent three versions of transformations. Faibisovich sees what is inaccessible to the human eye and reveals it in his unmimickable style. Parts of the exhibition – Engravings, Paintings, and Narratives – are a continuation of the artist's urban and social research. Especially for the exhibition, Semyon Faibisovich created the Transformations digital video composition series.
The project New World was eagerly awaited and important to the artist. It presents the new reality that surrounds Semyon Faibisovich in Tel Aviv where he lives since 2016, as well as the new technologies that allow him to reveal his vision and worldview without having to uses brushes.
Semyon Faibisovich was always drawn to the process of creation and destruction, formation and degradation of identity in urban agglomerations. The artist does not integrate his vision inside his subject matter. He scans reality as though he is filming it, copying directly the compassion, pain, gentility, despair, and love that he encounters. Faibisovich begins his explorative journeys slowly, starting from himself and those closest to him. He – a renowned Muscovite – continues to follow his path in a completely new landscape of the Middle East. In comparison to his projects in Moscow, Faibisovich showcases the world he has uncovered for himself not through character archetypes but rather through random, seemingly inconspicuous textures that revealed an irresistible attraction and have provoked him to speak about the surrounding world.
It is well-known that Semyon Faibisovich, though initially working with paintings that showcase Soviet reality, gradually moved towards photographic technologies and gaining confidence in his own eyes as the primary way of understanding the world. His sketches – seemingly accidental snatches of casual circumstances – are precise and illuminating. The artist is sure that any person in possession of his eyes will be able to gain vision. He forms complete narratives from separate pictures with great enthusiasm. Everything can be found here: light, subject, city landscapes, social realities. The artistic stories of Semyon Natanovich Faibisovich are born from the penchant to consider closely his surroundings. The colorful textures and selection of picturesque fragments relating to essential reality, visual expressivity and timeliness – these elements ensure that the artist’s endeavors are always timely.
Exhibition Curator – Marina Fedorovskaya
Semyon Faibisovich Biography:
Born in 1949 in Moscow. Studied at the Krasnaya Presnya Art School. Graduated from the Moscow Institute of Architecture in 1972, worked as an architect. Since the end of the 1970s was interested in paintings and graphics. Since 1976 he started to display his works at the Moscow City Exhibition Center of Graphic Artists on Malaya Gruzinskaya, a non-official site for Moscow non-conformists. In 1985 his art was discovered by New York art-dealers, and since 1987 Faibisovich displayed his works in the USA, Europe, and Russia. Faibisovich keeps reinventing the visual language, his creative works are on the verge of paintings and photographs. It is important for the artist to feel the psychology of his time and be able to capture it. He has a special relationship with the place, the time he works in, this explains why his art is trendy. Artworks by Faisibovich were listed as the most expensive contemporary artworks at prestigious auctions many times. The works of Faibisovich are on display at the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Multimedia Art Museum (Moscow), Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (Birmingham, Great Britain), Ludwig Múzeum – Kortárs Művészeti Múzeum (Budapest, Hungary), Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, USA), Kunsthalle in Emden (Emden, Germany), as well as in other museums of Great Britain, Germany, USA, and other countries.
The exhibition Semyon Faibisovich: Retrospective took place at the State Tretyakov Gallery in 2019. In the spring of 2019 the artist took part in the first large-scale exhibition project at GUM-Red-Line.
New World Soundtrack
Artists of New World