For a painter on the fulcrum of the up to date artwork scene, one in every of 2022’s excessive factors for Russian-born, New York-based Sanya Kantarovsky was referred to as, appropriately, Heart.
This distinguished solo present, at Capitain Petzel gallery, 45 Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin, drew on the constructing’s mid-century East-German heritage (Kantarovsky was born in 1982 and might recall life within the Jap Bloc), in addition to broader, common themes and imagery of bodily embodiment.
Among the many reward for the present, Berliner Zeitung praised the way in which Kantarovsky “performs virtuously with figures, motifs and gestures. On this means, he navigates via the types of artwork historical past”; Monopol remarked on how “enjoyable and seriousness, dream and nightmare merge fluidly within the work”, whereas Texte Zur Kunst, praised the way in which his work “makes you wish to peer deeper into the chasm that artwork can open up past the on a regular basis, previous what we already know.”
In the summertime of 2022, one other alternative to gaze into that chasm arose, when the painter’s ink and watercolour research – executed throughout an earlier residency in Japan – had been paired with the Japanese illustrator Tomoo Gokita’s work at a joint exhibition within the Taka Ishii Gallery in Hong Kong.
Kantarovsky additionally discovered reward nearer to residence, when a choice of his latest monotypes had been proven alongside the work of Daniel Boyd and Aria Dean in The Historical past of Forgetting, one other group present at Chateau Shatto in Los Angeles.
And people editions are proving in style. The artist topped his public sale document for a portray (a little bit over $500,000) in 2021, and this yr he noticed a brand new excessive for one of many artist’s prints, when a monotype, entitled Little Hand II, offered for $24,000 at Sotheby’s in New York.
Now, as ski season opens, the artist will spherical off the yr with a video exhibition on the Aspen Artwork Museum. Entitled A Stable Home, this half live-action, part-animated work, attracts on Tibetan Buddhism and up to date consumerism, to depict a determine seemingly marooned in an prosperous home surroundings.
Can’t make it to the slopes? Properly you may nonetheless see a few of his work in a present that Kantarovsky additionally co-curated. Entitled Extensions Out, the group exhibition runs at Luhring Augustine, Tribeca, Manhattan, and advantages Clean Types, the experimental artwork not-for-profit, which appointed the artist to its Curatorial Advisory Board earlier this yr.
It’s not the primary time Kantarovsky has overseen photos in an exhibition. In January, ArtForum praised Folks and Locations, a London exhibition of the work of the late Georgian artist Karlo Kacharava, curated by Kantarovsky and Scott Portnoy.
The present “provided a glimpse into Kacharava’s idiosyncratic visible universe, stuffed with spirited melancholy and fervid self-discipline” , based on the journal. You can nicely say one thing comparable about Kantarovsky’s personal work.