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Contemporary Art from Former Soviet Union Finds Collectors

A work titled “Self-Portrait” by the late Russian painter and Kino drummer Georgy Gulyanov topped more than £1.29 million ($1.72 million) in sales during the auction titled “Contemporary East.” (Photo: Sotheby’s)

In the early 1990s, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, art fell by the wayside in both the Caucasus and Central Asia. But now the art market in those regions is showing signs of life.
 
International collectors’ growing interest in Eurasian artworks was evident in early June during the Contemporary East sale, a Sotheby’s London auction of 125 pieces by established and emerging artists from Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Most of the artists whose works went on the bloc had rarely, if ever, appeared in auctions outside their native countries.
 
A work by the late Russian painter and Kino drummer Georgy Gulyanov (Self-Portrait) topped more than $1.7 million (over £1.29 million) in sales. Taking fifth place was the late Georgian painter Merab Abramishvili’s Three Hundred Aragvians.
 

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Monica Ellena is a Tbilisi-based freelance journalist.

Contemporary Art from Former Soviet Union Finds Collectors

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