vladimir titov

biography

Vladimir Titov was born in 1950 in Moscow. He has lived in Paris since 1982 and continues to work in Moscow and Paris. The dual influence of both cities is evident in his paintings, which are both expressionist and impressionist, and derisive and humorous without seeming aggressive.

"The human emotional reaction to reality is both the basis and the point of departure for the paintings of Titov," writes Mikhail Kowalkov. His pictoral surfaces, which the artist covers with color, give the impression of elegant negligence. Titov's canvases have an abstract quality due to their multiple and varied stratifications. The roughness of form and the somber color scheme enclose the viewer in the lugubrious atmosphere of his work. By contrast, his frequent use of white has a clarifying effect.

Titov was a student of the non-conformist artist, Vassily Sitnikov, in Moscow in the early 1970s. He has exhibited in Russia, Europe and the United States where his works can also be found in many private collections and museums.

In the artist's own words: "It is useless, in effect, to invent. The reality is there, fantastic and original."

selected personal exhibitions

2009
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

2008
Rococo, Mimi Ferzt, New York

Vladimir Titov, Atelier 2, Moscow

2005

Summer Village, Gallery KINO, Moscow

2002
Art Moscow, Gallery KINO, Moscow

2000
Galerie Studio Kostel, Paris, France

1999
Galerie Espace Paragon, Luxembourg

1998
L-Gallery, Moscow

1997
Galerie Studio Kostel, Paris

1994
Galerie du Théâtre d'Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

1993
Jacob Kohnert Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Embassy of France in Washington, DC

1992
Gallery Studio Kostel, Paris

1990
Gallery Studio Kostel, Paris

1989
Gallery Marie-Thérèse Cochin, Paris

1988
Gallery Leitzow, Berlin

selected group exhibitions

2008
The Power of Water, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

2007
Collages Russes
, Galerie Blue Square, Paris

Poesie de L'Eau dans l'Art Russe, Palais Lumiere, Evian

2004
Direction: North. Direction: South, Novyi Manezh, Moscow

2003
Embassy of France, Washington, DC

Direction: West, Novyi Manezh, Moscow

Black-White Film, Novyi Manezh, Moscow

1995
Eighth Floor Gallery, New York

1994
State Pushkin Musem, Moscow

Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers University, Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, New Jersey

1993
Carla Stellweg Gallery, New York

1992
Paulina Rieloff Gallery, New York

1991
Gallery Anna-Krista, Dusseldorf, Germany

1990
Lineart International Art Fair, Gent, Belgium

1989
Lineart International Art Fair, Gent

International Fair of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

UNESCO, Paris

1988
Gallery Francis Carrette, Brussels, Belgium

State Tretyakov Musuem, Moscow

State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

Festival of Contemporary Art, Toulouse, France

Retrospective Exhibition, Montrouge, Paris

Konrad Adenaur Center, Bonn, Germany

Berman Gallery, New York

International Art Fair, Nice, France

Lineart International Art Fair, Gent

1986
Salon of Contemporary Art, Montrouge, State Prize, Paris

20th International Contemporary Art Awards, Monaco, National Award

1985
Gallery Miro & Spizman, London

1984
Bernheim-Jeune Gallery, Paris

1977
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, New York

selected museum collections

National Foundation of Contemporary Art, Paris

Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers University, Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, New Jersey

Musee "Other Art", Moscow

State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

 

press

Catalogue, Vladimir Titov, Studio Kostel, Paris, 1989

Catalogue, Vladimir Titov, L-Gallery, Moscow, 1998

"Titov draws his themes from urban backyards slums and gateways. His personages are always freakish- outcasts or people belonging to the 'bottom' of a large and sick city, boozers, tramps, beggars, whores, cons and lumpens. There are also personages from the underground, people who have voluntary gone to seed and are wallowing in drinking bouts, gloomy morning-afters and soporific, twilight lethargy.... But his art cannot be reduced to the mere reflection of the truth of life and this makes his realism a thing apart. The fact is that in pinpointing the shady side of urban life he loves his shadows and sympathizes with them. Moreover, he views them as a source of inspiration and some queer poesy expressing it in the modern language of neo-impressionist 'violent' art in its specific Russian version."

Sergei Kuskov, "A Surprise of Realism, or a Different Aspect of the Art: Vladimir Titov's Object Pictures." Vladimir Titov, Imprint Agency, 1993.

Roger Pierre Turine, "Les Transpositions de Titov," Catalogue Vladimir Titov, 1988.

Nelly Boutelière, "La Beauté Pathétique dans la Couleur," april 1989.

Simone Bonnardin, "En attendant," La Côte des Arts, arpil 1989.

Michel Kowalkov, "Vladimir Titov ou de l'innommable," Ligeia 5-6, april 1989.

 

Sergei Kuskov, "A Surprise or realism, or a different aspect of the art," Katalogue Vladimir Titov, 1993.

"Russia's Other Avant-Garde," Art News, February 1994.

Max Fullenbaum, "Vladimir Titov, Une métaphysique charnelle," Univers des Arts, Mai 1996.

Vladimir Titov : The Bathers	 2005	 Oil on canvas	 75x120 cm
Vladimir Titov : Arc en ciel	 2007	 Oil on canvas	 100x180 cm
Vladimir Titov : Happy New Year	 2006	 Mixed media on canvas	 97x146 cm
Vladimir Titov : St. George et le DRAGON	 2007	 Oil/mixed media on canvas	 170x178 cm
Vladimir Titov : Untitled c. 2000 drawing 21x15 cm
Vladimir Titov : Untitled c. 2000 drawing & collage 21x15 cm

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