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Harry Stendhal in Association With George Maciunas/Fluxus Foundation Presents "Viktor Tsyganko: From Homelessness to Art World Stardom" Paintings and Works on PaperMay 4 - May 26, 2012 (May 03, 2012)
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 05/03/12 -- George Maciunas/Fluxus Foundation is pleased to present an exhibition of Viktor Tsyganko's recent paintings and works on paper in its newly renovated exhibition space at 454 West 19th St.
Born in the former Soviet Union, Viktor Tsyganko was educated at the prestigious Stieglitz St. Petersburg State Academy of Art and Industry in Russia. Tsyganko mysteriously appeared in SoHo in 1990 and has led a nomadic lifestyle on the streets and in various institutions in New York City. Previously supported by an anonymous patron, Tsyganko is now treated for schizophrenia and given residency by Art Pathways, an organization which uses creative recovery treatments to assist artists and writers who face homelessness.
Working in the Eastern European Avant-Garde tradition, Tsyganko's artistic corpus encompasses an eclectic array of suprematist, cubist, art deco, constructivist, and expressionist modernisms. Demonstrating a remarkable technical command, his recent series of paintings has attracted the attention of dealers in New York art world who have stated that "there is surprisingly no discernible iconographic evidence in any of the dozens of works that have been produced of the artist's disruptive mental condition." Literally and figuratively, Tsyganko's circumstances raise broader issues on the place of the artist in contemporary culture including homelessness, which was estimated in 2005 to be at 100 million worldwide.
The exhibition will be presented in conjunction with "An Assessment Report," a new publication on George Maciunas' prefabricated modular housing system known as Fluxhouse. As the "Father of SoHo," Maciunas is credited with regentrifying SoHo from a post-industrial dystopia into a vibrant mecca for the arts with his Fluxhouse Cooperatives. Influenced by his research on the nomadic lifestyle of Siberian migrations, Maciunas' progressive architectural theories and designs bear upon broader cultural issues related to social housing systems facing the world today.
The exhibition, organized and produced by Harry Stendhal, opens May 4 and continues through May 26, 2012.
George Maciunas Foundation Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt non-for-profit arts organization.
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