Starting this Friday, London’s White Space Gallery will present an exhibition of works by Timur Novikov (d. 2002), a leading figure in nonconformist art, in dialogue through text and image with Joseph Brodsky (d. 1996), the Nobel Prize-winning poet and essayist.
The exhibition is conceived as an extension of a conversation had between the two St Petersburg natives in Amsterdam in 1993, forming a kind of cross-temporal dialogue that brings together both visual and literary works.
The exhibition presents a selection of panels from Novikov’s series Horizons (1987 – 1991), with St Petersburg forming a centre point for the exhibition. The series includes both silk-screens and textile pieces such as White Night (1989), which takes the sunlit midnight St Petersburg skyline as its subject.
These panels are accompanied by fragments of Brodsky’s poems that reflect on the themes of landscape, memory and language, as well as a selection of photographs depicting St Petersburg and Venice.
Horizons: Timur Novikov and Joseph Brodsky will run from 1 December 2016 – 21 January 2017 at White Space Gallery in central London.