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(1900 – 1969), Russia

Serge Poliakoff Biography

A product of the Russian diaspora that followed the Bolshevik Revolution, Poliakoff (1900–1969) fled to the West, educating himself in the art schools and museums of London and Paris. He painted every day while raising a family, supporting this life by playing Russian folk songs on guitar in Parisian nightclubs late into the night. This hectic existence lasted well into his forties, when twenty years of foundational pictorial research finally came to fruition in a distinctive synthesis of painterly sensuality and ideational planarity.

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Professional recognition increased his productivity and ambition resulting in a further twenty years (the remainder of his life) of paintings, gouaches, prints and related decorative projects that many consider the high-water mark of the 'Nouvelle Ecole de Paris'.

Poliakoff's work is in numerous public collections, including the Kunstmuseum Bern, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Musée national d'Art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and the Tate Gallery, London. In 2013 a major retrospective, Le Rêve des Formes was at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. The 2016 exhibition at Cheim & Read marks the artist's first solo exhibition in New York in thirty-five years.

Text courtesy Cheim & Read.

Serge Poliakoff Featured Artworks

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Composition abstraite by Serge Poliakoff contemporary artwork
Serge PoliakoffComposition abstraite, 1961Gouache on paper
63 x 47.5 cm
Bailly Gallery Contact Gallery
Jaune et Vert by Serge Poliakoff contemporary artwork
Serge PoliakoffJaune et Vert, 1961Gouache on paper
47 x 61 cm
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery
Composition abstraite by Serge Poliakoff contemporary artwork
Serge PoliakoffComposition abstraite, 1968Gouache on paper laid down on canvas
62.5 x 48.5 cm
Bailly Gallery Contact Gallery
ORANGE ET BLEU by Serge Poliakoff contemporary artwork
Serge PoliakoffORANGE ET BLEU, 1951Oil on canvas
100 x 80 cm
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery
COMPOSITION EN BLEUE
AU CERCLE II by Serge Poliakoff contemporary artwork
Serge PoliakoffCOMPOSITION EN BLEUE AU CERCLE II, 1955Oil on panel
38 1/8 x 51 1/8 inches
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery
Composition no. VII by Serge Poliakoff contemporary artwork
Serge PoliakoffComposition no. VII, 1952Oil on canvas
72.8 x 92 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Rouge, Jaune et Noir by Serge Poliakoff contemporary artwork
Serge PoliakoffRouge, Jaune et Noir, 1951Gouache on paper
23.25 x 17.38 cm
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery
Juane et Vert by Serge Poliakoff contemporary artwork
Serge PoliakoffJuane et Vert, 1961Gouache on paper
18.5 x 24 cm
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery

Serge Poliakoff Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, On View: Seven Works from the Sixties at Cheim & Read, New York
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28 January–13 February 2021 Group Exhibition On View: Seven Works from the Sixties Cheim & ReadNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, In Honor of the New MoMA at Cheim & Read, New York
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21 November 2019–29 February 2020 Group Exhibition In Honor of the New MoMA Cheim & ReadNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Serge Poliakoff, Serge Poliakoff at Cheim & Read, 547 W 25th St, New York
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31 March–30 April 2016 Serge Poliakoff Cheim & Read547 W 25th St, New York

Serge Poliakoff Represented By

Bailly Gallery contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Bailly Gallery Geneva, Paris
Cheim & Read contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Cheim & Read New York

Serge Poliakoff In Related Press

How Serge Poliakoff predicted 60 years of painting Related Press How Serge Poliakoff predicted 60 years of painting 28 April 2016, Hyperallergic

Deep inside every great painting is the question of what it means to paint. Certain paintings reach so far down into the generative process that “the givens” of their tradition themselves can be changed. Reconfigurations made to the substructures of painting — often marking cultural tipping points — become new supports for...

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Serge Poliakoff post-war abstraction in exhibition at Cheim & Read Related Press Serge Poliakoff post-war abstraction in exhibition at Cheim & Read 30 March 2016, Widewalls

Cheim & Read Gallery is proud to present a collection of paintings by one of the most original, most groundbreaking, one of the leading European post-war abstract painters, Serge Poliakoff. At a time when the accepted principle of abstractionism is being revised radically, Poliakoff’s art is the best way of rediscovering the almost...

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