Spotlight

Maryn Varbanov

BANK, Shanghai, G17

Maryn Varbanov, MV9, 1970, plasticine, clay, cardboard , 18 ×  × 13 cm, Courtesy of BANK & Artist

Maryn Varbanov, MV9, 1970, plasticine, clay, cardboard , 18 ×  × 13 cm, Courtesy of BANK & Artist

For Spotlight, BANK gallery presents work by Maryn Varbanov (Beijing, 1932–89). The stand features plasticine models on paper, which Varbanov produced in Europe in the 1970s and later used as preparatory studies for larger fibre works, two of which - a red fibre work and a blue-green tapestry – are also on display. Both of these later works were realized in the 1980s while Varbanov was teaching at Zhejiang Academy of Fine Art (now China Academy of Art). Dominating the space are two standing columns, one of which is made of fibre and dried grass. Outlining this powerful but often overlooked artist from Eastern Europe is an introduction on the wall featuring chronological texts and historical images. From these small enigmatic sketches and finished works, we see the artist’s overlapping sensibilities, both modern and orthodox, organic and galactic, that has since seeped into the works of younger artists in China.

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