Ideas for an investment collection. Budget: RUB 500,000. 1960s Nonconformist Art

The tips and list of names in this article are addressed to novice collectors and investors who are at a crossroads. But not to immediately rush to buy on the list — no. This is information for reflection, a set of ideas, a range of possibilities, a private view of the auction specialists. The meaning of the recommendations listed below is to protect novice collectors and investors from completely spontaneous haphazard purchases, and obviously illiquid things. So that later, when you have already decided on your own direction of collecting, the excess could be sold.

Announcement of the auction No. 47. Krasnopevtsev, Leonov, Pivovarov, Zelenine, Kuper, Purygin, Kazarin and others. November 11–17, 2020

What do we remember about Krasnopevtsev? This is a special artist — an artist outside the era. According to his quiet philosophical still lifes, no historian can determine that outside is the USSR, the time of “developed socialism”, all around are propaganda slogans and hypocritical films calling for the fight. And you will never think that the author of these inspired paintings works in the Soviet “Reklamfilm”, while he himself dreams of France, is friends with Svyatoslav Richter and George Kostaki and creates works that collectors will hunt for in 50 years.

Announcement of the auction No. 46. Weisberg, Grositsky, Pivovarov, Sooster, Zverev, Goncharova, Lapchine and others. November 4–10, 2020

One of the favorite subjects of the Freudian, the ideologist of psychophysiology in painting, is nude in space. And, of course, the signature technique of the “Russian Morandi” is the immersion of a character or object in an atmosphere cleansed of everything superfluous. This watercolor has it all. The secret of whiteness. “Invisible” colors. Cold silence. And even the model's face in his system should not distract from immersion in this infinity. Weisberg is a phenomenally subtle colorist who works painstakingly and precisely.

Announcement of the auction No. 45. Gintovt, Belenok, Zverev, Yakovlev, Zubarev, Harlamoff, Egorov and others. October 28 — November 3, 2020

What unites Belenok's “panic realism” and Gintovt's “pre-dawn”? Of course, that very heavy oppressive atmosphere, the nature of which was scary to formulate. A premonition of a universal catastrophe. And a very valuable accurate hit in its own time. And it is no coincidence that this premonition of the apocalypse, the atmosphere of an impending catastrophe, is becoming one of the core themes in art these days.

Investing in underestimated artists, or Where to make money in times of crisis

What underestimated artists are worth investing in right now, at a time of intensifying crisis? The works of which authors are cheap today, and in a few years will greatly increase in price? New visitors to the auction and viewers of our YouTube channel regularly ask for specifics. So that without “water”, without lengthy reasoning, but list by name.

And the specifics will be presented further. But not at once.

Announcement of the auction No. 44. Bichukov, Surovtsev, Voroshilov, Grigoriev, Vulokh and others. October 21–27, 2020

We recently had a rubric “Artists and Music” (with Sitnikov and Shostakovich, as well as with Yankilevsky and Rabinovich-Barakovsky). And today it is time to introduce the heading “Sculptors and Poets”. The case is unique. The auction features two sculptures dedicated to the main poets of the Silver Age — Anna Akhmatova and Sergei Yesenin. And not just sculptures, but author's 30-centimeter castings for full-size monuments already installed in Moscow.

But let's not delay. Proceed.

Announcement of the auction No. 43. Grigoriev, Voligamsi, Belenok, Zverev, Yakovlev and others. October 14–20, 2020

In 2005 this painting was sold at Christie’s Russian Sales under the title “Portrait of a lady with dark eyes”. No clarification. Only later, experts identified the model as Ashkhen Melikova. She was a friend of the brilliant Salome Andronikova, who was called the last muse of the Silver Age. Melikova moved in the circle of artists and poets, which included Shukhaev, Grigoriev, Sorin, Sudeikin, Serebryakova, Tsvetaeva. Melikova is known, in particular, for the portrait of another Russian Parisian, Alexander Yakovlev, which depicts her and Salome in 1922.

Learn to collect art on ArtSale Auction youtube channel has published the first editions of the video course “Learning to Collect Art”. In order to assemble the first collection of quality paintings and drawings, it is not all necessary to operate with fabulous money. In fact, a small collection can be built for 100,000 rubles. And with a budget of 300,000–500,000 rubles, you can already collect a collection of investment-grade works. However, it's not just about the money, of course.

Announcement of the auction No. 42. Mikhnov-Voitenko, Voloshin, Rabin, Glazunov, Nemukhin, Sokolov, Udaltsova and others. October 7–13, 2020

Mikhnov-Voitenko is a Leningrad nonconformist artist, an outstanding abstract expressionist. He worked as a turner, studied at the Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages, then at the Theater Institute at the staging department. Then he worked at an art plant, made custom decorative panels and signs. He entered the history of art with the works made “for the table”. Art historians believe that in individual creative discoveries Mikhnov-Voitenko was the first in the world, ahead of the Americans and Europeans. It is no coincidence that collectors hunt for his trademark “tubes” and for paintings of the “spontaneous method”. And one of the masterpieces is in front of us.

Announcement of the auction No. 41. Sitnikov, Belenok, Zverev, Bordachev, Bielutin, Snegur, Zubarev and others. September 30 — October 6, 2020

Vasily Yakovlevich Sitnikov is a legend of unofficial art of the thaw era. His nickname Vasya the Lanternman is due to the fact that he worked on a projector for showing transparencies at the Surikov Institute. A virtuoso artist who was able to paint a picture with a broom or a floor brush was actually self-taught or a person of natural gifts (whoever you like). He painted beautifully and kept a whole “academy” of his students.