Nikita Alexeev

alexeevNikita Alekseyev was born in Moscow in 1953. In 1976 he graduated the Moscow Polygraphic Institute. He participated in the Collective Actions group from 1976-83. He was involved in organizing the Moscow Archive of New Art (MANI) in 1979. From 1982-84 he was director of the APTART gallery, of which he was also a co-founder. In 2004 he received a stipend from Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt in Dusseldorf and a grant from the Joseph Brodsky Memorial Fund at the AmericanAcademy in Rome. He was nominated for a National Contemporary Art Innovation Prize in 2008.

Much — Little — Little — Much

The project Much — Little — Little — Much was carried out at the Stella Art Foundation exhibition space in February 2010. It became a retrospective of Alekseyev’s 40-year art career. The artist himself selected works and designed the show. He took the non-linear (unchronological) narrative as a basic principle. All works (paintings, drawings, performance documentation) were grouped by central themes in Alekseyev’s art. Among the pieces exhibited were several recent series: Painting for (2008), Trinity Paintings and Verses (2009), Foxy Hares (2009) and Impressions (2010).
All these works — as well as the earlier ones — reflect the main motifs of the artist’s poetry: painterly abstraction, conceptual analysis of art forms and lyrical figurative painting closely related to his poetry.