Karlo Kacharava

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4-8 Helmet Row, EC1V 3QJ, London, UK
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Karlo Kacharava

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Artist: Karlo Kacharava

4-8 Helmet Row, EC1V 3QJ Karlo Kacharava

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Modern Art is pleased to announce our first exhibition of Karlo Kacharava’s work, curated by Sanya Kantarovsky and Scott Portnoy.

Artworks

Fur Jorg Immendorf, 1985

Oil on canvas
52.6 x 73 cm 20 3/4 x 28 3/4 inches
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Sentimental Journey, 1993

Acrylic on canvas
124.5 x 104 cm 49 1/4 x 41 inches
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Gloria, 1991

Oil on canvas
42.5 x 42.8 cm 16 3/4 x 16 3/4 inches
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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English Romanticism, 1992

Oil on canvas
100 x 100 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Bible, 1987

Watercolour on paper
21 x 15 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Allain 2, 1990

Black ink on paper
28 x 20 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Untitled, 1987

Pencil and pen on paper
21 x 28 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Dedicated to Helena, 1984

Markers on paper
28 x 21 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Renault Renault, 1990

Pen on paper
28 x 20 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Self portrait 1, 1987

Black ink on photo paper
23 x 18 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Self portrait 2, 1987

Black ink on photo paper
23 x 18 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Untitled (diagrams), 1989

Pen on paper
25 x 38 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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England is Big, Sir, 1992

Watercolour on paper
10 x 12 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Engineer from 1930s, 1991

Watercolour on paper
32 x 22 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Dead, 1997

Marker on paper
17 x 13 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Mouchette, 1993

Oil on canvas
70 x 55 cm 27 1/2 x 21 5/8 ins
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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My Daughter is a Prison Ballerina, 1992

Collage and acrylic paint on canvas
100 x 100 cm 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 ins
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Abasha House, 1988

Black ink on paper
11.5 x 12 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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PS to the General, 1990

Oil on canvas
102.4 x 102.4 cm 40 1/4 x 40 1/4 inches
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Do you think so, 1993

Oil on canvas
52.5 x 42.3 cm 20 3/4 x 16 3/4 inches
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Anarchist's Dream, 1992

Tempera on canvas
103.3 x 103 cms 40 3/4 x 40 1/2 inches
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Perversion of Kings, 1993

Oil on canvas
120 x 100 cm 47 1/4 x 39 1/4 inches
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Nick Cave, 1992

Oil on canvas
99.3 x 79.5 cms 39 1/4 x 31 1/4 inches
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Clown on the Roof, 1992

Oil and mixed media on canvas
52.2 x 30.2 cm 20 1/2 x 12 inches
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Karlo Carra, 1992

Oil on canvas
50 x 40 cm 19 3/4 x 15 3/4 ins
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Anton, 1993

Oil on canvas
47 x 33 cm 18 1/2 x 13 inches
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Fur Dich, 1993

Oil on canvas
31 x 45.5 cm 12 1/4 x 18 inches
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Susan Sontag, 1992

Gouache on paper
46 x 29 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Irena Ilona Bus, 1992

Mixed media on paper
59.5 x 75.3 cms 23 1/2 x 29 3/4 inches
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Armchair, 1989

Watercolour on paper
24 x 20 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Portrait, 1991

Gouache on paper
29.5 x 21 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Twombly, 1989

Watercolour and pen on paper
37 x 25 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Portrait of a Girl, 1993

Gouache on paper
21 x 30 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Dream 2, 1983

Gouache on paper
25 x 18 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Dream, 1983

Gouache and pen on paper
25 x 18 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Father and Daughter, 1992

Ballpoint pen on paper
23 x 16 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Fable About Not Yet, 1992

Mixed media on paper
15 x 21 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Demand Everywhere, 1990

Watercolour and ink on paper
25 x 37.5 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Crisis Chronicle, 1987

Pen and markers on paper
29 x 20 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Alice, 1994

Black ink and gouache on paper
42.8 x 30.5 cm 16 17/20 x 12 1/100 inches
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Fur Patrick Modiano, 1992

Watercolour on paper
14.5 x 10 cm
© The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki

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Karlo Kacharava’s (1964-1994) short-lived yet oceanic body of work took shape in Tbilisi, Georgia against the backdrop of the loosening cultural boundaries afforded by the Glasnost-era Soviet Union of the 1980’s and the subsequent financial and political groundlessness of the post-Soviet 1990’s.

His prolific output of drawing, painting, poetry and art criticism galvanized an orbit of young Georgian artists and thinkers, and continues to exert notable influence on emerging Georgian art in the present day. His inventive visual world frequently reflects an almost adolescent angst, punctuated by a fandom of a broad gamut of western culture ranging from the likes of Nick Cave and Susan Sontag to comic books and cinema. Yet there is something more specific to the project than fanning out. It’s as though the work – by reconstituting names and references for their glyphic, pictorial dimension – brings into sharp relief a nexus of desire, access, power and ownership. There is an articulated dissonance between the need to establish a ground of one’s own whilst acknowledging an anxiety of influence from a slowly leaking, sprawling, forbidden and exotic word centred on individual expression and self-
actualization.

The exhibition embraces a simultaneity of ensuing melancholy, curiosity and joy that runs a current throughout Kacharava’s beautifully painted surfaces, images and varied techniques. Themes of childhood, memory, history and love permeate images of vagabond couples, explorers, anarchists, philosophers, greyhound buses, sleeping friends, film heroines and teenagers.

Nearly 30 years after Kacharava’s tragic death at the age of 30 from a sudden brain aneurysm, his vision of expanding the boundaries of his discursive world and its audience is being realized. This exhibition marks the first comprehensive presentation of his work outside of Georgia, effectively serving as an introduction of his oeuvre to an expanded international audience.

Karlo Kacharava, People and Places, Modern Art Helmet Row, 10 October - 17 December 2021. © The Estate of Karlo Kacharava. Courtesy: The Estate of Karlo Kacharava, Tbilisi, Georgia and Modern Art, London. Photo: Tom Carter.


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