Interview: Boris Groys and Dmitry Gutov

strelka courtyard

The art theorist, philosopher and writer Boris Groys will answer questions of the artist Dmitry Gutov.

Boris Groys is a professor of philosophy and media theory at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design and professor of Slavic studies at New York University. Groys began his academic career in various research institutes in Leningrad and at Moscow State University. He also contributed articles on cultural studies, philosophy and art theory to dissident magazines Chasy, Svobodny Canal and other publications. In particular, Groys was the first person to analyse social realism in the context of world art history.

Having emigrated from the USSR, Boris Groys commenced lecturing at universities in the US and Germany, authored more than 20 books and organised a number of exhibitions. In 2011, he acted as the curator of the Russian pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Dmitry Gutov first had his works displayed in 1988, and has since done more than 100 shows and exhibitions, including 30 dedicated one-man shows of his art. His works hang on the walls of the Russian Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery, the relevant art museum, the Stella ArtFoundation and other museums and private collections worldwide. Dmitry is a master of several art forms: he does photography, he paints, shoots videos and creates installations. He has been on the editorial board of Khudozhestvenny Zhurnal (the Art Magazine in Russian) since 1993.

Artist Avdey Ter-Oganyan has this to say about Dmitry Gutov: “Dima Gutov is probably the best painter of my generation. Almost every single one of his works is the result of both chance and labor. This makes his pieces so unsure and precise, complex, touching, interesting and foolish. This is the real art of painting.”

Interview is a joint project between Strelka Institute and Interview magazine, which features Russian Agents of Change (Oleg Chirkunov, Irina Prokhorova and many others) telling about themselves and their own projects.