Anatoly Osmolovsky (born 1969 in Moscow, USSR; lives and works in Moscow).

“Osmolovsky’s A Voyage of Netsezudik to Brobdingnag (Mayakovsky-Osmolovsky) (1993/2011) is photo documentation of a performance in which Osmolovsky perched on the shoulder of a monument of Futurist poet and radical Vladimir Mayakovsky. Although Osmolovsky’s gesture could be read an attempt to insert himself into history and monumentalize himself as an artist, the work’s title—derived from the island of giants in Jonathan Swift’s novel Gulliver’s Travels—points instead to Isaac Newton’s famously humble declaration: ‘If I have seen a little farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants’.”
—Chris Wiley, extended labels to “Ostalgia” Exhibition, New Museum, New York, 2011.

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