Olga Chernysheva’s often unwitting subjects are observed negotiating a society in turbulence, where the sense of a common future is rapidly dissolving. Her films, photographs, paintings, drawings and object-based works lyrically investigate the fabric of individuality and self-sufficiency, and meditate upon the role of the artist in a time of flux. Chernysheva has a vital interest in the relations between object and figure, in particular in the ways that people and the spaces they inhabit seem often to co-exist uneasily. Her backgrounds with their fluctuating tonalities and psychological charge vie with her subjects for center stage

Olga Chernysheva (Moscow, Russia, 1962) lives and works in Moscow. She studied film and animation at the Moscow Cinema Academy and fine art at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. Chernysheva has exhibited internationally over three decades. She is currently shortlisted for the Guerlain Drawing Prize, Paris, and participated in the Kathmandu Triennale 2077, 2022, in Nepal.

Other recent notable exhibitions include “Workers” at Tate Modern, London, and “GRIDS@RIPS,” a solo at the Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw. She has presented "Chandeliers in the Forest,” a solo at Secession, Vienna; "Revolution Every Day” at the Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago; and “Vague Accent,” a solo at The Drawing Center in New York. Large survey exhibitions include Manifesta 11, Zurich, and "All the World’s Futures” at the Venice Biennale in 2015.

Chernysheva’s works are in many permanent collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; the State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham.


Selected Bibliography

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Fateman, Johanna. "Olga Chernysheva,” The New Yorker. 26 Nov. 2018: 16.

Goz, Alisa. “The Seen and Unseen in Olga Chernysheva's Autoradio.” Russian Art & Culture. 25 Nov. 2018. Web.

Rosen, Mariana. "Olga Chernysheva’s ‘Autoradio’ an Intricate Evocation of the Universally Mundane: Renowned Russian artist opens an exhibit at Foxy Production in New York.” Fine Art Globe. 30 Oct. 2018. Web.

Blood, Anne. “Olga Chernysheva: Vague Accent.” studio international. 1 Nov. 2016. Web.

Benway, Nova. “Vague Accent Olga Chernysheva in New York.” Vague Accent: 9-15.

Chernysheva, Olga. “Olga Chernysheva in Conversation with Roxana Marcoci.” MoMA. 10 May 2016. Web.

Bird, Robert. "Mundane Virtuosity: Olga Chernysheva's Work on Video." Afterall. Spring 2014.

Degot, Ekaterina. "On the humility of Modern Life: Olga Chernysheva's Notes and Reflections." Afterall. Spring 2014.

Rehberg, Vivian Sky. "Day by Day." Frieze. 142. October 2011: 230-233. Print.

Russeth, Andrew. “East Is Best: Art From the Former Soviet Bloc Is Having a Moment.” The Observer. 19 July. 2011. Web.

Wege, Astrid. ”Olga Chernysheva: BAK, BASIS VOOR ACTUELE KUNST.” Trans. Oliver E. Dreyfuss. Artforum XLIX, 9, May 2011: 300-301.

Sherwin, Skye. “Artist of the week 95: Olga Chernysheva.” The Guardian. 7 July 2010. Web.

Misiano, Viktor. "Motion Studies." Artforum. XLVIII.7, Mar. 2010: 226-231.

Lange, Christy. "Current Shows: Olga Chernysheva." Frieze Magazine. 12 Oct. 2009. Web.

Groys, Boris. "Documenting everyday art." Olga Chernysheva: Works 2000-2008. Berlin & Moscow: Galerie Volker Diehl and Diehl + Gallery One, 2009.

Dr Andreeva, Ekaterina. "Urban Studies." Olga Chernysheva: Acquaintances. London: White Space Gallery, 2009: 38-39.

Storr, Robert. "Robert Storr in conversation with Olga Chernysheva." Olga Chernysheva: Acquaintances. London: White Space Gallery, 2009: 52-57.

Wullschlager, Jackie. "Bittersweet Moon." Financial Times. 6-7 Dec. 2008. Print.

Chukhrov, Keti. "Moscow." Artforum. Dec. 2008: 212-214., December 2008

Degot, Ekaterina and Pauline de Laboulaye. "Moscopolis." Espace Louis Vuitton. 21 Sept - 31 Dec. 2007.

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Terracciano, Emilia. "By The Ground." Contemporary. 92. June. 2007: 40-41.

Schwarting, Jen. “Olga Chernysheva, Isle of Sparks.” The Brooklyn Rail. May. 2007: 28.

Pasulka, Nicole. “On Duty.” The Morning News. 9 Apr. 2007. Web.

Rudick, Nicole. “Olga Chernysheva.” Artforum, Picks, 3 April 2007. Web.

Chernysheva, Olga. “The Overheard March.” Russian Art in Translation, ANTE, 2007.

Reuters, Svetlana. "люди в стаканах." Big City. 2 Feb. 2007: Print. P.30-31

Degot, Ekaterina. "Inhabitants: A Conversation with Olga Chernysheva." World Art Museum. 26. 20 Jan. 2007: 92-93, 116-119.

Groys, Boris. "The Time Closure." The Happiness Zone, 2004: 7-15.

Andreeva, Ekaterina. "Our Time According to Olga Chernysheva." The Happiness Zone, 2004: 17-23.

Abensour, Dominique. "Olga Chernysheva." De Moscou. 2002: 12-21.

Salzin, Tatiana. "Olga Chernysheva." European Photography. Winter 2001/2002. No. 70.

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