Auction Records of Artworks by Goncharova and Larionov

Existing online art auction records don’t include sales which took part from 1945 until the mid-1980s. Therefore, any information about sales of works of Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov are difficult, if not impossible, to obtain. RARP is pleased to support the project on composition of the auction records of works by Goncharova and Laronov. Such index will demonstrate intensity of sales during different periods, and can also help to follow appearance and reappearance of certain works on the market. It will help to understand the geography of Goncharova and Larionov market and to indicate questionable works offered for sale.

  • Date Grant Awarded: Round 1, September 2015
  • Project Timeline: October 2015 – September 2017
  • Grantee: Dr Alla Rosenfeld, individual researcher
  • Grant Award: £7550

Details of the Project

The task of the research is to amass information about sales of works of Goncharova and Larionov from the early 1950s until the mid-1980s. The researcher has to check auction catalogues of American and UK auction houses and put information found into database provided by RARP. The database will include images of lots (when available) and their description.The grant has been awarded to Dr. Alla Rosenfeld, a highly qualified researcher in the USA.

This research project will shed light on the historical, social, and economic context, in which the work by Goncharova and Larionov have been collected and sold. Since many works changed owners over the years, research on ownership history will be important part of this study. It will contribute to the body of art historical scholarship and knowledge, based on ongoing research performed by scholars of the Russian avant garde art.

About the Researcher

Dr. Alla Rosenfeld is Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, where she teaches courses on Russian art. From 2006 to 2009 Dr. Rosenfeld worked as Vice President in the Russian Paintings at Sotheby’s in New York. She was Curator of Russian Art at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University from 1992 to 2006, and also served as Director of the Zimmerli’s Russian Art Department from 2002 to 2006. During Dr. Rosenfeld’s tenure at the Zimmerli, she organised many exhibitions and was an editor and contributor to numerous publications, including Moscow Conceptalism in Context (Prestel, 2011); Art of the Baltics (2002); Defining Russian Graphic Arts, 1898–1934 ( 1999); and From Gulag to Glasnost: Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union (1995). Dr. Rosenfeld’s independent curatorial projects include  A World of Stage (2007), presented at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, and the Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tokyo.

Dr. Rosenfeld has lectured widely on Russian art both in the U.S. and abroad at locations that include MoMA and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. She was awarded  several research fellowships: the Belvedere museum in Vienna; National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and  several fellowships of the American Association of Museums.

Dr. Rosenfeld received her MA in Theory and History of art at the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts in Russia, in 1987, and her Ph.D. in modern and contemporary art at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, in 2003.