Media bigwig turns art scribe
By The Art Newspaper. From In The Frame
Published online: 25 April 2012
A media mogul is slowly, but surely, making his presence felt on the London art scene. Evgeny Lebedev, the chairman of Independent Print Ltd which owns the London Evening Standard and the Independent newspapers, has penned the introduction to a catalogue accompanying an exhibition of works by Russian artist Ilya Gaponov, opening at Erarta Galleries in London on 3 May. Gaponov's still-life pieces are "an attempt to capture the pre-apocalyptic condition of our own world" says a press statement which also points out that Lebedev is one of Gaponov's foremost collectors. According to the Telegraph, the Russian media man owns works by the Canadian artist Marcel Dzama, the former musician Paul Fryer, US photographer Gregory Crewdson and Damien Hirst.
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