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Alexey Beliayev-Guintovt
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by Matthew Bown

In 2007, Anatoly Osmolovsky won the inaugural Kandinsky Prize in Moscow, the €40,000 award designed to be Russia’s answer to the Turner Prize. The next year, in 2008, when the winner was announced at the award ceremony by the critic Boris Groys, Osmolovsky stood up in the audience and started shouting "Shame!" His friend, the artist Dmitry Gutov, called this one of Osmolovsky’s best performances. Maybe, maybe not, but it was certainly the one that has brought him the most attention.