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Sergei Isupov, "He + She," installation view, Barry Friedman Ltd.
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by Emily Nathan

It’s like a Pompeian courtyard, Sergei Isupov’s "He + She" installation at Barry Friedman Ltd. in Chelsea, with busts on pedestals arrayed through the space. Observe one profile, however, and it becomes clear that these epic porcelain sculptures do not share much with their Classical Roman ancestors. Rather, Isupov’s busts, and his other works, which bear titles such as Firey and History of Lovers, depict characters in some strange and wonderful folk-narrative.