My Favorite Guy in Skopje

This will probably be my least academic/art historical post so far, but I just loved this guy that I came across in the National Gallery of Macedonia:

Aleksandar Ivanovski-Karadare, Lottery Ticket Seller, 1981. National Gallery of Macedonia. Property of the Artist. 

Aleksandar Ivanovski-Karadare, Lottery Ticket Seller, 1981. National Gallery of Macedonia. Property of the Artist. 

Just look at his face!

Aleksandar Ivanovski-Karadare, Lottery Ticket Seller, 1981 (detail). National Gallery of Macedonia. Property of the Artist. 

Aleksandar Ivanovski-Karadare, Lottery Ticket Seller, 1981 (detail). National Gallery of Macedonia. Property of the Artist. 

I think his expression says it all.

I suppose that one could argue that there is something performative about the piece, in the way that much sculpture is performative. I also found it interesting and coincidental that Aleksandar Stankovski did a similar performance, selling pumpkin seeds at the Museum of Modern Art, thirty years later, although the two pieces are completely unconnected.

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Amy Bryzgel

Amy Bryzgel is a lecturer in History of Art at the University of Aberdeen. She is currently conducting research on performance art in Central and Eastern Europe for a forthcoming book monograph.