Gallery Met: Imaginary Portraits

Imaginary Portraits: Prince Igor
On the occasion of Borodin's Prince Igor
David Adjaye, Kristin Baker, John Baldessari, Thom Browne, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Francesco Clemente, Peter Doig, Rachel Feinstein, Ryan Johnson, Ragnar Kjartansson, Alex Katz, Thomas Lawson, Raymond Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton, Peter Saul, Peter Schjeldahl, Peter Schlesinger, Dana Schutz, Dasha Shishkin, Sophie von Hellermann, Charline von Heyl, Michael Williams
January 15, 2014 – May 10, 2014

More than 20 artists have created original works for Imaginary Portraits: Prince Igor, the largest exhibition in Gallery Met history. The roster includes many of the most prominent artists of two generations—as well as some surprises. Each one has created a portrait of the 12th-century Russian warlord Prince Igor, the subject of Borodin’s opera of the same name, who made a significant impact on medieval Russian history but left behind no definitive visual record.

  • Sophie von Hellermann
    Prince Igor and Solar Eclipse, 2013
    acrylic on canvas
    78 3/4 x 118 1/8 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York


  • Peter Schlesinger
    Prince Igor, 2013–2014
    polychrome glazed ceramic
    32 x 13 x 9 inches
    Courtesy the artist


  • Kristin Baker
    Prince Igor, 2013
    acrylic on PVC
    79 x 69 inches
    Courtesy the artist and The Suzanne Geiss Company, New York


  • Francesco Clemente
    Igor’s Dream, 2013
    watercolor on paper
    59 x 72 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Mary Boone Gallery, New York


  • Dasha Shishkin
    If Dreams Were Pigs, 2013
    64 x 80 inches
    pastel, acrylic paint on mylar
    Courtesy the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

  • Alex Katz
    Untitled, 2013
    marker on paper
    8 1/2 x 11 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York

  • Thomas Lawson
    Prince Igor, the Inner Circle, 2013
    oil on canvas
    77 x 54 inches, 6 panels
    Courtesy the artist and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

  • Adolf as Galitsky
    20 x 16 inches


  • Ethel as Yaroslavna
    24 x 24 inches


  • Charles as Konchak
    30 x 24 inches


  • Nico as Konchakovna
    12 x 9 inches


  • Mary as Vladimir
    20 x 16 inches


  • Hedi as Prince Igor
    31 x 27 1/2 inches 

  • Charline von Heyl
    Prince Igor, 2013
    digital print and wood-cut
    64 x 48 inches
    Edition 1/3
    Courtesy the artist and Petzel, New York

  • Alex Katz
    Untitled
    2013
    oil, charcoal and marker on paper
    15 x 16 1/2 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York

  • Ragnar Kjartansson
    A Russian Diplomat Posing as Prince Igor, 2014
    oil on canvas
    55 1/8 x 39 3/8 inches
    Courtesy the artist, i8 Gallery, Reykjavík, and Luhring Augustine, New York

  • Peter Doig
    Prince Igor, 2014
    oil on board
    40 x 32 1/4 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Michael Werner Gallery, New York

  • Dana Schutz
    Igor, 2014
    oil on canvas
    47 x 30 1/4 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Petzel, New York

  • Elizabeth Peyton
    Andro, 2013
    pastel on paper
    13 x 11 1/2 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York/Brussels

  • Peter Schjeldahl
    The Opera About Prince Igor, 2013
    mixed media
    16 5/8 x 14 1/2 inches
    Courtesy the George Condo Studio

  • Jake and Dinos Chapman
    One Day You Will No Longer Be Loved (that it should come to this...) XI, 2013
    oil on canvas
    35 x 28 1/2 inches
    Courtesy the artist and White Cube, London

  • Ryan Johnson
    Keeper, 2014
    cedar, oak, bronze, acrylic paint, burlap, rope, and staples
    67 x 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches
    Courtesy the artist and The Suzanne Geiss Company, New York

  • Peter Saul
    Duet, 2013
    acrylic on canvas
    60 x 55 inches
    Courtesy the artist and Mary Boone Gallery, New York

  • Thom Browne
    the mighty handful, 2014
    oil on canvas
    92 1/2 x 43 1/4 inches
    Courtesy the artist

  • Michael Williams
    Dead Feed, 2014
    inkjet and airbrush on canvas
    98 x 79 inches
    Courtesy the artist, CANADA LLC, New York, and Michael Werner Gallery, New York

  • Raymond Pettibon
    No Title (Iiguuwarr...), 2013
    ink on paper
    22 1/2 x 30 1/8 inches
    Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London and Regen Projects, Los Angeles

  • Raymond Pettibon
    No Title (Igwaur goyd isz...), 2013
    ink on paper
    22 1/4 x 30 inches
    Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London and Regen Projects, Los Angeles

  • Raymond Pettibon
    No Title (Prince Igor...), 2013
    ink on paper
    22 3/8 x 30 inches
    Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London and Regen Projects, Los Angeles

  • Raymond Pettibon
    No Title (Igoyyr...), 2013
    ink on paper
    21 1/2 x 29 3/4 inches
    Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London and Regen Projects, Los Angeles

  • Rachel Feinstein
    Konchakovna, 2014
    aqua resin, aluminum, steel, and wooden pedestal
    88 × 56 inches; 4 foot square base
    Courtesy the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York


  • John Baldessari
    From Prince Igor to John Baldessari (Nine Degrees of Separation), 2013
    dimensions variable
    Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

  • David Adjaye
    Throne, 2014
    timber with polyester paint
    88 x 27 x 30 inches
    Made by Knoll

  • Installation view of Imaginary Portraits: Prince Igor.

  • Installation view of Imaginary Portraits: Prince Igor.

  • Installation view of Imaginary Portraits: Prince Igor.

  • Installation view of Imaginary Portraits: Prince Igor.

  • Installation view of Imaginary Portraits: Prince Igor.

  • Installation view of David Adjaye's Throne on the Grand Tier.

  • Installation view of David Adjaye's Throne on the Grand Tier.