“The Art I’ve Lived With” comprises some 100 works from Baryshnikov’s four decades of collecting. Never shown in public before, the paintings begin around the turn of the 20th century and include the Russian Avant-Garde, Soviet non-conformists and contemporary art. Many are theatrical, humorous -- and personal.
“I never spent hundreds of thousands dollars on the pieces, because I never had that kind of money,” Baryshnikov told Bloomberg during an interview at the ABA Gallery which is hosting his exhibition. “A good Bakst or Cocteau would be a couple of thousands of dollars. But something like a little working sketch of Benois you could buy for a couple of hundred dollars. Now it’s 20 times more,” he explained.