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Komar and Melamid

 

Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid were born in Moscow, Komar on September 11, 1943 and Melamid on July 14, 1945. Both artists attended the Moscow Art School from 1958 to 1960, and the Stroganov Institute of Art & Design, Moscow, from 1962 to 1967. Their collaborative work started in 1965, and in 1967, they initiated the SOTS Art movement (the Soviet version of Western Pop Art). Their first international exhibition was at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, in 1976.

Since then, they have had numerous public commissions and exhibitions throughout the world. In 1978, Komar & Melamid became United States residents. In 1981, they were the first Russian artists to receive a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Notorious dissidents before they left the Soviet Union, the artists have since been called "exasperating expatriates" for their travesties of Socialist Realism.

 

 


Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid



 


Lenin at the Palladium
1992


 


Siren (from Mythological Creatures series)
1986



 


Artists' collection of George Washington Memorabilia


 


Washington, Lenin, Duchamp, and Duncan 


 


Double Self Portrait as Young Soviet Pioneers

(from Nostalgic Socialist Realism series)


 


I Saw Stalin Once When I Was a Child
(from Nostalgic Socialist Realism series)
1981-82


 


Lenin Lived, Lenin Lives, Lenin Will Live

(from Nostalgic Socialist Realism series)


 


The Origin of Socialist Realism
(from Nostalgic Socialist Realism series)


 


The Origin of Socialist Realism

(from Nostalgic Socialist Realism series)


 


The Origin of Socialist Realism
(from Nostalgic Socialist Realism series)



 


Portrait of "Medved"
 (from Nostalgic Socialist Realism series)
 Medved means bear in Russian


 


The Red Flag
(from Nostalgic Socialist Realism series)
1982-83


 


Nostalgic View on the Kremlin from Manhattan

(from Nostalgic Socialist Realism series)
1981-82


 


Visit to the Museum of the Revolution

(from Nostalgic Socialist Realism series)
1981-82


 


What Is To Be Done? 1970s?
(from Nostalgic Socialist Realism series)
1982-83


 


Stalin in Front of Mirror
(from Nostalgic Socialist Realism series)
1982-83


 


The Tempest—Collective Farm Workers With Prize Bull
 (from Nostalgic Socialist Realism series)
1981-82


 


Still Life With Marx and Engels
(from Nostalgic Socialist Realism series)


 


October Still Life With Machine Gun

(from Nostalgic Socialist Realism series)
1982


 


A Knock at the Door

(from Nostalgic Socialist Realism series)
1982-83


 


Thirty Years Ago, 1953

(from Nostalgic Socialist Realism series)
1983


 


Blindman's Buff
(from Nostalgic Socialist Realism series)
1982-83


 


Stalin and the Muses
(from Nostalgic Socialist Realism series)
1981-82
The muse of painting presents Clio, the muse of history, to Stalin


 


Bolsheviks Returning Home After a Demonstration
 (from Nostalgic Socialist Realism series)


 


Yalta Conference

1982


 


Lenin Hails a Cab
1992


 


American Dreams


 


Portrait of Ronald Reaganas Centaur
1981


 


Allosaurus
1980


 


Khrushchev's Plot Against Beria
1981-1982


 


Katalog "Superobjekte des Superkomforts für Superleute"
1976


 


American Painting after the Socialist Revolution


 


American Painting after the Socialist Revolution


 

 


Buchumov Painting


 


Crete 30;000-10;000 BC (The Golden Age)


 


Crete 30;000-10;000 BC (The Golden Age)


 


Untitled


 


Untitled


 


Double Self-Portrait


 


Fascist Shooting Girl


 


The Russian Intellectual. Solzenitzen Meets Hans Boeke


 


TransState


 


Workman


 


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