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Komar/Melamid: Two Soviet Dissident Artists Hardcover – April 1, 1979


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (April 1, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809308878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809308873
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,100,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A book with relevance extending beyond the narrow limits of art history and art criticism. Recommended.”—Choice



“Komar/Melamid’s art is an amusing and intelligent commentary on both Communist and capitalist trends: the USSR’s excess of propaganda, the ram­pant consumerism in the West. The artists are the proponents of, among other things, a style they call ‘Sots’—Soviet pop art. The long essays that be­gin the book may help to make clear to Westerners why their art, which seems far from outré to us, is considered so subversive in their native land. An en­lightening and entertaining study.”— Library Journal


“An in-depth discussion of the paint­ings of Soviet dissident art is pro­vided by Jack Burnham.”—Judaica Book News

 

“Few works by dissidents are available in reproduction yet; this is worth see­ing.”—Washington International Arts Letter

 

“Their [Komar and Melamid’s] touch is brilliantly cool and ironic, their satire and iconoclasm not tied to any ideology other than one of creative expression.”—Amy Newman, ARTnews, April 1976


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theseus on February 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The inseparable artistic duo known as Komar / Melamid (or Komar & Melamid) have had a long, ornery, and populist run throughout diverse worlds of 20th and 21st century art.

Beginning as upstarts railing against Soviet artistic rules, they later used the internet as their primary canvas (for example, the "most wanted" and "most unwanted" paintings project.)

Here we have what is probably the first study of their work, published in 1979, shortly after their emigration to Israel. Their "Soviet Dissident Art" uses multiple mediums and is, to my eyes, a mashup of Dada, Soviet Realism and Pop Art.

Cloth over boards with dustjacket. 39 pp of essays followed by 59 pp of b&w illustrations.
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Format: Hardcover
The inseparable artistic duo known as Komar / Melamid (or Komar & Melamid) have had a long, ornery, and populist run throughout diverse worlds of 20th and 21st century art.

Beginning as upstarts railing against Soviet artistic rules, they later used the internet as their primary canvas (for example, the "most wanted" and "most unwanted" paintings project.)

Here we have what is probably the first study of their work, published in 1979, shortly after their emigration to Israel. Their "Soviet Dissident Art" uses multiple mediums and is, to my eyes, a mashup of Dada, Soviet Realism and Pop Art.

Cloth over boards with dustjacket. 39 pp of essays followed by 59 pp of b&w illustrations.
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