Carter Radcliff book

Accession Number

Carter Radcliff book

Komar & Melamid

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
acrylic on book cover

10 5/8 in x 10 9/16 in x 1 3/16 in (27 cm x 26.8 cm x 3 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Jack A. and Noreen Rounick

Subject matter
Komar & Melamid is Russian-born conceptual artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid. Here, the cover of Carter Ratcliff’s book on their work has been painted by the artists, a pictorial signature. In the early seventies, Komar & Melamid founded the artistic movement Sots-Arts, and much of their work challenged the official style of Socialist Realism.  Here, the large, red arrow, pointing backwards, may be a criticism of the RSSR’s Red Army.

Primary Object Classification
Mixed Media

Additional Object Classification(s)

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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