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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, UNITED STATES

Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid
STUDY FOR 'PLATEOSAURUS' FROM THE 'ANCESTRAL PORTRAITS' SERIES
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 7,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, UNITED STATES

Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid
STUDY FOR 'PLATEOSAURUS' FROM THE 'ANCESTRAL PORTRAITS' SERIES
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 7,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid
B. 1943 AND B. 1945
STUDY FOR 'PLATEOSAURUS' FROM THE 'ANCESTRAL PORTRAITS' SERIES
signed in Latin and dated '1980' l.r.; further signed, titled and dated on the reverse
pastel and mixed media on paper

The ‘Ancestral Portraits’ series of 1980 saw Komar and Melamid sending up the stiff and hackneyed poses adopted by Soviet leaders for official portraits by replacing the figures with dinosaurs, a dry commentary on the obsolescence of Communist ideals. ‘Few artists have rewritten the past in a mood of such desperate hilarity’ comments Carter Ratcliff in his monograph on the duo.

The fossilized academic style of Socialist Realism of the pre-Khrushchev era was ripe for parody and few artists targeted the subject of the cult of the leader with a more biting sense of satire. The ‘Ancestral Portraits’ series was followed by their important ‘Socialist Realist’ canvases of 1980-1984, a continuation of their commentary on the myths of Stalinism. Komar and Melamid emigrated to America in 1978.


pastel and mixed media on paper
Sheet: 40 by 32 in., 101.5 by 81cm
Framed: 46 3/4 by 38 3/4 in., 119 by 98.5cm
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Provenance

Sloane Gallery, Denver
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2006

Escape Artists: The Non-Conformists Online

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New York