LEONID SOKOV | LENIN AND GORBACHEV
LEONID SOKOV | LENIN AND GORBACHEV
LEONID SOKOV | LENIN AND GORBACHEV
LEONID SOKOV | LENIN AND GORBACHEV
LEONID SOKOV | LENIN AND GORBACHEV
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Property from a Private Collection, New York

LEONID SOKOV | LENIN AND GORBACHEV

Estimate: 2,500 - 3,500 USD

Property from a Private Collection, New York

LEONID SOKOV | LENIN AND GORBACHEV

Estimate: 2,500 - 3,500 USD

Lot Details

Description

LEONID SOKOV

1941-2018

LENIN AND GORBACHEV


signed in Latin and dated 1990 l.r. and inscribed A.P. l.l.

print and gold leaf on paper

Sheet: 35½ by 25in., 90 by 63.5cm

Framed: 41 by 32¾in., 104.5 by 83.5cm

Condition Report

The print of Lenin's head is glued on to the sheet, the lower left corner is lifting slightly. The artist has disguised the join in the two lower corners with pencil. The upper edge is uneven and the sheet is undulating slightly. The two top corners show signs of wear. There are several minor surface scratches and losses to the gold leaf. The sheet is attached to the mount with tape in places on the reverse. Held in a simple wooden frame behind glass.


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Cataloguing

Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist

Catalogue Note

The introduction of elements of folk art was Leonid Sokov’s major contribution to Sots Art – the Soviet version of Pop Art – ‘with the difference being that the Sots artists reflected in their work not the avalanche of images endlessly reproduced in consumerist society, but the highly hierarchical ritual imagery enforced on its citizens by the ideological state’ (K.Akinsha quoted in 'Moscow Conceptualism in Context', 2011). The movement appropriated and subverted Soviet symbols as a reaction to the official doctrine of Socialist Realism and Soviet cultural myths more generally.


Sokov graduated from the Moscow State Stroganov Academy of Industrial and Applied Arts in 1969. Having established himself as an animal sculptor, in the late 1960s the artist started developing his own style and incorporating social commentary. In 1980 Sokov left the Soviet Union and settled in the United States. Working in a new cultural context, he continued to use the symbols and images of the Soviet Union, but also included references to American culture in his work. The handmade aesthetic of Sokov’s work sets him apart not only from American Pop Art with its emphasis on mechanical reproduction, but also from the highly polished style of his compatriots such as Erik Bulatov.

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