STALIN AND MARILYN
signed in Cyrillic and dated 1994.,2007. l.r. and inscribed A.P. l.l.
oil, gold leaf and screen print on canvas
Canvas: 37 by 33in., 94 by 84cm
Framed: 38¼ by 34in., 97 by 86.5cm
There are a few light scratches to the surface of the gold leaf. There is a light layer of surface dirt, otherwise in excellent condition. Held in a painted wooden frame.
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Acquired directly from the artist
Sokov’s images of Stalin and Marilyn, combining two apparently incompatible figures from ideologically opposed mass visual cultures, are some of the most recognisable images of Sots-art. As Vitaly Komar, one of the founding members of the movement which emerged in the 1970s has defined Sots-art: ‘If Pop art was resulted from the overproduction of goods and advertising, Sots-art emerged from the overproduction of Soviet ideology and its visual propaganda…. I see western advertising as ‘consumerist propaganda’ and Soviet propaganda as ‘ideological advertising’.’