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Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid
STUDY FOR 'KNOCK AT THE DOOR' FROM 'THE NOSTALGIC SOCIALIST REALISM' SERIES
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, UNITED STATES

Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid
STUDY FOR 'KNOCK AT THE DOOR' FROM 'THE NOSTALGIC SOCIALIST REALISM' SERIES
Estimation
6 0008 000
Lot. Vendu 13,750 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid
B. 1943 AND B. 1945
STUDY FOR 'KNOCK AT THE DOOR' FROM 'THE NOSTALGIC SOCIALIST REALISM' SERIES
signed in Latin and dated '1987' l.r.
pastel on card

The Nostalgic Socialist Realism series is perhaps the best-known of Komar and Melamid's work: dark, sinister and yet also quite funny, these provocative and playful images lampoon the clichéd visual vocabulary of the authoritarian regime the duo had left behind when they emigrated to the United States in 1978. 

But as much as the image relates to the specific horrors of the KGB practice of visiting late at night to abduct their targets, the artists were nonetheless wary of absolving non-Soviet systems. 'Fear governs the Soviet Union in the same way it does the United States', they argued: 'The KGB and Stalin are only symbols personifying an ageless social phobia...' 


pastel on card
Sheet: 40 by 32 in., 101.5 by 81cm
Framed: 40 1/4 by 32 1/4 in., 102 by 82cm
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Provenance

Sloane Gallery, Denver 
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2005

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