Monday, January 07, 2008

Vladimir Dubossarsky and Alexander Vinogradov

Vladimir Dubossarsky and Alexander Vinogradov are getting some love from ARTnews this month. It's nice to see a renewed interest in realist art. One can only look at so many unmade beds exhibited in galleries! I also like their strangely Ballardian swimming pool images and the way their work tweaks the nose of socialist realism.

On the other hand, there's a bit of a kitsch flavor to some of their paintings that leaves me cold. I realize it's intentional on their part. However, you can only take "kitschy" so far before the quotation marks start to vanish. I'd say I prefer their more pop-surrealist work- good surrealism reminds me of dreams, which are much more difficult to put in between quotation marks.


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