Views and Re-Views

Seventeen years after the end of the Soviet Union, the exhibition at the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University in 2008, Views and Re-Views invited a post-Cold War assessment of Soviet graphic arts. The exhibition suggested that artistic merit may be found in art in the service of political belief and subject to state regulation — even though the Soviet Union’s self-consciously political attitude toward art made the artist’s lot complicated. These posters, caricatures and cartoons also demonstrate a range of stylistic diversity within work that is too often simply dismissively characterized as Socialist Realism. Finally, with the passage of time it has become possible to see that not all criticisms of the West by Soviet artists are completely spurious or inauthentic. All of the objects in the exhibition were on loan from an anonymous private collection.

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