An obvious example of established artists from Russian art history is the Komar & Melamid duo. Having emigrated to the United States after organising the Bulldozer Exhibition in 1974, they met the gallery owner Ronald Feldman and began to build a new career in the West. Thanks to a number of performances and projects – which have already gone down in history, (“We Buy and Sell Souls”, “Art Academy for Elephants”, “Pravda Cutlets” and others) – they became extremely well-known in the 1980s.
In 2019 Alexander Melamid undertook his first project in Russia since he emigrated. He created the series “Russian Abstract Expressionism”, consisting of six paintings, each of which changes under UV lighting, revealing the artist’s hidden messages. They are presented on our website.
In JART Gallery you can see the works of the Komar & Melamid duo, as well as Alexander Melamid's solo projects created in the last decade. On jart.market you can find edition prints of one of the most recognisable works of the duo – “Perfect Slogan”.