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    Sale 7734

    Russian Art

    9 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 61

    Alexander Kosolapov (b. 1943)

    Caviar girl

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    Alexander Kosolapov (b. 1943)
    Caviar girl
    signed and inscribed 'Kosolapov/Caviar Girl' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    44¼ x 34 in. (112.4 x 86.4 cm.)
    Painted in 2000

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    Alexander Kosolapov belongs to the group of artists responsible for the development of the Russian Pop Art movement, known as Sotsart. This artistic trend developed in the Soviet Union in the 1970s as a reaction to the academic doctrine of Social Realism and was further fuelled by the exposure of Soviet society to Western branding and consumerism in the late 1980s.

    Kosolapov's use of iconic symbols of Soviet mass culture is reminiscent of Andy Warhol's treatment of American consumer culture. From 1985, Kosolapov used the image of black caviar, a clichéd symbol of excess, in his paintings. With a model sprawled over a can of caviar produced for export, Caviar girl is both humourous and arresting; the question it poses as provocative as its voluptuous nude.

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    Acquired by the present owner in 2005.

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