MacDougall Auctions 12-18 June 2008

12 June 2008

Artist Index / Full Catalogue

The Angel and The Imp

* 444. KOMAR and MELAMID B. 1943 and B. 1945

The Angel and The Imp diptych, each panel signed, dated 1985-86 and inscribed on the reverse.

Papier-mâché on panel, and oil and tempera on panel, 152 by 86 cm. and 152 by 81 cm. respectively.

Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist.

Exhibited: Van Straaten Gallery, Chicago, USA, September-October, 1986.
Anarchistic Synthesism, Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, USA, April-May 1986.
The History of the USSR, MacDougall's, London, April-May 2008.

Literature: I Bienal Internacional de Pintura, Museo de Arte Moderno, Cuenca, Ecuador, April-June 1987, illustrated (front cover).

"…We discovered the concept of multi-stylistic paintings during the early period of Sots Art (1972–73). Later, in different series: Anarchistic Synthesism, Mythological Creatures, Diaries etc., we united different styles in diptychs, triptychs, polyptychs and other multi-panels. Unity and juxtaposition of different styles in works such as Angel and Imp and Medusa reflect contradictions in our minds and our lives".
Vitaly Komar.
April 2008

The Angel and The Imp

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Ω Indicates 20% Import Duty Charge applies.
§ Indicates Artist's Resale Right applies.
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