Komar & Melamid Soviet Pop Art Duo Reunites for First U.S. Retrospective Since Their Breakup

The New York Times May 26, 2023

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid saw their creative lives flash before their eyes in March as they walked through the first retrospective of their art in the United States in decades.

The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., which has the largest collection of Soviet nonconformist art in the world, created the exhibition, “Komar and Melamid: A Lesson in History,” which runs through July 16. It features the artists’ pioneering work of Soviet Pop Art — or Sots Art, a term they coined for the movement they created that contracts the words Socialism and art.

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