Published by Kerber. Edited by Carter Ratcliff, Yury Kopytov. Text by Carter Ratcliff.
Accompanying a retrospective of the great Russian painter and sculptor Alexander Kosolapov (born 1943) at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, this catalog showcases his works—colorful parodies of corporate logos, cartoon characters, portraits of Soviet leaders and more.
Published by Kerber. Text by Boris Groys, Alexander Borovsky, Lyudmila Novikova.
Alexander Kosolapov is one of the most remarkable "go-betweeners" of contemporary art, a nomadic presence across ideologies and cultures and a hero of Russian Conceptualism alongside Ilya Kabakov, Boris Mikhailov and Dmitri Prigov. In 1973, he cofounded the Sots-Art movement, which satirically conflated Soviet and American capitalist iconographies; in 1975 he relocated to New York, remaining there for 30 years and immersing himself in the American art scene. Dovetailing Russian political art with American Pop, Kosolapov created such well-known images as the "Lenin Coca Cola" (1985), "Malevich Marlborough" and "Lenin McDonald's." In his most recent works, Kosolapov proposes new, nonexistent brands for post-Soviet Russia. This substantial survey appraises the entirety of his career to date.