A Review of ‘Leonid Sokov: Ironic Objects,’ at the Zimmerli Art Museum

Mr. Sokov was born in 1941 in a village northwest of Moscow and graduated in 1969 from the Moscow School of Art and Industry. In the 1970s, he became involved in Sots art, which comes from the Russian “Sotsialisticheskiy realism” (“Socialist realism”) and flourished in the days of the Soviet Union’s stagnation under Leonid Brezhnev. Sots art took the techniques of official art — propaganda, in particular — and repurposed them, much the way Pop Art and later the Pictures Generation appropriated advertising images to comment on consumer society. (The question of whether artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein were celebrating or critiquing American postwar society is still debated, however.)

The origin of Sots art is generally dated to

Article source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/01/nyregion/a-review-of-leonid-sokov-ironic-objects-at-the-zimmerli-art-museum.html

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