The Irony Tower: Soviet Artists in a Time of Glasnost
Sotheby's auction of avant-garde Soviet art, held in Moscow in 1988, introduced to the West a generation of painters and sculptors who for years had been unable to exhibit their works in public. Solomon, who covered the auction for a British magazine, offers an intimate, thoughtful glimpse of Moscow's and Leningrad's artistic vanguards, walking on ice in the unpredictable thaw of glasnost . Works range from Ilya Kabakov's obsessive re-creation of a Moscow communal apartment, citadel of misery, to painter Larissa Zvezdochetova's witty, kitschy demolition of communist propaganda.
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Solomon , A. (2013). The Irony Tower: Soviet Artists in a Time of Glasnost. New York, NY: Knopf.