Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid are Russian contemporary artists. Together they started to create the Sots Art movement in 1967. They immigrated to New York in 1978 and worked together till 2000. In 1979 Artisitc duo started an Art project that bought and sold souls of famous artists at auction. Komar and Melamid produced a series of paintings, Nostalgic Social Realism, a Russian version of pop art which satirized Soviet Socialist Realism. Their artworks are included in the collections of MoMa, the Guggenheim museum, the Metropolitan museum and Louvre.
Born: 1943, 1945
Price record: Meeting Between Solzhenitsyn and Böll at Rostropovich’s Country House from Sots Art Series. Oil, gold foil and paper collage on canvas.
Date of selling: 23.04.2010
Price (GBP): 657 250
Average price: (GBP): 75 350