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Komar and Melamid

Ronald Feldman Gallery

Most of Komar and Melamid’s “Business As Usual” show was painting executed in their finest Academy Drag. The style is basically five hundred years old, which is what most people like. It really looks like Art. It is most definitely Drag. That’s for the element of surprise.

There is drag and there is Drag. Low drag is where the transvestite attempts to fool himself into thinking he is a woman. Middle drag is where the transvestite hopes to fool straight men into thinking he is a woman. High Drag is where the transvestite hopes to fool straight men into thinking he’s a woman only to subsequently amaze them with his secret. Komar and Melamid’s post-Socialist Realism is definitely High Drag. It’s like the mind of Yves Klein trapped in the body of Norman Rockwell. Or something like that. Like Rrose Sélavitsky.

The work’s fun for the whole society. Almost anyone can get a feeling of knowing

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