New York

Milan Kunc

Robert Miller Gallery

That was not the right thing to say. A man with artificially waved hair pointed a long index finger at her. “That’s no way to talk. You’re all responsible for what happened. You, too. How did you oppose the Communist regime? All you did was paint pictures.”

––Milan Kundera,

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Like Thomas, the protagonist in Kundera’s novel, Milan Kunc has experienced the effects of politics on one’s life and project. In his work, Kunc, a Czech defector to West Germany, has always revealed an acute political sensibility, mixed with a certain whimsicality that takes his art past the dogma inherent in so much “politically aware” art being made at this time. Kunc’s project, not entirely unlike that of Soviet dissidents Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, seems to place an ultimate faith in the power that art can have in human life. Whether Pop or Realist or anti-Modernist, Kunc’s

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