• Vladimir Grig, London Calling, Moscow Speaks, 2010–11, acrylic on canvas, LED light, 63 x 70 7/8".

    Vladimir Grig

    AL Gallery

    Today, Russians approach the legacy of the USSR with a growing historical distance and a peculiar sense of introspection. They perceive it in a less conflicted manner than they once did, acknowledging the playfulness of its mass culture while, at the same time, linking its graphic language to social and cultural (rather than political) transformations. A fascination with the Soviet past might also reflect the renewed upsurge of Slavophilism, which encourages Russians to admire their national heroes and to savor the uniqueness of their experience, closing the gap between grim reality and a profound

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