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    A work made of gelatin silver print with applied hand coloring.

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    • A work made of gelatin silver print with applied hand coloring.

    Date:

    1984

    Artist:

    Boris Mikhailov
    Ukranian, born 1938

    About this artwork

    To make this photograph, Boris Mikhailov instructed his friends to assume poses recalling the idealized, athletic bodies that dominated official Soviet imagery from the 1920s through the collapse of the U.S.S.R. in 1991. At first glance the work seems to celebrate Soviet physical culture, but there are a number of incongruities. For instance, in the top image, the position of the man in the foreground renders the striding youths behind him so small as to be vaguely comical. And Mikhailov used color riotously, applying it so irreverently that a stroke of green shoots into the margins. The work ultimately invites viewers to form their own inter-pretations of these figures while poking fun at the language of official representation.

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    Artist

    Boris Mikhailov

    Title

    Untitled

    Origin

    Ukraine

    Date

    Made 1984

    Medium

    Gelatin silver print with applied hand coloring

    Dimensions

    60 × 50 cm

    Credit Line

    Amanda Taub Veazie Acquisition Fund; restricted of Robin and Sandy Stuart

    Reference Number

    2018.16

    Extended information about this artwork

    Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

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