Monday, 28 November 2011
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Since Vladimir Putin's announcement that he will attempt to reclaim the Russian Presidency, a wave of satirical comment has swept the internet. Central to this development have been certain images, inspired by rumours of Putin's admiration for Brezhnev, and by a feeling that Russia might enter a period of Brezhnevian stagnation if Putin were to be re-elected as President.
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
There seems to be a fair bit of interest around Aleksandr Deineka (1899-1969) at the moment. There was an exhibition at the Tretiakov in 2009, another exhibition in Rome in early 2011, and now another in Madrid. There were rumours that a Deineka show might go to the Tate.
Deineka at the Tretiakov, 2010.
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
The University of Chicago's Library's Special Collections contains some satirical journals from 1905. How far, I have often wondered, did these journals influence Krokodil?
Krokodil cartoons very often employed folkloric characters and themes. Soviet graphic satire owed much to pre-revolutionary popular prints...