In a new essay, art collector and gallery director John Wurdeman makes the case for a re-evaluation of Socialist Realism in the Western record of art history. Wurdeman has had unprecedented access to the homes and studios of Russia’s most prominent Realist painters. For those involved in the contemporary art market, the values of Soviet-trained painters can seem profoundly foreign. In this piece, Wurdeman translates for a Western audience the perspective of an artistic community in which he is deeply enmeshed.
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