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Malevich, Marlboro Series.

© Alexander Kosolapov. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

Malevich, Marlboro Series.

Artist: Alexander Kosolapov (Born in Moscow, Russia, 1943)
Culture: Russian
Date: 1990
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions:
Each: 24 x 44 inches (61 x 111.8 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Museum purchase, acquired with the assistance of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wilsey, Atherton, CA
Label Text:In "Malevich, Marlboro Series," Alexander Kosolapov uses the familiar logo of Marlboro cigarettes, replacing the product name with the last name of early twentieth-century Russian Suprematist artist Kazimir Malevich. Suprematism, one of the first abstractionist movements, sought to create non-objective depictions that rejected narrative and historical references. Kosolapov’s series of four canvases draws a connection between Malevich’s geometric designs and the visual language of modern-day advertising. Kosolapov often draws comparisons between Russian and American consumerism and culture in his works. The three colors used here—black, white, and red—are not only those seen on a package of Marlboro cigarettes but also the three main colors used by Malevich in his Suprematist works.
Object number: 2000.16.2