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Sergey Bugaev (Afrika)
Proletarians of All Countries, Unite!
Haunch of Venison
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by Astrid Mania

Painted in 1988 by the 28-year-old Russian artist Andrei Roiter, the large picture looks rather like an emblem for a Soviet art exhibition. A stylized artistís palette with three brushes is set off by a sprig of laurel, a white image against a red background, simple and graphic like a propaganda poster. On the palette is written a quotation in Cyrillic letters: "They are opening our eyes," with the credit, Lord Gowrie (president of Sotheby's). As students of Soviet-era art well know, the phrase marks both the end of an era, and the beginning of one.