America’s Most Wanted: Komar and Melamid

This summer, while interning with the GRL, I had the opportunity to meet and work with the talented Dan Melamid. He’s a director known for doing work with the likes of 50 Cent, The Prodigy, Styles P, and Large Professor. Dan, fun, laid, back, and always professional, directs a quality video.

Dan is not the only artist in the Melamid family. Only much later did I find out that he is the son of Alex Melamid. Melamid, one part of the duo “Komar and Melamid,” collaborated with Vitaly Komar up until about 2003. These two influential Russian artists created many works, but one of the most interesting has to be their “Most Wanted Paintings.” Beginning in 1995, this project created a visual representation of the statistical response to a nation’s art preferences. In other words, citizens from multiple countries were surveyed and their answers were the basis for a series of corresponding paintings. A “most wanted” and “least wanted” painting was created for each nation covered. Most interesting are the differences and similarities between the countries. Apparently people really like don’t like abstract art.


United States: Most Wanted

United States: Least Wanted

United States: Least Wanted

United States: Least Wanted

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