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Maker(s):Zakharov, Alexander
Culture:Russian, active in America (1960- )
Title:Flying Alligator
Date Made:1991
Materials:oil on canvas
Measurements:76.5 x 76.5"
Accession Number:  AC 2014.229
Credit Line:GIft of the Traisman Russian Art Foundation
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Zakharov seeks to create from a childlike mindset, where good and evil are clearly delineated, and past, present, and future blend into one. He has used large reptiles like this alligator to symbolize evil and absolute power—a reference, perhaps, to the Soviet Union, which collapsed around the time he made this work? Zakharov brings a sense of sarcasm to his allegorical fairy tale imagery, posing questions he doesn’t answer. Is the knight on horseback with a white flag calling for a truce? What to make of the pink unicorn, or the shirtless archers firing arrows in different directions? Who are the people in stylized dress carrying away red alligator silhouettes?

reptiles; animals; horses; abstract; landscapes; people; flags; farms; rural; weapons

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