“Oppositional Views” Vie for Top Russian Art Prize

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Kandinsky art prize plays with politics
by Amie Ferris-Rotman
November 9, 2008

Moscow (Reuters) – Faked photographs of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin cavorting naked on a sofa with U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, a giant styrofoam throne and pins in rubber erasers are vying for Russia’s top modern art award. The display of heavily politicized art by finalists competing for the Kandinsky Prize is considered a knock against Western critics who say freedom of expression has been curtailed by the Kremlin, though Russia’s deputy minister for culture, Pavel Khoroshilov, sits on the prize’s council of trustees.

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