Olivia Steele

Sold (USSR), 2013

Neon, hand blown, colored, map
125 x 182 x 7 cm
49 1/4 x 71 2/3 x 2 3/4 in
Unique

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A bold, illuminated musing by Olivia Steele circa 2013 highlights the paradox of government leadership, which veils corruption and acts as a façad...

A bold, illuminated musing by Olivia Steele circa 2013 highlights the paradox of government leadership, which veils corruption and acts as a façade of reform. The neon glass is illuminated in fiery red and mounted to a vintage geographical map of the former USSR, labeled in the French language and charted in Belgium in the 1960s. Using only the world “sold”, the allegorical artwork suggests that in peace and war, government actions are seemingly for sale at every level of authority, recalling the dissolution of the Soviet Union and deceitful ties between the U.S., USSR, and Europe. History can be written, or rewritten, by those who can afford to abuse entrusted power. Like all of Steele’s works, which are intended to incite curiosity and reflection, SOLD is a relevant metaphor in both politics and the business of art, referencing a historical moment frozen in time and left for modern interpretation.

 

 

 

This work is in excellent condition with no discernible condition issues. Detailed condition report available upon request.

 

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