First arrest, for Art Belongs to the People, a performance in a private apartment [performance later reprised at the Kitchen (New York, 1984) and at an arts festival in San Archangelo, Italy, 1984]. See Sally Banes, “Theory, Practice and Vodka,” The Village Voice, April 3, 1984.

K&M participate in so-called “Bulldozer Show”—an outdoor exhibition of work by opposition artists, which is demolished by bulldozers on state orders (Belyaevo Park, Moscow). Among other works, Double Self-Portrait, depicting Vitaly and Alex as Lenin and Stalin in the Socialist Realist style, is destroyed by authorities. “Bulldozer Show” creates an international scandal, and authorities give nonconformist artists permission for an outdoor show in Izmailovskiy Park in Moscow.

Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith writes about K&M, “Young Soviet Painters Score Socialist Art,” The New York Times, March 19.

Herbert Gold, “In Russian, ‘To Be Silent’ Is an Active Verb,” Playboy Magazine, 21, October.


K&M, Art Belongs to the People, paintings by performance, Moscow, 1974.

K&M, Art Belongs to the People, re-creation of performance, the Kitchen, New York, 1983.