The Ransom of Russian Art
In the 1960's and 1970's, American professor Norton Dodge forayed on his own in the Soviet Union, bought the work of underground "unofficial" artists, and brought it out himself or arranged to have it shipped illegally to the United States. John McPhee investigates Dodge's clandestine activities in the service of dissident Soviet art, his motives for his work, and the fates of several of the artists whose lives he touched. The Ransom of Russian Art is a suspenseful, chilling, and fascinating report on a covert operation like no other.
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THE RANSOM OF RUSSIAN ARTUser Review - Kirkus
A brisk and intriguing, if rather slight, tale of art-world skulduggery before the Iron Curtain was brought down. Under Stalin, any artist who challenged the prevailing Socialist Realist orthodoxy ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Whicker - LibraryThing
McPhee assumes the reader will have a working knowledge of Russian art and artists. Interesting but a bit to list-like in certain passages. Does not go into detail on the actual smuggling of art, a result of the subject's (Norton Dodge) unwillingness to reveal details. Read full review