Komar & Melamid

Akron's Most Wanted

(Moscow, 1943 & 1945 - )


Oil, pastel and collage canvas

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Museum Acquisition Fund and partial gift of the artists


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How many times have you heard, or said, “I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like?” Komar & Melamid decided to find out what people really do like by commissioning a market research firm to conduct polls on artistic taste. The artists created two series of paintings based on the results, one featuring the colors, compositions and subject matter most desired, the other those least wanted. The Akron Art Museum commissioned Akron’s Most Wanted in 1998 as part of an exhibition of the artists’ work. The painting’s structure, colors and contents were requested by people attending a public town meeting held in Akron with the artists.

Oil painting