The Russian Shop
1720 Ogden Avenue
Lisle, IL 60532
United States of America
Political dolls were hand painted in the USSR and then Russia during the last 25 years. Political dolls were affectionately called "Gorby" dolls and were all the rage from 1988 to around 2000. You could not be a tourist in Russia and not come home with one or two of them. And a key difference: before the appearance of stickers and silk screen images, early dolls were painted in ordinary and extraordinary detail and with a great variety of interpretations, both satirical and respectful and everything in between. The styles of painting are as varied as politics itself. Very few were signed due lingering fears of political retribution, but now and then an artist would go out on a limb for his work. We know of one importer of these dolls into the USAA in the early 1990's who would sign his own name, which made in easier to clear customs.
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