The state of the Soviet artist, summed up by Solzhenitsyn in "The First Circle"--"a""great writer is, so to speak, a second gov-ernment of his country"--is exemplified by the two dissident artists' parodies of state art collected here for the first time. The fate of Vitali Komar and Aleksandr Melamid, who only recently were al-lowed to immigrate to Israel, is well known to art critics and historians, if only from the extensive reviews of the shows of their paintings at the Feldman Gallery in New York in 1976 and 1977. An in ...