yevgeniy fiks

biography

Born in 1972 in Moscow, Yevgeniy Fiks graduated from the College in Memory of the 1905 Revolution in 1991. From 1991 to 1993 he studied at the V. I. Surikov Institute in Moscow. Fiks moved to New York in 1994, where he still lives and works today. He obtained a Bachelor in Fine Arts at Brooklyn College in 1997 and in 1999, a Master in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York.

yevgeniyfiks.com

Interview with Yevgeniy Fiks

In and Out of Tradition:  Yevgeniy Fiks by Tatiana Istomina

Publications by the Artist:

Moscow, Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013

Communist Guide to New York City, Common Books, 2008

Responsibilities of the Post-Soviet Artist, Progressive Nostalgia Exhibition Catalog, Centro per L'arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci - Prato, 2007

Lenin for Your Library?, Ante Projects, 2007

"Responsibilities of the Post-Soviet Artist," Moscow Art Magazine, № 65/66, June 2007

"Nationalization of Galleries and Museums," Moscow Art Magazine, № 64, February 2007

"Lenin for Your Library?" Russian Art in Translation/Ante №4, 2007

"For Critical Simulation," Moscow Art Magazine, №60, December 2005

"At the Mercy of Others: The Politics of Care," Moscow Art Magazine, №58/59, September 2005

"Blood of a Hacking Body," Magazinnik, №5, 2005

"Post-diaspora: Statement and Premonition," Moscow Art Magazine, English Digest 1993-2005, 2005

"No Eyes," Moscow Art Magazine, №57, April 2005

"Blood of a Hacking Body", Post-diaspora Exhibition Catalog, 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art,  2005

"Representation and Legitimation", ARTmargins, December 2005

"Interview with Vladimir Paperny", ARTmargins, February 2005

"Post-diaspora: Statement and Premonition", Moscow Art Magazine, №56, December 2004

"Vy Da Vy", Moscow Art Magazine, №54, September 2004

"Quick Start Guide for Double-Detection" (with Ivan Razumov), Cabinet, №14, 2004

"Ilya and Emilia Kabakov", Flash Art, №235, March-April 2004

"Right to Speak for Post-diaspora", Moscow Art Magazine, №53, May 2004

"Post-Socialist Inventory", Art Journal, №2, Summer 2004

"Net.Art of Protest", Moscow Art Magazine, №53, December 2003

"ArtKliazma", ARTFORUM.com, September 2003

"Dubosarskiy and Vinogradov", Tema Celeste, №98, July/August 2003

"Post-Diaspora: Notes on the Second World's Exile, Postmodernism, and Diaspora Nationalism," pH Magazine, №3

 

magnitogorsk guide to the national gallery of art, 2011

Fiks’ latest series, Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art, consists of digital prints on metal which document the absurd reality of the Soviet First Five Year Plan and its relation to the Mellon collection of paintings in the National Gallery of Art.  By the end of 1931, masterpieces purchased by Andrew Mellon from the Hermitage Museum became the foundation of the National Gallery of Art’s collection.  Proceeds from these sales contributed to the industrialization of the Soviet Union, which in turn, became the eventual ideological enemy of the United States.  An adjunct performance by the artist, Magnitogorsk Tour of the NGA , took place at the National Gallery of Art.

kimjongilias a.k.a "flower paintings", 2008

Kimjongilias a.k.a. “Flower Paintings”, a timely series of large format, lush oil paintings of hybrid begonias, refers to the flower associated with the late North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il.  Every year on February 16, there is a Kimjongilia Festival dedicated to “Dear Leader’s” birthday where the flowers are expected to bloom.  Although beautiful, these paintings bring the viewers to focus on the extreme manifestations of the cult of personality, totalitarianism and propaganda---highlighting the dangerous seduction of ideology.

the song of russia, 2005

"The Song of Russia" is a series of paintings based on stills from Hollywood films about Russia made in 1943-1944 at the behest of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in order to garner more support for the Soviet Union during WWII, and to change the opinion of the American public towards the USSR. Films "North Star" and "Song of Russia" (both by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) and "Mission to Moscow" (Warner Brothers) were essentially pro-Soviet propaganda produced in Hollywood that presented Stalin's Russia in a very favorable light. All three films completely matched both the aesthetics and rhetoric of Stalin's Socialist Realism of the 1930s and '40s. These were essentially Socialist Realist motion pictures -- both in terms of form and content -- and yet, produced in Hollywood and sanctioned by F.D.R. himself.
What makes these films unique is that they were produced in the USA during the Second World War, that is, between the anti-Soviet hysteria that followed the October Revolution and the "Cold War" era. These films were made possible only during 1943-1944 when the goals of the American and Soviet propaganda machines coincided. After WWII, however, during McCarthyism and the "witch hunt", it's precisely these films that became the focus of the hearings of the Committee on anti-American activity and communist infiltration in Hollywood in the US Congress. The project "Song of Russia" reflects this forgotten chapter of the history of American cinema and narrates about the politics of the process of enemy construction.

selected personal exhibitions

2016
Plezhka-Birobidzhan, Station Independent Projects, NYC

Landscapes of the Jewish Autonomous Region, 2012-16, Galerie Sator, Paris

2015
The Andy Warhol Project, 2011-15, Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

2013
Homosexuality Is Stalin's Atom Bomb to Destroy America, Winkelman Gallery, New York City; Galerie Sator, Paris 

2012
Magnitogorsk Tour of the National Gallery of Art
, National Gallery of Art (guerilla performance), Washington, D.C.

Kimjongilias a.k.a. "Flower Paintings" and Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art , Galerie Blue Square, Washington D.C.

Communist Tour of MoMA, a performance as part of Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Modern Art Shackled to Communism, Galerie Sator, Paris

2011
Red Kaddish, Museum at Eldridge Street/A Landmark Synagogue Story, New York

Leniniana, Palazzo Panichi, Pietrasanta, Italy (catalog)

2010
Communist Tour of the MoMA, Museum of Modern Art (guerrilla performance), New York

Communist Tour of the MoMA, Low Road Gallery/DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana USA.

2009
The Song of Russia, Galerie Blue Square, Paris

2008
Adopt Lenin, Winkleman Gallery, New York

2008    
Communist Guide to New York City, Common Room, New York (book)

2007     
Communist Party USA, Marat Guelman Gallery, Moscow

2007     
Lenin for Your Library? Lenin Museo, Tampere

2006    
Lenin for Your Library? State Museum of Russian Political History (1st St. Petersburg Biennale of Contemporary Art), St. Petersburg

2006    
Lenin-by-mail, Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, Krasnoyarsk

2005     
The Song of Russia, ARTStrelka Projects, Moscow

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selected group exhibitions

2010
Russian Artists : an Art Superlative, Saint André Abbey Contemporary Art Center, Meymac, France

2008     
16th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney (catalog) (upcoming)

2008    
Properly Past, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn (upcoming)

2008    
Prague Spring Reenactment Project, Tina B (This is not a Biennale),
Prague (catalog)(upcoming)

2008    
Common Ground, Art Gallery at Westchester College, New York (upcoming)

2007     
Artist as Activist Festival, Tokyo

2007
VII Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale, Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, Krasnoyarsk (catalog)

2007    
1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, International Workshop of
Young Artists, The Archeological Museum, Thessaloniki (catalog)

2007     
Critically in Between, "Art Athens" Art Fair, Helexpo, Athens (catalog)

2007
The Return of Memory: New Art from Russia, Art Museum Kumu, Tallinn

2007    
Progressive Nostalgia: Contemporary Art from the Former USSR, Centro per
l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato (catalog)

2007    
9000 km (traveling project of the National Center for Contemporary Art),
Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (catalog)

2007
    
Witnesses to the Impossible (2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art),
Moscow Center for the Arts, Moscow (catalog)

2007
Left Pop (Bringing It Back Home) (2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary
Art), Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (catalog)

2007    
9000 km (screening) (2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art), Moscow
Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (catalog)

2007
Petroliana (2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art), Moscow Museum of
Modern Art, Moscow (catalog)

2007    
Partners in Crime, Gallery MC, New York (catalog)

2006     
9000 km (traveling project of the National Center for Contemporary Art),
European University in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg (1st St. Petersburg
Biennale of Contemporary Art); Kemerovo University Exhibition Hall,
Kemerovo

2006     
XI Moscow International Forum of Art Initiatives, Novy Manezh, Moscow (catalog)

2006     
Contested Spaces in Post-Soviet Art, Sydney Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College, New York

2006     
Security (Garden State Project #2), Gallery 125, Trenton

2006    
The Studio Visit, Exit Art, New York

2006    
Outsourced: Contemporary Russian Art, Current Gallery, Baltimore

2005    
Artist & Arms, Mar's Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow (catalog)

2005     
Russia Redux #1, Schroeder Romero, New York

2005    
Enemy Image, Momenta Art, New York

2005    
X Moscow International Forum of Art Initiatives, Novy Manezh, Moscow (catalog)

2005
VI Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale, Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, Krasnoyarsk (catalog)

2005    
Garden State Project, Artworks, Trenton

2005
Post-Diasporas: Voyages and Missions (1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art), Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (catalog)

2005
Bring in the Clones, VertexList, New York

2004    
The Presidency, Exit Art, New York

2004    
Crude Oil Paintings, White Columns, New York (traveled to Akus Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University, Connecticut) (catalog)

2004    
ArtKliazma Festival 2004, Kliazma Reservoir Resort, Moscow (catalog)

2004    
"Art Moscow" Art Fair, The Artist's Central House, Moscow

2004    
Artist & Arms, National Center for Contemporary Art, Kaliningrad

2003     
ArtKliazma Festival 2003, Kliazma Reservoir Resort, Moscow (catalog)

2003    
D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival 2003, New York

2003    
Brewster Project 2003, A Site-specific Contemporary Art Event, Brewster,
New York

2002     
Digital DUMBO, Mastel+Mastel Gallery, New York

2000    
E-europe, The Bronx River Art Center, New York

1996
Soho Arts Festival 96, 420 West Broadway, New York

1996    
Inverted Perspective, Eight Floor Gallery, New York (catalog)

1995    
Art in the Anchorage 95, Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage Museum, New York

selected publications

Whitehot Magazine, "People are Corporations Too" @ Winkleman Gallery, January 2012

Frieze Magazine, "The Workers" @ MASS MoCA, November-December 2011

Art in America, "Engineers of the Soul" @ Postmaster's Gallery, Fall 2010

Linda Park, “Future without Utopia”, ARTmargins, July 2008

Olga Kopenkina and Yevgeniy Fiks, “Legally Soviet: A Conversation,” Rethinking Marxism, July 2008

Olga Kopenkina, “Communist History, Unclassified,” Afterimage, May/June 2008

Ilya Budraitskis, “America’s “Other”, Moscow Art Magazine, #67/68, May 2008

Olga Kopenkina, “Introducing Yevgeniy Fiks”, Modern Painters, May 2008

Pernilla Holmes, “Blast from the Past,” ARTnews, January 2008

Editorial, “Little-Read Book,” Harper’s, January 2008

Ilya Budraitskis, “Communist Party USA: Interview with Yevgeniy Fiks”, vpered.org.ru, November 2007

Yulia Tikhonova, “Communists with a Human Face”, Political Journal, № 30 (173), October 2007

Olga Kopenkina, “Solitude of Collectivity”, Documenta 12 Magazines Online Journal, June 2007

Olga Kopenkina, “Corporate Face Off” in Lenin for Your Library? from Ante Projects, June 2007

Anna Malpas, “The Party Never Stopped”, The Moscow Times, June 8, 2007
Alexey Yuriev, “Communism Is Dead. But Communists Are Alive”, Moscow News, June 1, 2007

Editorial, "Thoroughly Modern Moscow", Financial Times, March 5, 2007

Antti Lahde, “Maistuuko Lenin McDonald’sille?” Aamulehti, February 1, 2007

Olga Kopenkina, "Introducing... Yevgeniy Fiks", NYFA Current, February 2007

Santtu Palm, “Lenin Matkasi Sahkopostissa Museonsa Seinalle,” Tori, January 24, 2007

Yulia Tikhonova, "In Conversation with Yevgeniy Fiks", ARTmargins, January 2007

Cindy Stockton Moore, "Lenin, Libraries, and Legacies: An Interview with Yevgeniy Fiks", ducts.org, # 18, Winter 2007

Exhibition Reportage, TV Channel "Russia", September 7, 2006

Georgiy Litichevskiy, "Utopicheskoe Pervorodstvo", Moscow Art Magazine, #61/62, May 2006

Olga Kopenkina, "Odinochestvo Kollektivizma", Moscow Art Magazine, #61/62, May 2006

Anastasiya Mitushina, "Songs of Russia", ARTmargins, May 2006

Yuliya Rakhimkulova, "21st Century Leniniana", Vecherniy Krasnoyarsk, April 19, 2006

Dena Shottenkirk, "Art and Politics: Russia Redux", ARTmargins, January 2006

Diana Baldon, Critics' Picks, ARTFORUM on-line, January 2006

"Svobodnoie Vremya", Domashniy Channel TV, January 13, 2006

"Sots Realism Made in USA…", gif.ru, December 22, 2005

Nick Stillman, "Samoderzhavnie Sandvichi V Chernobolskoi Zone", Moscow Art Magazine, #60, December 2005

Interview, Kultura TV Channel, December 24, 2005

Isabelle Dupuis, "Russia Redux /Schroeder Romero Gallery", NY Arts, November 2005

Holland Cotter, "Enemy Image", New York Times, October 7, 2005

Eduard Rusakov,"Khudozhniki Muzeichikov Pobedili?" Krasnoyarskiy Rabochiy, July 6, 2005

Interview, Siberian TV Network, June 2005

John Kelsey, "Russian Front: The Moscow Biennale", ARTFORUM, April 2005

Anastasiya Mitushina, "Bon Voyage!", Moscow Art Magazine, #57, April 2005

Joyce Man, "Dark Diasporas", The Moscow Times, February 18, 2005

Irina Kulik, "Feminists and Immigrants at the Museum on Petrovka", Kommersant, February 4, 2005

Elena Sorokina, "The Art of Protest in American Galleries", JungeKunst, #61,January-March 2005

Interview, NTV Network, November 2004

Inga Melnikova, "War on a Tray", Chelyabinskiy Rabochiy, July 14, 2004


Engineers of the Soul (1.49 MB)

Yevgeniy  Fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art: Raphael. St. George and the Dragon 2011  digital print on metal  16 x 12 in
 
Yevgeniy  Fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art:Titian. Venus with a Mirror 2011 digital print on metal 16 x 12 in
Yevgeniy  Fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art: Botticelli. Adoration of the Magi 2011 digital print on metal 16 x 12 in
Yevgeniy  Fiks : Magnitogorsk Tour of the National Gallery of Art
Yevgeniy  Fiks : Magnitogorsk Tour of the National Gallery of Art
Yevgeniy  Fiks : Magnitogorsk Tour of the National Gallery of Art
Yevgeniy  Fiks : Kimjongilias no. 4  2008 oil on canvas 48 x 48 in
Yevgeniy  Fiks : Kimjongilias no. 2  2008 oil on canvas 48 x 48 in
Yevgeniy  Fiks : Kimjongilias no. 8 2008 oil on canvas 48 x 48 in
Yevgeniy  Fiks : Song of Russia 2007 Oil on canvas 91x122 cm
Yevgeniy  Fiks : Song of Russia 2007 Oil on canvas 91x122 cm
Yevgeniy  Fiks : Song of Russia #26 2007 Oil on canvas 91x122 cm

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