yevgeniy fiks

March 01 2012 - April 14 2012


Kimjongilias a.k.a. “Flower Paintings”
and Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art

Opening Reception:  Saturday, March 3rd,
4:00 – 7:00 pm

Magnitogorsk Tour of the NGA:  Saturday,
March 24th, 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Galerie Blue Square is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of Yevgeniy Fiks in Washington, DC.  The exhibition opens on March 1st and receives the artist with a public reception on Saturday, March 3rd, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. 

Russian-born, New York-based Fiks, explores historical, communist threads in his conceptual works and projects. Two different series will be on view, each exploring contemporary links to and understanding of totalitarian regimes.  Fiks’ education in the Soviet Union offered a traditional foundation for creating his visual works and his experience as a Post-Soviet diaspora defined his conceptual attitude as an artist.  Fiks presents that totalitarian regimes champion the practice of making the absurd seem normal, at the same time that the West is seduced by and implicated in it.

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.

Fiks’ latest series, Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art, will be on view in the gallery’s Project Room.  Digital prints on metal 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, will take place on March 24 at the National Gallery of Art at 3:30 pm.

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.  The artist moved to New York in 1994, where he lives and works today, obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Brooklyn College and a Master in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts.

Russia Beyond the Headlines - 3/22/12 Review by Nora Fitzgerald

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yevgeniy fiks : March 1 - April 14, 2012
yevgeniy fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art: Botticelli. Adoration of the Magi 2011 digital print on metal 16 x 12 inches
yevgeniy fiks : Kimjongilias no. 2 2008 oil on canvas 48 x 48 in
yevgeniy fiks : Kimjongilias no. 1 2008 oil on canvas 48 x 48 in
yevgeniy fiks : Kimjongilias no. 3 2008 oil on canvas 48 x 48 in
yevgeniy fiks : Kimjongilias no. 4 2008 oil on canvas 48 x 48 in
yevgeniy fiks : Kimjongilias no. 5 2008 oil on canvas 48 x 48 in
yevgeniy fiks : Kimjongilias no. 7 2008 oil on canvas 48 x 48 in
yevgeniy fiks : Kimjongilias no. 8 2008 oil on canvas 48 x 48 in
yevgeniy fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art:  Chardin, The House of Cards 2011 digital print on metal 16 x 12 inches
yevgeniy fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art: Velazquez, Pope Innocent  2011 digital print on metal 16 x 12 inches
yevgeniy fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art: Rembrandt, A Polish Nobleman 2011 digital print on metal 16 x 12 inches
yevgeniy fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art: Hals, Portrait of an Officer 2011 digital print on metal 16 x 12 inches
yevgeniy fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art: Van Dyck, Isabella Brant 2011 digital print on metal 16 x 12 inches
yevgeniy fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art: Rembrandt, A Woman Holding a Pink 2011 digital print on metal 16 x 12 inches
yevgeniy fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art: Rembrandt, A Turk 2011 digital print on metal 16 x 12 inches
yevgeniy fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art: Veronese, The Finding of Moses 2011 digital print on metal 16 x 12 inches
yevgeniy fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art: Van Dyck, Susanna Fourment and Her Daughter 2011 digital print on metal 16 x 12 inches
yevgeniy fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art: Van Dyck, Portrait of a Flemish Lady 2011 digital print on metal 16 x 12 inches
yevgeniy fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art: Rembrandt, Joseph Accused by Potiphar's Wife 2011 digital print on metal 16 x 12 inches
yevgeniy fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art: Raphael, St. George and the Dragon 2011 digital print on metal 16 x 12 inches
yevgeniy fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art: Titian, Venus with a Mirror 2011 digital print on metal 16 x 12 inches
yevgeniy fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art: Raphael, The Alba Madonna 2011 digital print on metal 16 x 12 inches
yevgeniy fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art: Van Dyck, Philip Lord Wharton 2011 digital print on metal 16 x 12 inches
yevgeniy fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art:  Perugino, The Crucifixion 2011 digital print on metal 16 x 12 inches
yevgeniy fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art:  Hals, Portrait of a Young Man 2011 digital print on metal 16 x 12 inches
yevgeniy fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art:  Rembrandt, A Girl with a Broom 2011 digital print on metal 16 x 12 inches
yevgeniy fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art:  Hanneman, Henry Duke of Gloucester 2011 digital print on metal 16 x 12 inches
yevgeniy fiks : Magnitogorsk Guide to the National Gallery of Art:  Jan Van Eyck, The Annunciation 2012 digital print on metal 16 x 12 inches

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