Other exhibitions in 2016
Landscapes of the Jewish Autonomous Region, Galerie Sator, Paris
Nine Russian Tales. Contemporary artists from the collections of SMCA, National Museum of Contemporary Art in Lazaristes, Thessaloniki (curated by John Boliss and Theodore Markoglou)
Universal Hospitality, Alte Post, Vienna (curated by Edit András, Birgit Lurz, Ilona Németh, Wolfgang Schlag)
Things Fall Apart, Calvert 22 Gallery, London; traveled to Iwalewahaus, Bayreuth (curated by Mark Nash)
It’s Political Economy, Stupid, DAAP Galleries at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH (curated by Oliver Ressler and Gregory Sholette)
Propaganda News Machine: Constructing Multiple Realities in the Media, Flux Factory, New York (curated by the Creative Association of Curators TOK)
Recent press and reviews
Gerard McCann, The Sixties and Red Africa: the decade of searching for African utopias, The Conversation, April 26, 2016
Red Africa: Things Fall Apart at Calvert 22, Far Out Magazine, March 16, 2016
Nicolas Michel, Exposition: quand l’URSS voulait séduire l’Afrique, Jeune Afrique, March 2016
Vincenzo Giardina, Cosa resta della solidarietà internazionale di epoca sovietica, Internazionale, March 6, 2016
Kang Kang, "Really, Socialism?!", Yishu, Vol.15 No. 2, Spring 2016
Anoosh Chakelian, What the untold Soviet history of “Red Africa” reveals about the racism of modern Russia, The New Statesman, Mar 4, 2016
William Corwin, The World is a Totality of Things, The Brooklyn Rail, Mar 4, 2016
T.G., What the communists left in Africa, The Economist, Feb 24, 2016
Louisa Buck, The Buck Stopped Here: Subodh Gupta cooks up a storm in Somerset, Soviet influence in Africa, and Albert Oehlen paints ‘all kinds of crazy shit’, The Art Newspaper, Feb 24, 2016
London gallery to explore Soviet-Africa cultural ties, Russia Beyond the Headlines in The Washington Post, Feb 16, 2016
Red Africa: “The purpose of these posters was propaganda and education”, Icon Magazine, Feb 15, 2016
Jillian Steinhauer, Artrx, Hyperallergic, Feb 16, 2016
Rachel Halliburton, The cultural relationship between Africa and the USSR, Financial Times, Feb 12, 2016
Interview with Artist Yevgeniy Fiks; Things Fall Apart, Red Africa, Calvert 22, Aesthetica, Feb 5 2016
Samuel Goff, Red Africa: The history of Soviet relations with Africa, told in pictures, The Calvert Journal, Feb 2016
Nicolas Michel, Exposition : quand l’URSS voulait séduire l’Afrique, Jeune Afrique, Feb 5, 2016
Africa And The Soviet Union: A Cultural Relationship In Pictures, Sleek, Feb 3, 2016
Steve Rose, Racial harmony in a Marxist utopia: how the Soviet Union capitalised on US discrimination, The Guardian, January 24, 2016
Natasha Kurchanova, Yevgeniy Fiks: ‘Any utopia is queer by nature, because it takes you from the present and directs you to a strange time and place, Studio International, Dec 29, 2015
Future Queer Perfect At Station Independent Projects, Musee Magazine, Dec 22, 2015
May 1, 2015
Andy Warhol and The Pittsburgh Labor Files, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
The Inaugural Exhibition, Griffin Art Projects, North Vancouver (curated by Helga Pakasaar)
Really, Socialism!?, Momenta Art, New York (curated by David Xu Borgonjon)
Messing with MoMA: Critical Interventions at the Museum of Modern Art, 1939–Now, MoMA, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, New York (curated by Jennifer Tobias)
Et Autres Identites…, Le Pavillon Vendôme Centre d’art contemporain, Clichy, France (curated by Guillaume Lasserre)
Le dessin engagé, Committed drawing, Le Carreau du Temple, Paris (curated by Philippe Piguet)
Ident-Alter-ity, (5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art), curated by Theodore Markoglo and Syrago Tsiara, Center of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki
An Imaginary Archive is you: A project by Greg Sholette in "Traces in the Dark", Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
January 25, 2015
Recent Press and Reviews
Ksenia Nouril, Absent Statures, The Calvert Journal, February 2015
Sarah Bay Gachot, Lenin for your Library?, The Art Book Review, February 2015
Hrag Vartanian, Artists Confront the Uncomfortable Legacy of Lenin, Hyperallergic, January 23, 2015
Michael Dola, Q&A with artist Yevgeniy Fiks about “The Lenin Museum”, With Sober Senses, January 16, 2015
Hrag Vartanian, ArtRx NYC, Hyperallergic, January 13, 2015
Ivan Savvinne, Guy Burgess, Anatoly, and the Lenin Museum, Out There Magazine, January 6, 2015
Perry Brass, The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Yevgeniy Fiks and 'The Lenin Museum' at CUNY's James Gallery, Huffington Post, January 5, 2015
Victoria Kupchinetskaya , Sergey Gusev, Lenin "us" in New York, Voice of America, January 2, 2015
Louis Proyect, The Lenin Museum, The Unrepentant Marxist, December 17th, 2014
Kathleen MacQueen, IN SIGHT/IN MIND: YEVGENIY FIKS (PART 2), Shifting Connections, December 17, 2014
Misha Gutkin, Current Time, Voice of America, November 10, 2014
Fall 2014 Exhibitions
The Lenin Museum, The James Gallery, The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York
Monument to Cold War Victory (a collaborative project), The Cooper Union, New York
A Gift to Birobidzhan, 21ST.PROJECTS/Critical Practices Inc., New York
LENIN: ICEBREAKER REVISITED, (curated by Olga Kopenkina), Austrian Cultural Forum New York, New York
Interchange, The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia
It's the Political Economy, Stupid, NeMe Arts Centre, Limassol, Cyprus (curated by Oliver Ressler and Gregory Sholette)
December 29, 2014
Recent Press and Reviews
Louis Proyect, A Gift to Birobidzhan, The Unrepentant Marxist, September 2014
Adeola Enigbokan,Our Fellow Travelers, The New Inquiry, September 2014
Tinashe Mushakavanhu, The Wayland Rudd Collection at First Floor Gallery Harare, Art South Africa, September 2014
Elvis Fuentes, Yevgeniy Fiks: The Wayland Rudd Collection, Art Experience NYC, June 2014
Rachel Heidenry, Art and influence — Interchange at The Galleries at Moore, The Art Blog, June 27, 2014
Yeukai Karengezeka, Exhibition on racism at First Floor Gallery, Herald, June 24, 2014
Kundai Marunya, Wayland Rudd Collection makes stopover in Zim, NewsDay, June 23, 2014
Tom Wilkinson, Control: Moscow's Homosexual Hang-outs, The Architectural Review, 13 June 2014
Qweek Magazine, Homosexuality is Stalin's Atom Bomb to Destroy America, Feb 2014
Holland Cotter, The Wayland Rudd Collection, The New York Times, Feb 7, 2014
Laurent Boudier, Homosexuality is Stalin's Atom Bomb to Destroy America, Telerama, Feb 2014
La Tendance du Moment: Chercheur D'art, Dans Paris Est À Vous, BFMTV, Jan 31, 2014
Philippe Dagen, Yevgeniy Fiks, Le Monde, Jan 25, 2014
Philippe Dagen, Trois questions à Yevgeniy Fiks, M Le Magazine Monde 2, Jan 24, 2013
Marc Climaco, 29 Astounding Soviet Propaganda Images Promoting Racial Equality, Buzzfeed, January 20, 2014
Maryam Omidi, Soviet images of Africans go on show at New York gallery, Calvert Journal, January 20, 2014
Louis Proyect, The Wayland Rudd Collection: the Red and the Black, LouisProyect, January 20, 2014
January 14, 2014
The Wayland Rudd Collection at Winkleman Gallery, NYC
Winkleman Gallery in NYC will present my conceptual project, The Wayland Rudd Collection, in which I asked artists and writers to respond to Soviet visual representation of Africans and African Americans.
The Wayland Rudd Collection
January 17 - February 15, 2014
Opens Friday, January 17, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
621 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
Artists in the exhibition: Ivan Brazhkin, Michael Paul Britto, Suzanne Broughel, Maria Buyondo, Zachary Fabri, Joy Garnett, Alexey Katalkin, Kara Lynch, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Nikolay Oleynikov and Arkadiy Kots Band, Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya (Gluklya), Jenny Polak, Dread Scott, and Haim Sokol
In conjunction with the exhibit, we are also very pleased to present the panel discussion:
Moscow to the Rescue: U.S. Racism, European Colonialism and the Soviet Promise
Wednesday, February 5th at 6:30 pm
Featuring Dr. Raquel Greene, Dr. Jonathan Shandell, and others.
Moderated by Dr. Maxim Matusevich
This exhibition will travel to First Floor Gallery Harare in Harare, Zimbabwe in Summer of 2014. Also, a book will be produced as the result of this project.
January 7, 2014
December 29, 2013
Recent Press and Reviews
Nicholas Parkinson, Cold War Traumas Revisited: Yevgeniy Fiks on Diego Rivera, Modern Art, and the Division of Art and Politics in America, Nierika: Revista De Estudios De Arte, #4, November 2013
Mary Di Lucia, Yevgeniy Fiks: 'Gay History Must Become Part of Russia's Official History, TURNONART, November 2013
Pinar Uner Yilmaz, Global is the New Local: The Butterfly Effect of New Economies, Gallery 400 Blog, November 22, 2013
September 10, 2013
5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art
Postcards from the Revolutionary Pleshka is a collaboration between me and Moscow's contemporary LGBT activists of Rainbow Association.
Space of Exception
Curators: Elena Sorokina and Jelle Bouwhuis
Venue: ARTPLAY Design Center
September 11 to 26, 2013
Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam presents the exhibition Spaces of Exception in Moscow. The title of the exhibition refers to the state of economic emergency progressively becoming a new rule and a new norm today. The growing conflict between rights and markets, peaking with the current crisis, affects democracies or would-be democracies as their merits and values are constantly tested and questioned, or even intentionally ignored. The 25 artists in the exhibition construct their own ‘exceptional’ spaces within the realm of art for political maneuvering and blunt or subtle commentary. Sometimes the artists act as ‘legislators’ inventing their own rules of engagement for specific social, political or economic problems. The exhibition is part of the Dutch-Russian Year program, and a special project for the Moscow Biennial 2013.
August 11, 2013
An update to my collaborative work "Reading Lenin with Corporations" will be in the exhibition "It is political economy, Stupid" from September 30 -October 6th, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Belgrade, Serbia (curated by Oliver Ressler and Gregory Sholette).
Press and Critics
Feran Mateo, Cartographia Sovietica del Moscu Gay, La Vanguardia, September 18, 2013
Alek D. Epstein, "Impossible Identity: The Absent Gay Art and the Field of Contemporary Art in the Country of Winning Homophobia," Neprikosnovenniy Zapas, No. 4 (90), 2013
Feran Mateo, Cuando el camarada Lenin se llamaba tía Lena, Russia Hoy, September 17, 2013
Anastasiia Fedorova, Soviet Cruising, Dazed Digital, August 12, 2013
Agata Pyzik, Cruising past: photographer Yevgeniy Fiks resurrects Moscow’s forgotten gay history, The Calvert Journal, July 17, 2013
Viktoriya Kupchinetskaya, Hidden meeting spots of Soviet gays: Moscow's repressed history, Golos Ameriki, June 6, 2013
David Blomenberg, How Life in Shadow-worlds Usually Goes, The Lit Pub, June 15, 2013
Vladislav Davidzon, Bookforum talks to Yevgeniy Fiks, May 6, 2013
Yevgeniy Aronov, Unreliability of Love, Radio Free Europe/Svoboda, April 3, 2013
Zach Savich, April Reviews: Jena Osman; Yevgeniy Fiks, The Kenyon Review, April 2, 2013
Celestine Bohlen, Art Paris Shines a Spotlight on Russia, New York Times, April 1, 2013
Philippe Dagen, Dans le pêle-mêle déroutant d'Art Paris, Le Monde, March 29, 2013
Vincent Noce, L’empreinte russe à ArtParis, Liberation, March 27, 2013
Nora Fitzgerald, Gay in the USSR, Foreign Policy, March 26, 2013
Blake Gopnik, An Artist Asks, How Swishy Was Karl Marx?, The Daily Beast, March 26, 2013
Tyler Green. The Modern Art Notes Podcast, Modern Art Notes, March 21, 2013
Ivan Savvine, The Queer Bombs of the Cold War, OutThere, March 20, 2013
Kathleen MacQueen, In Sight/In Mind: Yevgeniy Fiks, Shifting Connections, March 14, 2013
Andrew Sullivan, The Other H-bomb, The Daily Dish, March 3, 2013
Sophie Pinkham, The Homosexual Atom Bomb, n+1, February 25, 2013
Five Must-See NYC Art Shows This Week, Culture Craver, February 15, 2013
Jillian Steinhauer, Art Rx, Hyperallergic, February 12, 2013
Matilda Battersby, New York art show flooded and covered in mud by Hurricane Sandy set to reopen, The Independent, February 1, 2013
February 3, 2013
Solo Show and Book Launch at Winkleman Gallery, New York City
Friends, I'm happy to invite you to my solo show opening titled, Homosexuality Is Stalin's Atom Bomb to Destroy America and launch party for my new book Moscow at Winkleman Gallery.
Opening: Homosexuality Is Stalin's Atom Bomb to Destroy America
February 15, 2013 to March 16, 2013
Book Launch: Moscow
Friday, February 15 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
at Winkelman Gallery, 637 West 27th Street, New York
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
Watch my interview with Gallery Log about the show.
Winkleman Gallery is very pleased to present Homosexuality Is Stalin’s Atom Bomb to Destroy America, our third solo exhibition by New York-based artist Yevgeniy Fiks. Taking its title from a 1953 article by the Cold Warrior and pundit Arthur Guy Mathews, this exhibition explores the historical and ideological links between anti-Communism and homophobia in the United States, as well as the intersections between Communism and sexual identity as it played out during the 20th century. Works in the exhibition range from dry factuality to humorous and farcical, and posit the 20th century queerness as the shared “Other” of the Communism-Capitalism dichotomy, while tracing the uneasy yet tangible historical links between the early 20th century Communist activism and the gay rights movement of the second half of the century.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Moscow documents gay cruising sites in Soviet Moscow, from the early 1920s to the USSR's dissolution in the early 1990s. Photographed in 2008 in a simple but haunting documentary style, these sites of the bygone queer underground present a hidden and forgotten Moscow, with a particular focus on Revolutionary Communist sites appropriated by queer Muscovites. The book concludes with the first English-language publication of a 1934 letter to Joseph Stalin in which British communist Harry Whyte presents a Marxist defense of homosexuality in light of its re-criminalization in the USSR. Published by Ugly Duckling Presse.
January 11, 2013
Group Show in Glasgow, Scotland
The exhibit, Economy, is a two-city exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow and at Stills in Edinburgh, Scotland. The exhibition will include an update to Reading Lenin with Corporations.
Saturday 19 January – Sunday 21 April 2013
Preview: Friday 18 January
Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)
Saturday, 26 January – Saturday 23 March 2013
Preview: Friday 25 January
In the 21st century, does the economy provide the ground zero of our sense of self? And what does this experience of a life dominated by economic relations feel or even look like? Presented at Stills in Edinburgh and CCA in Glasgow, two parallel exhibitions make the core of ECONOMY. Accompanied by film screenings, public forums and online debate, the project examines the heightened interest of art today in revealing the economy as an inescapable social truth. The artworks on show experiment with the imaginative documentation of everyday life to address issues ranging from climate change, labour conditions, sexuality, migration and the crisis of democracy to the quest for alternative futures.
December 19, 2012
It's the Political Economy, Stupid travels to Pori Museum, Finland
I am happy to announce that It's the Political Economy, Stupid, which includes an update to our collaborative work Reading Lenin with Corporations, will travel to the Pori Art Museum in Pori, Finland.
Curated by Oliver Ressler & Gregory Sholette
Exhibiting January 2, 2013 to May 26, 2013
It´s the Political Economy, Stupid brings together a group of superlative artists who focus on the current crisis in a sustained and critical manner. Rather than acquiesce to our current calamity this exhibition asks if it is not time to push back against the disciplinary dictates of the capitalist logic and, as if by some artistic sorcery, launch a rescue of the very notion of the social itself.
November 26, 2012
Solo Show at Galeria HIT, Bratislava, Slovakia
Please join me at my next solo show:
Tour of MoMA with Congressman Dondero
Opens: Dec 01, 2012 9:30PM
Dec 01, 2012 - Jan 10, 2013
Parallel to the solo show, the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (AFAD) in Bratislava is hosting me as a visiting artist from November 26 to December 1 as part of OPEN STUDIOS, supported by the KEGA-Cultural and Educational Grant Agency of the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic. I will be working with students throughout the stay, which will also include a lecture.
Post Soviet Without Shores
November 29, 2.30 pm,
Academy of Fine Arts and Design,
Hviezdoslavovo nám.18, Bratislava.
November 6, 2012
Group Exhibition at CentrlTrak in Dallas, TX
Our recent update to Reading Lenin with Corporations will be part of a group show curated by Carolyn Sortor and Michael A. Morris
at CentralTrak, part of The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas.
Co- Re-Creating Spaces
Opening reception: Saturday, November 17, 6-10 pm
Exhibition runs from november 17, 2012 to January 5, 2013
This project surveys how artists are questioning and subverting existing systems, contexts, or spaces and contributing to their re-imagining and re-creation. The exhibition recognizes that “reality” itself can be both art medium and art object, and speculates how developments in the virtual and the actual might affect one another.
November 5, 2012
MEDIAIMPACT: INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ACTIVIST ART
Festival presentation, talks and debates
16 November 2012, 7:00pm
34 Stuyvesant Street, Barney Building (Between 3rd and 2nd Avenues at 9th Street)
NYUSteinhardt, Department of Art & Art Professions, New York
Art that steps out into the public space in order to call for social change is a relatively recent phenomenon in Russia. The development of this genre has evolved alongside the emergence of civil society in Russia, which has been accompanied by a rise of mass protests on the one hand and political repression on the other. In this case artists become precursors to and catalysts of social processes, but they also assume a heroic role as they go out into the street to confront the system.
The festival presentation will include talks and screenings on Russian activist art as well as discussion with festival participants and audience.
Participants: Alina and Jeff Blumis (artists, New York), Andy Bichlbaum (activist, New York), Andrew Boyd (activist, New York), Avram Finkelstein (activist, New York), Ilya Falkovskiy (artist, Moscow), Nina Felshin (curator, New York), Steve Lambert (activist, New York), Maria Kalinina (curator, Moscow), Anya Sarang (activist, Moscow), Tatiana Volkova (curator, Moscow).
In collaboration with the Center for Artistic Activism.
Media Impact presentation in the US is made possible in part with funds from CEC ArtsLink.
September 30, 2012
Panel Discussion at The Center for Book Arts, New York City
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30pm
The Center for Book Arts will host a panel discussion on the use of printed material as a symbol of ideology and belief, and a way with which to intervene in society. Participants: Yevgeniy Fiks (artist), Marisa Jahn (artist), Lize Mogel (artist), Dan Schneider (Managing Editor, The Boston Occupier). Moderated by Yaelle S. Amir.
September 28, 2012
Solo Show at Winkleman Gallery, New York City
Homosexuality Is Stalin's Atom Bomb to Destroy America
October 26 - December 22, 2012
Opening: October 26 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
September 16, 2012
Group Show at the Center for Book Arts, NYC
Required Reading: Printed Material as Agent of Intervention
Organized by Yaelle S. Amir
The Center for Book Arts
October 3, 2012 - December 15, 2012
Opening Wednesday, October 3 at 6pm.
Required Reading: Printed Material as Agent of Intervention presents fifteen projects that range from published books and correspondence to performance and video documentation, and are meant to challenge a political or social issue. The works in this exhibition demonstrate the ability of printed materials to act as symbols of ideologies and beliefs. They are used by the participating artists as social agents-intervening in public space to expose an audience to new opportunities and alternative concepts. In a culture where visual noise is inescapable, printed matter provides an opportunity to pause, grasp, ruminate, and pass along. We use it to educate ourselves and others, to create a gash in a stagnant situation, articulate a new context, and imagine our society as it can and should be.
May 15, 2012
Upcoming Group Shows in NYC and Thessaloniki, Greece
Please join my for a group show at 601Artspace in New York City entitled Open::Closed. This show will include my Kimgjongilias painting.
Exhibiting: May 17-September 29, 2012
Opening reception: May 17, 6-9pm
I'm happy to announce that It’s the political economy, stupid!, a group show curated by Greg Sholette and Oliver Ressler that debuted earlier this year at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, will travel to the Center of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Greece. This group show includes an update to our collaborative project, Reading Lenin with Corporations.
Exhibiting: June 27 to August 10, 2012
April 25, 2012
Modern Painters Review
Vladislav Davidzon, Yevgeniy Fiks, Galerie Sator, Modern Painters, May 2012
April 23, 2012
CALL FOR ARTIST PROPOSALS: Monument to Cold War Victory
The Committee for Tacit History is issuing a call for proposals for a Monument to Cold War Victory, an open-call competition for a public monument commemorating the outcome of the Cold War. Artists from around the world are encouraged to submit proposals by November 1, 2012.
Monument to Cold War Victory is a conceptual project by the artist Yevgeniy Fiks, taking the form of an open-call, international competition for a public, commemorative work of art. For over two decades, public signifiers of the Cold War, such as the Berlin Wall, have been framed in terms of destruction and kitsch. A monument created at the moment of its own destruction, the Wall encapsulates the continuing geopolitical imagination of the conflict as linear, continuous, binary, and terminal: the culmination of a now-historicized narrative of competing empires. But while the impact of half a century of sustained ideological conflict still reverberates through all forms of public and private experience—from Middle Eastern geographies of containment to the narrative structures of Hollywood—it has yet to be acknowledged through a public and monumental work of art. The Cold War, the longest and most influential conflict of the twentieth century, has no publicly commissioned commemoration in the United States.
This project examines the enduring genre of war monuments, memorials, and institutionally framed and commissioned artworks. How might the legacy of the Cold War, in all its complex material, social, and cultural forms, be visually articulated? In what ways might the notion of “victory,” implicit in all retroactive commemorations of conflict, be interpreted? Can the traditional, formal structure of the monument, and the historical revisionism endemic to that form, be redefined?
Artists are invited to participate in this project by submitting a proposal for a public monument commemorating the outcome of the Cold War by November 1, 2012. All submissions must be made through the website: www.coldwarvictorymonument.com. Submissions should include: a one-page narrative text on your proposed work and its relationship to the legacy of the Cold War, the notion of “victory,” and its reevaluation (if any) of the monument form; a visual schema in the form of three images; and an artist CV. A select number of finalists will be awarded a stipend and the opportunity to further develop their proposal for an institutional exhibition. The submitter of the winning proposal will be awarded a cash prize, and their concept will be implemented and installed in a publicly accessible location, to be determined, in the United States.
Monument to Cold War Victory will be juried by a distinguished panel of cultural and intellectual figures, including Vito Acconci, Susan Buck-Morss, Boris Groys, Vitaly Komar, Viktor Misiano, and Nato Thompson.
For further information, contact curator Stamatina Gregory, email@example.com
This project is initiated by The Committee for Tacit History, an international curatorial collective and research body dedicated to furthering interdisciplinary, practice-based investigations in history and visual culture.
April 6, 2012
March 28, 2012
Art in America Magazine Review of It's the Political Economy, Stupid
David Marcus, It's the Political Economy, Stupid,, Art in America, March 28, 2012
February 17, 2012
Solo Show @ Galerie Blue Square, Washington D.C.
Please join me at my first solo show in Washington D.C., which will feature my work, Kimjongilias, and two new projects.
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 National Gallery of Art
Saturday, March 24th, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Galerie Blue Square
1662 33rd Street, NW
Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 20007
February 7, 2012
Communist Tour of MoMA on ARTNews
Carolina A. Miranda, Seeing Red at MoMA, ARTNews, February 2012
February 4, 2012
Le Monde Review of Modern Art Shackled to Communism @ Galerie Sator, Paris
Philippe Dagen, Yevgeniy Fiks, Galerie Sator, Le Monde, Sunday, February 5 to Monday, February 6, 2012
January 25, 2012
More Press for Corporations Are People Too @ Winkleman Gallery
Jennifer Weiss, After Romney's 'corporations are people too' -- the exhibit, AFP, January 22, 2012
Dan Tarnowski, January 2012: Corporations are People Too @ Winkleman Gallery, Whitehot Magazine, January, 2012
Doug McClemont, Doug McClemont's Top Ten New York Shows in January, Saatchi, January 19, 2012
The Lookout: A Weekly Guide to Shows You Won't Want to Miss, Art in America, January 19, 2012
January 16, 2012
Performance @ MoMA
I will lead a performative tour of the exhibition Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art and other artworks in the Museum’s collection as part of a discussion of modern artists’ leftist politics.
Please join me on the officially sanctioned Communist Tour of MoMA on February 15, 2012.
More information here.
January 11, 2012
Press for Corporations Are People Too @ Winkleman Gallery
Emily Nathan, "Gallery Shows NYC: The New York List, Corporations Are People Too" Artnet.com, January 9, 2012
Noah Dillon, "Taking the Corps Out of Corporation," ArtSlant, January 9, 2012
Critics' Pick, Time Out New York, January 5, 2012
Carolina A. Miranda, "This Week: Must-See Arts in the City," WNYC's Arts Datebook, January 4, 2012
Kathleen Massara, "Are Corporations People? Winkleman Gallery Weighs In," Huffington Post, January 4, 2012
January 1, 2012
January 2012 Exhibitions
I wish you all a happy and healthy 2012! Please join me in my exhibitions openings this January.
I have a solo show at Galerie Sator in Paris entitled, Modern Art Shackled to Communism.
Opening: Saturday, January 14, at 17- 20 h
Exhibiting: January 14 to March 3
Also, Winkleman Gallery in NYC will open a group show entitled, Corporations are People Too. The show will exhibit my project, Lenin for Your Library?
Opening: Wednesday, January 4, 6-8pm
Exhibiting: January 4 to February 4
Proteus Gowanus will open a group show entitled, Migration. The show will include my project, Lily Golden, Harry Haywood, Langston Hughes, Yelena Khanga, Claude McKay, Paul Robeson, Robert Robinson on Soviet Jews.
Opening: January 11
Exhibiting: January 12 to April 7
And finally, Greg Sholette and Oliver Ressler are curating a show at the Austrian Cultural Forum in NYC entitled, It's Political Economy, Stupid. The show will exhibit an update to our collaborative project, Reading Lenin with Corporations.
Opening: Monday, January 23, 6-8pm
Exhibiting: January 24 to April 22
November 12, 2011
Press for Mass MoCA's The Workers, Moscow MoMA's Impossible Communities, and the Moscow Biennale
Kristen Chappa. The Workers, Frieze Magazine, Issue 143 November-December 2011
Dmitry Volkosh. The Impossible of Any Community, Russian Journal, September 23, 2011
Innokenty Grekov. Moscow Biennale Art Performance Brings Attention to Victims of Racist Violence. Human Rights First, September 8, 2011
Tamara Baranenkova The exhibition "Impossible community" tells how to be together, RIA Novosti. September 8, 2011
September 21, 2011
August 28, 2011
MMoMA and the 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
My project, Portrait of 19 Million, will be part of Impossible Communities, curated by Viktor Misiano at the MMoMA.
Venue: State Museum of Modern Art of the Russian Academy of Arts (10 Gogolevsky Boulevard)
Exhibiting: September 8, 2011 to November 6, 2011
4th Moscow Biennale
The Grenelle Agreements, a project by Learning Film Group (Yevgeny Fiks, David Riff, Ilya Budraitskis, and Nikolay Oleynikov), will be featured at the main Moscow Biennale show, Rewriting Worlds, curated by Peter Weibel.
Exhibiting: September 23, 2011 to October 30, 2011
Media Impact. International Festival of Activist Art
One of the special projects of the 4th Moscow Biennale, Media Impact. International Festival of Activist Art, curated by Tatiana Volkova, will feature an installation of my works:
1.Lily Golden, Harry Haywood, Langston Hughes, Yelena Khanga, Claude McKay, Paul Robeson, Robert Robinson on Soviet Jews
2. Soviet Russia and the Negro. Kaddish.
Venue: ARTPLAY Design Center
Exhibiting: September 24, 2011 to October 10, 2011
July 18, 2011
July Exhibitions @ the New Museum and Abrons Art Center
July 6, 2011 to September 25, 2011
Vysocany Congress, a film that I worked in collaboration with Nikolay Oleynikov and Ilya Budraitskis, is part of Chto Delat's installation at the New Museum's Ostalgia.
July 21, 2011 to September 3, 2011
My work, American Cold War Veterans Association, will be part of the Miguel Amado-curated show at Abrons Art Center entitled, Image Wars.
Opening Reception: July 21, 6-8 pm
PORTRAIT OF 19 MILLION: CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
For updates, go to Portrait of 19 Million Blog (English and Russian)
Portrait of 19 million is an open participatory project organized by artist Yevgeniy Fiks. This project will be curated by Viktor Misiano and presented in the exhibition, The Impossible Communities, at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art from September 2011 to October 2011.
According to official Soviet statistics, 19 million people were members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) during the Perestroika period. These were people who joined the Party at different times and under different circumstances. CPSU was not homogeneous with regards to its social make up nor ideology. Who were the members of the Party then? What united them and what could alienate them from each other? Who are they now? Portrait of 19 million focuses on the fates of concrete individuals, using purely artistic and sociological tools in an attempt to understand the Soviet and post-Soviet subjectivity.
Everyone is welcome to participate in this project regardless of profession. Participants are invited to submit a portrait (or self-portrait) of any person who was a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union during the last years of the USSR. Age, occupation, social status of the portrait's subject doesn't matter. The portrait can be done in any style and technique: amateur photography, studio portraits, mobilography, video, painting, drawing, collage, etc.
May 15, 2011
Group Exhibition @ MASS MoCA
What: The Workers: Precarity/Invisibility/Mobility at MASS MoCA Looks at Conditions of Contemporary Labor
Where: MASS MoCA
When: May 29, 2011 to March 15, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 28, 2011, 5:30 pm
May 2, 2011
Solo Performance @ The Museum at Eldridge Street, New York City
On May 15, I will have a performance in the form of a guided tour entitled, Red Kaddish (Roitn Kaddish). This performance, hosted by the Museum at Eldridge Street, maps the Lower East Side of Emma Goldman via the writings of Peter Kropotkin, Abraham Cahan's via Nikolai Chernyshevsky's, Morris Hillquit via Mikhail Bakunin, etc.
This project is a joint commemoration of the 19th century Russian Revolutionary movement and turn of the 20th century Jewish radicalism in New York. In incorporating texts in English, Yiddish and Russian, this project is a Kaddish for the unrealized dream of a better world, universal social justice, and a common seeking of happiness.
What: Red Kaddish (Roitn Kaddish)
Where: Starting at The Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
When: May 15, 2011 starting at 2pm
May 1, 2011
Performance @ The Kitchen, New York City
I am part of The Kitchen's Out of Print, organized by Ugly Duckling Press (UDP). I will hold a performance, which is an extension of my book, Moscow—a memoriam of the October Revolution's failed promise towards the queer community. Moscow will be published by UDP in the fall.
What: Out of Print, An Evening with Ugly Duckling Presse
Where: The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
When: May 9, 2011 starting at 7pm
Admission is free
April 14, 2011
March 24, 2011
Group Show @ Flux Factory
I am participating in Flux Factory's The Typhoon Continues and So Do You, an exhibition of new works through which artists contemplate four specific “artifacts” of war and how their original purposes are transformed through integration into larger society.
The show will feature Kimjongilias which serve as a response to the show's North Korean Hell March.
Opening reception: April 1, 6 pm and on
Exhibition dates: Saturday, April 2 through Sunday, May 8
Hours: open weekends, 12 – 6 pm or by appointment
Location: Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens
March 23, 2011
Please feel free to join me this April in two speaking events in which I will be participating:
The first will be at Stony Brook University's Philosophy and the Arts Conference in New York City.
When: April 2, 2011 at 4:20pm
Where: Stony Brook Manhattan, 387 Park Avenue South, 3rd Floor. Please enter at the 101. E. 27th Street entrance, below the Stony Brook flag.
The second will be at the CUNY Graduate Center where I will be part of a panel entitled, Postwar Debate II: Constructing Cultural Identity in the Postwar Period.
When: April 11, 2011 at 6:30p
Where: 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016
February 28, 2011
Please join me this year at VOLTA NYC. BARBARIAN ART GALLERY / by Natasha Akhmerova will debut my work, American Cold War Veterans Association. The event starts on Thursday, March 3 and ends on Sunday, March 6, 2011.
I will also participate in Open Forum 2011 in a panel with Postmaster Gallery's Magda Sawon and curators Elena Sorokina and Stamatina Gregory called Communism’s Afterlives. We will investigate specific moments of revisited history in contemporary art practice two decades after the collapse of the Soviet bloc.
Time: 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Location: Volta NY, Club 7W Talks Lounge, 7th Floor
February 13, 2011
December 13, 2010
Engineers of the Soul featured on ArtonAir.org (Radio)
Listen to an interview that I did with Tamas Banovich and Magda Sawon.
From the website:
Host Michael Rush speaks with Hungaran-born Magda Sawon, Polish-born-Tamas Banovich, founders of Chelsea's Postmasters Gallery, and Russian-born artist Yevgeniy Fiks onsite at the exhibition Engineers of the Soul, now closed.
November 29, 2010
Group Show @ Sala de Arte Publico Siqueiros, Mexico City
En Cada Instante, Ruptura (In Every Instance, a Rupture)
After reviewing the file of David Alfaro Siqueiros, Curator Carla Herrera-Prats was interested in exploring the conversion and fragmentation has been the iconic vision of the worker through the years. To this end, selected pieces of contemporary artists who reflect on the question of migration and workers' representation within the global economy, emphasizing the relationship between Mexico and the United States, as well as the effects of NAFTA.
This exhibition will feature works from Communist Party, USA.
For more information, visit the SAPS website.
October 17, 2010
Reviews @ ARTFORUM and ArtMargins
Two reviews of my work came out today! The first is for the Temple Gallery exhibition of Communist Conspiracy in Art Threatens American Museums and another for this summer's Ayn Rand in Illustrations at Winkleman Gallery.
October 16, 2010
Group Show @ Postmasters Gallery
Engineers of the Soul
Postmasters Gallery, NYC
October 23 - December 4, 2010
Opening: Saturday, October 23, 6 - 8 PM
Featuring my work entitled, Kimjongilias, please check out our group exhibition curated by Magdalena Sawon and Tamas Banovich about communism and artists’ relationship to power.
October 2, 2010
Solo Performance @ The Philadelphia Museum of Art
Communist Tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
October 15, 2010, 5:30 pm
Free with museum admission*
Taking the form of a tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's permanent collection, this performance uncovers connections between Modern artists and the twentieth century Communist movement. Meet in Gallery 161, first floor (Resnick Rotunda), at the entrance of the Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries.
This program is supported in part by the Friends of Temple Gallery, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. We would like to thank Adelina Vlas, Assistant Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, for her support.
September 29, 2010
BOOK LAUNCH CABARET!
Please join us at the performative and multi-media launch for The Studio-X NY Guide to Liberating New Forms of Conversation (GSAPP Books, 2010), a book in which I am featured and edited by Gavin Browning .
The event will take place on Friday, October 8, 7pm, at Storefront for Art and Architecture, 97 Kenmare Street, NYC.
Click here for a preview of the book.
Studio-X is a downtown studio for experimental design and research run by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation of Columbia University
September 26, 2010
August 1, 2010
Solo Show @ Temple Gallery, Tyler School of Art
Yevgeniy Fiks: Communist Conspiracy in Art Threatens American Museums
Curated by Stamatina Gregory
September 8 – November 6
Opening with the artist and curator: Friday, September 24, 6 - 8 pm
Yevgeniy Fiks: Post-Soviet Without Shores
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Lecture and discussion with artist begins at 5 pm.
Taking its title from a 1952 quote by former Michigan Congressman George A. Dondero—best known for his widely publicized claims that modern art was a Communist plot hatched to bring down the US—this exhibition explores the historical ties between modern art and twentieth-century communist movements. Comprising prints, drawings, sculpture, and reenacted speeches, my installation imagines an artistic trajectory located between fact and fiction, between accusations from Washington and directives from Moscow, posing questions on the fundamental relationship between Communism and Modernism.
This show will also include my new work entitled, "Stalin's Directive on Modern Art."
12th and Norris Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19122
June 4, 2010
June 3, 2010
I have two group shows coming up in June:
Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal
Curated by Miguel Amado, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: The Social at the Berardo Collection (Tudo o que é sólido dissolve-se no ar: O político na Colecção Berardo) will feature my Communist Tour of MoMA works on paper at the Museu Colecção Berardo in Lisbon, Portugal. The exhibition will run from June 8 to September 12.
From the website:
Alluding to a famous passage from the Communist Manifesto (written by Marx and Engels in 1848), the words "All that is solid melts into air" brings a sense of change in society. In the artistic context, the importance of this observation it appears on the awareness of the primacy of media in modern culture, a necessary condition for the existence of art as an instrument of emancipation of mankind. It is in this light that the Berardo Collection presents this exhibition, gathering works that call every day problems, spell out a critique of reality or reflect utopian visions of the world.
Enjoy Art Gallery, New Zealand
I am also participating in Gregory Sholette's Wellington Collaboratorium: An Imaginary Archive at Enjoy Art Gallery in Wellington New Zealand. The show will run from June 9 to June 26.
From the website:
A public art project, An Imaginary Archive of novels, brochures, catalogues, pamphlets, newsletters, and other publications and material will infiltrate Enjoy and other Wellington locations during Sholette's residency. Inserted into a number of second-hand bookstores and other public places, this archive moves to present an alternative vision of the realities our society might inhabit, had the world been shaped differently.
April 16, 2010
Book Launch: SHIFTER 16: PLURIPOTENTIAL
Please support and buy a book to which I contributed:
SHIFTER 16: PLURIPOTENTIAL
Book Launch at Printed Matter, 195 10th Avenue, New York, NY
Saturday, April 24th, 5 - 7 pm
April 1, 2010
Group Show @ Postmasters Gallery, NYC
The opening is on Friday, April 2, 6-8 pm.
459 West 19th Street (at 10th Avenue)
New York, NY 10011
Click here for press release.
March 27, 2010
Feature @ Idiommag
Post-Soviet Traumas: Interview with Yevgeniy Fiks
March 15, 2010
Communist Tour of MoMA Coverage
Yevgeniy Fiks: Communist Tour of MoMA
Yevgeniy Fiks names names in Communist Tour of MoMA
February 17, 2010
Group Show @ Contemporary Art Center, Meymac, France
Artistes Russes: Un art au superlatif
Abbaye Saint Andre Contemporary Art Center, Meymac, France
March 13, 2010 to July 13, 2010
Gallery Opening: March 13 at 18:00
February 13, 2010
Communist Party USA at the Fountain Art Fair
What: Galerie Zeitgeist will be representing me at the 2010 Fountain Art Fair.
When: March 4 to 7, 2010
Where: at Pier 66 @ 26th Street and the West Side Highway, New York NY
February 12, 2010
Group Show/Performance @ Winkleman Gallery
I will participate in a show entitled, #class, organized by Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida. They will transform Winkleman Gallery into a ‘classroom’ in which they will work with the public audience, guest artists, critics, academics, dealers, and collectors to discuss the role of class in the art world and to identify and propose alternatives/reforms/solutions to the current market system. The notion of the gallery as a work space will be explored aesthetically, socially, critically, and academically.
Lecture/Performance: Communist Modern Artist and the Market
Friday, March 12, 2010
I will be presenting a slide-lecture titled "Communist Modern Artists and the Art Market," showing how many of the the most highly valued art of the 20th century were produced by artists who considered themselves communists (Picasso, Leger, Kahlo, Rivera and more).
Click here for more information about #class and a list of scheduled events.
February 7, 2010
News Feed: Low Road Gallery and DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
Deconstructing Art History
January 17, 2010
Solo Show @ Low Road Gallery, DePauw University
In an installation that consists of works on paper, reenacted speeches (circa 1950s) by former US Congressman from Michigan George A. Dondero, and modified MoMA publications, I will feature Modern Artists who identified as Communists or had Communists ties in a show entitled, “Communist Tour of MoMa.” This project departs from the history of Modern Art and MoMA as subjects of investigations during the McCarthy era and essentially brings to our attention the role of MoMA in defining Modern Art away from the modern artists' political ideologies.
In my talk entitled, "Responsibilities of the Post-Soviet Artist," I will discuss the conceptual framework of addressing the Soviet experience today--after the collapse of the Soviet bloc--and highlight the question of historical responsibility as fundamental to the construction of the post-Soviet discourse. A special focus on the historical context of "Communist Tour of MoMA" will be given.
Lecture: Responsibilities of the Post-Soviet Artist
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Room: Auditorium, Eugene S. Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media (PCCM)
Art Exhibit: Communist Tour of MoMA
March 5 - March 26, 2010
Low Road Gallery
Opening Reception: March 5th at 7pm.
November 4, 2009
UPCOMING SHOW: International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn, NY
MIGUEL AMADO PRESENTS
Works by Ana Cardoso, Carolina Caycedo, Jeanette Doyle, Yevgeniy Fiks, Runo Lagomarsino, Michael Mandiberg, Kaeko Mizukoshi, and Miguel Ângelo Rocha
Opening Reception: Friday, November 6, 7 - 9PM
(shuttle to ISCP available at the Grand St stop, off the L train)
Opening Hours: Saturday, November 7, 2 - 6PM
Sunday, November 8, 2 - 6PM
Monday, November 9, 12 - 8PM
October 13, 2009
UPCOMING SHOW: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Beyond the Instance of an Ending: projects and events organized by Susan Jahoda and Jesal Kapadia
Herter Art Gallery
November 5, 2009 to December 10, 2009
October 13, 2009
NEWS CLIP: "American Communists in Moscow" Tour at the 3rd Moscow Bienniale of Contemporary Art, Moscow
Moscow Biennale Beats Odds (in English)
09 Sept 09
October 5, 2009
NEWS CLIPS ROUNDUP: "American Communists in Moscow" Tour at the 3rd Moscow Bienniale of Contemporary Art, Moscow
What's in the Biennale (in Russian)
02 Oct 09
Walking around Moscow (in Russian)
28 Sept 09
All together, without exception, Opens third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (in Russian)
25 Sept 09
Five outstanding Biennial Exhibitions (in Russian)
24 Sept 09
Drum painting and melted keyboard (in Russian)
22 Sept 09
Art demands legs (in Russian)
21 Sept 09
September 5, 2009
UPCOMING SHOW: 3rd Moscow Bienniale of Contemporary Art
American Communists in Moscow: Walking Tours with Yevgeniy Fiks
September 28, 2009 12:00 p.m. tour in Russian
September 29, 2009 12:00 p.m. tour in English
September 30, 2009 12:00 p.m. tour in Russian
October 1, 2009 12:00 p.m. tour in English
Ultra New Materiality, Moscow Museum of Modern Art
September 23rd, 2009-October 30th, 2009
September 5, 2009
Responsibilities of the Post-Soviet Artist
by Yevgeniy Fiks
The programmatic and conscientious rejection of responsibility as instrumental in the process of cultural production constitutes perhaps the most characteristic feature of post-Soviet art. In the countries of the former Eastern bloc, a tendency of the 1990s and 2000s has been to deny responsibility operational legitimacy in artistic practice and violently push it out as incompatible with and foreign to the post-Soviet context, eagerly privileging its diametrical opposition – irresponsibility – as the only appropriate and fitting for the contemporary moment. READ MORE
September 5, 2009
Post Diaspora: Statement and Premonition
by Yevgeniy Fiks
Over the last six months, the term "post-diaspora" has often been applied to the generation of post-Soviet artists and intellectuals who had moved to the West in the 1990s after the collapse of the Berlin wall in the age of discussions on globalization and the general demoralization of the local. The post-diasporic generation is highly inhomogeneous: the representatives of post-diaspora include both subjects that have "settled-for-good" in the West (the post-Soviet version of the local Western Other) and "temporarily-displaced" nomadic individuals, who are at times virtually indistinguishable from traditional colonial travelers. READ MORE
February 11, 2009
NEWS CLIPS ROUNDUP: "Adopt Lenin" Solo Show at the Winkleman Gallery, New York City
De-fetishizing Lenin Kitsch
03 Feb 09
Art in America
Yevgeniy Fiks at Winkleman Gallery
02 Oct 09
Art Fag City
All in One Day: The Gallery Give-Away in Changing Economies
29 Sept 08
Catherine Spaeth Blog
The Russian Soldier
19 Sept 09
14 Sept 09
February 10, 2009
NEWS CLIPS ROUNDUP: "Song of Russia" Solo Show at Galerie Blue Square, Paris
Yevgeniy Fiks, Galerie Blue Square
09 Feb 09
La Metro Goldwyn Mayer épinglée par un artiste russe
23 Jan 09
20 Minutes via DELIREDELART
Yevgeniy Fiks, the Song of Russia