West Windsor, N.J. -- The work of Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Professor of Visual Arts Yevgeniy Fiks has been included in the new book Painting Now by renowned critic and art historian Suzanne Hudson. Published every ten years, the book is an international survey that explores the ways in which painting has been re-approached, re-imagined, and challenged by current artists.
Hudson analyzes a range of painters, alongside reproductions of their key works, to illustrate concepts being discussed. Fiks is among more than 200 internationally recognized artists to be featured, including luminaries such as Franz Ackermann, Michaël Borremans, Chuck Close, Angela de la Cruz, Subodh Gupta, Julie Mehretu, Vik Muniz, Takashi Murakami, Elizabeth Peyton, Wilhelm Sasnal, Luc Tuymans, Zhang Xiaogang, and many others.
Hudson notes, “The radical changes that have taken place since the 1960s and 1970s – the period that saw the shift from a modernist to a postmodernist visual language – have led to its reinvigoration as a practice, lending it an energy and diversity that persists today.”
As described in the book, Fiks' work offers commentary on politics and history. Hudson writes, "Following the collapse of the Soviet bloc, Yevgeniy Fiks (b. 1972, Moscow, USSR) began to examine forgotten and repressed histories of the Left, and of a post-Soviet culture bent on eradicating the legacy of those years. Fiks views this recovery as an activist project, in which 'interventionist tactics normally applied to physical social space can and should be effectively applied to history.'"
She continues, "For the oil painting series Songs of Russia (2005-7), he appropriated stills from World War II-era Hollywood films about the Soviet Union, which President Franklin D. Roosevelt sponsored to galvanize favorable public opinion towards Stalin at the brief moment when Soviet and American interests coincided. During the onset of the Cold War, these same films became the focus of the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings regarding communist infiltration of Hollywood."
Professor Fiks has taught at MCCC since 1999. He currently teaches Basic Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design, and Painting 1, and serves as the advisor for the MCCC Art Club.
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