The oil paintings of Romanian artist Victor Man (born 1974) are charged with personal memories and references to art history. Man, who lives in Berlin and Cluj, is winner of the Deutsche Bank's 2014 Artist of the Year Award, which honors promising international artists....
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Eisnein's No.27 Favorite Artist/Artbook. Check Out No.28 Right HERE. Go Back to No.1 HERE.This retrospective accompanies Victor Man's naming as the '2014 Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year', a prestigious award that's kinda tainted by the fact that it's named for an imposing, soulless financial institution. Whatever. It shouldn't diminish the artist's accomplishment, which solidifies the status of Man and the Cluj School as some of the most inventive, profound, and emotionally engaging painters alive. For anyone who is unfamiliar with the Cluj painters, Victor Man is just one of several Romanian artists who have put their nation back on the Contemporary Art map.It's been 25 years since the nightmarish regime of Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Ilena came to it's suitably bizarre and violent end. The doddering old peasant couple instituted draconian tactics that mirrored the Stalinist model of Communism; but using his own version of the Gestapo or KGB -- the Securitate -- Romania became the most brutally oppressed nation in the Eastern Bloc, and perhaps Europe. This secret police force was a disproportionately massive bureaucratic terror -- 11 000 agents and over a half million subsidized informers, for a country of just 22 million in 1985. Its primary mandate was spying on its own populace and launching viciously punitive measures against any hint of dissent. Even the USSR condemned Ceausescu's tactics, which included the vicious repression of any political or cultural discourse that even vaguely hinted at criticism. Instituting the kind of cult-of-personality that worked for Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Saddam Hussein, and Kim Jon-Il, the nation became a playground for two tragically underqualified and terrifyingly arrogant rulers who built palaces for themselves while the people starved, and the population growth-rate became the lowest in the world. His attempts at relieving Romania's debts were disastrously short-sighted; seizing and selling-off most of the nation's crops to neighboring Bloc countries, leaving a huge percentage of the population on the brink of death.In 1989, the Ceausescu's were betrayed by their own appointed military commander. Before the revolution had even begun to simmer, a brief trial was conducted, a sentence of death was passed, and Nicolae and Elena Ceaucescu were executed by firing squad. The whole affair was videotaped, and soon images of Nicolae's dead, twisted face and Elena's bullet-riddled corpse were broadcast on TV screens across Romania.In the quarter century since then, the Romanian art scene has quickly established itself as fertile ground for a unique and profound artistic perspective; the group known as the Cluj School has attracted international attention and acclaim. Victor Man is one of its most important practitioners, using a figurative style that has similarities to the enigmatic approach of Belgian painters Luc Tuymans and Michael Borremans; Man's dark, low-contrast tones and disturbing imagery seem like a fitting encapsulation of the Romanian zeitgeist, and it's tempting to seek out direct corollaries that probably don't exist. Victor Man:Serban Savu uses a slightly brighter palette and a more realistic representational style, but there is a washed-out look to the colors, and his human subjects are faceless, dwarfed by the crumbling concrete remnants of bleak Communist architecture; in Savu's compositions the monuments of a nightmarish regime still cast their shadows on contemporary Romanian life, like temples to a now-forgotten god. Adrian Ghenie, on the other hand, has moved from the Richter-influenced figurative style of his early years, to a near-abstraction that uses the bright primary colors most of the Cluj painters are allergic to. He has garnered a level of popularity and critical acclaim that has set him apart from his countrymen, but that may change as Man continues to innovate. While thematic elements like power vs. impotence and individuality vs. conformity are explored by all three artists, the legacy of the Ceausescu regime is just one aspect of each man's work. The broader existential concerns in Victor Man's work are expressed with an originality and subtlety that are setting him apart from his peers in Cluj and establishing him as one of the most vital contemporary artists of his generation.Victor Man:Serban Savu:Adrian Ghenie:Eisnein's No.27 Favorite Artist/Artbook. Check Out No.28 Right HERE. Go Back to No.1 HERE.More Art-book Reviews More Comic-book Reviews More Novel ReviewsA Mysterious Review Related to the Book in Question, But Written By A Friend Instead