”Back to basics: Text”
Curator: Artemis Potamianou
Artists: Zavier Ellis, Guerrilla Girls, Joseph Kosuth, Kostas Bassanos, Yoko Ono, Giorgos Papadatos, Nina Papaconstantinou, Artemis Potamianou, Marios Spiliopoulos, Mark Titchner, Alexandros Psychoulis.
The ΕΝΙΑ Gallery presents on Friday, 31 March 2017 the group exhibition “Back to basics: Text”, curated by Artemis Potamianou.
As part of the Back to Basics series of exhibitions on some fundamental themes and elements of the artistic practice, the exhibition Back to Basics: Text aims to explore the objectives behind the artists’ visual use of text and the methods of approaching it.
The written word has been part of visual art since the beginning of art history. Excerpts from texts have been used in artworks in Ancient Greece, Byzantium and the Renaissance, but always in a secondary, auxiliary, supplementary role as aids to resolving potentially unclear points. In these pieces the written word is never a visual work in itself.
Naturally, the exhibition Back to Basics: Text is not able – and does not aspire – to present all aspects of the use of the written word in the history of visual art. The quest is to establish a dialogue among the works of the participants and pose questions about the purpose of introducing text into the production of artworks and its role in them.
Admission to the exhibition is free
Official opening: Friday, 31 March 2017 at 20:00
Duration: 31 March 2017 to 28 July 2017
Opening hours: Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday 11:00 – 19:00
Friday 11:00 – 20:00
Saturday 11:00 – 16:00
Encounters I May or May Not Have Had with Peter Berlin
Mariah Garnett, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Neal Tait. Curated by Caroline May
Vamiali’s gallery presents the exhibition “Encounters I May or May Not Have Had with Peter Berlin”, curated by Caroline May. The exhibition borrows its title from Mariah Garnett’s homonymous work and refers to “Peter Berlin” as a concept and as a metaphor to illuminate the notion of desire, highlighting the impulse to “meet with our heroes”. Through these encounters, as real or imaginary, intellectual or deeply personal as they may be, our sense of identity is reshaped and consequently, the process of art making is recharged, re-positioned and re-defined. Peter Berlin is a photographer, artist, model and filmmaker. Serving as his own photographer, model and fashion designer, Berlin redefined self-portraiture and became an international sensation.
Mariah Garnett’s film highlights the artist’s desire for the extravagant gay icon and mystifies the 70s as a decade of sexual liberation. Partly documentary, partly biopic, the film features the artist herself re-enacting Berlin’s erotic persona. As Garnett inhabits the filmmaker’s signature manner of style and dress, she presents a film that galvanizes the kind of gender misidentification that is a consistent point of interest throughout her practice. Garnett’s other film in the show, Other & Father, is a re-enactment of footage that narrates the relationship of her Northern Irish Protestant father and his Catholic girlfriend, aired by BBC in 1971. The original broadcast, which was riddled with half-truths to suit the BBC agenda, led to death threats and his eventual flight from his home. Garnett re-enacts the documentary, starring herself and a trans-woman shifting focus from the ethnic/religious tensions to sexual politics and gender dynamics. Through her deeply personal lens she mediates her own subjectivity as well as that of her chosen medium, which systematizes definitions of identity. The process of filmmaking, the de-mystification and re-mystification of the process, the negotiation of actor/performer and filmmaker are integral to Garnett’s project.
Similarly, Paul Mpagi Sepuya studies how photography (mis)represents or dissects his own identity and exposes the mechanisms of picture making. He documents his subjects in a formal studio setting, at the same time deconstructing and mystifying the process of photography and the relationship between model and photographer. His intimate portraits follow a long tradition of photographers such as Lyle Ashton Harris, Peter Hujar and Rotimi Fani-Kayode. The dignity with which he arms his subjects, black and white men, led the writer and critic Hilton Als to include Sepuya in his 2016 exhibition on James Baldwin, poetically situating him as one of Baldwin’s creative “children”. Speaking about his work, Sepuya claims: “every photograph contains within it the instances of what preceded it. In thinking of photography this way, I am able to bring together and embrace the contradictions that photographic production generates: in its accelerated gratification of desire and simultaneous displacement of its subjects by the resulting image-objects. It allows me to hold, within the studio, all material as potential. Each enters into the frame of another within a chain of production, revision, destruction and re-production”.
This accentuation of desire is central in Neal Tait’s work. His intellectual encounters with his heroes, like Leger and Guston, are prevalent in his works. Using found imagery he starts a painting without having a pre-conceived idea of how it will end. In this sense the painting process is the subject of his work. His identity as a painter is in a constant flux during this process: both doubting and asserting himself in his attempt to capture the essence of desire, employing a dark, unruly and idiosyncratic vocabulary, which poses open-ended questions which alert the viewer.
With the kind support of Arctos Films.
Cy Twombly’s Photography Exhibition
“To my mind, one does not put oneself in place of the past; one only adds a new link.”
Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition of Cy Twombly’s photography, to coincide with “Divine Dialogues” at the Museum of Cycladic Art. Curated by Nikolaos Stampolidis from the Cycladic Art Museum and Jonas Storsve, curator of the recent Twombly retrospective at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, “Divine Dialogues” will show Twombly’s work alongside classical antiquities.
The gallery exhibition comprises more than twenty photographs of natural subjects—tulips, strawberries, cabbages, lemons—taken in Rome and Gaeta between 1985 and 2008, and a bronze sculpture. From his days as a student at Black Mountain College during the early 1950s until his death in 2011 at the age of 83, Twombly captured his daily life in photographs. He recorded the verdant landscapes of Virginia and the coasts of Italy; close-up details of ancient buildings and sculptures; studio interiors; and still lifes of objects and flowers.
Image: CY TWOMBLY, Brushes (Lexington), 2005, Color dry-print, 17 x 11 inches, 43.2 x 27.9 cm (unframed), 6/6, © Nicola Del Roscio Foundation, Courtesy Gagosian
May 25- July 29, 2017
Hours: Tue-Fri 11-6 + Sat 11–3
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Image: CY TWOMBLY, Untitled (Gaeta), 2008, Color dry-print, 10 1/4 x 9 7/8 inches, 26 x 25.1 cm (unframed), 4/6, © Nicola Del Roscio Foundation, Courtesy Gagosian
ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection Fridericianum, Kassel
10 June- 17 September 2017. Curated by: Katerina Koskina Assistant Curators: Tina Pandi, Stamatis Schizakis
As documenta 14 continues its journey in Athens, having the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) as one of its main exhibition venues, an important part of the EMST collection travels to Germany, to be part of documenta 14 program in Kassel (10/6-17/9/17). The exhibition ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection will occupy the whole emblematic building of Fridericianum. It comprises 82 artists and 180 works and it is curated by the Director of EMST, Mrs. Katerina Koskina, supported by Stamatis Schizakis and Tina Pandi, Assistant Curators and Iro Nikolakea in the Architectural design. It is presented in the framework of the Museum’s series EMST in the World.
The exhibition at the Fridericianum marks the first time that the most part of the EMST collection is presented outside Greece, through a double relocation that renders EMST’s home, one of the main venues of documenta 14 in Athens, and the Fridericianum, traditionally the centerpiece of a documenta, the temporary home of EMST’s collection.
EMST began creating its collection in 2000. Its acquisitions now include more than 1,100 works by Greek and international artists from the 1960s onward. The exhibition ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection is an adapted version of the extensive museological study that will be displayed in full at the EMST spaces. Presented in the Fridericianum, the birthplace of documenta and the first public museum in Europe, the exhibition deals with issues of border crossings, diasporas, cultural exchange, existential quests, and mythologies, as well as personal and collective memories. Additionally, the Fridericianum’s brief tenure as Germany’s first parliamentary building makes it the most appropriate venue in which to show the works of several artists, active during the troubled postwar era and the ensuing decades of political upheaval and revolutionary re-imagination of society.
While the presentation of the collection maintains its international scope, it also emphasizes the presence of pioneering Greek artists, highlighting and revisiting their national and international journeys.
The title embodies the mutual respect of both institutions, documenta 14 and EMST independently of their diverse commitments and missions, to discourse and to reinterpret essential issues and visual language. It deals with concepts such as trading, exchanging, sharing, giving and offering Antidoron (αντίδωρον, literally the return of a gift) or Antidanion (αντιδάνειo, the return of a loan either linguistic, cultural, or financial). The prefix “anti” reveals a distinct position and consequently a view, not necessarily opposed to, but departing from a different point in order to communicate, to argue, to bridge, to converge, and to accept each other’s’ stances.
Until September 17, Fridericianum in Kassel becomes EMST’s contemporary home in Germany, and ANTIDORON, a gift in return – when translated – symbolizing the shared benefits of this collaboration.
LIST OF ARTISTS:
ALEXIS AKRITHAKIS, NIKOS ALEXIOU, DIMITRIS ALITHINOS, ANDREAS ANGELIDAKIS, STEPHEN ANTONAKOS, JANINE ANTONI, EVGENIA APOSTOLOU, ATHANASIOS ARGIANAS, MANOLIS BABOUSSIS, BERTILLE BAK, LYNDA BENGLIS, ANDREA BOWERS, CHRONIS BOTSOGLOU, YIANNIS BOUTEAS, ADAM BROOMBERG & OLIVER CHANARIN, CONSTANTIN (DIKOS) BYZANTIOS, PEDRO CABRITA REIS, VLASSIS CANIARIS, PANTELIS CHANDRIS, CHRYSSA, DANIL, BIA DAVOU, GEORGE DRIVAS, EIRENE EFSTATHIOU, HARIS EPAMINONDA, KOKEN ERGUN, JAN FABRE, STELIOS FAITAKIS, CARLOS GARAICOA, KENDELL GEERS, GEORGE HADJIMICHALIS, JOANA HADJITHOMAS & KHALIL, JOREIGE, MONA HATOUM, GARY HILL, EMILY JACIR, GULSUN KARAMUSTAFA, NIKOS KESSANLIS, KIMSOOJA, PANOS KOKKINIAS, DIMOSTHENIS KOKKINIDIS, JOSETH KOSUTH, JANNIS KOUNELLIS, PIOTR KOWALSKI, YORGOS LAZONGAS, GEORGE LAPPAS, ANGE LECCIA, STATHIS LOGOTHETIS,
MARIA LOIZIDOU, ANDREAS LOLIS, DANNY MATHYS, YIANNIS MICHAS, NIKOS NAVRIDIS,
NINA PAPACONSTANTINOU, MARIA PAPADIMITRIOU, ILIAS PAPAILIAKIS, AEMILIA PAPAPHILIPPOU, RENA PAPASPYROU, NAUSIKA PASTRA, PAVLOS, JANNIS PSYCHOPEDIS,
ALEXANDROS PSYCHOULIS, WALID RAAD, OLIVER RESSLER, LUCAS SAMARAS, YORGOS SAPOUNTZIS, ALLAN SEKULA, VASSILIS SKYLAKOS, CHRISTIANA SOULOU, ASPA STASINOPOULOU, TAKIS THEODOROS, sculptor, THANASIS TOTSIKAS, NIKOS TRANOS,
STEFANOS TSIVOPOULOS, COSTAS TSOCLIS, DIMITRIS TZAMOURANIS, COSTAS VAROTSOS, KOSTIS VELONIS, BILL VIOLA, VANGELIS VLAHOS, PANΤELIS XAGORARIS, GEORGIOS XENOS
Monday: Closed, Tuesday-Sunday: 11.00 am – 9.00pm
Media Sponsor: KROMA Magazine
The Space Age
Electric and Electronic Art in Greece 1957-1989 exhibition
It has been seventy years since the launching of the first artificial satellite, the soviet Sputnik (Спутник-1, Sputnik 1). It was launched on the 4th of October in 1957. Imagine that it a period in when the most common answer that children gave to the question “What will you do when you grow up?” was “I’ll become an astronaut”. If this makes you feel nostalgia, you were probably born before 1970. If this mystifies you, you were probably born much later. At some point in recent history, everyone, even children, were turned into very down-to earth citizens. The reason for this transformation was not only space research, the Berlin Wall’s fall, the Cold War’s end, the modernism’s end, the ideologies’ end, but maybe all these factors contributed in how everything finally ended up.
Starting from the USA, the term Space Age, has not only become a common saying between people, but it has also been used in official bibliography. It is a term that coincides in time, is connected and even identified with the term Atomic Age, a term that obviously regards the age that is defined by the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and the consequent fear of the absolute disaster during the Cold War. Greece never had a space program, neither atomic nor nuclear energy nor the related guns. During the age in when space exploration was in its beginning’s zenith between the two Cold War Superpowers, Greece was trying to heal its wounds from the devastating Civil War. Nevertheless, as many documents of this age confirm, suffering Greece, was empathizing the space vision as much as any other country, wealthy or poor, on the left or the right side of the Iron Curtain, on the planet during this age. As in any other country the idea of the Astronaut/Cosmonaut, the Spacecraft , the Robot and, a little bit later, the Computer, spread in scientific discussions, journalism and mass culture.
A new kind of art had to be created. The vision of a technological art will initially take the form of an electric and then of an electronic art. If, on an international level, the experimenting with electric visual art has already fruited before the World War II with Laszlo Moholy Nagy’s artworks, in Greece it will be a little late. Practically, the first use of electricity in the Greek art scene will come from the cinema projectors and preamplifiers of the musical instruments and the microphones in the light music. In visual arts, a series of artists from the 60s and on will rapidly cover lost ground.
The exhibition will explore the utopian future implementations and technologies in the fields of Music (Xenakis, Logothetis, Hristou, Mamagakis, Adamis,…), Visual Arts (Takis, Pantelis Xagoraris, Giorgos Zogolopoulos, Kostis Triantafyllou, Minons Argirakis,…), Cinema, Architecture and Urban Planning.
Minos Argyrakis, Takis, Pantelis Xagoraris, Valerios Kaloutsis, Giorgos Zogolopoulos, Thanasis Rentzis, Manthos Santorinaios, Kostis Triantafyllou, Konstantinos Doxiadis, Giannis Hristou, Giannis Xenakis, Anestis Xenakis and many more.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a book (Konstantinos Vassiliou, Thanasis Moutsopoulos) from Asini publications.
General Curator: Thanasis Moutsopoulos
Assistant Curator: Ilia Mpoura
Architectural Editing: Nikos Patsavos
Musical Editing: Nektarios Papadimitriou
Video Art Editing: Nepheli Dimitriadi
Opening Day: Thursday 22nd of June 2017
Arrival time: 20.00
Exhibition’s Duration: Thursday 22nd of June 2017 – Sunday 10th of September 2017
Every day: 18:00-23:00
Communication Sponsors: KROMA Magazine
Summer Lovers’ Shot Stories at the Gallery “Art Shot”- Sophia Gaitani
The Gallery “ArtShot” Sophia Gaitani invites us to the well-established Summer Exhibition “Summer Lovers” for the 5th consecutive year entitled “Shot Stories“.Greek summer, hot middays, see, sun, freedom and, of course… love!In the center of Athens, right by the Acropolis Museum, artshot-Sophia Gaitani gets together whit Hitchcocktales to co-present the work of well-known Greek artists inspired by the summer and the love inspired by it.The art exhibition will start in June 29th and will last till the end of September while at the same time several gastronomical events will be taking place along with artists who will be painting their work in the gallery.All these great surprises together will give to those of you who visit Athens, one more exciting destination, and the sweetest, most colorful art memory that will accompany you upon leaving the country. The rhythm of the waves, the colors of the sunburt prairies, the smell of the sea and a sky full of stars will surely find their space in your suitcase.Exhibition curators: Sophia Gaitani & Hera PapapostolouArtists that participateSophia Gaitani, Milena Dimitrokallis, Helena Lakkioti, Milly Martionou, Christina Lappa, Maria Filippakopoulou, Yianna Xanthopoulou, Yiorgos Callas, Katerina Kassaveti, Yiorgos Bounias, Yiorgos Syrigas, Dimitris Kretsis, Alexandros Spathoulas, Alexandros Liapis.Ceramist: Sophia Velentza, Mosaics: Magda Roumelioti, Art fashion: Gaitani & kOnDe
ART begins at the end of your comfort ZONE
Paraphrasing the well-known quote “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” and making a pun with the name of the hosting gallery, 33 Greek contemporary artists wholeheartedly submit painting, sculpture, photography and artistic jewellery works and try to artistically evince the creative transcendence they are called upon to achieve in their involvement with Art.
Because making Art, does not only entail constant personal practice and technical evolution or innovatory vision and inspiration – and consequently an uninterrupted creative, spiritual battle with your own self, but at the same time a daily battle, human, with an impact often on psychological, social, financial, political, moral, livelihood level. This constant struggle against the realistic extentions of life requires sacrifices, requires from the artist to outface difficulties and obstacles in practice and dare, against everyone and everything, in order to illustrate his worries and dreams.
A persistent conflict with external forces, with the adversities created by the sterile daily routine, often with political status quos and deeply rooted perceptions that go against everything innovative and groundbreaking art can counter, social stereotypes and conservatism, people’s scepticism on everything that includes modernism and avant garde.
But, is it a duty of only the artist to get away with it and break the safeguards of a conventional life, in order to create and submit a personal view through his work? Clearly not. But in times lacking healthy standards and ideals, it is certainly his duty as well -among others’- to raise his carriage through his personal impression, to surpass himself and express “artistic word”, perceptive and incompatible. Moreover, according to Erich Fromm’s apposite remark, “The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers”.
Curator : Domna Chanoumidou, Theoretician – Art critic
ART ZONE 42
6-29 of July & 14-30 of September
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11:00-14:00 & 18:00-21:00
Wednesday & Saturday 11:00-15:00