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Nicolas Vorvolakos in Athens 2019

 

by Nicolas Vorvolakos


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There is something happening in Athens. Over the last few years, there has been a slow and steady development in contemporary Greek art.

In 2017, Athens hosted along with Kassel Documenta 14. Albeit, it was one of the worst exhibitions I've ever been to, but it was a step in the right direction. Dakis Jannou and the DESTE Foundation have been driving force in this development. 

The New Museum and the DESTE Foundation (Dakis Joannou's foundation) in collaboration with the Benaki Museum, Athens, present “The Same River Twice,” an exhibition of Athens-based artists, curated by Margot Norton and Natalie Bell.  

Athens based painter Panayoitis Loukas is one of the stars of the show. His bright psychedelic paintings lure the viewer into a fantasy world. An innocent and fun universe populated by wise and playful cats, pipe smoking subjects, gnomes and smiling teapots. The colors are dizzying and pulsating.

The subject matter of the paintings are entertaining and expertly executed. Larri Pitman meets Mother Goose. 

Lakis and Aris Ionas/THE CALLAS
These hand woven tapestries, weaved with day glow, metalic yarn. These works are displayed in a chapel like installation, some works serve the purpose of stainglass Windows, paying homage to the gods of rock. This is a testament to The Socal influnce on the global culture. 

The strong influence of Sarah Lucas can be felt in many of the new works created by eastern European female sculptors. 

Eleni Kristdoulou's works resonated with these influences. These works are composed of old, stained blankets quilted into ring-like shapes and are sewn together and equipped  with filthy anal and/or vaginal orifices.

These orifices seemed to have suffered some horrid calamity or effects from a prolonged infection. 

These works are playful, refreshing and disturbingly beautiful. 

 

SENT FROM MY PHONE, ATHENS

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Nicolas Vorvolakos is a gallerist, curator and educator.

 

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