Friday, November 28, 2008

What does new and interesting mean?

Akrithakis, Le Roi, 1966

“What does new and interesting mean?” presents major works by leading contemporary Greek artists together with works by younger ones.
Works by Nelly’s (1953), Caniaris (1969, 1970), Kessanlis, (1957, 1971, 1986), Kounellis, (1965), Samaras (1971, 1982), Steve Gianakos, (1981, 2007), Akrithakis (1966, 1982) are juxtaposed with works by Nikos Markou, Savas Christodoulides, Kostis Velonis, Georgia Sagri, Christos Charissis, Yannis Theodoropoulos, Nikos Papadimitriou, Stephanos Tsivopoulos.

Every new generation of artists creates its own language within the social and cultural context of its era through dialogue with the national and international, semantic and notional endowment which is diffused through schools, important exhibitions, books, magazines and discussions.

Therefore, we can recognize elective affinities between the artists in terms of language, methodological approach or poetics in their works.
Assemblages by Christodoulides and Velonis dialogue openly with works by Caniaris with regards to their content and interpretations. A similar conversation occurs with Sagri’s drawings and the works created by Kassanlis while in Rome or the self-referential world of Samaras and Theodoropoulos, again with the series of meta-structures by Kessanlis with the last works by Papadimitriou and so on.

AD gallery, Athens
until 24th of January 2009