Thanks to the lyrics of a famous song, "making it" in New York is widely considered a pinnacle achievement. The pressure to succeed in New York is very high, yet artists have been drawn to the challenge of New York for most of a century. Higher stakes and competition for attention in New York have lead to the production of cutting edge and even shocking new work. One might imagine that such high stakes would be inimical to creativity, yet New York is still at the center of the art world.
During my time in New York, artists really did live and work in lofts in Soho and Tribeca; many of them really did want to paint like deKooning. Since then there has been the inevitable gentrification of neighborhoods and the emergence of new areas where artists move to survive, not to mention an evolution in art theory and styles. The city remains a stimulating multicultural environment that also offers artists a chance to see seminal work at galleries and museums. How does the experience of New York affect different artists? What do artists come away with after living in New York? This show gathers a group of artists with ties to both Greece and New York, and asks them to examine what influence New York had on their art.
Participating artists: John Bicknell, Jane Grover, Shanna Ingram, Mark Hadjipateras, Pelagia Kyriazi, Eleni Mylonas, Philip Tsiaras, and George Zymarakis
Curated by Mary Cox
Dates: April 4 – May 1, 2015
Opening Saturday April 4 from 5-8pm
April 25 from 1-3 Artist Talk with American brunch sponsored by American Embassy in Athens
RSVP required for brunch but not for opening
This show is made possible with the generous support of the American Embassy in Greece.