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Greece in USA Celebrates Legacy of Stephen Antonakos with “Form, Color, Space”

February 23, 2022

NEW YORK – The late Greek-American artist Stephen Antonakos is celebrated in the exhibition Form, Color, Space, curated by Greek curator Lola Siena Koutoudi, which opens Thursday, February 24, 6-8 PM, at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) Gallery, 22 East 60th Street in Manhattan.

The Exhibition Talk takes place at 7 PM as Greece in USA’s founding director Dr. Sozita Goudouna who fostered the dialogue for the organization of this exhibition by Koutoudi, moderates a discussion on the work of the notable artist with art writer and editor David Ebony and Naomi S. Antonakos, Director of Stephen Antonakos Studio LLC and widow of the artist.

Art historian Irving Sandler in 2009 said of Antonakos: “Essentially a classicist in the Constructivist tradition, Antonakos has revealed the poetry of neon.”

Stephen Antonakos (1926-2013) called his work “real things in real spaces in the here and now.” There are no representations, allusions, symbols. Throughout his work, the forms, colors, and compositions are clear – but their experience in time and space is open and various. The crucial placements of his incomplete geometries allow the forms to be completed in the viewer’s imagination – to be sensed kinetically as well as visually. He considered that the viewer’s experience was what completed a work of art.

More information and tickets for the opening reception available on Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/34UblgL.

Stephen Antonakos- Form, Color, Space is on view at the FIAF Gallery February 24-April 2.

Please Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and a valid photo ID are required for indoor FIAF events. Face mask or covering required for everyone over the age of two.

Greece in USA is under the Auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture and is dedicated to offering innovative and unique programs in education and the arts, all exploring the evolving diversity and richness of Greek and Cypriot cultures. The New York non-profit organization seeks to shape and envision the image of contemporary Greece in the United States beyond existing stereotypes and to generate new thinking about the arts and promote cross-cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of creation, artists and curators.

More information is available online: https://greeceinusa.com.

 

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