IFAC’s Athens space will serve as the organization’s European headquarters for the next few years, and very likely beyond. With “Situation Athina,” Wells, who curated the show, establishes the project in its new city and provides a taste of what’s to come. The exhibition includes work by several Greek artists, among them
, who is represented by three paintings that draw attention to the intersection of language, symbols, and meaning. In Conjugation of a Greek Word
(2015), he transforms the canvas into a sheet of scratch paper and takes viewers through the conjugation of a Greek word, which appears messily written in its various forms. His rather cerebral text-based works stand in compelling contrast to those of fellow Greek artist
, who creates oil paintings mixing figuration and
. The Actress
(2015), for example, features an expressively rendered, gray-and-black toned portrait of a woman whose face and figure are formed from delicate swaths of hazy paint. The blurriness lends her a mysterious, ethereal air.