Greek Gotham marks the first ever exhibition in Greece to be comprised solely of New York- based artists. Conceived and curated by Maria Brito, the show will will open on July 29, 2016 on the island of Mykonos at Dio Horia; a new contemporary art platform dedicated to ex- ploring the dialogue between contemporary art and culture in Greece and around world. The show will run for four weeks, during the islands peak season when 1 million visitors come to the island between May and October.
Maria Brito will present more than 45 artworks created by 16 of the most exciting emerging and mid-career New York based artists in Dio Horia’s 3,800 square foot space.
The exhibition aims to draw parallels between the Ancient and Classical Greek Civilizations and New York City as it is today. Greece constituted the cradle of Western Civilization and became the most important center for art, architecture, philosophy, literature, theater, music and many other disciplines whose enormous influence continues to be relevant 2,500 years after its decline. New York, as of today, enjoys a rare and privileged position as one of the most influential and culture-centric capitals in the world. From having some of the most enriching artist communities to the ethnic diversity of it’s inhabitants, New York City’s extensive and ex- pansive network of galleries, museums, theaters, art platforms and performance venues find no parallels anywhere else in the world. Because of its cultural influence, contemporary New York is akin to what Ancient and Classical Greece once were. These are the parallels that Greek Gotham wants to expose.
The show is accompanied by a lush, full-color book written and designed by Maria Brito with an introduction by Jeffrey Deitch. While making comparisons to Classical and Ancient Greece, the book and the artworks presented touch on many important issues facing NYC today – LGBT, drugs, sexuality, police brutality, body image, identity and race, among others. Greek Gotham is available on Amazon and at select bookstores in Greece.
The 16 New York-based artists in Greek Gotham are:
Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Nina Chanel Abney, Greg Bogin, Mira Dancy, Raul De Nieves, Michael Dotson, Sebastian Errazuriz, Nir Hod, Todd James, Misaki Kawai, Kaws, Robert Lazzarini, Austin Lee, Taylor Mckimens, Matthew Palladino, Erik Parker.
MARIA BRITO is a Harvard grad, originally from Venezuela, who has lived in New York City for 16 years. She’s an art advisor, curator, creative designer, bestselling author of “Out There” (Pointed Leaf Press, 2016) and a social media influencer on Instagram. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼DIO HORIA Founded by art historian and curator, Marina Vranopoulou, Dio Horia is an art platform and gallery for contemporary art and culture that was inaugurated in 2015 on the island of Mykonos, Greece. Through a vibrant program of exhibitions, residencies, events, publications and pop-up bookshops, Dio Horia gallery stimulates debate, experimentation, creativity and knowledge exchange with the audience. Dio Horia encourages a dialogue between the local and global art scene, promoting Greek and international art to a wider audience.