Robert McCabe Photography Exhibition at the Archaeological Society

The Archaeological Society presents the tribute to the American photographer Robert McCabe entitled “CHRONOGRAPHY – Exhibition for 180 years (1837 – 2017) of the Archaeological Society” at its headquarters, on Panepistimiou Street.

The exhibition includes 53 black and white drapes mainly from 1954 – 55 in areas of intense archaeological interest such as the Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Sounio, Knossos, Santorini, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Delos, and others.

The aim is to highlight the time-consuming role of the Archaeological Society as a determining institution for shaping our national self-knowledge. The company was founded for a few years after the creation of the modern Greek state and remains to this day a valuable guardian of the intangible cultural heritage and of our monuments.

During the tour, there will be guided tours by the photographer, journalists Katerina Lymperopylon and Marmarita Pournara, as well as a lively discussion with Robert McCabe on the unique experiences of the photographer in his first travel to post-war Greece. The dates will be announced in the near future.

As stated by the Secretary-General of the Archaeological Society, Vasilios Petrakos in his introductory note on the exhibition and the accompanying publication: “The Archaeological Society celebrated its 180th anniversary that the best way was to celebrate the monuments themselves, as he saw, decades ago, the artistic look of a new one by Robert McCabe . His art brings us back to the old Greece when the light was stronger, clearer, and the monuments seemed unprecedented. ”

The photographer himself, who has been distributing since the 1950s and his life between the USA and Greece, distinguishes the Archaeological Society as the state institution with the greatest gravity for the Greeks in shaping their national consciousness. In this parameter also depends on the role of photography. In 1837 when the Company was founded, the photo took its first steps. Since then this art has been one of the best “tools” for stamping and documenting the archeology science.

The acquaintance of Robert McCabe with Greece

American photographer Robert McCabe was a student at Princeton University when he first visited Greece in the summer of 1954. People, monuments and landscapes exerted such magnetism on the young man’s sight, visiting the most inaccessible places, using every means of transport. The following year, he returned to continue his exploration of a pure country – mass tourism was not yet there – with people who are hospitable and frugal.

Excavations, temples, ancient walls, castles, theaters were captured by the lens in the foreground, with background cities, islands, and villages that look very different today. These downloads are now evidence, both visually and mentally. They enlisted the enormous an
impression that was provoked by Greece at that time to a young American who loved history and knew a country poor but untouched by “development”. From this rich pool of white and black photographs, mainly from 1954-55, McCabe chooses 53 images as a journey through time, Wishing to commemorate the work of the Archaeological Society of Athens, which ended 180 years of supply at the site us.

This is a comprehensive and elegant presentation that takes the viewer to Santorini before the earthquake in 1956, in Epidaurus before the restoration of the ancient theater and the ancient market of Athens before its full recovery from the ground.

Evening Course Painting – Free Academy of Painting

“Painting course” focusing on non-figurative and abstract painting

If we look back a hundred years in Central European intellectual and cultural life, we can observe that classic impressionist and expressionist forms of expression in painting are already subsiding and the first signs are appearing that the individual painterly means (color, form, material, surface, line) are more and more to touch the artistic consciousness and express themselves more independently in the painting process – regardless of the forms found in nature. Abstracting and developing in the feeling of the object, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner ‘s watercolor sketches show, for example, dynamic surfaces and lines that evoke the feeling that the canvas becomes an imaginary space, a living stage on which movement becomes condensed into a composition – without to lose the rhythmic flow and the ease. Fritz Winter, on the other hand, who was acquainted with Kirchner, takes a completely different approach. As a representative of a non-objective painting, Winter divides the pictorial space with geometric-looking structures in order to achieve a compositional support for the color and the black. All forms reminiscent of nature are overcome by winter even before the outbreak of World War II in favor of an abstract composition. It is only gradually that pure colors are incorporated in this painting process, which then appear ever freer in the 1960s. Something similar can be seen among the North American painters of Abstract Expressionism. To this day, striking representatives of painting try – in an academically differentiated way – to reconfigure objectivity over and over again. And at the art colleges, the intellectual aspects of capturing purely painterly criteria in terms of color and form are largely ignored. The painter Beppe Assenza, who died in 1985, strove to develop a pictorial language that unfolds from the intrinsic value of color on the one hand and the formal powers of chiaroscuro on the other. Surfaces and color forces are considered here to be independent entities that give the painting process new powerful impulses. The “Artistic Year” will turn to 04. 04. 2014 on 40 Thursdays of abstracting and especially non-figurative painting. In a systematic way, we will work out different techniques (monotype, collage, painting, graphics) and also deal with the spatial object. Since it has been shown in recent years that the capacity of the course is quickly exhausted, we recommend logging in before the start of the summer holidays.

SIXTH: The artists support the homeless of Athens

The power of art is once again employed to change life for the better. The artistic community is rallying this year to support the homeless people of Athens and the work of CLIMAKA NGO through “SLEEPING”, the annual exhibition of artAZ’s art platform. “SURPRISE 9” will be hosted at GRA K44 in Gazi, between 23-25 November 2018.

SLEEPING is a visual feast that highlights the social face of Contemporary Art and along with the dominant artistic trends of the time. The initiative was launched in 2009 and since then more than 2,000 artists from around the world have supported the campaign by offering their projects to support our fellow human beings. This is a collective effort of the visual world.

SURPRISING IX

Each year about 300 small-scale projects are gathered, all of them available for a symbolic amount of 50 €. The reason; Everyone can participate in the effort. The participating artists cover the whole range: from first-time to internationally acclaimed, while the participation of foreign artists is also important. But there is a peculiarity: the artist’s identity is secret. The projects are signed on the back side, encouraging the public to choose only with personal taste. Visitors to the exhibition have the opportunity to enhance the purpose of acquiring an already valuable work, or one that may be of great value soon. But they will certainly get a project they chose because they like it.

HOW IT WORKS

Interested parties can start by studying artworks online at artAZ and pre-selecting the codes of their choice at www.artaz.gr/surprise. New projects are added on a daily basis until the opening of the exhibition. Between 23-25 November 2018 SURPRISE 9 will be transferred to the “K44” area for live exhibition and sale of the works. Please note that projects are available in order of priority.

Parallel Actions

In the framework of “SURPRISE 9”, a silent auction of larger projects will be held in the exhibition. The auction process is open and will end on Sunday 25 November 2018.

The exhibition will present at the same time an exhibition of the works of the book “The Greek Art from A to Z”, which was just released by Alexandra Kololou, curator of “SURPRISE 9” and Key Books. The author has transformed the book’s illustrations into paintings, which will be made available through an original system as a visual game – everyone can offer what they want to get them. Also, for each copy of the book to be released in the report, Key Books will offer 20% of the amount to support the goal of SURPRISE 9.

For artists who are interested in supporting the initiative, we note that the campaign is taking hold until the last minute.

About the CLIMATE

CLIMAX is a non-profit social organization that provides multi-faceted services to socially excluded people, aiming at upgrading their quality of life and social reintegration. Since 2001 we have been implementing a comprehensive support program for our homeless fellow citizens, including actions ranging from prevention to rehabilitation. More information can be found at www.klimaka.org.gr

About artAZ

The artistic platform of artAZ functions as a bridge between the Greek and the global art scene, aiming at the promotion of Greek art abroad as well as in the rallying of the local art community in order to strengthen it. More information about artAZ can be found at www.artaz.gr.