Archive | January, 2011

O joy!

19 Jan

One of the most interesting and original painters I’ve seen in New York recently, is the French-born, NYC-based Sydney Albertini. I discovered her accidentally, as I was walking up the Bowery one afternoon, her works exhibited on the walls of an empty loft facing the street. From what she told me, she discovered that space randomly, saw it empty, called the owner and rent it to exhibit her works there. Her paintings are a combination of drawings and colour, and the collection O Joy! that I had the chance to see consisted of self-portraits, female dancing figures or more abstract designs, drawn on brown paper simply pinned on the walls. Next Albertini will be showing her work at FIAF. The Institute is hosting her collection ephemere from February 10th to March 12th 2011.

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Athens:visions of the cityscape through literature

13 Jan

A new book by Greek architect Aliki Spuropoulou explores the city of Athens through the writings of seven Greek novelists in the end of the 19th century. The writer investigates how the novelists -residents of Athens themselves- understand and define modernity, how they perceive the city’s diachronicity and what city they are referring to- classical, Othoman, or Byzantine. Through the works of Roidis, Papadiamantis, Ksenopoulos, Spandonis, Kondilakis, Vokos and Mitsakis, Spuropoulou discovers a dual representation of the city: on the one hand spectacular, entertaining and full of opportunity; and on the other hand depressing, unhospitable, with pressing problems emanating from urbanization and a growing impoverished population struggling for survival.

The book entitled Visions of inhabiting Athens in the end of the 19th century: Architecture and Literature has been published in Greek by Nisos– hopefully it will be soon translated into English.

Article source: Eleftherotupia