CHICAGO – Wrightwood 659’s critically-acclaimed exhibition Yannis Tsarouchis: Dancing in True Life runs as a result of July 31. Tsarouchis (1910-1989) is widely regarded as just one of the best Greek artists of the 20th century, but Dancing in Genuine Everyday living is his to start with U.S. exhibition. Featuring some 200 operates that span the arc of the artist’s career, the exhibition consists of his groundbreaking and sexually-billed series of male portraits and nudes, which constituted a radical recoding of conventional gender roles represented in 1930s Modernism.
The exhibition features some 200 performs, like paintings and functions on paper from public and personal collections in Greece and internationally. Alongside one another, these span the entire arc of the artist’s job, showing how he absorbed and reworked influences including Ancient Greek and Early Christian artwork Byzantine mosaics, frescoes, and icon portray Greek vernacular traditions: costume, ornament, and even puppet theater Karaghiozis as well as the new languages of modern-day artwork: Fauvism, Cubism, and Surrealism. In the course of the junta in Greece (1967-74), Tsarouchis worked in self-exile in Paris. In 1981, he proven the Yannis Tsarouchis Foundation in Athens, which is to this day committed to the preservation and development of his get the job done.
The exhibition is organized all-around several recurring subjects and structural equipment existing in Tsarouchis’ art: the exploration and staging of the Other Self in portraiture the creation of new allegories theater as a device of impression production dance as an embodiment of realness landscape as introspection and variance and repetition.
Yannis Tsarouchis: Dancing in True Life is curated by Androniki Gripari, Chair of the Yannis Tsarouchis Foundation in Athens, and Adam Szymczyk, previous Creative Director of Documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel (2013–2017). The exhibition is made feasible by the Alphawood Basis Chicago.
Born in 1910 in the Greek port city of Piraeus and educated at the Faculty of Wonderful Arts in Athens, Tsarouchis started painting at an early age and attained his dwelling as a set and costume designer for the theater. In 1935, Tsarouchis went to Paris for the first time, where by he encountered the function of Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, and other artists of the avant-garde. In 1938, at the age of 28, he experienced his initially solo exhibition in Athens. After serving in the Greek military on the Albanian front in the 2nd World War, he returned to painting and doing the job in the theater, attaining an worldwide popularity. All through Greece’s army dictatorship (1967-74), Tsarouchis went into exile in Paris to then return to Athens, wherever he lived until eventually his death in 1989.
The exhibition was highlighted in Hyperallergic on July 21 in the article titled “Frank, Greek, and Homosexual: Modernist Painter Yannis Tsarouchis Is Lastly Finding His Due” which concentrated on the painter “as a pioneer of queer artwork,” noting that “the Wrightwood show, which occupies a few floors, is structured chronologically still occasionally juxtaposes operates from distinctive intervals, to pressure Tsarouchis’ long lasting determination to portraying gay guys.”
“The sensuous gouache on paper, `Diadoumenos and Eros’ (1970), for illustration, hangs alongside two pencil drawings, `Excursion by Car B’ and `Excursion by Automobile C’ (equally 1937), in which Tsarouchis depicted a spontaneous jaunt to the coastline,” Hyperallergic noted, including that “the latter’s unabashed intimacy — naked youths lounge around a car or truck, symbols of virility — is a good illustration of the artist’s steady drive for frank depictions of sexual encounters.”
“Tsarouchis fought in the Greek military for the duration of the Greek-Italian war, and probably unsurprisingly explored taboos surrounding homosexual adult males in uniform,” Hyperallergic noted, noting that “in his oneiric watercolor, The Examine for the Seaside (1962), bathers in different levels of undress linger in the shade of a big rock. The gleaming contrast of just one man’s pristine white uniform versus the susceptible pink flesh of the many others delivers to thoughts Susan Sontag’s essay, `Fascinating Fascism,’ on sadomasochism and the advanced role that fascist uniforms and aesthetics participate in in fetishistic fantasies.”
Wrightwood 659 is located at 659 West Wrightwood Avenue in Chicago.
Hours of Operation: Fridays, 12-7:30 PM, and Saturdays, 10 AM-5:30 PM.
Far more information about the exhibition is out there on-line: https://wrightwood659.org/.