CULTURE

Greek art at auction

On view through tomorrow are works of Greek 20th century art that will be auctioned off by Petros A. Vergos auctioneers next Tuesday. Responding to what seems to be steady demand for Greek 20th century art, the auctioneers have gathered works by some of the classic names in Greek art, including the great maritime painter Constantinos Volanakis’s mythological «The Return of the Argonauts» (estimated at 70,000-100,000 euros), Constantinos Parthenis’s «Boy’s Portrait» (40,000-60,000), and Nikolaos Gyzis’s portrait of a young girl (30,000-40,000). Among the highlights of the sale is a painting by the celebrated naif painter Theofilos (50,000 – 70,000). There are also several paintings by 1930s Generation artists, whose search for «Greekness» bears the influence of Theofilos. The auction also includes many works by Greek contemporary painters: Chronis Botsoglou, the late Nikos Kessanlis, Costas Tsoclis, Vlassis Caniaris and Makis Theophylaktopoulos are some of the names represented in the upcoming auction. The viewing is mainly addressed to interested buyers but is also an occasion to see typical works of 20th century Greek painting. The viewing is at the Foundation of the Hellenic World (254 Pireos, Building 5). The auction will be held on Nov. 8 at the Hotel Grande Bretagne at 6.30 p.m. Info at tel 210.331.8582.