CULTURE

‘Greek Color’ illuminates London

The exhibition «Greek Color» opened earlier this week at Sotheby’s galleries in London (34-35 New Bond Street). The tribute, organized by Greece’s Ministry of Tourism, presents works by 16 contemporary Greek artists, in the hope of promoting Greece and Greek tourism abroad. Tourism Minister Constantinos Markopoulos along with Yiannis Kofinis, president of the National Tourism Organization (EOT), cut the inauguration ribbon. The display covers recent developments in the field of Greek painting, as well as other forms of art. It includes works by both senior and younger artists, all figurative painters, the majority of whom studied at the atelier of Leonardo Cremonini in Paris. Participating artists are Panayiotis Tetsis, Pavlos Dionyssopoulos, Costas Tsoclis, Alekos Fassianos, Christos Karas, Giorgos Roris, Yiannis Psychopedis, Stefanos Daskalakis, Dimitris Mytaras, Vassilis Sperantzas, Alexis Veroukas, Irini Iliopoulou, Maria Filopoulou, Pavlos Samios, Ioannis Kottis and Alina Matsa. In an introduction for the show’s catalog, Costa-Gavras notes that by going beyond stereotypes, contemporary Greek artists portray their country through a sense of poetic realism. At the same time, says the internationally acclaimed director, their creative potential is expressed through their ability to invent new images.