CRIS GIANAKOS

 

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GALLERY EXHIBITIONS
On Paper, July 9 – August 13, 2016
Cris Gianakos: RAMPWORKS, January 9 – February 20, 2016
Elements, January 10 – February 21, 2015
Julian Pretto Gallery, September 6 – October 26, 2013
MINUS SPACE en Oaxaca: Panorama de 31 artistas internacionales, Multiple Cultural Venues, Oaxaca, Mexico, March 15 – April 30, 2012

BIO
Cris Gianakos (b. 1934 in New York, NY) has exhibited his work worldwide in solo and group exhibitions since the mid-1960s, extensively throughout Europe, and in Japan, Argentina, Canada and Senegal. His recent museum exhibitions include The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Hamburg, Germany), State Museum of Contemporary Art (Greece), Costakis Collection (Thessaloniki, Greece), Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Het Museum Voor Schoene Kunsten (Berlin, Germany), and Design Museum Thessaloniki (Athens, Greece).

His work is included in many public collections worldwide, including the Brooklyn Museum, Fogg Art Museum, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Malmo Museum, Moderna Museet, Milwaukee Art Museum, National Museum (Sweden), Noble Foundation, The Museum of Modern Art, Reading Public Museum, San Diego Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institute, State Museum of Contemporary Art (Greece), UCLA Hammer Museum, Watkita Museum of Art (Japan) among others. His work has been reviewed in publications such as Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times, and Harper’s Bazaar.

TEXT (excerpt)
From Here To There, by John Yau, 2005

“…Gianakos’ project is the monument, not as a thing, but as a large and resonant desire that recurs throughout history, and connects disparate civilizations and cultures. Historically, monuments have functioned as manifestations of praise, forms of public tribute, examples of collective memory, reminders and boundary markers. Gianakos does not make monuments, however. Rather, he makes works (sculptures, proposals, paintings, and drawings) that explore the roles monuments play in our collective lives. Instead of being bound to a historical period, as so many of them are, Gianakos’ “monuments” acknowledge the pressures of both the past and the future while resolutely occupying the present. They are mysterious and compelling. And we are drawn to them, much the same way our ancestors were drawn to certain places and things. His works are persuasive without being didactic. They both interact and shape elemental forces, such as light and shadow. Even when we don’t understand what we are looking at, we get it full force, and all sorts of feelings, both inchoate and articulate, are stirred up. We are left to both ponder and wonder, and, finally, to reflect. I don’t think you can ask more from an artist.”

ADDITIONAL TEXTS
* Cris Gianakos, by Tatiana Spinari-Pollali, Gallery Citronne Exhibition catalogue essay, 2008
* From Here To There, by John Yau, 2005
* Cris Gianakos, by Miltiades M. Papanikolaou, Professor of Art History, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki & Director, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Costakis Collection, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2002
* Cris Gianakos: The Way Up and the Way Down, by Thomas McEvilley, Art Critic and Scholar of Classical Antiquities, 2002
* This Strange, Intoxicating “Almost Nothing”, by Yorghos Tzirtzilakis, 1997
* Three Greek-American Artists: Stephen Antonakos, Nassos Daphnis, Cris Gianakos, by Bia Papadopoulou, Art Historian, 1997
* Cris Gianakos, by Thalia Stefanidou, Consultant of Artistic Direction, Cultural Capital of Europe, Thessaloniki, Greece, 1997
* Altered Sites, by Barbara Cavaliere, Art Historian, Art Critic, New York City, September 1991
* Cris Gianakos, by Stephen Westfall, 1989
* Order and Mastery: Recent Work by Cristos Gianakos, by Steven Henry Madoff, New York, 1986
* Cristos Gianakos: Sculpture + Drawings, by Bill Zimmer, Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, 1980