Wrightwood 659 is hosting the first U.S. exhibition devoted to the work of Yannis Tsarouchis (1910–1989), widely regarded as one of the greatest Greek painters of the 20th century. On view May 7–July 31, 2021, the exhibition will feature some 200 works, including paintings and works on paper from public and private collections in Greece and internationally. Together, these span the entire arc of the artist’s career, showing how he absorbed and transformed influences including Ancient Greek and Early Christian art; Byzantine mosaics, frescoes, and icon painting; Greek vernacular traditions: costume, ornament and shadow theater Karaghiozis; and also the new languages of modern art: Fauvism, Cubism, and Surrealism. During the military junta rule in Greece between 1967 and 1974, Tsarouchis worked in self-exile in Paris; in 1981 he established the Yannis Tsarouchis Foundation in Athens, which is to this day dedicated to the preservation and advancement of his work.
Yannis Tsarouchis: Dancing in Real Life
Wrightwood 659, 659 W. Wrightwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
Fridays and Saturdays, May 7 – July 31, 2021