Artists ask: what did the ancient Greeks do for us?

(K. Brent Tomer),

SIMILARITIES between contemporary New York and ancient Greece can seem few and far between, be it the topography or the fundamentals of the alphabet. Native New Yorkers might point towards the “We Are Happy to Serve You” disposable coffee cups—with their blue and white insignia, “Anthora” urns and Greek Key pattern—as a token example of the cultures’ intersection. Yet “Greek Gotham”, a new exhibition at the Dio Horia gallery in Mykonos, suggests that this is short-sighted—and seeks to bring the Hellenic and Manhattanite into direct conversation. After all, if New York is the foremost city of today, we have the Greeks to thank for the very concept of “cosmopolitanism”. A rallying cry for the urban melting pot came as early as 400 BC, when Diogenes of Sinope declared himself a “citizen of the world”. 

Jeffrey Deitch, an art dealer and the former Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, says that an “uncanny ‘Modernism’” characterises ancient Greek artefacts and ceramics. “Greek Gotham” reverse-engineers this notion, and highlights the “ancient Greekness” of contemporary…Continue reading

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