ART & FASHION CROSS PATHS
Four creative, sophisticated and stylish art curators and gallerists meet at the point where Art and Fashion cross paths, and together we investigate their boundaries.
She is an art collection advisor who runs her own Ach Art Advisory office (www.achartadvisory.com), and collaborates with major art fairs abroad, such as Frieze London and Frieze NY, organising, in cooperation with their VIP team, a program specially tailored for the collectors that she accompanies. She writes articles for the “Artnews” newspaper and has curated a number of art exhibitions in Greece and abroad.
IN HER OWN WORDS
I grew up in an artistic environment, where the sounds of my father’s music stimulated my interest in the art world. Until now, contemporary art in Greece has been based mostly on private initiative. I would like to hope that government bodies will the efforts to promote it, laying strong foundations that will foster the conditions required for artistic expression to grow in Greece and abroad. Also, I believe that we are entering a period where art is being redefined due to the global financial crisis.
I always believed that fashion is a form of art. High-level works of art and certain unique “pieces” by inspired designers, aim at an aesthetic uplift which they create at an experiential level, and which is not exhausted at a single glance. Painting, sculpture, fashion, and architecture, often cross paths.
Art is what innovative fashion designers do. They endure the passage of time and their creations are copied extensively. Certain milestone collaborations between contemporary designers and artists were the ones between Alexander McQueen and Damien Hirst (2013), Marc Jacobs and Yakashi Murakami (2013) as well as with the conceptual artist Daniel Buren and their unprecedented fashion show in the Louvre (2013), or the most recent one between Louis Vuitton and Jeff Koons (2017)
“Art is what innovative fashion designers do, they endure the passage of time and their creations are copied extensively”
She is a curator and owner of a gallery that bears her name. Her creative goals include – apart from solo exhibitions by young artists – a series of exhibitions focusing on the work of historical artists who are not well known to the broader public. At the same time, she continues a series of exhibitions – collaborations between two different artists of her gallery, who develop an idea from scratch and work on it together and in parallel to implement it. The start was with the “Two Johns” exhibition by Antonakis and David Sabethai and continued with “Tom Sawyer” by Margarita Myrogianni and Giorgos Hatzimichalis. Another result of such synergies was the “Library Show”.
IN HER OWN WORDS
I became interested in art from a very young age, thanks to my family’s love for it. I initially studied Economics in New York and continued my studies in Art History. From 2007, and for three years, I worked at Moeller Fine Art New York, where I came into contact with the Art market for the first time. Fashion, as the big designers propose it through their creations, is something that is of great interest to me. However, fashion trends, which change so quickly, are not something that particularly concerns me.
The boundaries between art and fashion are clear. Fashion, however, is often influenced by art. Fashion and art are very different, and therefore not comparable. Genius designers like Issey Miyake, Azzedine Alaia, Alexander McQueen and Karl Lagerfeld have no particular kinship with Gerhard Richter or Willian Kentridge.
From the Renaissance, Mondrian, Andy Warhol, or Japanese art, influences in modern art, are many. Fashion, of course, has its own long history, with constant references made to it today. If I could include any fashion objects in an exhibition, I would display in a showcase a bottle of Chanel No.5, which has remained unchanged since 1924, together with a work by Andy Warhol from his series “Ads: Chanel”.
Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery: 3 Irakleitou St., Athens, www.facebook.com/eleftheriatseliougallery
Elli is the owner and curator of Elika Gallery and she dynamically supports young artists and presents strong and fresh ideas to the public. The solo exhibition by Myrto Xanthopoulou was held in February, with her exceptional, sensitive and poetic work, followed by that by Eirini Bachlitzanaki, who is studying for her postgraduate under a scholarship at the Royal Academy of London. In May, Augustus Veinoglou, who runs the very successful Snehta Residency in Kypseli, will present his first solo exhibition in Greece.
IN HER OWN WORDS
I have loved painting ever since I was a child. While growing up I wanted to sit for the Art School examinations, but my family insisted on a more practical profession. I, therefore, started studying graphic arts. The effort to create something yourself, helps you understand an artist’s work. After that, however, I decided to continue my studies in New York by curating exhibitions. That was the greatest school. Art in Greece is evolving quickly, and exceptional works have been presented in recent years. We have very strong artists who can easily take on internationally acclaimed ones. Unfortunately, when someone is working in Greece, this means hard work for relatively low financial returns. I remain optimistic, however, because persistence and patience are always rewarded in the end.
Fashion is very interesting to me, at the level of aesthetics. I don’t have the time to follow it consistently because just like art, you need to stay informed. Nevertheless, I pay attention to the way I dress, and I believe it is evolving together with my aesthetics.
Designers who make art for me, are the Japanese: Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo (Comme de Garcon), Issey Miyake because their clothes have a strong sculptural element. There are however many who make clothes and shoes for the runway, which are not “wearable” but are very interesting as art, like Alexander ΜcQueen, Jean Paul Gautier, Hussein Chalayan and the younger Gareth Pugh and Iris van Herpen.
Christina is a curator and gallerist of Can Gallery. She is currently hosting the solo exhibition by Konstantinos Ladianos, for which she turned the gallery into a men’s “Pink Boudoir”, with embroidery, painting and crafts. The most important exhibition of modern art in America, the New Museum Triennial in New York opened its gates recently, its main piece being the installation entitled “Dusk & Dawn Look Just The Same (Riot Tourism)”, by her artist Manolis Daskalakis-Lemos while Petros Efstathiadis – a CAN artist – just won the first HSBC prize in France for his photography. His monograph will be published in April, by the prestigious Xavier Barral editions.
IN HER OWN WORDS
I realized that I like to read and look at art when I was about 15. Growing up in the countryside, Art History served as an enormous window into the world. In 1999 I left to study in London.I studied everything from African Art to the History of Hindu Architecture, to end up with the History of Modern European Art. A few more years of studying and work…and I realized that my passion is contemporary art.
In Greece, we need to cultivate an art education. We need to learn how to see, think and discuss more. We need to help people learn how to fall in love with art all over again. To see art as an escape, as nourishment and therapy for our daily problems.
Fashion is a tool for me. The shortest route to communicating parts of our personality. More important than following fashion is having a personal style. I like clothes with strong colors and motifs, hats and accessories. Nevertheless, in my daily life I more often than not, wear Vans, a black pair of jeans and a white shirt.
I would really like to exhibit clothes, accessories and catwalk props designed by Jean-Paul Gautier. A few years ago I saw the “From Sidewalk to Catwalk” retrospective in Munich, with his work, and I admired it greatly.
CAN Gallery: 42 Anagnostopoulou St., Athens
The Damien Hirst for Alexander McQueen collection photgraphed by Sølve Sundsbø
New A(r)titude | April 2018