GROUP SHOW 1 AUGUST – 31 SEPTEMBER 2019
20-22 Kalogera Str. , Mykonos, Greece
Rarity Gallery was established in the heart of Mykonos in 1994. The two curators Vassilis Matsaidonis and Christos Nikolaou have dedicated their artistic mission to sharing ground-breaking contemporary artists with the public. Spearheaded by their own personal knowledge and passion for art, their goal is to offer an original and carefully curated aesthetic experience aimed at strengthening the public’s appreciation for contemporary art,whilst honouring the artists, their exposure and their reputation.
Set within the impressive backdrop of an early 20th century Mykonian manor house, the gallery is divided into five rooms each one following a distinct thematic narrative, whilst altogether remaining in constant visual communi-cation. The exhibits vary between the works of established figures of the international art scene and a newer generation of emerging, talented and promising artists, as to ensure a broader scope, a full spectrum of the contem-porary art movements and their various facets.
Credited with being the first to bring artists Juilan Opie, Carole Feuerman, Patrick Hughes, Hunt Slonem, Sean Henry, Marc Sijan, George Pusenkoff, Jean–Pierre Séguin, and Roberto Bernardi to Greece, the curators Vassilis and Christos have an unparalleled eye for talent and persist on fostering and promoting gifted up-and-coming international artists such as Jeff Robb, Norman Mooney, Cristiano Pintaldi, Katharina Gierlach, Jaime Valero, Javier Vazquez,
Julian Lennon, Jan Mikulka, Paul Rousso, Hugh Arnold and Vanessa Prager, who are creative innovators, shaping new trends through their approaches and procedures which are always full of new aesthetic and expressive values. The gallery brings together distinguished artists that are usually on display in prominent international museums and art fairs or in corporate and private collections, including: Anselm Reyle, Stephan Balkenhol, Daniel Firman, Hanneke Beaumont, Marck, Mel Ramos, Massimo Listri, Massimo Giannoni, Joanna Vasconcelos, Raphaella Spence,Tim Maguire, Dani Marti, Ilse Haider, Peter Gronquist and Nikos Floros.
Both knowledgeable art lovers and everyone who is interested in exploring new artistic experiences alike are attracted by the gallery’s prestige. Upon entering the space, it is evident to the audience that the artwork presented within the walls of the gallery is selected with care and a sense of sensitivity toward each piece’s aesthetic appeal. Featuring an array of artistic styles (abstract expressionism, op-art, pop-art, futurism, realism, and recycled art to name a few), a guest at Rarity Gallery is blown away by the quality of each and every artwork. This sense of awe is only further amp-lified as guests enter the gallery and are offered an intimate tour of the space by either one of the curators or one of their excellent gallerists.
The Main Protagonist of the Group Exhibition is Julian Opie born in London in 1958 and graduated in 1982 from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Six of Opie’s portraits are in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London: four portraits of the band members of Blur executed in colour print on paper, one of inventor and engineer Sir James Dyson rendered by inkjet on canvas, and a self-portrait, Julian with t-shirt, executed on an LCD screen with computer software. More than two dozen of Opie’s portraits, landscapes, and other works are in the collection of the Tate and six works are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Other collections include Victoria & Albert Museum, Arts Council and the British Council in London; ICA in Boston USA; Essl Collection in Vienna; IVAM in Spain; The Israel Museum in Jerusalem and Takamatsu City Museum of Art in Japan.
Opie is the most influential minimalist Pop Artist of the 21th century and he has exhibited in the UK and internationally at major institutions and galleries.
2001 Music Week CADS, Best Illustration for “Best of Blur”
1995 – 1996 Residency at the Atelier Calder in Saché, France
1995 Sargant Fellowship at the British School in Rome, Italy
PHOTOS GALLERY by Joanna Longawa, JL INTERVIEWS Editor in Chief and Hernàn Benchaya