“Greek Gotham” aims to draw parallels between the Ancient and Classical Greek Civilization and New York City as it is today.
The group show, “Greek Gotham,” at Marina Vranopoulou’s year-old space, Dio Horia brings together 16 of New York’s most of-the-moment artists — among them Nina Chanel Abney, KAWS and Erik Parker. It was conceived by the New York-based art consultant Maria Brito, who is taking on the role of curator for the first time.
While Mykonos is known as a tourist destination, Dio Horia is putting the island, the most visited in the country, on the cultural map. “Greek Gotham” is an important, and ambitious, aesthetic moment for Mykonos: it’s the first time that only New York City-based artists are being shown in Greece. About half of them produced original work for the show, and a few — Taylor McKimens, Mira Dancy and Austin Lee — will come to Mykonos during its course.
Each of the artists whose work is on view in “Greek Gotham” was tasked with portraying, in some way, an interpretation of a Greek word. “Iconography” is represented, for example, by the recognizable color scheme and crossed-out eye imagery of KAWS. And Brito points to another pairing as particularly powerful: “In the case of Nina Chanel Abney, she wanted to be paired with ‘democracy,’ which the Greeks invented,” Brito says. “She is an African-American woman trying to convey the idea that we can all be equal.”