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The Staging of Stages in the Practice of Yannis Tsarouchis

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Before painting, Tsarouchis fell in love with the stage. His admiration for this form would grow and bleed into his composed canvases, experimenting with the frame as an extension of the performative space. Along with his nod to the classical theater and the folk theater of Karaghiozis, Tsarouchis implemented sets, costumes, and props as aids to his experimentation and allegorical narratives. This virtual program, moderated by Ashley Janke, Program & Education Coordinator at Wrightwood 659, places the curators Androniki Gripari and Adam Szymczyk in dialog using select works as mediators for their shared stories and insights into the artist’s complex practice.

Image caption: Yannis Tsarouchis, Young Man Seated in Front of Background by Spatharis, 1950, oil on canvas, 48 x 41 cm, Private Collection, (c) Yannis Tsarouchis Foundation. 

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