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«When we lie awake»: Μία εικαστική έκθεση αφηρημένου εξπρεσιονισμού δια χειρός Δέσποινας Κωνσταντινίδη στο Γενικό Προξενείο της Ελλάδας στη Νέα Υόρκη
Greek abstract expressionism in New York
“When we lie awake”
Αn exhibition of oil paintings by Despina Konstantinides
at the Consulate General of Greece in New York
Spring has arrived in New York and with it, a fresh crop of art creations. On May 8, the Consulate General of Greece in New York opened an exhibition of oil paintings by Despina Konstantinides, a Greek-American whose paintings have been featured in numerous group shows at institutions.
Despina draws her inspiration from the Greek concept of “Aletheia” (truth) as an unconcealment, since in Greek, true literally means “the unconcealed”. Similarly, Konstantinides uses the language of painting to strip down what is “familiar” within the paintings, as well as within us.
Therefore, the paintings balance between two worlds—abstract and figurative, paying tribute to “abstract expressionism” a movement which originated in New York in the 1940s and 1950s, making a huge impact on the art world at the time, challenging Paris as the capital of western art. With her gestural brush-strokes Konstantinides aspires to fruitfully contribute to this great American artistic expression.
Despina Konstantinides was born in 1978 in New York. Her works are included in the corporate collections of both AIG and Creative Mobile Technologies, as well as numerous private collections. Her paintings were recently featured on the season finale of the HBO show Divorce.