Philip Tsiaras «The Supereal - Εξωπραγματικό»

Philip Tsiaras

Philip Tsiaras

Philip Tsiaras

Philip Tsiaras

Philip Tsiaras

Philip Tsiaras

Philip Tsiaras

Philip Tsiaras

Philip Tsiaras

Philip Tsiaras

Philip Tsiaras

Philip Tsiaras

The exhibition of Philip Tsiaras entitled “The Super Real” is extended until December 13th, 2009, and is organized by the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography.

It involves the first big retrospective photographic exhibition of the artist, who is an internationally known artist of Greek heritage, who lives and works in New York.

Along with the exhibition, visitors have a chance to get to know the artist through the publication of the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography entitled “Philip Tsiaras: The Super Real 1971-2009”, which is composed of texts by Vangelis Ioachemidis, Andreas Bee, Sirago Tsiara, and the well-known photography critic, Allan D. Coleman. The rich photographic material of the book is divided into five sections (The Faces, Movement, The Self, The Family, and Places), as is the exhibition.

The exhibition, curated by Vangelis Ioachemidis, is manifested in the context of the 44th Demetria Festival of Thessaloniki, under the supervision of the Hellenic Culture Organization, with the support of the Municipality of Thessaloniki and the company “Attiko Metro”.

In the exhibition, over 200 chosen works are selected from important collections of the artist from 1971 until today, covering the entire spectrum of his photographic material. The choice of works is based on two central ideas: the way the artist explores his photographic means-through narration, video, and his own innovative interferences, as well as the way he builds his identity, while trying to unite his various cultural experiences-his familial and social experiences.

During the exhibition, a film is shown which is dedicated to the work and career of the artist.

Biography of Philip Tsiaras

The Greek-American Philip Tsiaras, was born in 1952 in New Hampshire, U.S.A. He studied music and comparative literature at Amherst College. He was the assistant to Lucas Samaras. His artistic work is composed of photography, painting, poetry, sculpture, ceramics, and glass.

From 1974, he has had over 75 private exhibitions in various institutions throughout the world, including: Seattle Museum of Art, Center of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Mannheimer Kunstverien, Mannheim, Bernier Gallery, Athens, Studio Palazzoli, Milan, Shea & Beker Gallery, New York, Margulies/Taplin Gallery, Miami, Tegnerforbundet Gallery, Oslo, Museum Santa Apollonia, Venice, Gallerie Dominion, Montreal, Newport Art Museum, Rhode Island., Villa Reale, Monza, The Currier Museum, N.H., Spazio Cavallieri di Malta, Cycladic Gallery, Syros, International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Istanbul, Neou Frouriou, Corfu.

More recently are the exhibitions: «Philip Tsiaras, New Work» Istanbul, «Glassy Sultans» Bodrum, «Mediterrania» Idaho, U.S.A. (2008), and his participation in the Art-Athina 09.

He has also participated in many group exhibitions worldwide, and has exhibited in the Biennale of Venice three times, where he created a bronze sculpture three meters high, with the title “Social Climber” on the Grande Canal

He has also received many awards, including: The American Academy Award for Poetry, The Thomas Watson Fellowship, New York State C.A.P.S grant, National Endowment Grants for Arts, distinction for the Blickle Stiftung International Photography Prize, Germany, and The Generali Assicurazioni Gold Metal Award for “Civilita”, Venice.

Works of his can be found in company, private, and important museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Twenty books and catalogues are dedicated to his work. Important to note are books published by Electa, Mondadori and Contrasto books. He lives and works in New York.

Location: Thessaloniki Museum of Photography

Exhibition Duration: Until 13/12/2009

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