Cathryn Drake

  • Steeve Bauras, 3K, 2013, mixed media installation with performance. From “Cyclicités,” 2013.

    “Cyclicités”

    The exhibition “Cyclicités,” curated by the collective On the Roof (Elise Atangana, Yves Chatap, and Caroline Hancock), presented three research-based projects examining historical patterns through elements of the local urban and cultural context. Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop’s ongoing series “Architextures,” 2011–, portrays Dakar as a rural village evolving organically through the grid imposed by Western colonization. Several striking photographic blowups suspended in the cavernous space compared, in close-up detail, the pure geometry and repetition in natural growth with that of

  • Left: Installation view of work by Pavlos Tsakonas. Right: Dealer Maria Demetriades and fair director Alexis Caniaris. (All photos: Cathryn Drake)
    diary May 28, 2013

    Local Warming

    AFTER A YEARLONG HIATUS, the eighteenth Art-Athina hit the ground running on the evening of Thursday, May 16, and the former Olympic “Tae Kwon Do” Pavilion was packed with enthusiastic party people. The fair had a more national flavor than ever this year under its new director, Alexis Caniaris, the son of recently deceased artist Vlassis Caniaris, whose iconic modern work has recently found great success on the international market. Of the very few foreign galleries exhibiting, most were Greek-owned. The Breeder gallery was dealing with the perceived drop in the market by selling fantastic

  • Left: Maarten Vanden Eynde's ‘Brick Era’, +/- 2013 AD. Right: Artist David Claerbout, Art Brussels director Katerina Gregos, and artist Hans Op de Beeck. (All photos: Cathryn Drake)
    diary April 30, 2013

    Global Entry

    THIS IS A LOVE LETTER TO BRUSSELS, despite—no, because!—of its myriad contradictions. From the moment I arrived for Art Brussels weekend, everyone was trying in vain to define the city, the latest to be touted the “new Berlin.” But Brussels is hardly Berlin, or it’s all that and more—or maybe it’s just . . . the new Brussels?

    I headed straight from the airport to a buzzing dinner hosted by artists Beat Streuli and Marie Le Mounier, where scores of other artists living in Brussels, both foreign and Belgian, mixed with visiting curators: Dobrila Denegri, Antonia Alampi, Elena Sorokina, Chris

  • Left: Tzisdarakis Mosque. Right: Artist Athanasios Argianas and curator Sophia Tournikiotis. (All photos: Cathryn Drake)
    diary April 06, 2013

    Neighboring Sounds

    ALTHOUGH LAST FRIDAY was not yet Good Friday in Orthodox Athens, a spiritual sort of ritual took place in the Tzisdarakis Mosque on picturesque Monastiraki Square. There rang the melancholy tones of a theremin played by Theodore Pistiolas, part of a performance orchestrated by artist Athanasios Argianas for the inauguration of “Silent Space Stand Still,” curated by Maria Thalia Carras and Sophia Sofia Tournikiotis, a weekly series of four visual art and sound installations by artists from around the politically discordant Eastern Mediterranean region. Next up, Lebanese Tarek Atoui, Turkish Cevdet

  • Left: Artists Julio Le Parc and Marta Le Parc. Right: Jean de Loisy, president of Palais de Tokyo. (All photos: Cathryn Drake)
    diary March 04, 2013

    Cold Day in Hell

    WHEN I ARRIVED in Paris for the Palais de Tokyo show “Soleil Froid” (Cold Sun), the oxymoron could have doubled as the weather forecast. It was frigid as hell, yet the city seemed more convivial and fun than ever.

    The festivities began on the last Sunday in February with a cocktail party at the Tokyo Art Club in honor of Argentine artist Julio Le Parc, whose retrospective of optical illusions was the main attraction among the eleven exhibitions that opened that evening. Pleased as punch, Palais head Jean de Loisy exuberantly greeted guests as they poured into the raw space at the top floor of

  • Tula Plumi, Untitled, 2012, spray paint on metal sheet, painted flowerpot stand, 31 1/2 x 9 7/8 x 10 5/8". From the series “Lines and Circles,” 2011–.

    Tula Plumi

    In her recent show “Interspace,” Tula Plumi flirted with the duplicity of perception in both sculpture and works on paper. The ensemble was introduced by multicolored upright cylinders, two untitled 2012 works from her “Lines and Circles” series, 2011– , standing against a flat two-tone backdrop: DIY wallpaper constructed with sheets of paper forming the profile of a charcoal mountain on a light-gray background, a blown-up photo detail. The slender freestanding objects, made of metal spray-painted in matte tones, resembled layered rolls of construction paper, appearing more ephemeral than they

  • Left: Curator Lydia Matthews. Right: Curators Wato Tsereteli and Henk Slager of the 1st Tbilisi Triennial. (All photos: Cathryn Drake)
    diary November 23, 2012

    Tri, Tri Again

    IT WAS ALREADY a heady atmosphere by the time the Georgian capital of Tbilisi opened its fifth annual Artisterium, a series of exhibitions and public art projects, and the first Tbilisi Triennial, “Offside Effect,” curated by Wato Tsereteli and Henk Slager. The small mountainous country had concluded hotly contested parliamentary elections the week before, selecting billionaire and art collector Bidzina Ivanishvili as prime minister. In Berlusconi style, the richest man in Georgia happens to own one of three national TV stations, which aired videos depicting rampant prison abuse shortly before

  • Left: Curators Apostolos Vasilopoulos and Jason Kontovrakis. Right: Festival artistic director Konstantia Gourzi, artist Harun Farocki, and architect Penny Petrakou. (All photos: Cathryn Drake)
    diary August 27, 2012

    Samo Samos

    THE ISLAND OF SAMOS was the scene of a recent summertime détente between Greeks and Germans on the occasion of Harun Farocki’s “Between Eye and Hand,” the inaugural exhibition of the Culture Hotel Pythagoras art museum and residency. Munich-based entrepreneur Kurt Schwarz and his Greek wife, Chiona Xanthopoulou-Schwarz, bought and renovated the abandoned hotel, long an eyesore on the quaint touristic harbor of Pythagoreio, where the eponymous mathematician lived. Also initiating that weekend was the Samos Young Artists Festival, a series of concerts taking place every August in the ancient

  • Left: Ivan Michailov former director of Izolyatsia factory. Right: Dealer Maria Baró, artist Daniel Buren, and collector Luba Michailova. (All photos: Cathryn Drake)
    diary August 01, 2012

    Midsummer Night’s Dream

    A SMALL BUT DIVERSE ART CROWD representing nearly every continent recently invaded the obscure city of Donetsk, Ukraine, on the tails of European football fans, for the opening of “What Is the Time?” at the Izolyatsia Art Centre. Undeterred by the political boycott and charges of national racism that plagued the Euro Cup 2012 matches here, this particularly unlikely incursion of the Ukrainian frontier was led by Italians, namely the intrepid principals of San Gimignano’s Gallery Continua, who invited six artists to create site-specific installations at the former communist insulation factory.

  • Left: Dealer Sofia Vamiali and artists Eftihis Patsourakis and and Dimitra Vamiali. Right: Athens Pride parade.
    diary June 21, 2012

    Pride and Prejudice

    The opening of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival the Friday before last was initially surreal: The dearth of people in the balmy courtyard of the former Tsaousoglou office furniture factory gave the impression that we had arrived at the wrong place at the wrong time, a kind of Wild West sensation. The explanation for the late arrivals was reassuringly banal: “They’re all watching the Greece-Poland match,” curator Olga Hatzidaki speculated. But then Greeks are not known for their punctuality, and in sultry weather lateness is just common sense. At sundown they started pouring in.

    Inside Building A

  • Left: Alain Arnaudet, director of Friche la Belle de Mai, Véronique Collard-Bovy, director of Sextant et Plus, and dealer Jean-Jacques Le Berre, of Galerie Porte Avion. Right: Véronique Rizzo and Francisco Da Mata's Battle at La Gad. (All photos: Cathryn Drake)
    diary June 02, 2012

    Street Smarts

    THE DAY I LANDED for the Printemps de l’Art Contemporain, outgoing and incoming French presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande crossed paths on the red carpet at the Elysée Palace in Paris, national politics took a left, and the headlines read: “Le Bling-bling, c’est fini.” Yet the Côte d’Azur was aglitter with stars farther east as the red carpets were rolled out for the Cannes Film Festival, demonstrating the perennial glamour of France. As the car radio started to announce the newly appointed government ministers, our driver summed up the European state of affairs: “My brother is

  • Left: Dealers Mathieu Paris and Xavier Hufkens. Right: Artist Thilo Heinzmann. (All photos: Cathryn Drake)
    diary April 30, 2012

    Double Vision

    THE FORECAST FOR THE THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY of Art Brussels was an unpromising series of raindrop icons all lined up in a row. But fortunately the local weather is as undependable as the country’s collectors are dependable, and when I arrived for the opening day of the fair, April 19, the sun was actually shining on the silver lining.

    At the fair that evening, I stopped by Peres Projects to get the scoop: “The high-octane beer here is dangerous!” a director informed me. Otherwise everything was going well: Javier Peres himself was off at a meeting with an important collector, and the Rubells and