Monday, January 16, 2017

George Stathopoulos: Introducing Greek artists to an international audience

10:24 PM
In a recent trip to Athens, I had the pleasure to meet with George Stathopoulos, a leading tax and corporate attorney whose true passion is collecting and curating art. George Stathopoulos has spent over 30 years organizing exhibitions globally as a way of promoting Greek art and introducing Greek artists to an international audience. His curatorial work includes exhibitions at The Musée d’Art NaÏf Max Fourny (Paris, France), Princeton University, The National Arts Club (New York, NY), the Bank of America (Athens, Greece), and seven exhibitions at Belgravia Gallery (London, UK). A totally different project and one of his major achievements is the 2014 installation of the George Zongolopoulos sculpture “Poseidon” on the George Washington University campus. His passion and commitment in promoting Greek art was palpable throughout our conversation. 

Lilia Ziamou: Your interest in art. How it started and how it evolved. 

George Stathopoulos: My interest in art started when I took an elective course in Art History at the University of Michigan as an undergraduate. I found the course fascinating and felt that I wanted to know more about art. While in Washington D.C. as a Law student at the George Washington University, I often visited the National Gallery of Art, the Phillips Collection and other museums and started to become more and more aware of art. This interest evolved while working in Amsterdam, where I was introduced to the work of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals, and other Dutch masters. Then my three years in Brussels gave me exposure to contemporary art, and from Brussels I frequently visited France and Germany to explore the art scene. Finally, back in Athens in the early seventies, I became familiar with the work of Greek contemporary artists. Eventually, my interest in art became a priority. My first purchase of an artwork was in the early seventies in Paris, in Montmartre. Then, during my travels to various European cities as legal counsel, I started collecting the work of European artists and after moving back to Greece I became increasingly interested in the work of Greek contemporary artists. I got to know the artists on a personal level. It is exciting to be with them. They have interesting things to say and I admire them. While collecting, I started to curate exhibitions of contemporary Greek art, first in Greece, and later abroad, in order to establish an international presence for Greek art. 

Lilia Ziamou: You are interested in giving international exposure to contemporary Greek art. Tell us more about it. 

George Stathopoulos: My vision is to make Greek art better known abroad, beyond the Greek borders. I feel and believe that Greek contemporary art is of high quality and should be exhibited abroad. What has been lacking is promoting Greek art to foreign art enthusiasts and collectors. Unfortunately, there is no well-organized public Greek authority that promotes Greek art. Also, Greek galleries, with a few exceptions, do not participate in international art fairs such as Art Basel, Frieze and the Armory. This, of course, is also closely related to the financial crisis but the result is that the Greek contemporary art scene is less visible than let’s say the Italian or German art scenes. I feel that showing Greek art abroad will present Greece in new, favorable ways. This gives me great satisfaction, because I am first and foremost Greek, and Greece has so much that is great. 

Lilia Ziamou: What is your curatorial approach? 

George Stathopoulos: My curatorial approach starts with the selection of the group of artists that I want to work with. I am drawn primarily to representational art although I find myself constantly developing new areas of interest. The works included in an exhibition need to fit together artistically, complement each other, and at the same time be compatible in character. I am always searching for the right gallery, art center or museum for the artists I work with. This is challenging. Once I have secured the location for the exhibition, I look for a sponsor, to cover the shipment of the artworks, travel expenses for the artists, and promotional costs. Usually, more than one sponsor is necessary. It is an all-encompassing process to put up a successful exhibition abroad. Media coverage, catalogs, invitations and invitation lists, and of course shipping and insurance of the works are all vital parts of the process. My wife Margaret, who is an excellent photographer, helps with the photography so we have quite a complete coverage! It is a lot of work but it is well worth all the effort. 

Lilia Ziamou: You have been very successful with securing funding for the exhibitions you have been curating. What are the challenges today? 

George Stathopoulos: This was true for the years prior to the Greek financial crisis of 2008. Up to then it was relatively easy to find sponsors. Since the economic crisis, finding sponsors has become extremely difficult. In fact, about four years ago I had to cancel a unique opportunity at the European Parliament in Brussels because the sponsor backed out at the last minute “because of the crisis”. For my most recent exhibition, the shipment of the artworks was sponsored by MARS Hellas Company. But overall, sponsorship in Greece is difficult because there are no tax incentives for a company to fund cultural projects, as it is the case in most other countries. 

Lilia Ziamou: Any concluding thoughts? 

George Stathopoulos: I have been inspired by a quotation I read in my early twenties, by Elbert Hubbard, and I always like to share it. “The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it; so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it…A little more persistence, a little more effort and what seemed failure may turn to glorious success… There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within….” 

The transcribed text has been edited for length and clarity.

Lilia Ziamou

Lilia Ziamou is a visual artist based in New York. 
Source: Huffington Post

Saturday, January 14, 2017

...And now they offer bags of clothes to the next generation of migrants and refugees

3:28 AM
Twenty years ago she and her husband walked across the border from Albania with their two very young children to get away from the violence and desperation in their country.

They had a few relatives already in Greece but essentially they started from scratch, setting up a home.  They worked hard, often two different jobs a day.  They lived very simply.  They saved. 

When they could they sent some money and clothes back to family in Albania.  They worked.  Their children went to Greek school, became Greek.  They worked.  They sent their children to university.  They worked.  They work.  Rarely even a coffee out… 

Twenty years ago she and her husband walked across the border.

And now they offer bags of clothes to the next generation of migrants and refugees.  

* Thank you anonymous for sharing this story.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Ο Θάνος Δημόπουλος, πρύτανης του ΕΚΠΑ, πήρε το μεγαλύτερο βραβείο για την έρευνα για το μυέλωμα

10:35 PM
Μία σημαντική διάκριση πέτυχε ο καθηγητής Ιατρικής Μελέτιος-Αθανάσιος Δημόπουλος, καθώς κατάφερε να πάρει το μεγαλύτερο βραβείο για την έρευνα του για το μυέλωμα. Πρόκειται για ένα βραβείο το οποίο δίνεται από το 1989 από τον ΙΜS για κάθε διεθνή εργασία για το μυέλωμα.

Το βραβείο αποτελεί για τους ερευνητές και την ιατρική επιστήμη μια σπουδαία αναγνώριση στην συνεισφορά τους στην έρευνα για το μυέλωμα. Το βραβείο έχει το όνομα του καθηγητή Waldenström ο οποίος ήταν πρωτοπόρος στην θεραπεία του καρκίνου του αίματος.

Ο καθηγητής Ιατρικής Μελέτιος-Αθανάσιος Δημόπουλος έχει στο βιογραφικό του και άλλες διεθνείς διακρίσεις καθώς στο παρελθόν είχε βρεθεί -μαζί με την επίσης καθηγήτρια Ιατρικής Αντωνία Τριχοπούλου- στον διεθνή κατάλογο Thomson Reuters, των επιστημόνων που ασκούν τη σημαντικότερη επιρροή στον τομέα τους.

Το ερευνητικό έργο του κ. Δημόπουλου, καθηγητή Παθολογίας με γνωστικό αντικείμενο την αιματολογία - ογκολογία, «μετράει» περισσότερες από 17.000 αναφορές στη διεθνή βιβλιογραφία. Ειδικεύεται στο πολλαπλούν μυέλωμα, μια αρκετά συχνή αιματολογική κακοήθεια (η δεύτερη σε συχνότητα μετά τα λεμφώματα), η οποία προσβάλλει γύρω στους 350 νέους ασθενείς το χρόνο στην Ελλάδα και προκαλεί κυρίως πρόβλημα στα οστά και στη λειτουργία των νεφρών.


* Ευχαριστούμε Βασίλη Λάκα για το άρθρο!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Ο εγκάρδιος αποχαιρετισμός του Φιλέλληνα Βρετανού Πρέσβη Τζων Κίττμερ

7:15 AM
Αγαπητοί μου φίλες και φίλοι,

Τα τελευταία 32 χρόνια ταξιδεύω στην πατρίδα σας. Το κάθε βήμα που έκανα, η κάθε κουβέντα που είχα με σας, ο καθένας από σάς που γνώρισα, το κάθε τι που έμαθα καθ’οδόν – ολ’ αυτά υπήρξαν για μένα μια απερίγραπτη χαρά και προνόμιο.

Αυτά τα τέσσερα τελευταία χρόνια, υπηρέτησα ως Πρέσβης της Αυτής Βρετανικής Μεγαλειότητας στην Ελληνική Δημοκρατία. Πρόκειται για έναν μεγαλοπρεπή τίτλο και δεν αισθανόμουν πάντα άξιος να τον φέρω. Αλλά ξέρω πλέον ότι η μεγαλοπρέπειά του κρύβει πολλά μικρά και απλά πράγματα. Και θα τον θυμάμαι με μεγάλη χαρά ως το τέλος της ζωής μου.

Ήταν μεγάλη τιμή για μένα να υπηρετώ τη Βασίλισσά μου και την πατρίδα μου σε μια χώρα που, από τα παιδικά μου χρόνια, αγαπάω και θαυμάζω.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Antetokounmpo ties career scoring high, Bucks rout NBA Champions Cavaliers (video)

8:23 AM
After building a big third-quarter lead against the defending NBA champions, the Milwaukee Bucks poured it on in the fourth. And when the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled their starters, including LeBron James, midway through the final period, the young Bucks still didn't let up.

"We didn't let them off the hook. We were attacking," said Giannis Antetokounmpo, who tied a career high with 34 points while the Bucks stunned the Cavaliers 118-101 on Tuesday night. "They are the champs, but this is a great win."

Bucks coach Jason Kidd had high praise for Antetokounmpo, who was often matched up against James. "He's getting better with hard work," Kidd said. "He was going against the best player in the world."

Αντώνης Δρακουλαράκος: Ένας Έλληνας σεφ στους 100 καλύτερους του κόσμου! (video)

7:16 AM
Το τριήμερο 27-29 Νοεμβρίου στο πριγκιπάτο του Μονακό λαμβάνει χώρα η πρώτη Παγκόσμια Σύνοδος Σεφ, Chefs Word Summit. Μια εκδήλωση για την υψηλή τέχνη της γαστρονομίας, που συγκέντρωσε στο Pavillon Grimaldi περισσότερους από 1000 επαγγελματίες επιλεγμένους μεταξύ των πιο διακεκριμένων μαγείρων και ειδικών της τέχνης του φαγητού σε όλο τον κόσμο.

Κατά τη διάρκεια της εκδήλωσης των εγκαινίων της Συνόδου, το περιοδικό Le Chef προσκλήθηκε να παρουσιάσει τη λίστα με τους 100 καλύτερους Chef από όλο τον κόσμο. Ανάμεσα στα ονόματα των ανθρώπων της γαστρονομίας που βρέθηκαν στη λίστα, φιγουράρει και εκείνο ενός Έλληνα. Ο Αντώνης Δρακουλαράκος που όπως χαρακτηρίζει ο ίδιος τον εαυτό του, είναι επαγγελματίας μάγειρας με αγαπημένη πρώτη ύλη το ψάρι.