published 8.24.2017

Black Frames Closes September 5th - Media Alert



Installation on view in Olympic Tower Atrium Monday to Sunday 8 am to 10 pm, free admission 

Media Alert: August 24, 2017

Black Frames
Black Frames, Jannis Varelas, 2017

This diptych, which premiered March 9, 2017, was inspired by a line from Plato’s Alcibiades, which George Seferis quotes in his poem Argonauts (1935). The work explores the complex relationship between self-knowledge and identity within the context of social restrictions and impositions, and the emotional conflicts that can arise between a sense of self and one’s role in society. The work combines abstract and realistic elements to depict the emotional disruption and fission between the personal and the social, the idiosyncratic and the communal. 

Black Frames was specially commissioned by the Onassis Cultural Center New York in conjunction with the exhibition A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD. It will remain on view through September 5, 2017. 

About Jannis Varelas

Jannis Varelas lives and works in Athens, Vienna, and Los Angeles. He received an MFA from the Royal College of Art in London and a BA from the Athens School of Fine Arts. Selected solo shows include The Breeder, Athens (June 2017); New Flags for a New Country/Destroying Elvis, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens (2016); New Flags for a New Country, The Breeder, Athens (2015); Sleep My Little Sheep Sleep, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, curated by Xenia Kalpaktsoglou (2012); The Oblong Box, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens, curated by Marina Fokidis in collaboration with Jannis Varelas (2011); Brandybell Series, Autocenter, Berlin (2010); Blue Soldier/Opera Costumes, The Breeder, Athens (2009). Varelas is represented by The Breeder,

Where:        Onassis Cultural Center New York, Olympic Tower Atrium, 645 Fifth Avenue, New York. Entrances on East 51st and 52nd Streets
When:         Monday to Sunday, 8 am to 10 pm 

Onassis Cultural Center New York

The Onassis Cultural Center New York explores Greek culture from antiquity to today through a diverse program of exhibitions, events, and online engagement for audiences of all ages and interests. All programs and exhibitions – from scholarly to those designated for families, novices and experts – are presented free of charge to make the experience accessible to all. 

Onassis Foundation USA

The Onassis Foundation USA, an affiliate to the parent Foundation in Greece, is committed to the promotion of Greek culture. To learn more about the Foundation and the Onassis Cultural Center New York, please visit:

Media Contacts 

Eleanor Goldhar, Director of Communications, 917-732-7166;

Maria Galanou, Manager of Media and Public Relations, 917-732-7167;


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