“If you succeed in New York, you succeeded everywhere”

“If you succeed in New York, you succeeded everywhere”

Her biography is full of distinctions. Her first major project “the Cycladic Books”, were marked by the art critic Barbara Rose as a harbinger of Minimalism. Her first solo exhibition was held in 1961 in the Betty Parsons Gallery and at the same year at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

In several of her works, inspired by Times Square which she connects to the Byzantine Empire, she uses aluminium and neon lights. The project The Gates of Times Square (Albright Knox Art Gallery) is a composition of stainless steel, Plexiglas and neon lights, and it is the culmination of artistic and one of the most important American sculptures. In this project, which has the form of two large A, she is using neon lights. The use of letters and neon, characterize her works in general. In 1967 she creates the work Clytemnestra, which is currently out of the Athens Concert Hall.

She has exhibited in many prestigious museums and galleries in the world such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, at the  Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center (1968), the Whitney (1972), the Museum of Modern Art in Montreal (1974) The Museum of Modern Art in Paris (1979), the National Gallery in Athens, [4], the Institutes of Contemporary Art in Boston and London and she has participated in various exhibitions like the Biennale of Sao Paulo (1963.1969) and Venice (1972). She has also met important personalities of the art at that time in New York.

Her work “Mott Street”, inspired by the Chinatown in Manhattan, is located in the Metro Station Evangelismos of Athens. In 1992 she returned for the first time in Athens after thirty five years, creating her workshop in the Neos Kosmos, but then she returned again in America.

She supports that “if you succeed in New York, you succeeded everywhere”. This is something she has gained.