Stephen Antonakos

(b. 1926)

Born 1926 in Agios Nikolaos, Greece

Passed away 2013 in New York, USA

Solo Exhibitions

2018

Stephen Antonakos: Proscenium, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY, USA (upcoming)

The Room Chapel, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA (upcoming)

2016

Stephen Antonakos – Neons & Drawings, 1970s, The Drawing Room, East Hampton, New York

2015-2016

Stephen Antonakos: Prints, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece

2015

Stephen Antonakos: 1977-78, Cuts and a Wall, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, USA

2013

Four Directions, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Pillows 1962—63, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, USA

2 Neons and 12 Drawings, The Drawing Room Gallery, East Hampton, New York, USA

2012

Tesseras, Savannah College of Art and Design, Museum of Art, Savannah, GA, USA

2011

The Search, The Elaiourgeio, Elefsina, Greece

Spaces, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, USA

2010

Ruby and Yellow Neon, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA, USA

Whites, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, USA

2009

Taxidi, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece

1960—2008, Kalfayan Galleries (Athens-Thessaloniki) at The Armory Show, NYC

2008

Darkness and Light, Savannah College of Art and Design, Pei Ling Chan Gallery,

Savannah, GA and ACA Gallery of SCAD, Atlanta, GA, USA

Here and Beyond, David Krut Projects and Kim Kempner Fine Art, New York, USA

New Wall Works, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece

Stephen Antonakos and Ronald Bladen: Drawings of the 60s and 70s, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany

Transexperience Greece 2008, 798 Space, Bejing, China

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens

2007

A Retrospective, Benaki Museum Pireos Avenue, Athens Greece, traveled to the Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA USA

Recurrence, Hellenic American Union, Athens, Greece, permanent public work Antonakos, Gallery Citronne, Poros, Greece

2006

Stephen Antonakos, Galleria Bonomo, Bari, Italy

Light, Location, Color, The Drawing Room, East Hampton, NY, USA

2005

Five Decades of Drawing, Graduate Center Gallery, CUNY, NYC, USA

The Years of Defiance / Art of the 1970s in Greece, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece

2004

Remembrance, Chapel of St. George, Mystras, Greece

To Spiti / The House, Kydoniefs Foundation, Andros, Greece

3 Spaces / 4 Directions. Williams Visual Arts Center, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, USA

Silent Chapel, Onassis Cultural Center, NYC, USA

2003

Journey, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Salonica, Greece

2001

‘Saint Anthony’: An Installation for the Easter Season, Corpus Christie Church, NYC, USA

2000

Public Works 1973—2000 and Antonakos: Praise—State Museum of Contemporary Art,

Salonica, Greece

Time Boxes 2000, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA

Proscenium, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY, Purchase, NY, USA

1999

‘Welcome’ and ‘Chapel for P.S. 1’, P.S. 1 Center for Contemporary Art, Long Island City, NY, USA

Blue Cross Meditation Chapel, The Arts Center, Portsmouth, VA, USA

Chapel of the Heavenly Ladder and Other Works, St. Peter’s Church, NYC, USA

Greek Travel Collages, Foundation for Hellenic Culture, NYC, USA

Color and Light, Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL, USA

1998

Plastivellum Drawings, Center for Hellenic Studies, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA

Early Assemblages and ‘The Blue Box’, Mitchell Albus Gallery, NYC, USAAntonakos: Selected

Drawings, Jan Abrams Fine Art, NYC, USA

1997

Inner Light, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA, USA

Meditation Room Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL, USA

Praise, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens, Greece

1996

The Room, Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA, USA

1995

Drawings, Werner H. Kramarsky, NYC, USA

1994

Antonakos and Takis, European Union Hall, Zapeion, Athens

1993

Chapel of the Saints—Fortress of St. George, Rhodes, Greece and The New Fort, Corfu—Curated by Haris Kambourides—catalog

1992

‘Chi-Rho’ Angels and Saints’ and ‘Chapel of the Heavenly Ladder’, Ileana Tounta Gallery,

Athens and 1993 and Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Salonika, Greece

Neons for the Carpenter Center, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA, USA

1990

Neons and Drawings, Blancpain Stepczynski Galerie d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland

1989

New Work, Kouros Gallery, NYC, USA

Neon and Drawings, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL, USA

Neons and Drawings, Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL, USA

1988

Neons and Collages, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens, Greece

Drawings, Bali Miller Art Gallery, NYC, USA

1987

Neons and Drawings, Burnett Miller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Neons, Drawings, and Prints, G. H. Dalsheimer Gallery, Baltimore, ML, USA

1986

Neons and Drawings, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham MA, USA

1985

Neons, Davenport Art Gallery, Davenport, Iowa, USA

1984

Neons and Works on Paper, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA, USA

Sandpiper Gallery, Tacoma, WA, USA

1983

Neons for Nevers, Maison de Culture de Nevers, Nevers, France

Three Neons, Le Coin de Mirroir, Dijon, France

New Work 1983, Bonnier Gallery, NYC, USA

Neons, Jean Bernier Gallery, Athens, Greece

Group Exhibitions

2018

Bending Light: Neon Art 1965 to Now, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY, USA

2017

Group show, The Drawing Room, East Hampton, NY, USA

Five and Forward: The Permanent Collection, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY, USA

Iterations: Contemporary Approaches to Drawing, University of Richmond Museums, Richmond, VA, USA

documenta 14, Kassel, Athens

2016

Urgent Conversations: Athens – Antwerp, EMST, Athens and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp

2014

Beyond the Classical, Imagining the Ideal Across Time, National Academy Museum, New York, NY, USA 

2013

The Drawing Room Gallery, East Hampton, New York, USA

The Mediterranean Experience: The Mediterranean as a spatial paradigm for the circulation of ideas and meaning, MMCA – Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece

Minus Space, Julian Pretto Gallery, New York, USA

(mostly) white, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, USA

Heavy Metal, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, USA

From Page to Space, Kunstraum Kaufbeuren, Kaufbeuren, Germany

Correspondences, Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

2012

From Page to Space, Galerija Murska Sobota, Slovenia

Transitions: Drawings from the Collection of Mima, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Center, Coventry, UK

Neon, la material luminosa dell’arte, MACRO Museo d’arte contemporanea, Rome, Italy

The Collecting Impulse: Fifty Works from Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, Blanton Museum, Austin, TX, USA

White: The Anatomy of a Color, National Academy Museum, New York, USA

From Picasso to Koons: Artists’ Jewellery, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece

Néon – Who’s afraid of red, yellow and blue?, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France

Gold, Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

2011

See the Light, Espace Louis Vuitton, Hong Kong

Channa Horwitz, Carl Andre, Stephen Antonakos: Works on Paper, Cream Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

Polyglossia: Greek Artists of the Diaspora, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, Greece

Drawn/Taped/Burned: Abstraction on Paper, Katona Museum of Art, Westchester County, NY, USA

Drawing in Progress, Middleborough Museum of Modern Art, Middleborough, UK

The Novak / O’Doherty Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

2009

In and Out of Amsterdam: art & project, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

New at the Morgan: Acquisitions Since 2004, The Morgan Library and Museum, NYC, USA

Exhibition of Works by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC, USA

184th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy and Museum, NYC, USA Abstract Alternatives, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA

With Red or With White The Wine Bottles of a Particular Collection, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Salonika, Greece

2008

Transexperience Greece 2008, 798 Space, Bejing, China

Paradigms and the Unexpected: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Shey Collection, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL, USA

Sensory Overload: Light Motion, Sound, and the Ooptical in Art Since 1945, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, USA

2007

Based on Paper: Revolution der Kunst 1960—75, Collection Marzona, Kulturforum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Topoi—From the collection of the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Salonika, Benaki Museum Pireos Avenue, Athens, Greece

Ithaca Regained: Greek Artists in New York, Kouros Gallery, NYC, USA

The Abstract Impulse: Fifty Years of Abstraction at the National Academy 1956—2006, National Academy Museum, NYC, USA

The 182nd Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy Museum, USA

2006

New Perspectives / New Visions: Collecting the New, The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ, USA America /

Americas, Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, USA

The Garden on Paper, The Drawing Room, East Hampton, NY, USA

Disegni Studio Trisorio, Naples and Rome

Anatomy of a Dream, Kalfayan Galleries, Salonika, Greece

Memory, Hellenic Academy of Modern Art, Athens, Greece

Guild Hall Collects, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY, USA

Italia: Muse to American Artists 1930–2005, National Academy and Museum, NYC, USA

Works by Peloponnesian Artists, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Salonika, Greece

The Alpha Bank Collection: Greek Artists from 1920 to Today, Macedonia Museum of Contemporary Art, Salonika, Greece

Drawings, The Drawing Room, East Hampton, NY, USA

Drawings, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece

2005

The Years of Defiance / Art of the 1970s in Greece, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece

Drawings, Neue National Galerie, Berlin, Germany

The Marzona Collection, Museum Moderne Kunst, Vienna, Austria

Columns and Pillars, European Cultural Center of Delphi, Delphi, Greece

Light Waves, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece

2004

Arti & Architettura 1900–2000, Palazzo Ducale, Genoa, Italy

Infinite Possibilities / Serial Imagery in 20th Century Drawings, Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, USA

Periplo del Mediterraneo…Antonakos, Burri, Klein, Tapies, Museo dell’Academia Ligustica di Belle Arti, Genoa, Italy

7 + 7 – / From the Colletion of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens Concert Hall, Athens, Greece

The 179th Annual Invitational Exhibition, National Academy and Museum, NYC, USA

Five Artists / Five Faiths, Ackland Art Museum, Univ of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Bibliography

2014

All the Rulers in the Starry Sky, Dimitri Oulis, The Athens Review, September Issue

2013

Musica Ex Nihilo, Savvas Michael, Agra Publishers, Athens, Greece (in Greek) – book

Stephen Antonakos: Kumi Ori – Shine… or The Dream of the Real, Savvas Michael, Ta Nea Tys Technis, Athens, Jan/Feb Issue

Stephen Antonakos: The Search, Photographs by Panos Kokkinias, Text by Christophoros Marinos, Design and Art in Greece, Annual Review, Athens

Flavin’s Icon Works, Joseph Masheck, Art and Christianity 76, Winter Issue

Stephen Antonakos, 86, Sculptor of Neon dies at 86, Margalit Fox, The New York Times, September 6

Stephen Antonakos (1926-2013), Diane Kelder, Artforum, October Issue

Transcendent and Aspirational: Stephen Antonakos 1926 – 2013, Marshall Price, Artcritical, September 6

Stephen Antonakos 1926 – 2013, Brian Boucher, Art in America, August Issue

2011

In Memory of Konstantinos, George T. Calofonos, Kathemerini, Athens, February 20, Arts&Letters Section, pg. 15

Stephen Antonakos: The Search. The Elaiourgeio, Elefsina, Greece, Essays by Helen C. Evans, George Skianis, Christophoros Marinos and others (in English and Greek), 64 color pages.

Stephen Antonakos: International Treasure. Article and interview by Margarita Pournara, Greek America Magazine, Jan/Feb Issue

Antonakos Gold Works 2011, Konrad Fischer Galerie Berlin, Interview with Irving Sandler – Catalogue

Stephen Antonakos – Klimas Photos, Savvas Michael, Golem, Agra Publishers, Athens, Greece (in Greek) – book

2009

Antonakos: Magician of Neon, Efi Strousa, Ta Nea Publishers, Athens, Greece (in Greek) – book

2008

Kernan, Nathan. Antonakos: 151 images and an essay. Johannesburg: David Krut Publishing. New York: Jim Kempner Fine Art, 158 color pages

The Ladder of Light or Stephen Antonakos Opens a Door in the Ceiling, Savvas Michael, Ta Nea Tys Technis, Athens, Greece, February

Artistic Proof That Less is More, Alexandra Koroxenidis, Kathemerini, Athens, Greece, February 20

In Conversation: Stephen Antonakos with Phong Bui, The Brooklyn Rail, January

2007

Stephen Antonakos: A Retrospective. Organized by the J. F. Costopoulos Foundation, the Benaki Museum, ATHENS. Curated by Katerina Koskina, Essays by Katerina Koskina, Brian O’Doherty, Martin Filler, Daniel Marzona, and Eleftherios Ikonomou, 250 color pages. This catalog contains a Chronology; Bibliography; and Exhibition, Public Works, and Public Collections documentation through 2007.

2005

Stephen Antonakos: Five Decades of Drawing. The Gallery of the Graduate Center, The City University of New York, New York. Essay by Diane Kelder.

2004

Marzona, Daniel and Grosenick, Uta. Minimal Art. Cologne, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo: Taschen

Stephen Antonakos: Remembrance. Chapel of Saint George. Archaeological Site of Mystras, Greece, Essay by Andreas Ioannidis.

Antonakos: To Spiti / The House. Petros and Marika Kydoniefs Foundation, Andros, Greece. Essay by Athena Schina (in English and Greek), 70 color pages

2003

Stephen Antonakos: Journey. A Drawing of 72 Units. Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Salonika, Greece. Essays by Maria Kotzamani and Irving Sandler (in English and Greek). 85 color pages

2000

Antonakos: Public Works 1973 — 2000. State Museum of Contemporary Art, Salonika, Greece. Curated by Miltiades Papanikolaou, Essay by Martin Filler. Statements by the artist. 86 color pages

Stephen Antonakos: Time Boxes 2000. Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. Essay by Joseph D. Ketner

1999

Sandler, Irving. Antonakos. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 258 color pages

1997

Stephen Antonakos: Inner Light. Smith College Museum of Art, Northamton, MA. Essays by Helen Searing, Vera Shevzov, and Linda Muehlig.

1992

Antonakos. Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens, Greece. Essays by Thomas F. Mathews and Linda Norden.

1986

Stephen Antonakos: Neons and Drawings. Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. Introduction by Carl Belz. Statement by the artist.