GALLERI ANDERSSON/SANDSTRÖM

GALLERI ANDERSSON/SANDSTRÖM

Cris Gianakos - Exhibition view, Stockholm 2009
Exhibition view "Recent Work" at Galleri Andersson/Sandström Stockholm, 2009

 

Since the sixties, Cris Gianakos is part of the New York art avant-garde, active on the minimalist och abstract expressionist scene. His art moves with ease between sculpture, installations and painting, but focus remains the geometrical forms related to the urban landscape and architecture around us.

Cris Gianakos, born 1934 in New York, studied art at the School of Visual Arts, but says that he is mostly self taught.  In the sixties he started experimenting with what still is the central theme in his art: simple geometric forms applied on, but also abstracted from, the urban landscape. A much talked-of installation was carried out at a crossing in Central Park in 1969. Gianakos spread flour on the asphalt in the shape of a giant X and let cyclists and pedestrians who were passing over it carry the flour with them to change the shape in a haphazard way.

In the US, Cris Gianakos is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, among others, but his work can also be found in several Swedish collections, such as Moderna Museet, Göteborgs konstmuseum and Malmö konstmuseum.