An acclaimed figure of Greek art in the second half of the 20th century, Greek artist Daskopoulou systematically painted portraits of women; in fact, her dedication to this genre was so intense that her entire work consists of female portraits almost exclusively, which has led her to her being remembered as "a painter of women". CAN Christina Androulidaki Gallery presents a new show featuring rare works by the artist, that highlight her love for women and her enigmatic relationship with the other sex.
In the exhibition Men and Motorcycles, CAN Gallery exhibits a group of rarely-seen works by Daskopoulou that have men as their subjects. Most of the works were created in the 1980's, soon after the artist returned from her studies and nearly two decades of living in Paris. Hauntingly expressive and full of internal tension, Daskopoulou's men have the same expressive power as her women—only that in comparison, the men appear passive, emotionless and doll-like, whereas her women all seem to be on the dramatic tipping point between emotional states. The men in Daskopoulou's paintings are people she knew, like for example the portrait of her doctor, executed with such a startling lack of emotion and flatness that renders the work almost clinical and leaving one wondering: what kind of relationship did the artist have with this person?
Men and Motorcycles is the second show with Daskopoulou's works at CAN Gallery, following a major tribute in autumn 2018 that consisted of 18 works presented at the Athens Biennale and 18 works hanging in the gallery. That double showcase rekindled an interest in Daskopoulou's work, who died in 2006 at the age of 70, and introduced her to a younger generation of artists and gallery-goers. The current show offers an oblique look into the work and mind of an artist who was a feminist well ahead of her time within the context of post-dictatorship Greece; it is an opportunity to immerse oneself in the admirable restraint and dextrous brushwork of an artist worth knowing.