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Chryssa & New York

Available in March 2023

Price $50, members $40

Chryssa & New York offers a timely reassessment of the Greek-born artist Chryssa and accompanies a survey exhibition co-organized by Dia Art Foundation and the Menil Collection, Houston. The artist was a leading figure in the postwar New York art world and in the use of signage, text, and neon, yet her work, which bridges Pop, Conceptual, and Minimalist approaches to art making, remains under-recognized. Focusing on the artist’s early career, in particular her time in New York from the 1950s to the 1970s, this exhibition catalogue charts the emergence of her singular aesthetic, especially her formal innovations with neon, and culminates in the development of her monumental and rarely seen installation The Gates to Times Square (1964–66). Essays situate Chryssa’s art alongside that of other New York-based practitioners in the 1950s and 1960s, consider her work through the lenses of queer theory and the Greek diaspora, and uncover her crucial influence on light art today. Rounding out the volume, a conversation on the technical aspects of her practice and a comprehensive chronology make this the definitive publication on Chryssa for years to come. 

Publication Details

Dia Art Foundation and The Menil Collection
Publication date
184 pages
9.64 x 11 inches

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Chyssa was born in Athens in 1933. She died in Athens in 2013.

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