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Stephen Antonakos (Greece 1926 - New York 2013)
Since 1958, Antonakos's work has been seen in hundreds of solo and group shows in New York, throughout the USA, and in cities in Europe and Japan. For almost every exhibition, he created new work. ln 2007, Antonakos: Α Retrospective and its catalogue were presented at the Benaki Museum, Pireos, organized by The J.F. Costoρoulos Foundation and curated by Katerina Koskina. The exhibition was seen at the Allentown Museum of Art, ΡΑ in 2008, curated by Robert S. Mattison. lrving Sandler's comprehensive monograph ANTONAKOS was published by Hudson Hills in 1999.
Large-scale neon installations were exhibited at documenta 6, 1977; the Sao Paulo Bienale, 1987; Artec '89, Nagoya, Japan, 1989; the XLVII Venice Biennale, 1997; the Aeschyleia Festival in Elefsina, 2011; documenta 14, 2017; Whitney Annuals, NYC, 1966-1974; - and in such insti-tutions as the Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands; the Loeb Student Center, NYU, NYC, 1967; the Nelson Gall., Kansas City, ΜΟ, 1968; the Grand Rapids Art Mus., Grand Rapids, ΜΙ, 1974; the San Francisco ΜοΑ, 1973; the Fort Worth Art Mus., 1974; the Albright-Knox Art Gall., Buffalo, ΝΥ, 1974; the Lowe Art Mus., Miami, FL, 1980; the Washington Project for the Arts, Wash. DC, 1981; Creative Time, NYC, 1981; the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 1982; the Musee D'Art Moderne, Paris, 1983; the La Jolla MCA, CA, 1984; the Rose Art Mus., Brandeis U., Waltham, ΜΑ, 1986 and 2000; Artec89, Nagoya, Japan; the National Gall. - Alexandros Soutzos Mus., Athens, 1992; Harvard's Carpenter Center, 1992-93; the Ramparts of Saint George, Rhodes, 1993; ΜοΜΑ P.S.1, LIC, ΝΥ, 1999; the Chrysler Mus., Norfolk, VA, 1999; the Neuberger Mus., SUNY Purchase, ΝΥ, 2000 and 2018; the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, 2001; Lafayette Coll., Easton, ΡΑ, 2004; the Kydoniefs Foundation, Andros, 2004; the Chapel of Saint George, Mystras, 2004; the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, Athens, 2011; the Grand Palais, Paris, 2013; lndustry City, Brooklyn, 2013; and the Hainan Biennale, Hainan, China, 2021.
Major solo shows include those at Miami ΜοΜΑ, Miami, FL, 1964; Contemp. Art Mus., Houston, ΤΧ, 1971; Allen Priebe Art Gal., Wisconsin State Univ., Oshkosh, WI, 1971; Fresno State Coll. Art Gall., Fresno, CA, 1972; Fort Worth Art Mus., Fort Worth, ΤΧ, 1974; Albright Knox Art Gall., Buffalo, ΝΥ, 1974; Lowe Art Mus., Miami, FL, 1980; Maison de Culture de Nevers, France, 1983; The Art Institute of Boston, Boston, ΜΑ, 1996; Smith Coll. ΜοΑ, Northampton, ΜΑ, 1997; Samuel Ρ. Harn ΜοΑ, Gainesville, FL, 1997; State MoCA, Thessaloniki, 2000; Rose Art Mus., Brandeis Univ., Waltham, ΜΑ, 2000; The Neuberger Mus., SUNY Purchase, ΝΥ, 2000 and 2018; Macedonian ΜοΜΑ, Thessalon-iki, 2003; Onassis Cultural Center, NYC, 2003-4; Lafayette Coll., Easton, ΡΑ, 2004; Chapel of Saint George, Mystras, 2004; Graduate Center, CUNY, NYC, 2005; Allentown ΜοΑ, Allentown, ΡΑ, 2018-2020; and MOMus Mus. Alex Mylona, Athens, 2020.
His over fifty Public Works include those at the Federal Building, Dayton, ΟΗ, 1978; Hampshire Coll., Amherst, ΜΑ, 1978; UMass., Amherst, ΜΑ, 1979; The lnt'I. Airport of Atlanta, GA, 1980; 42nd Street, NYC, 1981; Bagley Wright Theater, Seattle, WA, 1983; Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA, 1984; La Jolla MCA, CA, 1984; 14th District Police Station, Chicago, IL, 1986; Exchange Place, Jersey City, NJ, 1989; 59th Street Marine Transfer Station, NYC, 1990; Pershing Square, Los Angeles, CA, 1991; Stadtsparkasse, Cologne, 1993; Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan, 1994; new Public Library, San Antonio, ΤΧ, 1995; Granpark, Tokyo, Japan, 1996; Neuberger Mus., SUNY Purchase, ΝΥ; Reading Power Plant, Tel Aviv, 1998-99; Ambelokipi Metro, Athens, 2000; Macedonian MCA, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2002; Athena Atrium, Odessa, Ukraine, 2004; Airport of Puglia, Bari, 2005; Univ. of Dijon, 2006; and Hellenic American Union, Athens, 2007.
His work is in the collections of ΜοΜΑ; Whitney Mus. of American Art; Metropolitan Mus. of Art; Morgan Library & Mus.; NYU; National Gall. of Art, Washington, DC; The Menil coll., Houston, ΤΧ; Cleveland ΜοΑ; Dallas ΜοΑ; MOCA, Los Angeles, CA; Wadsworth Atheneum Μυs., Hartford, CT; Parrish ΜοΑ, Southampton, ΝΥ; Smith Coll. ΜοΑ, Northampton, ΜΑ; Rose Art Mus., Brandeis, U, Waltham, ΜΑ; National Gall. - Alexandros Soutsos Museum, Athens; National MCA, Athens; State MCA, Thessaloniki; Byzantine and Christian Mus., Athens; Alpha Bank coll., Athens; Onassis Cultural Center, Athens; and Musee D'Art Moderne, Paris.
He received the Prize for Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC, 2009, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Neuberger Mus., Purchase, ΝΥ, 2000, the National Academy Mus., NYC, 2011, and the Greek America Foundation, Chicago, 2011.