Charmed Lives in Greece: Ghika, Craxton and Leigh Fermor
Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 6:30 pm at The University Club, 1 West 54th Street, New York City (map)
The Hellenic-American Cultural Foundation, with the support of the Benaki Museum, welcomes a presentation by renowned art historian Evita Arapoglou on the exhibition currently at The British Museum “Charmed Lives in Greece: Ghika, Craxton, Leigh Fermor.” Ms. Arapoglou helped create, and served as co-curator for, the exhibition, which was previously shown at the Benaki Museum in Athens and the A. G. Leventis Gallery in Nicosia.
The Greek painter Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas, the British painter John Craxton and the British writer Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor first met at the end of World War II. Their close friendship endured for more than fifty years, and their shared love of the Greek world deeply influenced their respective works. Images of Ghikas’ glorious landscape paintings and of Craxton’s vividly evocative scenes from everyday life, and excerpts from Leigh Fermor’s eloquent texts, are combined in a narrative of this trio’s remarkable friendship and of the unforgettable charm of life in Greece. The presentation is a vivid stroll through these artists’ intertwined lives in Mani, Crete, Hydra and Corfu. A brief video introduction featuring Ms. Arapoglou, produced by the British Museum to accompany the exhibition "Charmed Lives in Greece", can be found here. A reception with Evita Arapoglou will follow the program.
The program and reception are free of charge, but please note only registered attendees will be admitted to this event. Please be advised of The University Club’s strict dress code and house rules, available here.