Festival (Excerpt), 2012

Work On Paper

Acrylic on non-woven lining paper

29.00 x 35.00 in

73.7 x 88.9 cm

Edition of 80

An artist signed and editioned certificate accompanies the work.

PRICE: $1,500

    About The Work

    Festival (Excerpt) is a fragment of a larger wall mural installation executed by Cypriot artist Christodoulos Panayiotou as part of his exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) in 2012. Occupying the length of the 44-foot wall that separates the Museum’s performance space from the main galleries, the original work—titled Festival—reconstructed a backdrop designed by set designer Loula Shoesmith for a music festival in Cyprus in the late 1970s/early 1980s. The work developed from Panayiotou’s interest in the way that a set for a popular music performance bore an uncanny resemblance to various celebrated abstract paintings from the twentieth century. Whereas those works of art were created through a process that emphasized the artist’s gestures as representative of deep personal emotions and thoughts, Festival was produced through an almost scientific approach. Panayiotou and museum staff poured paint onto sheets of wallpaper placed on a steep incline to create the intertwining red, blue, and yellow drip patterns. Festival (Excerpt), nowscaled to the size of a more traditional painting, is a unique relic of the original work, shifting the visual experience from theatrical stagecraft to a sense of intimate contemplation.

    Courtesy of CAM St. Louis.

    About Christodoulos Panayiotou 

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