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The Onassis Cultural Center Presents Black Frames: A Contradiction of Emotions

February 21, 2017 - by Chelsey Grasso
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A newly commissioned work will soon be arriving at the Onassis Cultural Center, so mark your calendars for March 9. Black Frames, a mixed media work by artist Jannis Varelas, will be put on display to act as a counterpoint to the exhibition, A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC–200 AD. Completely free and open to the public, the Onassis Cultural Center should be on every NYC visitor’s bucket list.

About the Work

black frames onassis centerAptly titled Black Frames, the upcoming addition to The Art Wall of Olympic Tower will be a staunch contradiction to the A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC–200 AD, the major exhibition on display at the Onassis Cultural Center New York. While the latter aims to explore the theme of emotions and how they have been represented, disguised, analyzed, and represented in both ancient Grecian and modern times, Black Frames will serve as a contemporary counterpoint. Artist Jannis Varelas will be creating the work in mixed media on canvas, which will present itself as a large-scale diptych painting.

About the Artist

Jannis Varelas


Artist Jannis Varelas is a Greek-born contemporary artist living and working in Athens, Vienna, and Los Angeles. Educated at the Athens School of Fine Arts and the Royal College of Art in London, Varelas’ work has since been shown at a handful of well-known and respected institutions, including New Benaki Museum, the First Athens Biennial, the Cairo Biennial, the New Museum, the Palais de Tokyo, the Saatchi Gallery, and the Contemporary Arts Center.

About The Art Wall of Olympic Tower


Image: Onassis Cultural Center

For those who are unfamiliar with The Art Wall, it can be found in the public atrium of Olympic Tower within the Onassis Cultural Center New York. The Art Wall is the installation site of many large-scale artworks that are regularly commissioned and displayed by the Onassis Cultural Center, including many famous past works such as a Maria Zervos video (My Half of the Sky, My Half of the Earth) and a sculptural tapestry by Alexandra Keyahoglou (Repoussoir for a New Perspective).

About the Onassis Cultural Center New York

Onassis Center

Image: Onassis Cultural Center

If you hadn’t yet guessed, the Onassis Cultural Center is dedicated to exploring Greek culture through artwork, exhibitions, and events. All programs are free of charge and open to the public, allowing everyone to learn about Greek culture from antiquity to today, as well as providing a point of access for families, novices, experts, scholars, and everybody in-between.

Hours of Operation 

Black Frames, as well as A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC–200 AD, will be open for viewing between 8am and 10pm daily beginning March 9th, 2017 and ending on June 24th, 2017. Olympic Tower, 645 Fifth Ave., 212-486-4448,

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