Local fine art photographer Josh Garrick’s passion for Greece has resulted in a partnership between Greece’s most-regarded museum and the American who loves the country. Garrick has been extended a recent invitation to showcase his photographic work highlighting treasured Greek monuments at the National Archeological Museum in Athens, Greece.
The exhibit, Seeking the Ancient Kallos, curated by Iris Kritikou will be shown September 12, 2013 through January 8, 2014.
The exhibit is divided into sections, shown in different areas of the Museum: a. “A Visit” (at the entrance hall of the museum), b. “Breathing” (in Room 21), c. “Garden statues” (in the atrium), d. “Instants” (in the Museum’s café).
The works will highlight often unseen details of illustrious Greek treasures including some of the most famous sculptures of history. Garrick received unprecedented access to many of the monuments during his more than 40 trips to the country, having traveled to Greece as a professor with his students from the prestigious School of Visual Arts in New York City and on his own as a professional artist.
The National Archeological Museum, which ranks among the top 10 museums of the world, will feature Garrick’s black and white photography of Greek monuments printed on aluminum.
“Josh Garrick’s artworks are rich in both content and form – there are few richer subjects than the genesis of culture represented by classical Greece,” said Richard D. Colvin, Director of the Eustis Museum of Art. He continued, “Garrick marries this with visual evidence of contemporary restoration, and creates strong compositions, some with stunning contrast and others with delicate texture. Add this to a new outputting technique — dibond aluminum — and the exhibition is both classic and innovative.”
“My love of all-things-Greek comes from the fact that what we most treasure in Western Civilization – our legacy of art, history, theatre, philosophy, and government – all comes from that singular place and time in history,” Garrick said. “Out of respect for those geniuses who lived in Athens 2,500 years ago, I feel a ‘religious responsibility’ when I photograph their ancient statues and monuments. At this moment in history, it is more important than ever for all of us to understand the real ‘wealth’ of Greece – the inestimable ‘wealth’ of Greece is located within the walls of the National Archaeological Museum, which celebrates that ancient genius.”
Garrick, a celebrated arts writer in Central Florida, whose photographic work has been published in Archaeology magazine, the New York Post and on the cover of the New York Gallery Guide, adds these works to the thousands of photographs he’s captured over the span of his career. The photographs epitomize the history of Greece and the progression of art in western civilization.
Garrick’s photographs have been added to the permanent collections of the Eustis Museum of Art, the Orlando Museum of Art, and the Art & History Museums – Maitland. After 25 years as an arts journalist, innumerable photographic expeditions to Greece and a lifetime of passion for Greece, Garrick has landed an opportunity that places him at the forefront of the international fine art community.
About Josh Garrick
Fine art photographer, curator, lecturer and syndicated arts writer Josh Garrick is a 17-year champion of the Central Florida arts community.
Garrick’s love affair with Greece and its history led to 15 student trips to Greece as a professor at the prestigious School of Visual Arts in New York City. With a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University in New York, Garrick’s life has been dedicated to capturing Greece’s treasures through his skilled photography and with permissions from the Greek government for unprecedented access to that country’s famed monuments and museums. This access included a photo-shoot in which he was allowed to climb the scaffolding around the Parthenon and take photographs from the roof of that sacred monument.
His works have been featured in numerous magazines and museum exhibits. This fall, his tribute to the history of Greece will be featured in a photography exhibit at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece, making him the first American in the Museum’s 124-year history to have work exhibited in the renowned museum.