Future-proof: Richard Taittinger shows the prescient work of Nassos Daphnis

The Richard Taittinger Gallery.
The Greek-born artist Nassos Daphnis demonstrates his early exploration of pixel-informed imagery in a showcase of works on view at the Richard Taittinger Gallery. Pictured: 6-88, 1988
(Image credit: Daphnis Studio and Artist Rights Society. Courtesy of Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York)

While the late 20th century artist Nassos Daphnis (opens in new tab) was celebrated in his day – by no less than the stellar dealer Leo Castelli, who feted him with a stunning 17 solo shows – his oeuvre has fallen into the shadows, so to speak. Yet now, in the staging of 'Pixel Fields (opens in new tab)' in New York City, the Lower East Side gallerist Richard Taittinger (opens in new tab) is rightfully featuring Daphnis’ artistry, which was so ahead of the curve given its roots in this high tech age.

‘Castelli referred to the Greek-born Daphnis as the contemporary Piet Mondrian for his geometric paintings, with their crisply edged planes and bold primary palette,’ says Taittinger, who is showcasing 20 examples dating of his work from 1987–1992 and now represents the artist’s estate. But the multi-talented Daphnis wasn't simply replicating the Dutch master’s sleek lines. 

'He took his cues visually from computer generated graphics via the Atari ST,’ explains Taittinger of Daphnis’ remarkably prescient tack. In fact, the artist was aged 71 when he first booted up his son's computer. Daphnis’ composition, imagery and palette is based on pixels, in terms of its colour saturation and blocking of shapes. The 1987 work, 6-87 THE EXPLOSION, demonstrates his exploration of pixel-informed imagery in rendering compelling geometric forms. Others, like his Palace of Minos 10-88, 1988, reveal sharp blocks of tones based on patterns and forms he first rendered on the computer.

'While today Albert Oehlen, Cory Arcangel, Takashi Murakami and a bevy other artists are heralded for their reliance on the computer, actually Daphnis blazed a trail decades before them,’ says Taittinger.

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’He took his cues visually from computer generated graphics via the Atari ST,’ explains Taittinger of Daphnis’ remarkably prescient tack

(Image credit: Daphnis Studio and Artist Rights Society. Courtesy of Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York)

Paintings on wall

In fact, the artist was aged 71 when he first booted up his son’s computer

(Image credit: Daphnis Studio and Artist Rights Society. Courtesy of Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York)

The Explosion

6-87 THE EXPLOSION, 1987

(Image credit: Daphnis Studio and Artist Rights Society. Courtesy of Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York)

Daphnis’ composition, imagery and palette is based on pixels, in terms of its colour saturation and blocking of shapes

Daphnis’ composition, imagery and palette is based on pixels, in terms of its colour saturation and blocking of shapes

(Image credit: Daphnis Studio and Artist Rights Society. Courtesy of Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York)

Colourfull painting

AE 4-92, 1992

(Image credit: Daphnis Studio and Artist Rights Society. Courtesy of Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York)

Colorful paintings on wall


(Image credit: Daphnis Studio and Artist Rights Society. Courtesy of Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York)

While Daphnis was celebrated in his day – by no less than the stellar dealer Leo Castelli, who feted him with a stunning 17 solo shows – his oeuvre has fallen into the shadows, so to speak

Yellow, black, red, and blue color image

7-90, 1990

(Image credit: Daphnis Studio and Artist Rights Society. Courtesy of Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York)

Black and white wall paintings

(Image credit: Daphnis Studio and Artist Rights Society. Courtesy of Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York)

’While today Albert Oehlen, Cory Arcangel, Takashi Murakami and a bevy other artists are heralded for their reliance on the computer, actually Daphnis blazed a trail decades before them,’ says Taittinger

Evolving Spheres

EVOLVING SPHERES, 1987

(Image credit: Daphnis Studio and Artist Rights Society. Courtesy of Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York)

INFORMATION

‘Pixel Fields’ is on view at Richard Taittinger  (opens in new tab)Gallery (opens in new tab) until 25 October

Photography: Daphnis Studio and Artist Rights Society. Courtesy of Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York

ADDRESS

Richard Taittinger Gallery
154 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002

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