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"Six Hundred Artists to Exhibit in Athens During the Olympics"
2004-08-12 until 2004-09-29
Artiade - the Olympics of Visual Arts
Athens, , GR Greece

Following the successful ARTIADE exhibition held in Atlanta in 1996 on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary Olympic Games, the ARTIADE - Olympics of Visual Art are now being held in Athens from 12 August to 29 September 2004. These are taking place in parallel to the Olympic Games being held in that city at the same time. Six hundred artists from countries taking part in the Olympic Games will have their works exhibited. The ARTIADE will document a harmonious meeting of nations, using art as its means of communication.

There is an ever-increasing need to take a step back in order to find a cultural counterbalance and a sense of transparency, in the face of the increasing commercialisation of the Olympic Games. This exhibition offers the ideal medium for documenting the feel of any country - current events, emotions, and traditions. In short, it is a forum for world culture.

In other words, every Olympic nation will send not only its athletes, but also its artists, who will reflect the cultural identity of their countries of origin.

In this way the ARTIADE will emphasise the positive, unifying nature of the sport Olympics. Through this exhibition the original meaning of the Olympic ideal will be revealed in the present time. Athletes and artists represent two sides of a common culture. The exhibiting artists will be able to express their opinions and emotions without restraint.

The exhibition is being organised by the Kulturstiftung ARTIADE e.V. (Cultural Foundation ARTIADE), registered as a cultural organisation in the Federal Republic of Germany. It is supported by a number of prominent figures, most particularly by the German Federal President, Johannes Rau.

J.Mac is one of four artists selected as contemporary leaders of modern Canadian Art. J.Mac, known for her use of cast fiberglass and rope sculpture, will exhibit “Silent Memory” a sculpture depicting the personification of strength overcoming adversity. J.Mac’s work has been exhibited, through Asia, Europe and North America. Recent exhibitions include The First Beijing Biennale 2003 in China, Biennale D’Arte Contemporanea in Rome and Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea Firence Italia.

J.Mac is a Premiere Portfolio artist at absoluteart.com, see more of her work at; www.absoluteart.com/portfolios/j/jmacart/

Linda Sgoluppi is one of two UK artists selected for Artiade 2004. Two of the paintings in the exhibition will be from the Northamptonshire based artist.

Birth of Radar # 1 - series was inspired by an event in an insignificant corner of Northamptonshire. An event in Northamptonshire’s history which had worldwide significance. Horse has its basis in the ‘Shipping Forecast’. Broadcast in Britain daily the hypnotic sound of the forecast is intoned on the radio like an exotic mantra that exerts a hold on the poetic imagination.

Linda Sgoluppi has an Artist Portfolio at absolutearts.com. View more wolrk at: http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/l/lindasgoluppi/

Joanne Mac
Silent Memory
Mixed Media Sculpture
72 x 60 x 24 inches

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