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Poet Kostas Anagnopoulos Shares His Favorite Artworks from Midnight Publishing Group Galleries


Kostas Anagnopoulos is a creative in every sense of the word.

Whether he is working to provide award-winning services to clients in the gift, home, jewelry, and personal-accessories industries, or teaching poetry remotely with Creative Growth in San Francisco, Kostas is a master at aesthetics. 

After more than 20 years of working closely with visionary merchants and top retailers, Kostas opened Pidgin, a store in Oak Hill, New York, to sell the things that he loves, from antiques and old objects, to a selection of beautifully crafted new items. 

We caught up with Kostas to hear about his bucket-list destination, what he’s read recently, and some of his favorite works available right now from Midnight Publishing Group Galleries.

Kostas’ Favorite Things

Movie: Daguerréotypes by Agnes Varda

Restaurant: Prune

Bucket-list destination: Easter Island

Artist: Florine Stettheimer

Food to eat for breakfast: Whitefish salad on a toasted bialy with red onion, capers, and a squeeze of lemon

Museum: The Kimbell Art Museum.

Book you’ve read recently: Days by Simone Kearney

Artist in your collection: Jack Whitten

Design object: Olfa touch-knife

Party favor: A book of contemporary poetry

Way to celebrate success: Nachos and orange wine

 

Top Gallery Picks

 

Jane Freilicher
Parts of a World (1987)

Courtesy of Kasmin.

 

Bill Traylor
Blue Basket (1939–42)

Courtesy of Ricco/Maresca.

Prunella Clough
Interior (1988)

Courtesy of Flowers Gallery.

 

Theodoros Stamos
“Infinity Field-Lefkada” Series (1981)

Courtesy of Hollis Taggart.

Joan Brown
Figure #26 (1970)

Courtesy of George Adams Gallery.

 

Alvin Baltrop
The Piers (Hudson River) (1975–86)

Courtesy of Galerie Buchholz.

 

Minnie Evans
Untitled (Wing Figures) (1942–43)

Courtesy of ZQ Art Gallery.

 

James Van Der Zee
Broadway Delicatessen (ca. 1925)

Courtesy of Howard Greenberg Gallery.

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The Art Angle Podcast: Our 5 Favorite Episodes of the Year


Welcome to the Art Angle, a podcast from Midnight Publishing Group News that delves into the places where the art world meets the real world, bringing each week’s biggest story down to earth. Join host Andrew Goldstein every week for an in-depth look at what matters most in museums, the art market, and much more, with input from our own writers and editors, as well as artists, curators, and other top experts in the field.

 

There are a lot of things about 2020 that we’d all like to forget, but bright spots still shined through, too, including here on the Art Angle.

To celebrate the podcast’s first full year, our producers compiled a chronological quintet of their favorite episodes from the past 12 months. They cover ups, downs, and in-betweens; activists standing up, fugitives running for cover, and outsiders building something new; art history, the political present, and what might come next.

Put it all together, and the collection provides a whirlwind audio tour through a kaleidoscopic year in the borderlands where the art world meets the real world.

Listen below and subscribe to the Art Angle on Apple PodcastsSpotifySoundCloud, or wherever you get your podcasts. (Or catch up on past episodes here on Midnight Publishing Group News.)

 

1. How the Art World Fell Under the Spell of the Occult – January 28

If you’ve ever wondered how or why pagan imagery, witchcraft, spiritualism, and other branches of the occult became one of the most prominent propellers driving contemporary art today, author and critic Eleanor Heartney has the answers you seek, traveler.

 

2. How an Art-Dealing Prodigy Became the Market’s Most Wanted Outlaw – March 3

Midnight Publishing Group News senior market reporter Eileen Kinsella charts the rise and fall of Inigo Philbrick, the fast-rising young dealer who disappeared into the mist after a slew of lawsuits cast his success as a product of fraud rather than business savvy. (Philbrick was eventually apprehended on a South Pacific island in June.)

 

3. Four Artists on the Front Lines of the George Floyd Protests – June 5

Ebony Brown, Candy Kerr, Marcus Leslie Singleton, and Darryl Westly give searing firsthand accounts of their experiences as Black American artists who turned to collective action in the wake of the tragedy that pushed social and racial justice to the forefront of the national conversation.

 

4. The Secret Art History of Burning Man – August 27

Burning Man cofounder and photographer Will Roger takes listeners on a rollicking odyssey through the counterculture festival’s history, from its origin as a casual beach party between friends, to a global phenomenon in the Black Rock Desert that is rewriting the definition of 21st century art.

 

5. Ed Ruscha and Jimmy Iovine on How Art Can End the Trump Era – October 28 

It’s not often you get to hear one of contemporary art’s greatest living talents hold court with one of music’s greatest living producers on the sociocultural power of art, but it happened here on the Art Angle just ahead of the 2020 presidential election. (You can also find the transcript here.)
Thanks for listening, and see you next year!

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