Yannis Tsarouchis dances at Wrightwood 659

Sat. May 15, 2021 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn

The Greek artist Yannis Tsarouchis is finally having some well deserved recognition thanks to a new opportunity in Lincoln Park. Housed at Wrightwood 659, there are around 200 works gathered together from private collections on four floors in a modern museum.

Various mediums are featured throughout the space including photography, statues, sketches and many paintings using watercolor, oil and the gouache method, a water and glue mixture of pigments. He designed a theatrical costume for singer Maria Callas and it was treat to see him backstage with her in one photo.

Patrons may stroll about taking in the artist's legacy at their leisure after being spaced out over time for safe conditions in the gallery at 659 W. Wrightwood Avenue.

It is plain to see that the Impressionism art movement left an influence over his work with subject matter and certain angles. Although Tsarouchis never came out publicly, his use of male nudes and an eroticism depicting the military were common themes for him. He chose to express himself in this way and remain private. A simple picture of him on the wall lounging tells the viewer all they really need to know about him.

Tsarouchis doesn't seem tortured like many artists though and looks to have lived a happy life until he passed away at age 79. This exhibition has a unique feel that transcends the time period and doesn't feel dated. It is for adult viewers and those with a queer eye will completely appreciate his legacy.

Luckily, fans don't have to travel all the way to Athens to see this artist's brilliant work with a vibrant and well displayed exhibition in Chicago.

Dancing now until July 31 on Fridays and Saturdays, interested parties should grab tickets while they can at This is a rare chance to see Tsarouchis' underrated art gathered together in a perfect setting.