“Nordic Impressions” is up until June 8 at Scandinavia House – absolutely stellar show. Several of the artists are also representing their countries at the Venice Biennale.
Janine King and I toured this show recently with a Scandinavia House curator which added immeasurably to our understanding and appreciation of the work. Those Nordic artists are a quirky bunch, to put it mildly.
But even without an in-person tour, I highly recommend this show. Especially since several of the artists have been getting rave reviews for their installations at the just-opened Venice Biennale.
The show at Scandinavia House has been culled from a much larger and more comprehensive survey of Nordic art recently exhibited at Washington DC’s Phillips Collection.
This show features only contemporary works. Artists include Olafur Eliasson, Ragnar Kjartansson (video), Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir / Shoplifter from Iceland but currently living/working in Brooklyn, Israeli-born Danish painter Tal R, Danish artist collaborative SUPERFLEX, video artist Tori Wrånes and Sámi artist Outi Pieski.
The show is up for only two more weeks so if you are into art and happen to be in NYC, I suggest you hightail it over to Park Avenue to check out. And if you have time, stop by their café for lunch or dinner. The Nordic fare is quite good even if the restaurant design and vibe is a little peculiar.
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