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Cutting Edges: Nordic Concrete Art from the Erling Neby Collection

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Key takeaways

1. Concrete art from the Nordic countries in a collection never before seen in the U.S. over 30 key works from major artists in painting, drawing and sculpture

2. Characterized by combinations of simple geometric edges and bright colors to create autonomous visual realities

Date

Oct 12, 2019 - Feb 15, 2020

Venue

Scandinavia House

Scandinavia House

New York

info@amscan.org

Artists

Olle Bærtling

Halmstad

Juhana Blomstedt

Paul Brand

Birger Carlstedt

Lars Englund

Lars Erik Falk

Uppsala

Kristján Guðmundsson

Reykjavík

Gunnar S. Gundersen

Herman Hebler

Robert Jacobsen

Copenhagen

Matti Kujasalo

Arne Malmedal

Asker

Richard Mortensen

Kristin Nordhøy

Lars-Gunnar Nordström

Helsinki

Paul Osipow

Helsinki

Bjørn Ransve

Aase Texmon Rygh

Oslo

Sam Vanni

On view beginning October 12 at Scandinavia House, Cutting Edges: Nordic Concrete Art from the Erling Neby Collection presents concrete art from the Nordic countries in a collection never before seen in the U.S. Curated by Karin Hellandsjø, Director Emeritus of the Henie Onstad Art Centre, this exhibition presents over 30 key works from major artists in painting, drawing, and sculpture.

Norwegian collector Erling Neby and curator Karin Hellandsjø will discuss the works in the exhibition and the background behind this distinctive, experimental period in Nordic art. A practice that was developed before and after World War II, and devised to avoid ambiguity in the word ‘abstract,’ concrete art is characterized by combinations of simple geometric elements to create autonomous visual realities. The term “concrete art” was first used in 1929 by Theo van Doesburg and Piet Mondrian. Internationally recognized artists such as Victor Vasarely, Max Bill, Burgoyne Diller, Jesús Rafael Soto, and Josef Albers became exponents of the practice, which attracted the attention of Nordic artists visiting the Geometric and Concrete art scene centered around the Galerie Denise René in Paris.

Much like their contemporaries in the U.S. and Paris, these Nordic artists became interested in creating artworks both social and universal, using pure form and color based on mathematical principles. International exhibitions of concrete art also travelled to the Nordic capitals in the early years, leading to a dynamic, influential interaction that has since continued up until this day. Artists in this exhibition include Olle Bærtling, Lars Erik Falk and Lars Englund (Sweden); Richard Mortensen and Robert Jacobsen (Denmark); Kristján Guðmundsson (Iceland); Gunnar S. Gundersen, Arne Malmedal, Kristin Nordhøy, Aase Texmon Rygh and Bjørn Ransve (Norway); and Lars-Gunnar Nordström, Sam Vanni, Paul Osipow and Matti Kujasalo (Finland). Works by these artists are distinguished by their use of bright colors and geometric edges.

Cutting Edges has been funded in part by the generous support of The Bergesen Foundation and The Nordic Culture Fund. Additional support has been provided by the following: ABG Sundal Collier, KEF Sound, and AXA Art Insurance. It will be accompanied by a range of programming, including art workshops for all ages.