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Sleeping Beauty—Art Now: Scandinavia Today

Sleeping Beauty—Art Now: Scandinavia Today

Contributions by Øystein Hjort and Pontus Hultén
Published in 1982
136 pages, fully illustrated
Softcover, 8.25 x 10 inches

Celebrating contemporary Scandinavian art, this publication chronicles the work of ten emerging artists from Northern Europe. The extensive catalogue includes introductory texts by Pontus Hultén and Øystein Hjort. Each artist section is filled with color and black-and-white images of works, texts by or about the artist, and a list of exhibitions. The artists featured are Bård Breivik, Lars Englund, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Sigurdur Gundmundsson, Per Kirkeby, Olle Kåks, Olli Lyytikäinen, Bjørn Nørgaard, Paul Osipow, and Arvid Pettersen. A full checklist follows. Sleeping Beauty—Art Now is part three of a three-volume, boxed set along with Asger Jorn and Öyvind Fahlström, all of which were represented in the series Northern Visions, an exhibition series that examined Northern European artwork chronologically from the mid-20th century until 1982, when these catalogues were published.

Excerpt

Improved economic conditions for artists must naturally be seen as an unmixed blessing. But the various subsidy systems have also meant an administration and a structuring which make many young Scandinavian artists feel that their milieu has become too bureaucratic. Second-rate artists are enthusiastic about joining organizations, and become "apparatchiks," while artists who have long since made a success of it stay away because they can manage very well on their own. Young artists just making a breakthrough or looking for alternative forms of expression are not given enough backing by any party, and become odd men out.

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