Odd Nerdrum

November 25 – December 22

“Making painting great again”

Opening and book release
Saturday November 25th 1 – 4 p.m

We are happy to announce our second exhibition with
works by Odd Nerdrum.

Join us for the exhibition and the release of “Making Painting Great Again”, new book in large format, 176 pages, richly illustrated, texts by philosopher Carl W Korsnes and Odd Nerdrum himself.

MAKING PAINTING GREAT AGAIN

Painting as a discipline is ruined; It’s time to make painting great again. Thus sounds the masterful painter’s philosophy, and these are his appeal points: First and foremost, the painter is a craftsman, in addition, the painter should seek what is always relevant.
Nerdrum’s idea of making painting great again means reintroducing a quality concept. Again, one should be allowed to say, “I’ve made something wonderful, and I’m proud of it.” It is no coincidence that Aristotle is the thinker who has most in uenced the kitsch philosophy. He claims that craft has its utility and value as a means of mediation. Mimesis, or representation, is of value, not only because one nds joy and insight in recognizing a motif, but because one can recreate action in a painting. All human feelings take form in action. Stories that utilize familiar scenes and archetypal situations are, according to Aristotle, of the greatest value, because they are expressions of the universal.
Odd Nerdrum gives the discipline of painting back to the people. Art is for the sake of Art. Kitsch, however, is for humans. Removing the intrinsic values of art makes painting a tangible phenomenon again. The feeling of usefulness will return and thus the valuation.

Painting is lifted to old heights.
Painting will be great again.
Extracts from Carl Wegner Korsnes ́ text for the book, Making painting great again…

“Frenzied woman, oil on canvas, 74×79 cm.”

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MAKING PAINTING GREAT AGAIN

Painting as a discipline is ruined; It’s time to make painting great again. Thus sounds the masterful painter’s philosophy, and these are his appeal points: First and foremost, the painter is a craftsman, in addition, the painter should seek what is always relevant.
Nerdrum’s idea of making painting great again means reintroducing a quality concept. Again, one should be allowed to say, “I’ve made something wonderful, and I’m proud of it.” It is no coincidence that Aristotle is the thinker who has most in uenced the kitsch philosophy. He claims that craft has its utility and value as a means of mediation. Mimesis, or representation, is of value, not only because one nds joy and insight in recognizing a motif, but because one can recreate action in a painting. All human feelings take form in action. Stories that utilize familiar scenes and archetypal situations are, according to Aristotle, of the greatest value, because they are expressions of the universal.
Odd Nerdrum gives the discipline of painting back to the people. Art is for the sake of Art. Kitsch, however, is for humans. Removing the intrinsic values of art makes painting a tangible phenomenon again. The feeling of usefulness will return and thus the valuation.

Painting is lifted to old heights.
Painting will be great again.
Extracts from Carl Wegner Korsnes ́ text for the book, Making painting great again…

“Frenzied woman, oil on canvas, 74×79 cm.”