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ICELAND: Artists Respond to Place
Oct 21, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
ICELAND: Artists Respond to Place focuses on the rich and complex relationship of contemporary Icelandic artists to the singular geography of their country—one of the most geologically dynamic places on earth. The exhibition features 11 of Iceland’s leading contemporary artists whose works cover a broad range of formal approaches and media, including painting, photography, sculpture, site-specific wall drawings, and video installations.
Icelandic artists are attuned to perpetual environmental flux, to physical changes in the land brought on by shifting geologic plates and volcanic eruptions, and the alternating solar rhythms of summer’s unending daylight and winter’s unsparing darkness. They have a heightened awareness of the environment as a dynamic, living entity—a place of extremes and dualities. With its fiery volcanoes, glacial ice caps, powerful waterfalls, and unpredictable, often-violent atmospheric conditions, the austere, beguiling landscape of Iceland functions as muse and material for many Icelandic artists.
ICELAND: Artists Respond to Place features the work of Birgir Andrésson, Guðrún Einarsdóttir, Olafur Eliasson, Georg Guðni Hauksson, Einar Falur Ingólfsson, Guðjón Ketilsson, Eggert Pétursson, Ragna Róbertsdóttir, Egill Sæbjörnsson, Katrín Sigurðardóttir, and Þórdís Alda Sigurðardóttir.
ICELAND: Artists Respond to Place is curated by Pari Stave and organized by the Katonah Museum of Art. Special thanks to Hon. Charles and Mrs. Monika Heimbold and The Heimbold Foundation, Hon. Lyndon L. and Mrs. Kay Olson, Charles K. and Linda Barbo, Inger G. and William B. Ginsberg, Linda and Gerald Nordberg, Bernt and Kjersti Reitan, Christian and Sally Sonne, Thorstenn & Thorstenn, Inger McCabe Elliott, Helen W. Marx, Steven B. Peri, Virginia and Thor Thors, Jr., Hrafnhildur and Kristján T. Ragnarsson, and Magnús Gústafsson, and to our Icelandic corporate sponsors Eimskip, Landsbankinn hf., Landsvirkjun, Promens hf., Siminn, Blue Lagoon, and GAMMA. Exhibition-related children’s programming is supported in part by a grant from the Sonja Foundation. We gratefully acknowledge the Foreign Ministry of Iceland, The Icelandic Consulate General in New York, and Iceland Naturally for their support of the exhibition and related programming, and Icelandair for its assistance with transportation. Additional support has been provided by The Icelandic Cultural Fund and other funds of the ASF.