Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein in the Museum of Modern Art. But I think someone got fired. Art critic Hilton Kramer with the New York Observer, wrote about Odd in 1995 under the heading: «How long will curators ignore the great Nerdrum?» (not that long, with hindsight). Its not like this squiggle or this particular flat field of colour hides some deeper significance, some invisible plane of meaning. In the 1980s, he began to paint with a mixture of mastic and linseed oil; unbeknownst to him, this medium would start to drip and melt over the years when exposed to heat, leading to the slow disintegration of many of his paintings.
Had it been a novel, I would have become a millionaire.». He was a student at The Academy of Art in Oslo at the time when Modernism made its delayed entry to Norway. In his lecture at the opening of the retrospective exhibition in The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in 1999, he took a definite leave with art and defined himself as a kitsch-painter and demanded to be evaluated according to the standards he established. The New Criterion, editor, roger Kimball explains.
Kramer writes: «When you see the work, you might very well dislike it intensely. Caravaggio, because of the realism and implacable, dramatic temperament reflected in his works, and Rembrandt for his picturesque substance and patience with man. One of the more curious spectacles in his home town of Oslo, is seeing Odd Nerdrum crossing a busy street dressed in his robes, often with a tail of young students, like some biblical prophet or Moses parting the Red Sea. The expression is one of smugness and, yes, of royalty. Maybe the golden robe isnt such a bad idea after all. Jasmine Horsey is a rising junior at Yale University and an editorial intern. As a prisoner, Nerdrum cannot engage in commercial activitiesmeaning he is now an artist forbidden to paint. I havent seen a single sign of change in thirty years.». One might imagine that it would be nice if someone else said it, for a change. Odd is wrong, or just coy. A brown, paint-speckled one as he greets us at his pretty summer home near Stavern, a couple hours south of Oslo, but he assures us there is a white robe underneath.
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