This book brings out both images from the past that we have not seen and new pictures from 2001 which, when considered together, help us to understand the transitions and developments in Odd Nerdrum's approach to life and painting. «There are other things to that painting beside the penis,» he excuses himself. Nerdrum's philosophy has spawned among his students and followers, who call themselves kitsch painters rather than artists. He went on to attend the Art Academy of Oslo followed by a period of time studying under the famed Conceptual artist Joseph Beuys at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. He´s been quoted true or false as describing himself as a genius.
These influences both positive and negative would impact all of Nerdrum's work. The expression is one of smugness and, yes, of royalty. Although he was supportive, he kept an emotional distance between himself and his son. Kitsch is meant to be deep. The Norwegian summer being what it is, the sound of thunder soon forces us indoors, to a historic house the great Norwegian17th century sea warrior Tordenskiold once lived here that was recently rebuilt and is furnished in almost Shaker-like simplicity. Sandpaper, rags, my fingers, the knife-in short everything. He would revisit Italy and Caravaggio's work for on-going inspiration for many years.
Nerdrum later studied with Joseph Beuys, at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. You grab the robe with the left hand and the paintbrush with the other, and … oh, I see what you mean. As a young student, Nerdrum had encountered the works of the master painters in the National Museum. Odd Nerdrum: storyteller and self-revealer. As well, Nerdrum was a reader of literature that included works by , the prophetic , the dark , and the mystical. Years later Nerdrum said; I saw that I was in the process of making a choice that would end in defeat.
Briefly put I would paint myself into isolation. We´ll get to that shortly, but let´s pause for a minute and consider what he looks like. Apart from the political controversy the German terrorist´s death in Stammheim prison in 1977 was officially deemed to be a suicide , the horror and quality of the image was highly disputed. You just need to open a hot dog stand. Suddenly one of them appears and declares: «We are going to get a little baby sister». Odd Nerdrum, Jan Åke Pettersson and Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst.
The figures in Dawn inhabit a barren environment - the landscape is a kind of wasteland, scarce in resources. Nerdrum says that his art should be understood as kitsch rather than art as such. Even though they are a group, these figures do not relate to each other. By choosing those qualities that were so alien to my own time, I had to give up at the same time the art on which the art of our time rests. Kramer writes: «When you see the work, you might very well dislike it intensely. Maybe not as often as you think; I actually say no to most requests.
Oslo, Norway: Orfeus Publishing, Nov. » Nerdrum knows to appreciate a good listener. I guess I´m pretty stupid in that way — I never learned how to compromise. The wonderful thing with Rembrandt is the confidence he inspires - like when you warm your hands on a stove. And in his art, he has always sympathized with the outsider, the persecuted, the victim. It was reviewed in , where the critic described it as shocking and unappetizing. Since then, Odd has abandoned present politics in his work, in favour of more timeless images.
It is from a world in-between. Today, there is rarely argument about his technical mastery, and his often controversial content has been lavishly praised as well. I will try with all means not to drown. Pale, muscular, sexual, the figures are painted so that one must take them seriously—in much the same way that it is music that grounds the otherwise bizarre stage spectacles of Wagnerian opera. » And he should know. I haven´t seen a single sign of change in thirty years. When checked upon, he can recall this writer´s favorite Thomas Mann novel in great detail.
He does even watch movies. This is a comprehensive collection and heavy!!! Odd, was in fact, the result of a liaison between David Sandved and Lillemor. The admiration was not mutual. The painting intrigued the musician so much that it was reported that he especially met with Nerdrum to discuss the symbolism behind it. Singh had seen the painting while visiting the owner of the painting, David Bowie. The Antichrist, they said, might induce fear of flying! He had it made in New York a few years back, and it´s already a garment of international notoriety. Not content to simply regurgitate what has been said about the work and the man, Vine delves into the images with confidently discerning warmth.