Patrick Painter presents After The Flood by Odd Nerdrum

Patrick Painter presents After The Flood by Odd Nerdrum

On view: January 18 – February 20, 2020.

Patrick Painter Inc. is honored to announce paintings by the renowned Swedish-born, Norwegian-based painter Odd Nerdrum.

Odd Nerdrum: After The Flood will include a wide selection of paintings produced between 2003 and 2019. Defiantly and magnificently anachronistic, Nerdrum’s recent paintings expand upon his singular devotion to the sources and methods of Old Master painting, ranging from the allegorical to the everyday (made extraordinary), all the while revisiting and reinvigorating the full range of precise and atmospheric effects of no less than the work of Caravaggio and Rembrandt. At first glance his paintings may appear as if they are out of place and even out of time, but in the end they remind us that the time and place of painting itself provides powerful ways of keeping all of its achievements available to the eyes and hands of painters working in any place and at any time.

In Odd Nerdrum Themes: Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures (2007), Nerdrum explains his choice of defiance to the art of his time: “I saw that I was in the process of making a choice that would end in defeat. 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. I had to paint in defiance of my own era without the protection of the era’s superstructure.”

Odd Nerdrum was born in Sweden in 1944. He studied at The Art Academy in Oslo, Norway and later studied with the conceptual artist Joseph Beuys in Düsseldorf, Germany. His work is represented in the permanent collections of several international and American museums including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The New Orleans Museum, New Orleans, LA; The Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Seven Bridges Foundation, Greenwich, CT; The de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; The Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; The Hessisches Landes Museum, Darmstadt, Germany; and The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Art, The National Gallery and The Riksgalleriet, Oslo, Norway.

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