Artists interpret Munch in new exhibition

 Date:30/06/2006 - 27/07/2006
 Type:Culture, Music
 Location:England, London

Pollock Fine Art in London will stage the exhibition 'After Munch'. With an eclectic mix of internationally renowned artists including several from Norway, the show connects Munch’s spiritual and personal journey with current art practice.

In 1983 Andy Warhol embarked on a series of works based on the art of Edvard Munch. This exhibition shares Warhol's original title for the series 'After Munch'. Included from the same series are the rare 1983 drawing by Warhol based on Munch's Madonna as well as unique screenprints of The Scream and Eva Mudocci. Warhol’s lines seem to relish the opportunity to trace Munch’s hand, but the final effect is fascinatingly varied.

Inspired by Warhol's artist to artist match, this exhibition seeks dialogue with Munch's art, whether favourable or critical. An eclectic group has been selected from America, Europe and with special attention to Norway with the artists Bjarne Melgaard, Halvor Bodin, Vanessa Baird, Sølve Sundsbø and Snorre Ytterstad. The case of Norwegian contemporary art is specifically relevant, as Norwegian artists have all developed under or just outside the shadow of Edvard Munch.

Munch’s hand is ubiquities but the transgressive nature of his work is what is most relevant to today’s artists. With an extraordinary life that included episodes of alcoholism, scandal, rehab, nervous breakdowns, free love, fated love affairs and violent gun play, Munch’s story is of pain and redemption but most of all endless questioning. His telekinetic ability to move inanimate paint is reflected in this current unruly grouping of artists regardless of medium. They share Munch's quest for truth and personal freedom in the face of a society structured by limits and restraint.

After Munch
Andy Warhol, Bjarne Melgaard, Halvor Bodin, Vanessa Baird, Ouattara Watts, Robert Hawkins, Vito Acconci, Sølve Sundsbø, Snorre Ytterstad, Lotte Konow Lund. With an introductory text by Per Hovdenakk
June 30th - July 27
Pollock Fine Art
58a King Henry\'s Road
London NW3 3RP
Private view: Friday June 30th 6-8 p.m.
Tuesday 3-5 OR Thursday 3-5 or by appointment; highly recommended to phone first
Tel. 0207 4490 714

Vito Acconci, Performace Test, 1969, 35 x 23 inches

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Vanessa Baird, Silence is Sexy (detail),Oil on Canvas, 68 x 88 cm

Eva Mudocci, 1983, Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board, 40 x 32 inches / 101.6 x 81.3 x cm. Unique, Stamped by The Andy Warhol Foundation verso

MADONNA (After Munch), Andy Warhol, 1983, Graphite drawing on HMP paper, 31 1/2 x 24 inches, Stamped by The Andy Warhol Foundation verso

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