Ragnar Kjartansson: Epic Waste of Love and Understanding (Hardcover)

Ragnar Kjartansson: Epic Waste of Love and Understanding By Ragnar Kjartansson (Artist), Malou Wedel Bruun (Editor), Tine Colstrup (Editor) Cover Image
By Ragnar Kjartansson (Artist), Malou Wedel Bruun (Editor), Tine Colstrup (Editor)
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Surveying the films, installations and performances of the superstar Icelandic artist

Widely recognized as one of the most exciting and significant voices of contemporary art, Icelandic performance and multimedia artist Ragnar Kjartansson takes a loving yet critical look at Western culture. His longform video installations explore the dynamics of repetition, often through music, and develop into feats of endurance, both physical and emotional. The Guardian deemed his 2012 work The Visitors "the best artwork of the 21st century."
Combining quintessential videos such as Me and My Mother and Bliss with lesser-known paintings and sculptures, the retrospective at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art presents three new pieces made for the exhibition (including the title work with the plywood flames burning on the catalog cover) and captures the litany of senses Kjartansson has embraced without hesitation in his 20-year career. New work created for the anthology includes a painted plywood monument to "an epic waste of love and understanding" and a new performance piece titled Scaredman. The richly illustrated catalog includes personal contributions and dialogues in response to each of the artist's works on display by leading contemporary artists and scholars. Curator Tine Colstrup discusses A Lot of Sorrow with Marina Abramovic, and reflects on Terrible, Terrible with Pussy Riot activist Maria Alyokhina. The book proves itself an invaluable guide to Kjartansson's examination of love, identity, melancholy, masculinity and power.
Ragnar Kjartansson (born 1976), a native of Reykjavik, Iceland, studied at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and the Royal Academy of Arts, Stockholm. He represented Iceland at the 53rd Biennale di Venezia in 2009 and participated in the 2013 Encyclopedic Palace of the World at the 55th Biennale di Venezia in 2013.

Product Details
ISBN: 9788793659681
ISBN-10: 8793659687
Publisher: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Publication Date: April 9th, 2024
Pages: 160
Language: English