Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Art | Ragnar Kjartansson

A bevy of art fairs are descending upon New York this week, prompting art lovers to bounce around the city and soak in as much visual culture as possible. Today, The Armory Show opened its doors to a flood of visitors, each of whom were greeted by Scandinavian Pain, a large reddish-pink neon by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson.

Kjartansson originally conceived Scandinavian Pain as part of a durational performance that took place in front of a barn, pictured above, in a rural area of Norway made famous by Edvard Münch. At the Armory this week, the neon is installed over the champagne bar at the fair, and the irony and humor of the tortured phrase glowing over a sea of imbibing collectors was certainly entertaining. This week, I'll also be at the Art Dealers Association of America's Art Show and the opening of the Independent tomorrow night. I'm looking forward to continuing this busy week in the art world!

Image of Ragnar Kjartansson's Scandinavian Pain via Luhring Augustine.

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