Exhibit Preview: Odd Nerdrum, Pupils of Apelles
Opening this weekend in L.A. is Odd Nerdrum’s Pupils of Apelles exhibition, a definite must-see show full of masterful works which cross all boundaries in the art world, full of visionary grace and aplomb.
in addition to his paintings, Odd Nerdrum has a very interesting persona with a wealth of insight and perspective on contemporary art. He is well worth an extended amount of internet browsing – from his lush works to his writings and life events. An artist with integrity and foresight he isn’t one to mince words, adding a much-needed valuable and rebellious voice to the staid world of art postulation. To get you started, read our previous post on his art book Crime and Refuge, here. For the fascinating biography on his website, go here. Odd also began The Kitsch Movement – meant as a positive term – not in opposition to art, but as its own independent superstructure. “Kitsch is about the eternal human questions, whatever its form, about what we call the human.” The Huffington Post has a good piece about his book On Kitsch and its pertinent philosophy, here.
“Amidst this personal turmoil, though, the master is not wrapped up in self-pity. Realizing that jail might kill him, he began searching for what might be the final exhibition of his lifetime… …While many top contemporary art galleries would do whatever they could to present a show of new Nerdrum paintings – with price tags starting at a quarter-million dollars and going up – none would allow a show that spotlighted his apprentices as his equals. “ - Mat Gleason
At Copro, Nerdrum finally found his space – exhibiting with three of his former students - Luke Hillestad, David Molesky, and Caleb Knodell. The common thread is they all draw inspiration from the great Hellenistic painter Apelles. The exhibit features an entire gallery of new Nerdrum paintings (above) and a second gallery devoted to his three apprentices (images below).
Opens: November 15th, shows thru Dec. 6th, 2014
At: Copro Gallery, Santa Monica
“I have penetrated many ages of man, but there is no age I feel more home in than in the age of Apelles. Aristotle was probably a close friend of his. They had related theories on colour, that nature is its own mixer of colour for you lucky painter. Rembrandt was Titians greatest apprentice, even though he lived a hundred years later. But after having studied Plinius the elder, I understood that Titian was just as much a student of Apelles as was Rembrandt and Velasquez. We are not alone. Perhaps art historians now should start studying Aristotle once more and forget Kant and Hegel for a while…” – Odd Nerdrum, via Juxtapoz
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