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b. 1962, Sweden

Mamma Andersson Biography

Born 1962 in Luleå, Sweden, Andersson studied at the Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm, from 1986 to 1993. Inspired by filmic imagery, theatre sets, and period interiors, Karin Mamma Andersson‘s compositions are often dreamlike and expressive. While stylistic references include turn-of-the-century Nordic figurative painting, folk art, and local or contemporary vernacular, her evocative use of pictorial space and her juxtapositions of thick paint and textured washes is uniquely her own. Her subject matter revolves around evocative, melancholic landscapes and nondescript, private interiors.

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In 2011, Andersson’s work was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Museum Haus Esters in Krefeld, Germany. She had her first museum solo exhibition in the United States at the Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, in 2010, and her first solo exhibition in Ireland at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, in 2009. In 2007, she was the subject of a critically acclaimed, mid-career survey at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, which traveled to the Kunsthalle Helsinki and the Camden Arts Centre, London.

Work by the artist has been included in a number of recent group exhibitions, including the Scandinavia House, New York (2011); Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall (2010); Nationalmuseum, Stockholm (2009); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland (both 2008). In 2006, the artist won the Carnegie Art Award, a prestigious prize for Nordic contemporary painting, which received a corresponding exhibition that traveled extensively throughout Europe. Her work was represented in the Nordic Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003).

Andersson’s works are included in prominent collections internationally, including the Dallas Museum of Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm. She lives and works in Stockholm.

Mamma Andersson Featured Artworks

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Solo by Mamma Andersson contemporary artwork
Mamma AnderssonSolo, 2019Oil and acrylic on canvas
31 1/2 x 41 3/8 inches
David Zwirner Contact Gallery
Last Waltz by Mamma Andersson contemporary artwork
Mamma AnderssonLast Waltz, 2020Oil and acrylic on canvas
66 1/8 x 89 3/4 inches
David Zwirner Contact Gallery
Silent Dawn by Mamma Andersson contemporary artwork
Mamma AnderssonSilent Dawn, 2019Oil and acrylic on canvas
37 5/8 x 57 1/8 inches
David Zwirner Contact Gallery
Pull My Daisy by Mamma Andersson contemporary artwork
Mamma AnderssonPull My Daisy, 2018Oil and acrylic on canvas
35 5/8 x 46 1/2 inches
David Zwirner Contact Gallery
Youngster by Mamma Andersson contemporary artwork
Mamma AnderssonYoungster, 2018Oil and acrylic on canvas
46 1/2 x 35 3/8 inches
David Zwirner Contact Gallery
Wood Cut by Mamma Andersson contemporary artwork
Mamma AnderssonWood Cut, 2019Oil and acrylic on canvas
90 x 66 1/8 inches
David Zwirner Contact Gallery
The Lost Paradise III by Mamma Andersson contemporary artwork
Mamma AnderssonThe Lost Paradise III, 2020Oil and acrylic on canvas
41 1/2 x 31 5/8 inches
David Zwirner Contact Gallery
Sister Without Sun by Mamma Andersson contemporary artwork
Mamma AnderssonSister Without Sun, 2018Oil and acrylic on canvas
37 3/8 x 57 1/8 inches
David Zwirner Contact Gallery

Mamma Andersson Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, On Painting: Art Basel Online at David Zwirner, New York
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20–25 March 2020 Group Exhibition On Painting: Art Basel Online David ZwirnerOnline Only
Contemporary art exhibition, Mamma Andersson, The Lost Paradise at David Zwirner, New York
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4 March–31 July 2020 Mamma Andersson The Lost Paradise David Zwirner19th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, House Work at Victoria Miro, London
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25 January–18 March 2017 Group Exhibition House Work Victoria MiroMayfair, London

Mamma Andersson Represented By

David Zwirner contemporary art gallery in 19th Street, New York, USA David Zwirner New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong

Mamma Andersson In Ocula Magazine

Armory Week Lowdown: Art Shows to See Ocula Report Armory Week Lowdown: Art Shows to See By Casey Carsel, New York

After structural issues forced The Armory Show into last-minute relocation pirouettes last year, the fair returns between 5 and 8 March 2020 with a flourishing programme, complemented by stand-out shows across New York City.

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Mamma Andersson In Related Press

Private Territories: Room and House Work Related Press Private Territories: Room and House Work 2 March 2017, The Quietus

In The Poetics of Space, first translated into English in 1964, Gaston Bachelard wrote: 'a house that has been experienced is not an inert box. Inhabited space transcends geometrical space.' This seminal phenomenological study investigates the significance of intimate spaces which govern our dreams and emotions. Bachelard scrutinises the rooms...

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Mamma Andersson: Crepuscular Studies Of The Everyday Related Press Mamma Andersson: Crepuscular Studies Of The Everyday 18 January 2015, Durga Chew-Bose for The Guardian / 8 January 2015

Nine women converge at a table. Most are wearing black, their bodies disappearing into the intimacy of friendship, of a figureless shape. One is sipping tea, and another is smoking a cigarette. Behind them, a tawny-brown curtain is half-drawn and falls floor to ceiling. Adjacent to it, four paintings hang arbitrarily on a wall. One is a portrait of...

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