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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

Absint by Mamma Andersson contemporary artwork
Mamma AnderssonAbsint, 2010Lithograph and woodcut print on Velin d'Arches paper
Asia Art Archive
Fabrik/Factory by Mamma Andersson contemporary artwork
Mamma AnderssonFabrik/Factory, 2007Mixed media on paper
48.9 x 62.9 cm
Pace Gallery

Mamma Andersson Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, 20/20 at David Zwirner, 20th Street, New York
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29 October–19 December 2020 Group Exhibition 20/20 David Zwirner20th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Works on Paper from a Distinguished Private Collection at 68 Park Place, East Hampton, New York
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12–20 August 2020 Group Exhibition Works on Paper from a Distinguished Private Collection 68 Park Place, East HamptonNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, On Painting: Art Basel Online at David Zwirner, Online Only, New York
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20–25 March 2020 Group Exhibition On Painting: Art Basel Online David ZwirnerOnline Only

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

Matthew Armstrong on Collector Donald B. Marron Ocula Conversation Matthew Armstrong on Collector Donald B. Marron By Anna Dickie, New York

Private curator to Donald B. Marron for over two decades, Matthew Armstrong discusses working with the collector, reminiscing on the boyish enthusiasm Marron exuded when it came to art.​

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

The Armory Show returns with a flourishing programme, complemented by stand-out shows across Ne.

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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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