August 20 – September 25, 2004
Reception, Friday August 20, 6:00-8:00pm

Forum Gallery
8069 Beverly Blvd. (at Crescent Heights Blvd.), Los Angeles, California 90046
Contact: Niccolò Brooker
Telephone: (323) 655-1550, Fax: (323) 655-1565
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Odd Nerdrum, “Second Birth” (detail), oil on canvas, 83 x 86 inches.

"While we cannot bear to be fully conscious of the disappointments and tragedies, the injuries to our narcissism which reality causes us to suffer, they are revealed to us by the artist…In our time, he shows us not only the images of a machine-dominated world…but above all the world's rejection of our humanity – our impotence and sense of futility. He shows us just how dispensable we have become."
- Donald Kuspit

Los Angeles, CA - On August 20, 2004, Forum Gallery will present the exhibition Odd Nerdrum: New Paintings. Nerdrum's paintings are evocative, and explore themes such as fear, brutality, hatred, loneliness, sexuality, birth, death and degradation with technical virtuosity.

The artist’s rich and painterly surface generates a radiant, lambent glow and lyrical mixture of refulgence and tenebrism. In believing that a painting should be a window onto a world, the artist offers us imagery through which the truest and simplest ideas serve to speak of the best in man, his sufferings, longings and hopes.

“The Old Masters are my guides” and “nature is my God” Nerdrum has said of his work. In employing an Old Master style, the artist has created a series of enigmatic, seemingly lunar settings of self-examination. Fearing that most contemporary art has foregone basic and timeless human qualities, the artist probes the human predicament in its undying search for life's values.

Odd Nerdrum was born in 1944 in Norway. He studied traditional classical painting at The Art Academy in Oslo, Norway and later studied with Joseph Beuys. Nerdrum developed a style of painting that is unique by any standards. His work is in the permanent collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; The National Gallery, Oslo, Norway; The New Orleans Museum, New Orleans, LA; The Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA and The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.

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