“Sailor Compositions” at Sven-Harry’s Art Museum
When I was composing my recent list of upcoming art exhibitions, I noticed that there was an exhibition at Sven-Harry’s Konstmuseum that I had missed this summer but is still showing until September 29th: GAN – Sailor Compositions: The Dramatics of Color and the Dynamics of the City. So, I hurried down to see it! And, as there is over a month left of the exhibit, I thought a blog article about the exhibit was still a good idea.
The artist is Gösta Adrian-Nilsson (also known as GAN) and this is actually a reshowing of an exhibition first shown in Stockholm way back in 1918. One detail that adds another interesting dimension to this exhibition is that the original showing was not well received. In fact, it was a bit of a scandal in art circles. Not only was Adrian-Nilsson ahead of his time with his mix of Cubism, Futurism and Expressionism, but his paintings were considered homoerotic… a big no-no in 1918. By today’s standards, they are very tame but, I guess, depicting…
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