White Columns in New York just opened the first solo exhibition in the United States by the New York-based Norwegian artist Sverre Bjertnes. The show is titled If you really loved me you would be able to admit that you’re ashamed of me, and has been developed by Sverre Bjertnes in collaboration with the artist Bjarne Melgaard. The exhibition presents new paintings and works on paper by Bjertnes, as well as earlier works. Furthermore, the show includes collaborative works made with both Melgaard and the artist’s mother Randi Koren Bjertnes, as well as a group of painted furniture works by the maverick furniture dealer and artist Robert Loughlin (1949-2011.) Bjertnes and Melgaard have worked together earlier: 2012 at Oslo’s Rod Bianco Gallery and Galleri K, and at New York’s Maccarone Gallery in 2011 – as a part of the widely celebrated exhibition After Shelley Duvall ’72 curated by Melgaard. Rod Bianco Gallery also showed a site-specific installation of the two artists at the Armory Show 2013.
Sverre Bjertnes at White Columns, New York. Opening reception, March 9, 2013.
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