Mamma Andersson: A Storm Warning



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Mamma Andersson, Karl Ove Knausgaard


This collection of Mamma Andersson’s latest paintings spotlights the beauty and mystery of nature and the erasure of time

“What Mamma Andersson does in some of these pictures is on the one hand depict the illusions, the one thing which is another thing-masks, theater, statues, paintings-and on the other portray that which is only itself, potted plants, tree trunks, trees, landscapes. Everything is motionless, these rooms are located out of time.” – Karl Ove Knausgaard, Mamma Andersson: A Storm Warning

In a series of oneiric paintings inspired by interiors and the landscape of her childhood, the Swedish painter Mamma Andersson muses on the line between reality and illusion. She introduces thoughtful warm hues into an otherwise cool, muted color palette, lending an otherworldly feeling to the everyday scenes and subject matter that populate this new body of work, painted between 2020 and 2021.

A companion to Sleepless and The Lost Paradise, this publication features a commissioned essay by Karl Ove Knausgaard, a meditation on wistful childhood memories of carefree exploration and the portal art creates between the world we live in and the worlds Andersson conjures with her brush.

Additional information

Weight 518 g
Dimensions 24 x 30.6 cm
Publisher name David Zwirner Books
Publication date 1 April 2024
Number of pages 56
Format Hardback
Dimensions 24 x 30.6 cm
Weight 518 g


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Born 1962 in LuleƄ, Sweden, Mamma Andersson studied at the Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm, from 1986 to 1993. 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 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. 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. Her work was represented in the Nordic Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003).

Karl Ove Knausgaard is a Norwegian author. He became known worldwide for six autobiographical novels, titled My Struggle. He has been described as "one of the 21st century's greatest literary sensations" by the Wall Street Journal. Since the completion of the My Struggle series in 2011, he has also published an autobiographical series entitled The Seasons Quartet, as well as critical work on the art of Edvard Munch.