Still Life: Karin Broos, Features Contemplative New Paintings at the American Swedish Institute
MINNEAPOLIS, MN—Still Life: Karin Broos is a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Karin Broos, one of the most acclaimed artists working in Sweden today. She is known for her contemplative, photorealistic depictions of women, often wistful and intense paintings of her daughters and grandchildren, set amidst the lakes and forests of her home in Värmland. Karin Broos and her daughter, filmmaker Sara Broos, will be special guests during the Friday, July 14, First Look—Karin Broos Preview Party. The exhibition is on view at the American Swedish Institute’s Osher Gallery and Turnblad Mansion, July 15 – October 29, 2017. The ASI is located at 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis. For more details, visit ASImn.org or call 612-871-4907.
The Still Life: Karin Broos exhibition encompasses about 55 paintings, a new body of work created since 2011, with many pieces being shown publicly for the first time. Broos, born in 1950, draws from her early devotion to abstract painting to capture everyday environments that seem frozen in time. The frame of reference is unique to the relationship between the artist and her subjects, often women poised on boundaries—water, curtains, train windows or mirrors. With a photorealistic clarity similar to artists like Gerhard Richter, she also emphasizes unique qualities that distinguish painting from photography. Her work is reminiscent of Scandinavian painting traditions, referencing Anders Zorn, for example, yet drawing emotional comparisons to the work of Johannes Vermeer or Edward Hopper. The exhibition was organized in cooperation with the art museum Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde in Stockholm, Sweden.
Bruce Karstadt, ASI President/CEO, commented, “We are privileged to host Still Life: Karin Broos, as the American Swedish Institute continues its 2017 Migration, Identity and Belonging programming. Her work raises questions about individual identity and what it means to belong. We welcome the artist and the exhibition as an opportunity to spark positive and meaningful dialogue about today’s local and global community.”
Artist Bio: Karin Broos has lived and worked as an artist in Värmland, Sweden since 1975, where she and her husband Marc Broos run the Alma Löv Museum. She was educated at the Royal Academy of Art in s'Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands and had her breakthrough in connection with an exhibition at Sweden’s Kristinehamn Art Museum in 2008, followed by exhibitions at the Boras Art Museum, Christian Larsen Gallery and Sven Harrys Art Museum (the latter two in Stockholm). Broos is represented by the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the National Public Art, Ystad Art Museum, the Eksjö Museum, and the New Museum.