Rúrí, Icelandic Art Today & Towards Creative Iceland report
The first comprehensive monograph on the artist, with a catalogue raisonné
Icelandic artist Rúrí (*1951) is one of the most distinguished artists in northern Europe. Her early work reflects the tensions of a society in turmoil, while she also dealt with questions of identity on an individual level, as well as cultural identity in general. Influenced by Fluxus and Conceptualism, she was a pioneer of performance art in Scandinavia. Later themes of her works, whether presented in the form of performances, public art projects, or poetic objects, center on ethical aspects. She attracted worldwide attention with her Archive—Endangered Waters at the 2003 Venice Biennale. Rúrí expresses herself in a wide range of media and techniques. But a closer look reveals an impressive consistency and almost unerringly logical development in her work, revolving around vital philosophical issues, such as those which help to structure this monograph, terms she uses herself to describe her motivation: identity, time, cosmos, relativity, and environment.
Edited by Christian Schoen, Texts by Laufey Helgadóttir, Dorothea van der Koelen, Halldór Björn Runólfsson, Christian Schoen, Gunnar J. Árnason
Ostfildern 2011 (Hatje Cantz). 208 pages, 296 ill..
24,50 x 28,50 cm
ICELANDIC ART TODAY
Art in Iceland is as young as it is exciting. Considering the fact that Icelandic culture is strongly oriented toward language, the visual arts did not begin developing until the early twentieth century. This situation, which is remarkable for a Western country, may explain the unique nature of the contemporary art scene in Iceland. Even though international Conceptual Art continues to exercise a considerable influence and globalization is affecting this island in the North Atlantic, Icelandic art is nevertheless marked by a very specific creative energy and the pleasure of experimentation, and it has produced a large number of outstanding artists.
Icelandic Art Today introduces fifty important protagonists of contemporary art, among them Finnbogi Pétursson, Gabríela Fridriksdóttir, Helgi Thorgils Frídjónsson, Icelandic Love Corporation, Katrín Sigurdardóttir, Margrét H. Blöndal, Ólafur Ólafsson + Libia Castro, Ragnar Kjartansson, Rúrí, Steingrímur Eyfjörd.
Ostfildern 2011 (Hatje Cantz). 336 pages, 356 colour ill.
24,50 x 29,70 cm
Towards Creative Iceland report in English
In May 2011 a report was published on the economic impact of the creative industries in Iceland. The report has now been translated to English and is available here.