ICELAND: Artists Respond to Place
In the Beitzel and Righter Galleries
June 29 – September 28, 2014

For more visit the exhibition website: www.icelandart.org.

The austere, beguiling landscape of Iceland functions as muse and material for its artists. Innately attuned to dramatic physical changes and extreme solar rhythms, Icelandic artists carry within them a heightened awareness of the environment as a dynamic living entity. This is the first museum exhibition in the United States to focus exclusively on the rich and complex relationship of contemporary Icelandic artists to the singular geography of their island nation. This KMA-originated exhibition showcases twelve artists whose works cover a broad range of formal approaches and media, including painting, photography, sculpture, site-specific wall-drawings, and video installation.

All artwork in the exhibition dates from the past ten years. The featured artists are Birgir Andrésson, Eggert Pétursson, Egill Sæbjörnsson, Einar Falur Ingólfsson, Georg Guðni Hauksson, Guðjón Ketilsson, Guðrún Einarsdóttir, Katrín Sigurdardóttir, Olafur Eliasson, Ragna Róbertsdóttir, Rúrí, and Þórdis Alda Sigúrðardóttir. The exhibition is curated by Pari Stave.

Funding for this exhibition provided by ArtsWestchester, with support from Westchester County Government, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Museum’s Exhibition Patrons. Additional sponsorship provided by Mary Lou and Ira Alpert, Charles and Susana Finkel, Ginny and Marty Gold, The Heimbold Foundation, Betty Himmel, Icelandair, and Linda and Gerry Nordberg.

Image Credit
Einar Falur Ingólfsson, By Lake Thingvellir, 2012, courtesy of the artist, © Einar Falur Ingólfsson

Icelandic Tales Illustrated by Gunnella

In the Learning Center
June 29 – September 28, 2014

Vibrant illustrations and hilarious stories delight visitors young and old in the Learning Center. Icelandic artist Gunnella presents buxom ladies and beguiling animals, who frolic through an Icelandic homeland filled with strong winds, steep cliffs, and unique challenges. These lighthearted tales are painted in a bold folk-art style that is full of fun and silliness.

Image Credit
Gunnella, “Everything the ladies did, the chickens did too,” from The Problem with Chickens, by Bruce McMillan [Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 2005]. Oil on canvas. © Gunnella, 2005.


ICELAND: The Fire Within

In the Project Gallery
June 29 – September 28, 2014

Award-winning Scandinavian-American filmmaker Eric Heimbold presents a cinematic meditation on the spirit of Iceland. Heimbold captures epic experiences of Iceland’s volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, and Northern Lights interspersed with the indigenous flora, fauna, and human faces that populate this unique island nation.

ICELAND: The Fire Within Trailer from Katonah Museum of Art on Vimeo.

Image Credit
Eric Heimbold, The Fire Within, 2014

John Ruppert

On the South Lawn
May 2014 – May 2015

John Ruppert transforms prison-grade metal chain link into vessel-like forms that define volume yet remain ethereal and porous. At the KMA, the intense yellow industrial fencing is an unexpected element in the landscape, as is the mesmeric effect of the material’s shifting patterns. Ruppert’s 14-foot tall sculpture simultaneously contrasts and compliments its verdant surroundings. The artist created the piece specifically for the KMA campus.

Image Credit
John Ruppert
Yellow Orb/Homage to Van Gogh, 2014
Stainless steel and powder-coated chain link
122 inches high x 108 inches in diameter
Courtesy of the artist