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Norbert Schwontkowski (1949–2013)

The artist Norbert Schwontkowski passed away on Friday, according to his New York gallery, Mitchell-Innes & Nash. Born in Bremen, Germany, Schwontkowski was featured in solo exhibitions at the Kunstverein Hamburg and the Museum Het Domein in the Netherlands, among other venues. He taught at the Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg, as a professor of painting and drawing, and had pieces included in the Beaufort Triennial and the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. In a review for Artforum of his 2006 solo show at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Elizabeth Schambelan noted the “quiet intelligence and subtle strangeness” of Schwontkowski’s work, writing, “His pictures are beguiling, even as they strongly project a kind of guilelessness.”