• Olle Kåks

    Moderna Museet | Stockholm

    Halfway through his catalogue essay for this exhibition Swedish critic Lars Nittve states his quest: “To try to find an unchanging component, a constant, in Olle Kåks’ oeuvre from his first show in 1966 to these paintings of 1984. . . . ” Anyone who wandered through Kåks’ retrospective would surely agree with Nittve’s assessment that this is “no easy task.” The difficulty lies in defining Kåks’ stylistic identity—even in identifying his prominent mode of expression—as he moves with insouciance between abstraction and figuration. Henri Matisse is a domineering father in this work. Ernst Ludwig

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