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Bjarne Werner Sørensen

If the work of the Danish painter Bjarne Werner Sørensen, steeped in formalist painting traditions, appears to pay homage to the likes of Brice Marden and Per Kirkeby, the ambitious Spring till Fall, Faroes, 1996, makes it clear that the painter is after something other than an engagement with art history. This large work consists of 700 photographs—35-millimeter snapshots, really—methodically arranged in rows depicting events, people, and sites in the Faeroe Islands, and, as the title indicates, spanning three seasons. Sørensen spent a good part of his formative years shuttling back and forth between these islands (an extremely rugged and beautiful outpost of Danish settlement in the Atlantic Ocean between Iceland and Norway) and Copenhagen, and has made the country-city duality of this aspect of his life a defining motif of his art.

This photo-collage piece, which was unique in the

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