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Öyvind Fahlström

Feigen Contemporary

“Supertotalitarianism to preserve the world for the rich and powerful few . . .”; “Become bourgeois or else (US style)”; “boom for Whom?” It appears that Öyvind Fahlström has been reading the news. But no: The puckish and prolific painter, filmmaker, writer, and documentarian died in 1976 at the age of forty-seven. Born in Brazil and raised there and in Sweden, Fahlström was unabashedly political, exuberantly absurd, and dauntingly prolific. He was at the forefront of the Concrete Poetry movement, something of an expert on Surrealist compositional techniques, and a pioneer in the use of both comic-book imagery and portraits of culturally charged figures like Chairman Mao (predating Lichtenstein and Warhol). Loopy, colorful, verbally and visually dense, the two-part exhibition featured approximately forty prints and multiples from the Bank One Art Collection as well as eleven rare drawings

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