new-york

Norbert Schwontkowski

Mitchell-Innes & Nash | Chelsea

Most artists, on the occasion of their first New York exhibition, might be expected to jealously hoard all the available wall space for themselves, but Norbert Schwontkowski, in a gesture that seems to typify the unassuming spirit of his practice, chose to incorporate works by fellow painters into his recent show at Mitchell-Innes & Nash. Thus the exhibition was an unusual amalgam of solo debut and artist-curated group exhibition: Ten of Schwontkowski’s easel-size canvases were interspersed among a smattering of works by Forrest Bess, Philip Guston, Alex Katz, and Pablo Picasso—artists who Schwontkowski feels have been particularly influential on his own work. Indeed, the additional painters do seem to triangulate Schwontkowski’s sensibility—outsider-ish, expressionistic, rigorous, but a bit kooky, and locked in an ambivalent engagement with figuration.

Born in Bremen, Germany,

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