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Bjarne Melgaard, Untitled, 2017–18, oil on canvas, 70 7/8 x 70 7/8".

Bjarne Melgaard

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | London

Bjarne Melgaard, Untitled, 2017–18, oil on canvas, 70 7/8 x 70 7/8".

Bjarne Melgaard’s recent exhibition had two parts, each separately titled. “Bodyparty (Substance Paintings)”consisted of fourteen works populated mostly by bulging-eyed, penis-faced figures with multiple protuberances; “Life Killed My Chihuahua,” meanwhile, was a takeover of the gallery’s Instagram account. Most of the square canvases (all Untitled, 2017–18, and measuring roughly seventy inches by seventy inches) that made up “Bodyparty” sat on marble tiles and leaned against the wall; four were propped up, back-to-back, in the middle of the room. Packed tightly into a small space, the front room of an eighteenth-century mansion, the paintings created a bawdy, enveloping environment. Each work depicted its grotesque creatures in thick, muddy paint on a bright, monochromatic ground. Norwegian phrases such as NYBEGYNEER (beginner) and ALT SAMMEN (all together) provided a written

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