NORBERT SCHWONTKOWSKI
Artist
2009
Oil and photo copy on canvas
39 1/3 by 31 1/2 in. 100 by 80 cm.

NORBERT SCHWONTKOWSKI
Eklektiker
2009
Oil on canvas
31 1/2 by 23 2/3 in. 80 by 60 cm.

NORBERT SCHWONTKOWSKI
Musée des Arts
2009
Oil on canvas
39 by 35 ½ in. 99.1 by 90.2 cm.

NORBERT SCHWONTKOWSKI
Der Erfinder der Tricolore
2009
Oil on canvas
71 1/4 by 79 1/8 in. 181 by 201 cm.

NORBERT SCHWONTKOWSKI
Labor
2009
Oil on canvas
59 by 59 in. 150 by 150 cm.

NORBERT SCHWONTKOWSKI
Alberta am Schwarzen See
2009
Oil on canvas
63 by 70 7/8 in. 160 by 180 cm.

NORBERT SCHWONTKOWSKI
Auguste Rodin als Junger Mann
2009
Oil on canvas
39 3/8 by 31 1/2 in. 100 by 80 cm.

NORBERT SCHWONTKOWSKI
University
2009
Oil on canvas
19 11/16 by 15 3/4 in. 50 by 40 cm.

NORBERT SCHWONTKOWSKI
Rain Sea
2009
Oil on canvas
19 11/16 by 15 3/4 in. 50 by 40 cm.

NORBERT SCHWONTKOWSKI
Raumfarben
2009
Oil on canvas
23 5/8 by 15 3/4 in. 60 by 40 cm.

NORBERT SCHWONTKOWSKI
Collector
2009
Oil on canvas
78 3/4 by 70 7/8 in. 200 by 180 cm.

NORBERT SCHWONTKOWSKI
Observatorium
2009
Oil on canvas
39 3/8 by 31 1/2 in. 100 by 80 cm.

NORBERT SCHWONTKOWSKI
Beautyqueen
2009
Oil on canvas
31 1/2 by 23 3/4 in. 80 by 60.3 cm.

NORBERT SCHWONTKOWSKI
Welle
2009
Oil on canvas
63 by 39 1/2 in. 160 by 100.3 cm.

NORBERT SCHWONTKOWSKI
East Hippie Homesick Blues
2009
Oil on canvas
63 by 39 3/8 in. 160 by 100 cm.

Press Release

Norbert Schwontkowski: Ångstrœm November 19, 2009 – January 9, 2010 October 2009 – Mitchell-Innes & Nash will present an exhibition of new paintings by German artist Norbert Schwontkowski from November 19, 2009 – January 9, 2010 in their Chelsea space. This will be the artist's first solo exhibition in New York, and his second show with Mitchell-Innes & Nash. Poetic, atmospheric, and loosely narrative, Schwontkowski's new paintings depict the artist and his world in a way that is at once cartoonish and melancholy: a curvilinear building in "Musée des Arts" playfully references contemporary museum architecture while seeming to come to life. In "Artist," a Chaplinesque creature made of collaged black and white orbs dances before a curtain created by a swath of red paint. Many of the paintings allude to electrical charges: another reference to the artistic process, as "spark" is a metaphor for creation. The title of the show is taken from the name of physicist Anders Jonas Ångström, after whom a unit of measurement for light waves was named. The name can also be read as a pun on both the German words "angst" and "flow [electricity]". Schwontkowski's paintings are made with hand-ground pigments and paints, into which he mixes various materials to yield different textures. His palette of pale earth tones, blacks and grays creates a muted, subdued atmosphere, while his carefully worked surfaces and minimal gestures demonstrate his engagement with the history of painting. Norbert Schwontkowski was born 1949 and grew up in Bremen, Germany. He is a professor of painting at the Hochschule für Bildende Künst at Hamburg. He has regularly exhibited in galleries and public institutions throughout Europe since the late 1970s. His recent retrospective "Kino" traveled to Brandenburgische Kunstsammlungen Cottbus, Kunsthalle Erfurt, and Kunsthalle Bremen (2004-2005). He was also the subject of a special exhibition at the Rubell Collection in Miami in December 2005. He was included in the 2005 Berlin Biennial. His work is represented in museums including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He is represented in Germany by Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin and Produzentengalerie, Hamburg. Listing Information: Mitchell-Innes & Nash Chelsea is located at 534 West 26 Street, New York, NY 10001 Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat, 10am – 6pm T: (212) 744-7400 www.miandn.com Opening reception: Thursday, November 19, 6-8pm Press Information: Mamie Tinkler T: 212.744.7400 E: mamie@miandn.com Caption: Musée des Arts, 2009, oil on canvas, 39 by 35 ½ in.