Anders Wall Collection
East Village Revisited
January 18
— February 9, 2019

 

The legendary Swedish industrialist and businessman Anders Wall developed an interest in art early on in his life. Through his encounters with the “forbidden” art of Eastern Europe, and, later, the New York art scene of the 60s, he soon acquired a taste for contemporary art. He was a friend of Andy Warhol’s, and getting to know young artists and meet them in their studios became his way to venture into the unknown and find out where it was all at: in the studios, and the new, outrageous galleries, which might be located in the gallery owner’s bathroom or basement, or even in a rented limousine.

“Art and music have been my constant companions, almost throughout my life, and I’m convinced that my cultural interests contributed to making me a better businessman”, he says today, reflecting on all the time and care he has put into not just his own collecting, but also on promoting the arts in various ways.

New York in the 80s was a unique era, for several reasons. It is said that punk was born in some of the city’s grimier clubs, and later on, it produced hip-hop, graffiti, street art, and the Act-Up AIDS movement.

This is where Sonic Youth and Blondie used to play. It’s essentially the birthplace of postmodernism in fine art.

“Of course, getting to present this treasure trove is an absolute delight. It’s also wonderful to imagine the elegant, cultured Anders Wall wandering around in the East Village among all the dope fiends and criminals, more or less risking his life for opportunities to meet with young artists… I think it’s safe to say that’s pretty unusual behaviour for a Swedish businessman! In any case, the art is absolutely sensational, and hugely important for the history of American contemporary art,” says Anna-Karin Pusic.

Artists in the Anders Wall Collection exhibition: David Wojnarowicz (1954–1992), Walter Robinson (1950–), Peter Schuyff (1958–), Rhonda Zwillinger (1950–), Hope Sandrow (1951–), Futura 2000 (1955–), ERO (1967–), Christof Kohlhofer & Marilyn Minter, Richard Hambleton (1952–2017), David Smith (1950–), Berndt Zimmer (1948–), Stephen Lack (1946–), A. R. Penck (1939–), Rodney Alan Greenblat (1960–), Michael Mogavero (1950–), Jonathan Ellis (1953–).