January 11, 2018


The Norwegian-American artist Inger Johanne Grytting has generously donated a work to the Nordic Institute of Art from her critically acclaimed exhibition Recent Drawings at the Vigeland Museum, Oslo. The work, a graphite drawing on paper entitled T_13 _2013, was given in recognition of Director Knut Ljøgodt and may, according to the donor’s expressed wish, be sold in benefit of the Nordic Institute of Art at a future fundraising event. The Nordic Institute of Art is happy to accept this outstanding gift.

Inger Johanne Grytting (b. 1949 in Lofoten), left her Native Norway in 1970 to study art in New York. Soon she settled permanently, and became a part of the pulsating arts community that emerged on Manhattan in the 70s and 80s. She received first hand impulses from the Abstract Expressionists and gradually developed an aesthetic that today is often described as post-minimalist, as it merged the sparseness of Minimalism with an intuitive and emotive approach. In Norway, Grytting is recognised as an important link between the American and Norwegian art scenes, and her loft on the Bowery in Lower Manhattan has been a central meeting point for American and Norwegian artists and intellectuals for decades.

In New York, Grytting and her husband, the literary critic Mark J. Mirsky, are also notable figures in the American literary world, as longstanding editors and publishers of the influential magazine Fiction, which has published many up-and-coming writers alongside with eminent authors of international renown. Inger J. Grytting is represented in several public and private collections, such as the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Northern Norway Art Museum, Tromsø, Savings Bank of Northern Norway’s art foundation, Tromsø, Jan Groth Collection in Stavanger Art Museum, and the Erling Neby Collection, Oslo.

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