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date: 07 December 2019

GuÐmundsson family [Gudmundsson]locked

  • Ađalsteinn Ingólfsson
  •  and John Steen

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[Gudmundsson]

Icelandic family of conceptual artists.

Ađalsteinn Ingólfsson

(b Snœfellsnes, West Iceland, June 1, 1941).

He trained as a pilot and was self-taught as an artist. In the 1960s and 1970s he lived in the Netherlands, the USA and Spain. He had his first one-man show in Reykjavík in 1968. He was introduced to Concrete poetry and the Fluxus movement by Dieter Roth, and by 1969 he had evolved a version of Arte Povera, which he showed at the first exhibitions of the avant-garde group SÚM. After moving to Amsterdam in 1970 he renewed his acquaintance with the minimalist art of Malevich, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni and the De Stijl group and began to take an interest in Dutch conceptual art, which was generally more lyrical and less dogmatic. Throughout the 1970s GuÐmundsson created minimal works embodying abstract or unfathomable concepts such as time, space, sound and energy. Typical of his early conceptual works are the ...

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