Útgáfuhóf – Isle of Art

📚 ☕️ Join us for a get-together at Nýlistasafnið (The Living Art Museum) in the beautiful Marshall House to celebrate the release of Isle of art! 📚 ☕️
28th of may 2019

There’ll be coffee, Belgian chocolate and of course the chance to get your hands on a freshly printed copy.
A wall installation will feature poignant quotes from the book about the state of Iceland’s art scene today, inviting everyone to hang out and join the discussion.


Eternal thanks to our amazing sponsors Icelandair & Reykjavík Roasters 💙

About the book
Writer: Sarah Schug
Photographer: Pauline Mikó with additional contributions by Lilja Birgisdóttir and Ágúst Atlason
Graphic Design: Raya Boteva
Proofreading: Rose Kelleher

Is there a common denominator in Icelandic art? How has the scene changed over the last decades? What does it mean to live, work and create as an artist on a remote island in the north Atlantic? How does such a tiny scene function? What are the highs and lows of living in a small art community? Why would a Paris-based artist decide to run an art space in a remote fishing village here? Why exactly is the scene so vibrant? And how does one deal with the lack of an art market? These are the kinds of questions we asked the artists, curators, gallerists, framers and collectors that we interviewed for this book in February, March, April and August of 2017. We spoke to newbies and oldtimers, Icelanders and foreigners, and created this compendium of our in-depth conversations, a rich canon of different voices from inside the Icelandic art community. A selection of outdoor art pieces, museums and other arty discoveries around the island complete the mosaic. The first of its kind, this book compiles the people, places, and projects defining the scene, which extends far beyond the country’s capital Reykjavík.

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