23. Swedish Modern: Mid Century Photographs by Swedish Photographers at Keith de Lellis Gallery
This winter, the Keith de Lellis Gallery will present Swedish Modern: Mid Century Photographs by Swedish Photographers, a selection of 13 accomplished mid-century Swedish photographers whose innovative work remains relatively unfamiliar to American audiences. Eight of the featured photographers include members of the TIO — a famous collective of Swedish photographers established in 1958 — such as Sten Didrik Bellander, Hans Hammarskiöld, Sven Gillsäter, and Georg Oddner. One standout piece within the exhibition is Lennart Olson’s 1960 triptych Project for a Mural, which abstracts the industrial rigidity of modern bridges through the usage of deep contrast.
Photography work from TIO’s founding members was originally shown in the United States at the Library of Congress in 1971. Swedish Modern will mark the first American group showcase of work from TIO members in 50 years. From nature and industrial scenes to abstraction and fashion, Swedish Modern highlights the broad range of interests present for mid-century Swedish photographers. Uniting the disparate photographs in the exhibition is their shared attitude of inquiry into the possibilities of what the camera is capable of capturing and the varying emotions that can be expressed to audiences. Swedish Modern: Mid Century Photographs by Swedish Photographers will be open through March 11, 2022.