Obsessive and sardonic, provocative and visionary, cult Norwegian artist Hariton Pushwagner is fêted as a celebrity in his home country, renowned for his hedonistic lifestyle as well as for his epic satires on modern life. For more than four decades, his depictions of a dehumanized metropolis under perpetual siege from pollution, totalitarianism and mass destruction have offered a prescient vision of a world increasingly like our own.
This compelling book, which accompanies the artist’s first international touring exhibition, features all of Pushwagner’s key works, including the graphic novel Soft City, arguably his defining creation, the silkscreen series A Day in the Life of Family Man, and the intricate Apocalypse Frieze paintings, the zenith of his technical and imaginative accomplishment. Critical writings on these and other works, a colourful and frank interview with the artist, and an illustrated biography of his extraordinary life complete this visually striking and timely volume.
Edited by Anthony Spira and Natalie Hope O’Donnell with contributions by Lars Bang Larsen, Martin Herbert, Natalie Hope O’Donnell, Will Bradley and Petter Mejlænder
30 x 24.5 cm portrait
190 colour and 14 b/w illustrations