Bjarne Melgaard (Norwegian)
Norwegian, born 1967. Keywords: Bjarne Melgaard is a contemporary Norwegian artist working in sculptural assemblage. In a variety of installations that include paintings, videos, and mixed-media works, the artist explores themes of substance addiction, sexuality, and self-destruction. Often employing controversial and provocative imagery, he is perhaps best known for his notorious fiberglass sculpture Chair (2014), which depicts a black woman on her back while a white woman sits on the cushion of her thighs. When the work first appeared online, it ignited an outcry and drew accusations of racism, and the image was ultimately withdrawn. Melgaard was born on September 9, 1967, in Sydney, Australia to Norwegian parents and raised in Oslo, Norway. In 1992, he graduated from the Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts and went on to study at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht from 1992 to 1993. He has since had exhibitions at institutions around the world, including the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2006, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in New York in 2013, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in London in 2012. He lives and works in New York, NY. (Artnet.com) FOR ME BM SEEMS TO BREAK EVERY TABOO HE ENCOUNTERS!