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Barbro Östlihn – New York Imprint

Barbro Östlihn (1930-1995) is one of the most interesting Swedish artists in the second half of the 20th century. At the centre of the artistic circles that created American pop art and neorealism in the 1960s, she developed her own unique idiom, completely in step with its time but with a distinctly personal expression.

With her consistent and single-minded style of painting, she attained a position in the New York art scene, where her ring of friends included the artists Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Claes Oldenburg and Roy Lichtenstein.

In a comprehensive presentation on the museum’s three étages, over 40 of her works are shown for the first time in Gothenburg. 

New York Steam Company, 1962, privat ägo. NY Law School, 1968, Västerås konstmuseum. Maria Magdalena, 1968, Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Royal Pavilion, 1966, Göteborgs konstmuseum ©Barbro Östlihn/Bildupphovsrätt 2022. Foto: Hossein Sehatlou