Erró, Iceland's most prominent painter, receives long overdue critical attention for his contributions to international Pop, late Surrealism, and contemporary figurative painting in this sumptuous monograph. Since introducing exclusively source-image-based painted collage to the European Pop movement in 1959, Erró has produced an influential body of work mining cartoons and art history on canvases marked by political satire and his own cheerfully dystopian observations of human nature.
Prescient and timely, Erró's paintings are marked by a voracious consumption of imagery that synthesizes a halucinatory vision of contemporary visual culture. Often compared to Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, and Roy Lichtenstein, Erró's allover multifigure narratives, refusal to commit to a singular style, and obsession with American cartoons set his oeuvre apart.
This volume offers a more than half-century overview of Erró's development, featuring the artist's most celebrated paintings alongside early collages and newly photographed works. Essays by Kevin McGarry, Hannah Black, and Ruba Katrib offer contemporary perspectives on Erró's themes of figurative transformation, violence, and leveling political and art history.