Niels Henriksen

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Niels Henriksen



Niels Henriksen specializes in modern and contemporary art. He holds a B.A. in art history and history of ideas from Lund University in Sweden, an M.Litt. in history of photography from University of St Andrews in Scotland and an M.A. in art history from Copenhagen University in Denmark. His research interests include post-World War II European painting; the adaptation in modern art of methods and concepts taken from psychoanalytic theory, ethnography and archaeology; art historical theories of deformation, disfiguration and vandalism; and, the use of the medium of photography within the discipline of art history.

Niels is writing his dissertation on the articulation of human and animal figural form in the paintings of Danish artist Asger Jorn, and in a series of illustrated books on prehistoric and medieval art prepared by Jorn between 1948 and 1965.

Selected Publications

“Vandalist Revival: Asger Jorn’s Archaeology,” in Asger Jorn: Restless Rebel, ed. Dorthe Aagesen and Helle Brøns, exhibition catalogue (Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, 2014).

“Superflex. Charlottenborg, Copenhagen,” Frieze Magazine 162 (April 2014).

A translation of five texts by Asger Jorn with introductions, October 141 (summer 2012).

“Future, Politics and Animation: Ann Lislegaard’s Left Hand of Darkness and Crystal World,” in Ann Lislegaard: Haunted, The Tappings of the Fox Sisters, exhibition catalogue (Marabou Konsthall, Stockholm, 2010).

Selected Talks

“Double Head: Physiognomies of the Social,” at the symposium His Head organized by Sidsel Meineche in conjunction with an exhibition curated by Robert Leckie at Gasworks, London, February, 2014.

“Medieval Dissent: Asger Jorn’s Scandinavian Institute for Comparative Vandalism (1961–1965),” at the Whitney Independent Study Program Critical Studies Symposium, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, May, 2010.