Lasse Antonsen

Lasse Antonsen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1947. He has, since 1978, lived in the US, in New York, Boston, Providence, Rhode Island, and New Bedford, Massachusetts. He studied art in Copenhagen in 1963-64 at the Experimental Art School with Poul Gernes and Per Kirkeby, and art and creative writing in 1964-65 at Holbæk Kunsthøjskole with the poet Inger Christensen. He studied art history at Copenhagen University in the mid and late 1970s, and after moving to the US, continued his studies at the Harvard University Extension Program and Tufts University. He received an MA in art history from Tufts University in 1986. Antonsen has worked as a researcher at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and as curator of the Danforth Museum of Art. He was director of the University Art Gallery at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for twenty-five years. He has curated and organized more than two hundred exhibitions, presenting the work of artists such as Paula Modersohn-Becker, Kathe Kollwitz, Georg Baselitz, Ilya Kabakov, Nancy Spero, Frank Stella, Paula Rego and Mark Dion. As an art historian he has taught graduate courses at Rhode Island School of Design, and currently teaches at Massachusetts College of Art. As an artist he has created installations at the Artists Foundation in Boston, at 150 Chestnut Street Installation Space in Providence, Rhode Island, at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford, and is currently featured at the Museum of Natural History in Providence. He has had many one-person exhibitions, most recently at the Colo Colo Gallery in New Bedford, Massachusetts. In 2012, his work was included in exhibitions in Brooklyn, New York, at Proteus Gowanus, and in Jersey City, New Jersey, at Curious Matter.

"I work with found objects. Most of the objects can be categorized as historical, and often they are archeological, or from within the realm of natural history. I am attracted to objects that have a specific history, and to the impossibility of ever accessing much of that history. I use objects that invite you in, yet exclude you. As an artist, my approach is to bring two objects together, or to present a selection of similar objects. Each of the objects have unspoken narratives and realms of emotions. Somehow these realms of texts, of storytelling, do not open up, and do not become accessible, until juxtaposed. I long to assert the mystery of these objects. I want to present their hidden realities, to reveal them, but at the same time I want to give them an opportunity to entice, to evoke, to perform."


Dedee Shattuck Gallery Exhibits:

Lasse Antonsen, Nocturama, 2013

Small Works, 2012

Inaugural Show, 2011


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Studied art in Denmark in 1963-64 at the Experimental Art School in Copenhagen with Poul Gernes, Troels Andersen, and Per Kirkeby. Studied art and creative writing in 1964-65 at Holbæk Kunsthøjskole with Poul Borum and Inger Christensen. Studied art history at Copenhagen University in the late 1970s, the Harvard University Extension Program, Cambridge, MA, and Tufts University, Medford, MA, in the early to mid-1980s. MA in art history from Tufts University in 1986


2013  “Mutatis Mutandis” One-Sided Story, Spinnerei, Leipzig, Germany

2012  “Made in Medway: Exploring Medway’s Past Through Contemporary Art”, Medway Historical Society and Stone Mill Gallery, Medway, Massachusetts

2012 “The Fool’s Journey”

Part One: Curious Matter, Jersey City, New Jersey

Part Two: Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York

2011 “Working in Wonder” The Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey

2011  “Naming the Animals” Curious Matter, Jersey City, New Jersey

2010  “Uncanny” Bryant Gallery, Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina

2009  “Historical Interpretations: Artists Interpret the Historic Collection”, Peabody Historical Society, Peabody, Massachusetts

2009   “De/Construct II” 150 Chestnut Street Installation Space, Providence


2013  Lasse Antonsen: Nocturama, Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA

2012  “Dead Leaf Insects, Wind-Up Butterflies, and Other Metaphors” Natural History Museum, Providence, Rhode Island

2012   “Lasse Antonsen: Sculptures From the North Carolina Mountains” Colo Colo Gallery, New Bedford, Massachusetts

2012   “Atropos: The Engine With its Train of Cars Moving off With Planetary Motion” Gallery 244, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

2010-11 “Describing the Shadows”

One of six installations in “Curiouser: New Encounters with the Victorian Natural History Collection”

Providence Museum of Natural History, Providence, Rhode Island.

2010-11 “Pages from the Book of Water-Gazers”

Part of the outdoor installation series “In the Unequal Cross-Lights: Eight Contemporary Sculptors Responding to the Whaling Museum’s Collection”

New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, Massachusetts.

2010-11 “Chinese Christmas”  Gallery 244, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

2009  “Lasse Antonsen: Theatrum Naturae et Artis”, Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, Massachusetts

2009  “The Continuous Translation” Artists Foundation, Boston

2009   “Fabrique en Chine” Gallery 244, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

2009  “A Certain Laughter and A Certain Step of the Dance” Spring Street Window Gallery, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

2008  “Whereabout” Permanent installation at the School of Marine Science and Technology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, New Bedford, Massachusetts

2008 “Field of Transmutation (for Lamarck), Gallery 244, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

2008 “Shadow Script: Academia Sinica, Taipei,Taiwan, 1957. Inksqueezes of the Restored Specimens of Inscribed Tortoise Shells” Gallery One, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

2007  “Shadow Herbarium (Prague 1596)”, Green Bean, New Bedford, Massachusetts

2007 “When Thoreau Danced in New Bedford, and Other Works” Gallery 244, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

2006:  “Addenda to the 1867 Objects Acquired by the Albany State Cabinet of Natural History” Stone Quarry Hill Art Park Gallery, Cazenovia, New York

2006 “Zera Kodesh (Prague 1827) and Other Works” Gallery 244, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth      |      508. 636. 4177      |      1 Partners' Lane, Westport, MA 02790      |      W - Sat, 10 - 5, Sun 12 - 5