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Published on the occasion of the exhibition:

Pushwagner: Soft City

28 June – 2 September 2012, MK Gallery


Obsessive and sardonic, provocative and visionary, cult Norwegian artist Hariton Pushwagner is fêted as a celebrity in his home country, renowned for his hedonistic lifestyle as well as for his epic satires on modern life. For more than four decades, his depictions of a dehumanised metropolis under perpetual siege from pollution, totalitarianism and mass destruction have offered a prescient vision of a world that increasingly resembles our own.


This compelling book, which accompanies the artist’s first international touring exhibition, features all of Pushwagner’s key works, including the graphic novel Soft City, arguably his defining creation, the silkscreen series A Day in the Life of Family Man, and the intricate Apocalypse Frieze paintings, the zenith of his technical and imaginative accomplishment. Critical writings on these and other works, a colourful and frank interview with the artist, and an illustrated biography of his extraordinary life complete this visually striking and timely volume.


Edited by:

Anthony Spira and
Natalie Hope O’Donnell


Contributions by:

Lars Bang Larsen
Martin Herbert

Natalie Hope O’Donnell

Will Bradley
Petter Mejlænder


Edition: June 2012

ISBN: 978-1-908970-00-8



330 x 275 mm  

304 pages

Related Exhibition

Soft City