Hariton Pushwagner

from soft city

Hariton Pushwagner is a legendary Norwegian
pop artist, and Soft City, whose opening section
we are proud to feature here, is now widely hailed
as his masterpiece. Originally drawn between 1969
and 1975, it was lost for decades, rediscovered
in 2002, and finally published in Oslo in 2008. It
makes its U.S. debut this fall as one of the first titles
in the ambitious “New York Review Comics” series,
recently launched by New York Review Books to
bring out “new editions of out-of-print masterpieces
and new translations of books that have never
been published in English.

 

 
 

 
 
  Photo by Julie Artacho

Hariton Pushwagner (Terje Brofos) was born in 1940 in Oslo. He studied there at the School of Arts and Crafts and at the National Academy of Fine Arts and in Paris at the Cité Internationale des Arts. His international breakthrough came in 2008 when the original drawings of Soft City were exhibited at the Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art; The New York Times called them one of the highlights of the show.