The second episode in the RKD series on colourful people from contemporary artistic and cultural life, written by curator Lynne van Rhijn, is about Barbara Bloom (1951). At 21, she moved from California via London to Amsterdam. During her ten-year stay in our country she was to play a role in the development of performance art, but she also explored what her own work was essentially about. The collection of the RKD contains, among other items, a viewing copy of her film The Diamond Lane, also posters and a note received from an extra in this film.Read more
The NY School of Visual Arts and the University of Graz host a conference on the role of plants in art. What would be a more fitting subject for a keynote lecture than herman de vries?
Lynne van Rhijn herman de vries: shaman of science / November 16 6:30 – 7:30pm
herman de vries’ tautologische postkarten
Usually a postcard highlights something special. You share with your family how very whimsical it is that that tower of Pisa can stand so askew, or how blue the Mediterranean Sea is. The simultaneously sent postcards depicted here seem to have a similar intention. The special object is depicted rather ordinarily. Only the text on the front makes one frown briefly: ‘the castle as castle’, herman de vries writes, and that seems a duplication. But with it he inserts a subtle shift in meaning. That singular beautiful castle becomes just a castle, like there are many more.
In the case of the postcard of the king the intervention of the artist works slightly differently. For this portrait a man is dressed up in the most expensive clothes and with a heroic pose captured in paint. The individual made special as a kind of noble superman. But if we see this king as king, he becomes common again. A bit cliché even, that mantle with its lining of mink fur.
Levenswerk II – de kunstbemiddelaars
Life’s work – the art mediators, by Margriet Luyten
Texts: Lynne van Rhijn, Mariëtte Haveman, with an introduction by C.W.M. Kemper
Design: Bart Smit ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Dutch / English
perfect bound Japanese
Published by Pels & Kemper, ’s-Hertogenbosch, December 2017
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See margrietluyten.nl for more info on the Levenswerk film series
Article to accompany ‘Stretch Release’ at Dürst Britt & Mayhew, 8 april – 27 mei:
Image: © David Roth, landscape painting (Gaisberg), 2010, photo David Eisl
Exhibition at NEST, Den Haag
January 28 – March 4 2012
Out of Control brings artists together who consciously relinquish the artistic decision making process. They use methodological processes or chance to shape their work. Read more