The ‘Seascapes’ of Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948) are basically quite simple. One by one they show a calm sea, in black and white, without people, and with a horizon just above the middle. At first glance there are no natural features to distinguish changes in..
No man is an island
‘No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main’, as the 1624 prose by English poet John Donne sounded centuries ago. Though these lines are written in a different era, the words ‘no man is an island’ were the inspiration f..
Behind the photograph
The art of Taryn Simon
The American artist Taryn Simon (b. 1975) never photographs for the purpose of presenting the possibilities of the medium nor shooting the perfect image. Her practice involves extensive research and is guided by a great interest in systems of categ..
Humour and sorrow in the art of Ragnar Kjartansson
A polyphone score performed by minstrels strumming guitars around the gallery for eight hours a day. Surrounded by empty bottles of beer, mattresses, fauteuils, chairs, these men sing parts of a dialogue from Iceland’s f..
Skulls, flowers and desert landscapes
The art of Georgia O’Keeffe
Fifteen years ago I made a road trip with my parents and two sisters across the southwestern part of the US. A memorable, exciting journey through different states, landscapes, cities, atmospheres, and cultures. Although I cannot recall every ..
Beyond stitched surfaces
The art of crocheting, sewing and painting of Antonietta Peeters
The Dutch artist Antonietta Peeters (b. 1967) became known in the nineties with coloured crocheted sculptures of everyday objects as a microphone or a helmet. In the last 15 years her art developed in a mor..
Smoky, sunny and lunar skies
Skies in different disguises, whether it is smoky, sunny or lunar. American artist Lisa Oppenheim (b. 1975) has a thing for all kinds of skies. It is a recurrent element in her largely photographic work. Herein Oppenheim investigates photography’s material concerns, enlis..
More than just white
Jan Schoonhoven (1914-1994) was a legendary artist, whose personal life fired imagination as much as his minimalist reliefs of cardboard and papier-mâché. He was a modest civil servant who conquered the world with his art, produced in the evenings. He never left his homet..