An exhibition by Henri Wagner, Philippe van Gele and Hidenori Mitsue
In Drawing Now four artists participate, arcadic but at the same time mysterious landscapes by Ronald Versloot, new works of Martin Assig from his St. Paul series. Their works will also be futurely presented at Drawing Now Paris which has been postopned until futrher notice. Tobias Gerber (D) made a series of gouaches titled 'Aus der schwarzen Kiste' (From The Black Trunk) in which you look out of a dark trunk through a keyhole. In the pawn-like recess you see landscapes in which man has intervened in one way or another. Dan Zhu debutes at the gallery, she shows detailed and delicate scenes in which nature is presented in a stage like setting.
In art, a romantic landscape traditionally evokes melancholy and stimulates the imagination, with dense forests and inhospitable mountains interspersed by serene meadows, all rendered with technical skill, often for maximum effect. Dutch artist Lucassen (b. 1939) put an entirely different twist on the concept in 1965 when he painted a flat image of a palm tree, mountains and a setting sun, and used a Mondrianesque fragment to introduce a strong note of irony. Romantic Landscape with Palm Tree is quintessential Lucassen: defiant, uncompromising and provocative. It was recently donated to Kunstmuseum Den Haag and will shortly feature in Lucassen – The Joy of Painting.
German-born Antwerp-based artist Kati Heck (b. 1979) is regarded as one of the heirs of German expressionism. Her work recalls the bars, dancers and actors depicted by Otto Dix and George Grosz, and is also reminiscent of the Old Masters. With humour and a sense of absurdity she dissects the world around her, recreating it as a universe entirely of her own making. Any search for a clear narrative in her paintings, sculpture and films will be in vain. Heck provides no certainty, leaving everything up to our imaginations.
From mid-February, the artist Cesare Pietroiusti will succeed the Taiwanese artist Tehching Hsieh with the second one-year-long exhibition. This exceptional exhibition model is reserved for prominent artists with a distinctly exemplary role. Just like in the work of Hsieh, Pietroiusti is not focused on art as an object, but on life itself as a form of art. Since 1977, Pietroiusti has built up a very impressive oeuvre with a continuous flow of presentations. At West he will show a monthly changing selection of his works in the ‘corner offices’ of the former American embassy. Varying from early works and ‘artworks to be ashamed of’ to works that have never been shown or are new.