March 6th, 2013 by Robert Kloos
February 5th, 2013 by Robert Kloos
Marijke van Warmerdam, Eyecatcher, light sculpture, 2011, courtesy of Galerie van Gelder and the artist
March 7-10, 2012
During New York Arts Week, various Dutch galleries will show work by Dutch and international artists at The Armory Show, VOLTA, Independent, and Scope, including: Galerie van Gelder, GRIMM, Galerie Ron Mandos, Mireille Mosler Ltd., Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Upstream Gallery, Bob van Orsouw, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, Wilfried Lentz, Amstel Gallery, Andenken Gallery / Kallenbach Gallery, Witzenhausen Gallery.
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January 17th, 2013 by Robert Kloos
Marga Weimans, Body Archive, 2012, courtesy the designer
February 7-14, 2013
Opening reception: Thursday, February 7, 2013, 6-8pm
Witzenhausen Gallery New York is pleased to present Marga Weimans: Body Archive. Marga Weimans is an ambitious, international oriented fashion house, which expands itself to multiple disciplines including fashion, architecture and fine arts. Weimans graduated as a fashion designer at the prestigious Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts, one of the world leading fashion programs. Her graduation collection The Power Of My Dreams won an I-D award in 2005 which is organized by worldwide fashion magazine I-D. With this collection she was also nominated for the Design Prize Rotterdam. Since her successful graduation Weimans’ work is purchased by and exhibited at the Groninger Museum. In recent years she has achieved many successes. Her collections were presented in two haute couture weeks in Paris and in several exhibitions in Dutch Museums.
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November 30th, 2012 by Robert Kloos
January 17 – February 19, 2013
Opening reception: Thursday, January 17, 2013, 6-8pm
Jacob Witzenhausen is pleased to present Jolanda Jansen: Collective Body. Jolanda Jansen (b. 1976) is undoubtedly a performance artist pur sang in the line of Marina Abramovic’s work. “I’m very conscious of my body physically, including its attractiveness and unattractiveness, and the reactions of people to my body.” In the series “Perseverance” the viewer is confronted with the stretch of pain; how much can our body take? CHow long before we admit defeat? Can we become our own life savers?
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June 20th, 2012 by Robert Kloos
Zeger Reyers, Hard Water, 2011, courtesy of Maurits van de Laar Gallery and the artist, to be seen at Scope Miami 2012
December 4-9, 2012
During Miami Arts Week, various Dutch galleries will show work by Dutch and international artists at Art Miami, Context, Justmadmia, Pulse, and Scope, including Alex Daniels / Reflex, Andenken / The Garage, Canvas International Art, Galerie Kers, Leslie Smith Gallery, LMAK Projects, Maurits van de Laar, Mirta Demare International Visual Arts, Priveekollektie, Torch Gallery, Wanrooij Gallery, and Witzenhausen Gallery.
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November 27th, 2011 by Robert Kloos
Pedro Bakker, Travel 1, 2011, courtesy Witzenhausen Gallery and the artist
June 14 – July 12, 2012
Witzenhausen Gallery is pleased to present Pedro Bakker: Drawn like a man, the artist’s second solo show in New York. A long time has passed since Pedro Bakker (1952, Werveshoof, NL) studied Aesthetics at the University of Amsterdam in the early 1980s. Before he could graduate, he decided to become a self-thought artist and take drawing and painting lessons at the Fine Arts Academy. But his first academic choice has always remained consistent with what came afterwards: philosophy and philosophers have always been Bakker’s visible partners, his traveling companions. Painting, drawing and philosophy are inseparable though out the development of his oeuvre. Academics and art practice finally came together during an MA in Artistic Research at the University of Amsterdam. The works presented in New York are the continuation of this research process.
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September 15th, 2011 by Robert Kloos
Ryan Gander, Your Present Time Orientation (Second Act) – Random Abstraction, 2011, courtesy Annet Gelink Gallery and the artist
November 29 – December 4, 2011
Annet Gelink Gallery at Art Basel Miami Beach
Artists at Art Nova: Ryan Gander, Wilfredo Prieto. Further artists represented: Carlos Amorales, Yael Bartana, Alicia Framis, Anya Gallaccio, Roger Hiorns, Sharon Houkema, Carla Klein, Meiro Koizumi, Kiki Lamers, David Maljkovic, Dan McCarthy, Jenny Perlin, Bradley Pitts, Liza May Post, Muzi Quawson, Glenn Sorensen, Ed van der Elsken, Marijke van Warmerdam, Barbara Visser, Erik Wesselo.
Arik Levy, Rock Growth, 2011, courtesy Priveekollektie and the artist
Priveekollektie at Art Miami.
Artists represented: Arik Levy, Carolina Wilcke, Christiane Richter, De Intuitiefabriek, Dominic Harris, Eefiene Bolhuis, Hans Kotter, Ien Lucas, Miguel Chevalier, Reinier Bosch, Rolf Sachs, Viktor Timofeev.
Elana Herzog, Untitled (p28), 2010, courtesy LMAK Projects and the artist
LMAK Projects at Pulse Miami.
Presenting Jeff Grant, Elana Herzog, Jen Stark, Penelope Umbrico. Further artists represented: Kenseth Armstead, Sara Blokland, Nayda Collazo-Llorens, Andy Graydon, Liselot van der Heijden, Nava Lubelski, Gerald Petit, Silvia Russel, Jowan van Barneveld, Lieven de Boeck, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Russell Nachman, Carlos Rigau.
Marjan Teeuwen, Archief 5, 2011, courtesy Cokkie Snoei Gallery and the artist
Cokkie Snoei Gallery at Pulse Miami.
Presenting Elza Jo, Ben Merris, Peter Redert, Marjan Teeuwen. Further artists represented: Sylvia Alonso, William Anthony, Lyle Ashton Harris, Heike Kati Barath, Norbert Bisky, Niels Broszat, Marco van Duyvendijk, Dennis Feddersen, Fomy Finke, Risk Hazekamp, Pieter Hugo, Esther Janssen, Rince de Jong, Yves Klein, David Kramer, Wilma Kuil, Pieter Kusters, Gyz La Riviere, Roxanne Lowit, Phoebe Maas, Olaf Martens, Sands Murray-Wassink, Jan Schaper, Bert Sissingh, Sjoukje Sissingh-Boersma, Paul M. Smith, Tacey Snelling, Ari Versluis & Ellie Uyttenbroek, Eveline Visser, C.A. Wertheim, Bas Zoontjens.
Anya Janssen, BUT WHATEVER IT WAS, IT CAME OUT OF THE TREES...8, 2010, courtesy Torch and the artist
Torch Gallery at Pulse Miami.
Presenting Eelco Brand, Wouter Deruytter, Mitsy Groenendijk, Anya Janssen, Loretta Lux, Terry Rodgers. Further artists represented: Philip Akkerman, Susan Anderson, Hans Broek, Edward Burtynsky, Gary Carlsley, Popel Coumou, Martin C. de Waal, Martin Denker, David Drebin, Rowena Dring, Eldon Garnet, Margi Geerlinks, Anthony Goicolea, Line Gulsett, Simon Henwood, Teun Hocks, Twan Janssen, Min Kim, Ellen Kooi, Gordon Clark & Leon Botha, Stepanek Maslin, Justin McAllister, Jochen Muhlenbrink, Ulf Puder, Carlos & Jason Sanchez, Kahn & Selesnick, Lena Soulkovskaia, Henk Tas, Gerald van der Kaap, Carrie Yamaoka, Thijs Zweers.
Flokje van Lith, Eyes of Innocence - Sera, 2011, courtesy Witzenhausen Gallery and the artist
Witzenhausen Gallery at Scope Miami.
Presenting Flokje van Lith, Jeff Robb. Further artists represented: Federico Junca Acebedo, Jowhara Alsaud, Pedro Bakker, Alvaro Barrios, Bahar Behbahani, Boris van Berkum, Lotta de Beus, Paul Blanca, Linda van Boven, Annemarie Busschers, Ray Ceasar, Michael Chelbin, L.J.A.D. Creyghton, Wendelien Daan, Thomas Doyle, Kevin Erskine, Mitsy Groenendijk, Teiji Hayama, Harma Heikens, Erik Hijweege, Nissian Hughes, Christel Lebas, Sofia Maldonado, Raul Marroquin, Enrique Marty, Jacques Meijer, Olphaert den Otter, Roland Schimmel, Michael Scott, Ixone Sadaba, Pepe Smit, Roland Sohier, Sanghee Song, Daishin Sumimoto, Anna Wypych.
May 4th, 2011 by Robert Kloos
Kinke Kooi, Fool, 1998, courtesy Feature Inc., NY and the artist
September 22 – October 22, 2011
Witzenhausen Gallery is pleased to present “Facing the Abyss”, a group exhibition with work by Ricci Albenda, Rachel Harrison, Daniel Hesidence, Kinke Kooi, Roland Schimmel and Lily van der Stokker. Curated by: Roland Schimmel.
The group show Facing the Abyss has as its subject the experience, both sublime and visceral, of looking into the abyss and deciding whether to jump or not… The works in the exhibition embody the intensity and the clarity that come from such a deep and revelatory experience: The ultimate artistic expression that these artists are aiming at, and which they offer to share with the viewer, could only be achieved by plunging into extreme adventures of the mind/body.
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March 31st, 2011 by Robert Kloos
Harma Heikens, Aileen W., 2010, courtesy Witzenhausen Gallery and the artist
May 5 – June 4, 2011
Witzenhausen Gallery NY is pleased to present “Welcome to the Jungle,” a solo exhibition by Harma Heikens.
The near-life-size sculptures made by dutch sculptress Harma Heikens are often described as “grim” and “disturbing”. Working within the playful idiom of popular culture and using means of communication derived from the advertising world, Heikens calls forth apocalyptic visions of a befouled planet whose inhabitants are terrorised by economic and sexual exploitation. In detailed, live-size scenes, she shows children whose existence seems to be a desperate struggle for life.
Harma Heikens, Welcome to the Jungle, 2o09, courtesy Witzenhausen Gallery and the artist
Heikens’ arrangements are powerfully thought provoking in their large scale and simplicity. But although her statements are well articulated, it’s not a soapbox stance, neither does she resort to leaving it up to the viewer. Rather what we make of it is an amalgamation of the artist intentions and our built-in perceptions culled from our own reference banks.
Her use of the child figure not only playfully toys with the usual bromidic representation of childhood innocence lost; it does one better. It coaxes an examination of the debasement of our culture, our place in time or how far we’ ve come – or regressed. The once incorruptable Big Eyed, slightly sexualized, and very vunerable child(popularized by the Kean’s)is now sullied by its overuse in entertainment and advertising. Here Heikens turns the advertising game’s most seductive tool back on itself as in “Bladerunner” where a Hummel-like figure bottle feeds his baby sister with Coca Cola.
Harma Heikens, Bladerunner, 2010, courtesy Witzenhausen Gallery and the artist
At the Witzenhausen Gallery Heikens will show 5 new pieces, including a sculpture of Aileen Wuornos, a hitchhiking prostitute who killed seven customers in Florida between 1989 and 1990 and was convicted and sentenced to death for six of the murders She was executed via lethal injection in 2002. Heikens depicts Aileen Wuornos age thirteen and pregnant, consistent with the facts. Harma Heikens studied at The Academie Minerva, Groningen, the Netherlands.
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December 23rd, 2010 by Robert Kloos
Cathalijn Wouters, Better days for my face and hands, courtesy Witzenhausen Gallery and the artist
March 31 – April 30, 2011
Opening reception: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 6-8pm
Witzenhausen Gallery New York presents ‘Establishing Thought’ by Cathalijn Wouters. A well-established artist in Europe, this is Wouters’ first solo exhibition in New York. Her new works, oil and charcoal on large transparent linen, depict inner landscapes where plain, simple shapes seem to double the transparency. ‘Establishing thought’ is a snapshot in time, a farewell and a starting point.
Cathalijn Wouters, Establishing Thought, courtesy Witzenhausen Gallery and the artist
Cathalijn Wouters: "In the end I chose the title Establishing Thought, because to me the work expresses a thought. The small grey rectangle above the container may be interpreted as a thought or as electricity. It is an energy indicating the connection between the work and me. It is something that is up in the air, and perhaps that is the essence of my work: I wish to express something that is not visible but which can nevertheless be sensed. That feeling, or that thought, is an orientation point, a key to unlock the next painting."
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Margriet Smulders, Three Wishes, 2008, courtesy Witzenhausen Gallery and the artist
December 23, 2010 – February 19, 2011
Artist’s reception: Thursday, January 13, 2011, 6-8pm
Witzenhausen Gallery presents “Endless Garlands of Flowers,” a solo exhibition by Margriet Smulders.
“Curled around the borders of my note pads when I was a school girl. And thousands of roses were cut out from my mother’s gardening books. At the Academy of Arts, flowers as large as life were painted on my canvasses. There were always flowers. They flourished in the self-portraits of the eighties and grew bigger in the flower wallpapers made in the nineties.
You can see a whole world in my flowers. Lush and strangely erotic tableaux entice you into another dimension. Huge mirrors, elaborate glass vases, rich draperies, fruit and cut blooms are used to make these ‘paintings’.
As Baudelaire says "Get drunk: on wine, poetry or virtue". Imagine lingering and languishing in these fresh, sultry and lucid landscapes. I love this sensual state. To lose myself, to deliver myself as in a love affair. Reality doesn’t matter. When making photos I get lost in the scenes as if the flowers were caressing me in the gulfs of the sea.
Margriet Smulders, Babylon, 2006, courtesy Witzenhausen Gallery and the artist
Kienholz, Sherman and the Dutch painters of the seventeenth century were my masters when making a series of my life as a young woman and mother. These self portraits showed my family life as an embarrassed, querulous paradise: less than perfect. In these theatrical scenes flowers were used as a backdrop. Gradually when making commissioned portraits I began to see people as flowers.
Later the floral paintings of the 17th century, the works of Pollock and Kiefer, the strong scenes of Pipilotti Rist and the seductive work of Bettina Rheims would inspire me. In 1999 an exhibition on voluptuous Dutch floral still-lives of our Golden Age was in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. At that time I began to ‘paint’ floral still-life compositions with the help of a mirror, so that the total looked richer, more generous and more highly scented, with purple irises, ragged orange tulips and crumpled lips of full-blown petals that appear to be moving in the rippled waters. The effect is like looking into a clear pond, where rivulets of pure water descend from glacial protrusions.
Margriet Smulders, Lupinelure, 2004, courtesy Witzenhausen Gallery and the artist
But not all of the flowers are immaculate or in pristine conditio., suggesting that something potentially nasty could take place, as in Greek mythology, which is replete with instances of fratricide and revenge. Insects, frogs, drops of blood and red juice on pallid blooms make the photographs slightly sinister. Darkness gives them an unknown and mysterious depth. In these theatres not only domestic scenes but the whole world with its relationships and dramas is played out by flowers as actors.” –Margriet Smulders, 2010
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