Jan van Munster, HARDCORE:
9 November – 21 December 2019
Slewe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition HARDCORE by Dutch artist Jan van Munster (*1939). Van Munster, known for his impressive oeuvre of minimal geometric sculptures visualizing the phenomena of energy, will show new light works. It will be his first show at Slewe Gallery The exhibition opens Saturday November 9 and lasts until December 21and will be part of the Amsterdam Art Weekend from November 21 to 24. You can listen to an interview with Jan van Munster on his exhibition on line here.
Jan van Munster, whose work was recently subject of a solo show at the Museum Kröller-Müller in Otterlo, is one of the most remarkable and influential artists in the Netherlands today. He works with various sources of energy, such as cold and heat, light and electricity or magnetism. His work is about contrasts, positive-negative, light-dark or warm-cold. In addition to a strong physical element, they also show spiritual powers as a metaphor for life. In the sixties his career started showing along with other famous artists as Ad Dekkers, Peter Struycken and Marinus Boezem. In these years Van Munster worked with traditional materials, such as marble, stone, iron and steel, but since the seventies he started to use polyester, granite, mercury and neon tubes as materials to load with energy. In the same period, he made films of his performances, in which he used his own body to show energy. Recently he translated his brainactivities into neon sculptures.
Over the years Jan van Munster created a unique art domain around a water tower at the island of Walcheren in Zeeland. It is a place for living, producing art and showing the works in an ideal context. His works can be found in many cities in the Netherlands and Germany, in important private and public collections, such as the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum Kröller-Müller a.o. He received various art prizes, such as recently the German Light Art Award (Deutsche Lichtkunstpreis), for which he will have an exhibition at Kunstmuseum Celle in Spring 2020.
Lesley Foxcroft, Alice Schorbach:
20 September – 2 November 2019
Slewe Gallery will celebrate her 25th anniversary in October. During that period the gallery gives room to two solo exhibitions. In one of the gallery spaces Amsterdam based artist Alice Schorbach, who was the first exhibitor at Slewe 25 years ago, will show new works. The other space features recent works by British sculptor Lesley Foxcroft. For Foxcroft it will be her first show at Slewe Gallery. Both artists share a fundamental approach to their medium and their delicate simple works relate to space and light of the architecture. The exhibition opens Friday September 20 and lasts until November 2.
Lesley Foxcroft is known for her works created in MDF. But she also uses other ordinary materials, such as rubber, card and paper. Her use of these ordinary, everyday products, is an integral part of her expression as a whole: “I like the idea that the uncomplicated has a purpose: that the material does not give a sculpture its value, it is the artist that does'. By methods of folding, cutting, pressing and stacking Foxcroft arranges the material on the floor and up walls to create a dialogue between the two; her installations thereby make the commonplace aesthetic and the two-dimensional architectural. For her show at Slewe Gallery she will exhibit works created from MDF and galvanzied iron. Foxcroft, born in 1949, studied at Camberwell School of Fine Art and has had numerous solo and group shows throughout the UK and Europe from 1974 onwards. You can listen to an interview with Lesley Foxcroft on her exhibition on line here.
Alice Schorbach’s works consist of geometric, abstract combinations of canvas-stretched wooden frames that assume an object-like character. On first glance one sees a monochrome surface comprised of a variety of shades of very light whitish colour that the artist has applied in several coats of paint with great care and precision. The different components within the works vary in size and thus the incidence of light and the effect of shadow play an important role. The colour applied to the sides of the paintings attains a free, independent existence both on the underlying wall and in the architectural space in which the works are presented. Schorbach, born in 1940 in Kassel (DE), lives and works since 1970 in Amsterdam. In 1976 she won the European Prize of Painting and in 1977 she participated at the Documenta VI. In 2007 she had a solo show at the Rijksmuseum Twenthe, on which occasion a catalogue was published. You can listen to an interview with Alice Schorbach on her exhibition on line here.
At Huize Frankendael in Amsterdam the exhibition Private View, 25 Years Slewe will be on view from October 6 until November 24, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the gallery. The exhibition consists of a selection of works by the artists shown at the gallery through the years. They are installed in the salon rooms and garden of this 18th century building. On the occasion a catalogue is published with an overview of all gallery’s exhibitions. It is designed by Irma Boom, who was responsible for all graphic design of the gallery through the years. You can visist the exhibition at Huize Frankendael, Middenweg 72, Amsterdam, every Sunday from 2 to 5 pm or by appointment.
Alan Charlton, Painted Unpainted:
25 May – 22 June 2019
Slewe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition with new works by the British artist Alan Charlton (*1948, Sheffield). The exhibition features a new series of multi-panelled works, of which one panel is painted and the other one is left blank, or unpainted. These new series, entitled Painted/Unpainted, are made especially for this occasion. It will open Saturday 25 May and will last until 22 June, 2019. It will be Charlton's third solo show at Slewe Gallery. You can listen to an interview with Alan Charlton on his exhibition on line here.
Alan Charlton is one of the most famous representatives of the minimal and conceptual art in England. For more than 40 years his work consists of pure monochrome grey paintings, made with acrylic paint on canvas. When he was twenty-one years old, while still studying at the Camberwell School of Art, he took the decision to focus exclusively on making grey paintings. For Charlton the colour grey is the most emotional and diverse colour. All his works are based on a module measuring 4,5 cm. Their balanced compositions of usually several grey panels give the paintings a monumental and specific expression.
Since the seventies Charlton had numerous important international museum and gallery shows. In the Netherlands he had solo shows at art & project and at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. In Germany he exhibited at a.o. Konrad Fischer Galerie and Museum Kurhaus Kleve, in Italy at Castello di Rivoli, Torino, in Switzerland at Galerie Tschudi, in Paris at Musée d'Art Moderne and in London at Annely Juda Gallery and Tate. His work has been collected worldwide by prestigious public and private collections.
Joris Geurts, Untitled:
6 April – 18 May 2019
Slewe Gallery is pleased to anounce the opening of the exhibition Untitled with new works on paper by Joris Geurts. It opens Saturday April 6 and will run until May 11. Along with the exhibition a new publication will be launched, with texts by Taco Dibbits and Frits de Coninck, designed by Irma Boom. You can listen to an interview with Joris Geurts on his exhibition at the gallery on line here.
Joris Geurts is known for his lyric abstract paintings, drawings and prints. They are assiociatively built up, but transparantly layered and traceble. Graphic elements float on deep purple blues and yellow greens, giving associations with the kosmos or landscape. The new works on paper are made with acrylic, horizontally applied with broad brushstrokes on various sizes of sheets of paper.
Geurts was born in 1958 in Oss (NL). After his study at the AKI in Enschede, Geurts started his career at Art & Project Gallery in Amsterdam in the early eighties. Since 1995 he shows at Slewe Gallery on a regular base. In 2001 he had a show at Noordbrabants Museum in ’s-Hertogenbosch, on which occasion a catalog had been published Purple Blue and Lemon Yellow, giving an overview of his work, with texts by Bert Jansen and Henk van Woerden. In addition to his painting practice he also works as a composer of music.
His works have been collected by several important public collections, such as the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede and corporate art collections of the AkzoNobel Art Foundation, ABNAMRO Art Collection, KPN, BPD and AEGON.
Dan Walsh, Apostrophe:
2 March – 30 March 2019
Slewe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Apostrophe, an exhibition with new works by American artist Dan Walsh, whose work is currently subject of a solo show at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, entitled Pressing Matter. Walsh, known for his playful minimal abstract paintings, will show both now new painting, as well as new works on paper, books and objects. The exhibition opens Saturday March 2 and lasts until March 30, 2019. You can listen to an interview with Walsh on his exhibition at the gallery on line here.
Dan Walsh, born in 1960 in Philadelphia (US), is one of the most remarkable abstract artists in the United States today. He was one of the participating artists at the Whitney Biennial in New York in 2014. He makes minimal abstract paintings, which are playful in their use of process and historical references. In addition, he makes drawings, sculptures and books. This exhibition will show new works showing all these aspects of his wide artistic spectrum. It will be his sixth solo show at Slewe Gallery.
After his study at Hunter College Walsh started showing his work at Paula Cooper Gallery in New York and several galleries in Europe. His prints and limited-edition books were subject of a solo show at the Cabinet des Estampes du Musée d’Art et d’histoire in Geneva (CH). Walsh’s work was also included in important group shows, such as the Ljubljiana Biennial in Slovena and the Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art in 2003. His works have been collected by several internationally important private and public art collections, such as the MoMA in New York, FNAC in Paris and AKZO Nobel Art Foundation in Amsterdam. In 2012 the Rode Island School of Design Museum presented a solo show of his paintings and in 2013 the Speerstra Foundation in Lausanne (CH) showed Table of Contents, a series of 11 paintings, especially made for this occasion. His current single artist exhibition Pressing Matter at the Bonnefantenmuseum focuses on his paintings, drawings and books of the last 10 years. It will be on view until January 12, 2020. He lives and works on Long Island, New York.
Ruud Kuijer, Lon Pennock:
19 January – 23 February 2019
Slewe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition of small sculptures by two Dutch artists: Ruud Kuijer and Lon Pennock. Both artists are known for their large-scale outdoor (public) abstract sculptures throughout the Netherlands. Kuijer works in concrete and Pennock in steel. The exhibition will be opened by Rudi Fuchs on Saturday January 19 and will run until February 23. You can listen to an interview (in Dutch) realized by Robert van Altena with both Lon Pennock and Ruud Kuijer on their exhibition now on line.
Known for his series of large concrete sculptures along the banks of the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal in Utrecht, the so-called Waterworks, Ruud Kuijer has made a series of small cast concrete sculptures in the past few years. For these casts he uses plastic waste material, such as ordinary plastic bottles and boxes that we use every day. The forms of these found objects are stacked and linked into his abstract assemblages. His fascination for concrete as material for his sculptures began soon after his study. The artist considers it a sustainable material and a modern variant of bronze.
Kuijer, born in 1959 in Schalkwijk (NL), lives and works in Utrecht. He studied at the Koninklijke Academie voor Kunst en Vormgeving in Den Bosch and the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. His works are collected internationally by private and corporate collectors, as well as museums, such as the Centraal Museum in Utrecht and Museum Beelden aan Zee in Scheveningen. In the summer of 2017 several of his works were included in Art Zuid, the international sculptural route in Amsterdam curated by Rudi Fuchs.
Lon Pennock works with steel. He makes small and large abstract sculptures. These look stunningly simple thanks to his use of just a few basic geometric forms, such as blocks, sheets, rods and spheres. He welds these forms into an abstract composition, as if it were found by chance, playing with the sculptural principles of weight, rhythm and mass. The titles of his sculptures refer to these basic sculptural themes of balance, stack, bridge, wall, gate etc.
Pennock was born in 1945 in The Hague. After his study at the Koninkljke Academie voor Kunst en Vormgeving in The Hague and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the sixties, he soon moved away from his traditional figurative practice towards a more abstract, and minimal sculpture. He became known for his large outdoor minimal corten steel sculptures that can be found in Rotterdam, Schiedam, The Hague and Amsterdam, among others. His work has been shown and collected internationally by both private and public collections, such as the Gemeentemuseum The Hague. In 2019 he will have an exhibition at Museum Kaiserslautern. He lives and works alternately in The Hague and Nettersheim in Germany.