Monday, August 17, 2009

New Dutch Landscape at Aperture

Nature as Artifice: New Dutch Landscape in Photography and Video Art

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, 6:00–8:00 pm
Exhibition on View: September 10–October 15, 2009

In keeping with the golden age of Dutch landscape painting four hundred years ago, a new visual statement on the landscape has emerged from the Netherlands. Expressed through the modern mediums of photography and video art, this new imagining of the Dutch landscape is urbanized and altered, depicting the Netherlands as the most artificial country in the world.

Coinciding with the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Henry Hudson to New York Harbor aboard the Dutch vessel Halve Maen, Aperture Gallery is pleased to present the New York debut of Nature as Artifice: New Dutch Landscape in Photography and Video Art, curated by Maartje van den Heuvel, a major survey of new work by contemporary Dutch artists who, over the past twenty years, have taken contemporary Holland as their point of departure.

The exhibition features the work of Hans Aarsman, Wout Berger, Henze Boekhout, Driessens & Verstappen, Marnix Goossens, Arnoud Holleman, Gert Jan Kocken, Jannes Linders, Cary Markerink & Theo Baart, Hans van der Meer, Gábor Ösz, Bas Princen, Xavier Ribas, Gerco de Ruijter, Frank van der Salm, Hans Werlemann, and Edwin Zwakman.

Nature as Artifice originally opened in June 2008 at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands, and later traveled to the Neue Pinakothek in Munich, Germany. The exhibition opened at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York—its first venue in the United States—on June 13, 2009, and will remain on view there through August 16, 2009.

Related Programming:

On Saturday, September 12, from 1:00–4:00pm, Aperture will host a symposium at the School of Visual Arts’s new Visual Arts Gallery in New York City. Artists Jannes Linders, Frank van der Salm, and Edwin Zwakman, will present their work, followed by a panel discussion led by writer Tracy Metz and featuring curator van den Heuvel and Alison Nordstrom, of the George Eastman House, discussing the significance and implications of the art works exhibited. This will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience, and a reception open to the public where attendees can mingle with the artists and panelists.

On Tuesday, September 15, 6:30 pm, Artist’s Talk with Hans Aarsman at Aperture Gallery. In this lecture, Aarsman examines the myriad questions involved in taking photographs for purposes as varied as advertising, documentation, and personal mementos.

Exhibition on View:
September 10-October 15, 2009
Monday—Saturday, 10:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.

Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
(between 10th and 11th Avenue)
New York, New York
(212) 505-5555

Saturday, September 12, 1:00—4:00 p.m.
Visual Arts Gallery
333 West 23rd Street
New York, New York

Artist’s Talk with Hans Aarsman:
Tuesday, September 15, 6:30 pm
Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street
New York, New York

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