de Appel, Prinseneiland 7, Amsterdam
‘From 1 June to 14 July 1991, De Appel Foundation presented the work of seventeen Dutch and foreign artists in an exhibition entitled Inscapes. The title was taken from the 19th-century English poet G.M. Hopkins, who invented the term to describe the inner experience, one’s essence and inner landscape. The chosen works covered the period 1983-1991 and provided a particular view of the art of those years, with the focus on the essential questions raised by artists themselves. The works explored the theme of art itself as well as the making and experiencing of art. Far from being attempts at ironic comment, they were analytical or meditative in nature. Rémy Zaugg’s contributions dealt with the construction of the work of art. Barbara Bloom and Annette Lemieux chose the author as their subject, with references to concepts such as authenticity and uniqueness. For Sherrie Levine, the fundamental question was the possibility of progress in art. Allan McCollum was occupied with the assumptions and codes that prevail in the world of art. Louise Lawler did the same, but with special emphasis on art collecting. The theme of the drawings by René Daniels and Thomas Schütte was the space within which art is made and presented. Reinhard Mucha, with his display case, made the act of showing itself his subject. The works of Rodney Graham, Niek Kemps and Thomas Locher were about the perception of art and the role of the observer. Finally, there were a number of works that could be regarded as “statements” on the role of art and the artist, works by Thierry de Cordier, Lili Dujourie, Marlene Dumas, Marcel Odenbach and Jan Vercruysse.’ (Press release De Appel) Catalogue: Inscapes, 1992. Barbara Bloom, René Daniels, Thierry De Cordier, Lili Dujourie, Marlene Dumas, Rodney Graham, Niek Kemps, Louise Lawler, Annette Lemieux, Sherrie Levine, Thomas Locher, Allan McCollum, Reinhard Mucha, Marcel Odenbach, Thomas Schütte, Jan Vercruysse, Rémy Zaugg. Text: Saskia Bos and artists. Dutch & English . 96 Pages: 12 f.c., 11 b.w., 16.5 x 20.5 cm. Hardcover. Design: Irma Boom. ISBN 90 73501 15 6. SOLD OUT
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