Art Now' shows a new work from the EUR art collection every two weeks. Art Now, digitally on the screen, for inspiration, as consolation, imagination, reflection or as a distraction and extender of reality.
Art Now 52: Maura Biava
Maura Biava ‘New Frequency_curve’ 2018 (detail) - handprint on canson rag on aluminum - 45 x 45 cm from the EUR Art Collection, now on display in the Erasmus Gallery until mid-August 2022
The EUR Art Collection consists largely of works on paper and, thanks in part to donations, now comprises more than 2,000 works of art. At the start of the collection in 1963, the four original principles for acquiring art were: colorful graphics, contemporary art, national and international artists, and high quality. The last three of the four original starting points are still relevant today. Only the first, colorful graphics, was soon abandoned. As a result, unique works and works in black and white also came into consideration. A selection of these is now on display. Until mid-August, the Erasmus Gallery is exhibiting works of art collected over the years for the EUR Art Collection in …
More Than 50 Shades of Grey
They are all artworks by artists who, for these works, have chosen for black and white without any 'distraction' of color. Reasons for such a choice are often individually driven. Sometimes it is to practice, mastering technique, or because one wants to emphasize the light-dark contrast. The motivation can also be to highlight the composition, to stress the line, or to give extra meaning to the image. Despite - or perhaps even because of - these limitations, the artworks show the richness that the art collection of the Erasmus University has to offer.
Art Now 48: Dan Graham
Dan Graham Z.T. (Family in New Highway Restaurant, Jersey City, New Jersey), 1967, photolithography Image size, 24.3 × 31.3 cm. Art Collection EUR
The 48th work in the Art Now series is an untitled photolithograph (Family at New Highway Restaurant, Jersey City, New Jersey, 1967) by the versatile artist Dan Graham (1942). It is a typical 1960s scene with the American clothing, hairstyle, and furniture that is so characteristic of this period. Graham grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey. Throughout his career, his background has continued to inspire him. His fascination with the economic and social framework of art and culture in a public context is reflected in this double-layered work, too. Here, we look along with Dan Graham at a timeframe which he captured in 1967. Meanwhile, we also share the view with the family in the New Highway Restaurant, who are on their way to…
Art Now 47: Margherita Pianarosa
Margherita Pianarosa ‘Groningen, De Held’ (new housing development De Held), 2000, colour etching image size 35 × 57 cm. Art Collection EUR
The 47th work of art in the Art Now series is a colour etching by artist Margherita Pianarosa (1936). Pianarosa, who now lives and works in Groningen, was born in Turin. In recent years she has been specializing in graphic art, in particular drypoint etching. This technique is based on scratching directly into the etching plate with a sharp object, which results in soft, woolly lines when the plate is inked and printed on paper. The warmth of this technique and the character of the ink allows Pianarosa to share her view of very ordinary matters with us. In the work of art ‘Groningen, De Held’ from 2000, we see a landscape. There are no dramatic clouds or wild natural phenomena here, instead, there is the representation and poetry of a Dutch Vinex location on a dreary day in Groningen.
Art Now 46: Hester Oerlemans
Hester Oerlemans – ‘On the run’ 2014 - material colored tape on paper - format 32 x 24 cm. (framed 40 x 30 cm.) - Art Collection EUR
The 46th work in the Art Now series is by versatile artist Hester Oerlemans (b. 1961). Oerlemans makes drawings, objects, and installations. Her drawings are based on images found in newspapers and on the internet, as well as on photographs she makes herself. They form an important and connecting link between all her works. For Oerlemans, this is a way of dealing with the everyday flood of images. In a playfully poetic, but also deeply critical way, her work gives us a glimpse into her perception of the world. Both the diversity of materials used, and the serious layering of her work are surprising. The drawing shown here was made with colored tape. It is her translation of the sad but often colorful scenes of groups of refugees. The work is part of her series 'On the run', which is based on the harrowing images of refugees. A title that is both revealing as well as painfully relevant.
Art Now 45: Dick Elffers
Dick Elffers untitled 1969 relief Left: H 385 cm x W 750 cm x D 30 cm - Art Collection EUR
The 45th work in the series 'Art Now' is one of three untitled reliefs that Dick Elffers (1910-1990) made in 1969 for the hall in the Theil building, part of the monument Woudestein. His brother Cees Elffers was one of the architects of the building and nominated him at the time. The three reliefs are independent works but can be considered one work of art consisting of three parts as they are closely related. Dick Elffers was a versatile artist: he worked as a painter, draughtsman, graphic designer, illustrator, and set designer. He also made reliefs, tapestries, and architectural designs. In this work, Elffers' graphical background is reflected in the way waves, bollards, and other landscape elements are stylized. The repeated patterns with spherical forms are reminiscent of grids from printing processes. The reliefs are made of ceramic. Amongst the materials used for the hall, such as marble and concrete, the white silky surface has a soft, almost creamy quality. The fact that the whole work is completely white results in subtle color differences that change according to the incidence of light in the hall, which varies according to the time of day and weather conditions. The subtlety of the work contrasts with the angular, monumental surroundings, yet it undeniably belongs there. When entering the hall, the work may not be the first thing that catches the eye, yet try to imagine the hall without Dick Elffers' artworks, and you will notice how much would be missed.
Art Now 44: Wouter van Riessen
Wouter van Riessen – untitled, 2001 – silkscreen, 38 x 44 cm - Art Collection EUR
The 44th work of art in the Art Now series is a silkscreen by artist Wouter van Riessen (1967). Van Riessen makes music, masks, photographs, paintings, drawings, and silkscreens. In his artworks, we see dolls and self-portraits. All his works show a fascination for the diffuse area between fantasy and reality, the background contains only colour. About the creation of his work, he says: ‘For as long as I can remember I have been intrigued by self-portraits. What is a self-portrait? A portrait of yourself. But what is that really: a self? Many things come to mind: individuality; unique identity; the expression of social structures. My particular interest is in the self as an experience of aliveness; as an inner world; as a collection of inner voices. To be able to portray such a self, I stage role-plays with puppeteers, Pierrots and hand puppets. The puppets reflect fears, yearnings, dreams, thought patterns and, ultimately, the actions of the puppeteer as well. The self-portrait is thus formed by relationships between them.’
Art Now 43: Bob Bonies
Bob Bonies - untitled, 1967 - silkscreen, 55 x 65 cm - EUR Art Collection
The 43rd work in the Art Now series is an untitled silkscreen print dating from 1967 by The Hague artist Bob Bonies (1937). In the early 1960s Bonies was inspired by color field painting and hard edge painting: large, abstract paintings with brightly colored fields. From then on, he limited himself to painting monochrome fields of color in the primary colors and green and white. These color fields refer only to what they are: color and form. There is no emotion or idea behind Bonies' art. Nor is it abstract art in the sense that it is an abstraction of something existing. The work is purely concrete, based on research and mathematical law. Today, Bonies' works of art can be found in important museum collections worldwide. The artwork in this Art Now episode is one of five screenprints that together form an album. The album was purchased in 1967 for the EUR Art Collection on the advice of the then EUR Art Committee.
Art Now 42: Co Westerik
Co Westerik - Girl/Water and leaves’, 1991, lithograph, 20,4 x 24,4 cm – EUR Art Collection
The forty-second work of art in the Art Now series is a lithograph entitled 'Girl/Water and leaves' from 1991 by artist Co Westerik (1924-2018). Throughout his career as an artist, Westerik painted, drew, etched, and photographed the ordinary, out of the amazement he felt for it. He was a multi-talent, who consistently built on a rich and fascinating oeuvre in which he magnified daily life. More than once, his chosen points of view bring the audience uncomfortably close to everyday experiences.
Art Now 41: Richard Lohse
Richard Lohse – ‘Systematische Farbreihe’, z.j. – silkscreen, 55 x 55 cm EUR Art collection (purchased in 1969)
The forty-first work of art in the Art Now series is 'Systematic Farbreihe' (n.d.) by artist Richard Lohse (1902-1988). Lohse was a Swiss painter and graphic artist and is seen as an important representative of the constructive art movements of the 20th century. Due to his difficult economic circumstances, he could not go to study. At a young age he joined an advertising agency, where he was trained to be an advertising designer. Within a short time, his success enabled him to establish his own graphic design studio. He standardized pictorial means and began to develop modular and serial systems. In 1943 he broke through in the art world. Lohse combined art with a strong political and moral awareness. As an activist, he was involved in (illegal) protests and stood up for immigrants. His political beliefs led him to the resistance movement. Lohse's works consist of systematic, two-dimensional laminar planes of integrating color elements in different logical/mathematical relationships. They are based on structure and color and on how we perceive them, with each element playing an equal qualitative/equally important role.
Art Now 40: Lieven Hendriks
Lieven Hendriks - ‘Looking Out’, 2019, Acrylic on canvas in frame, 45x55 cm – EUR Art Collection
The fortieth artwork in the series Art Now is 'Looking Out' from 2019 by artist Lieven Hendriks (1970). Earlier in the Art Now series his artwork 'Yellow Sun' was on display. Hendriks takes the viewer into his world, in which the fascination for the way we look is central, especially the relationship between what we see and what we think we see. He is interested in tilting our gaze, that is influenced by context, experience, and knowledge. In the search for this, the use of color and material in all nuances are important. With his glimpses, shadows, and sharp touch Hendriks once again convincingly manages to make us doubt what we see.
Art Now 39: Koen Vermeule
Koen Vermeule - 'Flock’, 2017- gouache on lithography, 40 x 60 cm. – EUR Art collection
The thirty-ninth artwork in the series Art Now entitled 'Flock' from 2017 is by the Dutch artist Koen Vermeule (1965). Vermeule's oeuvre focuses on two main themes: landscapes and portraits. Sometimes the two come together in a work. Vermeule's use of light and color is contemporary yet at the same time seem reminiscent of the old masters in the details. The artist captures moments as if they were condensed snapshots that can be over a second later. The viewer is drawn into the work of art and becomes both a viewer and part of the fleeting moment.
Art Now 38: Metten Koornstra
Metten Koornstra untitled, 1976, lithography
The thirty-eighth artwork in the Art Now series is an untitled lithograph (stone print) by artist Metten Koornstra (1912-1978). On display is a Koornstra typical depiction of figures in a tranquil landscape. The artist was born in Rotterdam; however, he lived a large part of his childhood in Haarlem. At the end of the thirties, he took lessons at the Rotterdam Academy. There he learned the technique of lithographing; a technique that he would masterfully. A few years later Koornstra bought an old lithograph press and set up his studio as a printing company. This led to the famous print shop 845 at the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam. With the assistance of Piet Clement, printshop 845 grew into an internationally well-known company, specialized in printing techniques. Koornstra, was, in addition to being a graphic artist and painter, an illustrator of books and designer of book covers and theatre sets. The latter made him also known as 'the decorator of Het Boekenbal’.
Art Now 37: Anuli Croon
Anuli Croon–'Wind’s Up IV,’ 2013–acrylics on canvas, 170 x 250 cm–Erasmus Gallery 8-11-21/28-01-22
The thirty-seventh artwork in the series Art Now is a painting by artist Anuli Croon (1964), entitled 'Wind’s Up IV' from 2013. It can be seen until January 2022 during Croon's solo exhibition at the Erasmus Gallery.
Jan van Heemst, senior lecturer Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam, wrote about her work: Anuli Croon paints in the vein of the cartoon. The work is extraordinarily colorful. The work looks simple without being simplistic. The two-dimensional representation conforms totally to the flat plane of the canvas or the wall. The coloration is mostly clear and primary. The paintings pair analysis with intuition. They present riddles to the viewer. Their cartoonish simplicity is deceptive. Where a story leads to a denouement, Anuli Croon keeps her plot cunningly hidden in a colorful mix of hands, eyes, buildings, interiors and ornaments. People make their appearance as silent witnesses of unexplained affairs; they give text nor explanation. Yet they are clearly constructed with a loving touch. That alone protects them for the anonymity of the crowd.
Art Now 36: Evi Vingerling
Evi Vingerling – Untitled, 2016 – acrylic and gouache on canvas 80 x 100 cm - Art Collection EUR
The thirty-sixth artwork in the Art Now series is a painting by artist Evi Vingerling (1979). Vingerling has made the combination of movement and 'the everyday moment' her working method. She creates her work with a few precise strokes. It is reminiscent of the traditions of China and Japan, where artists, through endless practice, are able to capture the essence in apparently simple movements. Time and again, moments from Vingerling's daily life form the starting point for her work. The moment is first captured in her head and by means of a few quick snapshots. In the studio the captured moment is transformed into a work of art consisting of rhythm, space and color. Searching for the 'essence', the works of art show a certain emptiness, yet they preserve the suggestion of life.
Art Now 35: Hester Oerlemans
Hester Oerlemans, detail ‘Online,’ 2021 consists of 95 Icons in public space - Art collection EUR - location ONLINE: tribune at the stairs of the Erasmus Plaza, campus Woudestein, Erasmus University Rotterdam
The thirty-fifth artwork in the Art Now series is permanent outdoor artwork ‘ONLINE’ by Hester Oerlemans (1961). The artwork was realized by Oerlemans’ on commission of the Erasmus University in the context of the Education Prize, a prize awarded annually by the university during the opening of the academic year. The artwork's title refers to the extraordinary education achievement in 2020, the year in which the online education necessary by Covid-19 was realized extremely fast. ‘ONLINE’ is a tribute to the effort and commitment of the entire academic staff that contributed to the unexpected necessary transition. It consists of 95 Icons that generally serve as a means of communication in the virtual world. As a lasting memory, these icons now become small sculptures in the outdoor space of campus Woudestein.
Art Now 34: Hester Oerlemans
Hester Oerlemans – untitled - 49 x 37 x 15 cm. 2020
The thirty-fourth artwork in the Art Now series is an object by artist Hester Oerlemans (1961). It is part of Oerlemans’ solo exhibition 'Desiderius', which is on display at the Erasmus Gallery until 29 October 2021. Oerlemans works are interventions on everyday reality. In a playfully poetic but also critical way, Oerlemans shows her perception of the world. The viewer is taken along in her visual language and more than once surprised by the serious layering of the work and the great diversity in the material used. In drawings, objects, and installations, Oerlemans work unfolds to its essence. The result is an exciting play between recognition and estrangement.
Art Now 33: Stan Klamer
Stan Klamer ZT, 2014, drawing on paper - image 57x76cm - Art Collection EUR
The thirty-third artwork in the Art Now series is a 2014 drawing by artist Stan Klamer (1951). In Klamer's drawings, reality is abstracted into a form of cartography. The artist creates imaginative space in which two age-old contrasts are distinguished, those of nature and culture. Nature becomes visible in the amorphous directionless behaviour of patches of watercolour, which often form the start of a drawing. Culture shows itself in the use of the pencil on paper, with which Klamer records the layout of the landscape and the movements of people. In his flat worlds, Klamer makes large areas visible at a glance. This leads the viewer to the details that have been worked out to perfection. He himself sees the making of the drawing as a journey, an action in time. He invites the viewer to take the time to make their own journey, long or short, through his drawings. The drawings of Stan Klamer can be seen at various workplaces in the Sanders and Mandeville building on campus Woudestein.
Art Now 32: Henk Visch
Henk Visch untitled, 1999, lithografie
The thirty-second work in the Art Now series is an untitled lithograph by the successful and versatile artist Henk Visch (Eindhoven, 1950). Visch is a graphic artist, draughtsman, and sculptor. He represented the Netherlands at the Venice Biennale in 1988, after which he received the art prize of the city of Darmstadt in 1991 and was invited to participate in Documenta IX in Kassel. Many of his sculptures can be seen in the Dutch landscape, such as the 1992 work ‘Kameel en begeleider’, which adorns the roof of the Kunsthal in Rotterdam. Between 1996 and 2011, he made a drawing every Monday for the column Mirza in the Volkskrant. The lithograph shown here also dates from this period.
Art Now 31: Dan Graham
Dan Graham ‘‘Row of Tract Houses, Bayonne, New Jersey,’ 1966, photolithography, Image size, 24.3 × 31.3 cm. Art Collection EUR
The thirty-first artwork in the Art Now series is the 1966 photolithograph 'Row of Tract Houses, Bayonne, New Jersey,’ by artist Dan Graham (1942). Graham is regarded as an innovative and influential artist who has been at the forefront of many developments in contemporary art, including conceptual art, video and film installation, and performance art. His fascination with the economic and social framework of art and culture is visible in his works and often placed in a public context. Graham grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey, which has continued to inspire him throughout his career. Averse to the pretensions of modern art, he founded the John Daniels Gallery in New York in 1964, where he exhibited the work of a new generation of conceptual and minimalist artists, including Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt and Robert Smithson. The versatile artist also wrote rock music, was an author, art and architecture critic and worked for various architects and artists. Graham: 'We all wanted to do everything. This was the milieu of the 1960s in New York.’
Art Now 30: Richard Hamilton
Richard Hamilton ‘A portrait of the artist by Francis Bacon’, 1971, collotype and screenprint, Image size, 54,8 x 49,5 cm. - Art Collection EUR
The thirtieth artwork in the Art Now series is a screenprint by artist Richard Hamilton (1922-2011) entitled 'A portrait of the artist by Francis Bacon.' This artwork originated in 1969; Hamilton asked artist Francis Bacon (1909-1992) to photograph him at a lunch where the wine flowed freely. The location was the London restaurant of Robert Carrier. Bacon photographed Hamilton with a Polaroid camera with the dining room curtains in the background. Because Bacon was intoxicated, the Polaroid shot failed, resulting in a blurred portrait. However, Hamilton found that the image strongly resembled Bacon's specific painting style and used the image as inspiration for 'A portrait of the artist by Francis Bacon.' Hamilton used that portrait to make seven studies of oil on collotype copies. He then had Bacon choose a favorite. This became the seventh study in which Hamilton had covered the hazy curtains with a violet color that Bacon often used. An edition of 140 silkscreens of this artwork was made. Number 53 was purchased for the EUR Art Collection in 1978.
Art Now 29: Richard Allen
Richard Allen ' Rotacircle II', 1978 – silkscreen, dim. 70 x 70 cm. - Art Collection EUR
The twenty-ninth artwork in the Art Now series is a silkscreen by artist Richard Allen (1933-1999). Allen was born in Worcester. In the artist's early work, his interest in constructivism is visible. The artworks are all composed of geometric figures that are repeatedly divided and rearranged in endless variations. They convey a strong sense of spiritual purity, attract, and make us stare. Allen stated that he had never worked from the idea that there should be a beautiful end result. If there was any so-called beauty in a work of art, he considered it more of a by-product. According to Allen, his artworks required no external approval or recognition. In the mid-1970s, the promising artist left to live on an island in the English Channel. There he worked on his oeuvre. Although he was a known artist during his lifetime, the extent and importance of his work only became apparent after his death in 1999.
Art Now 28: Katrin Korfmann
Katrin Korfmann 'Kornati', 2019 - piezo print in frame dim. 65 x 45 cm. - Art Collection EUR
The twenty-eighth artwork in the Art Now series is the 2019 piezo print 'Kornati' by Heidelberg-born artist Katrin Korfmann (1971). Korfmann's work is created all over the world. Usually in public locations where people pass each other. Over a more extended period, she takes several photos in one place, always from the same height and viewpoint. Sometimes there are 500, other times there are more than 2000. Images are merged until one photo appears that is somewhat out of place. The people in it do not seem to relate to each other. About 'Kornati,' Korfmann says: ‘I was with my family this summer (2019) on the 'uninhabited island' in Croatia with the phenomenal Adriatic Sea. We have been here before; you only get there by boat. There are no shops and no roads, no electricity and gas - to build is not allowed because it is a nature reserve, so there are only a few old fishermen's cottages. Our house is 3 m from the sea, with its clear turquoise water. It is so clear it almost looks like a swimming pool, but you can see the dark green stones on the ground if you look closely. This sea is exceptional, and it immediately makes you realize how beautiful and vulnerable our earth is.’
Art Now 27: Bridgette Riley
Bridget Riley – Untitled, 1978 - Art Collection EUR
The twenty-seventh work in the Art Now series is by the grand old lady of British painting Bridget Riley (1931). She is seen as one of the most important representatives of the art movement op-art, which is an abbreviation of optical art; a movement based on various optical illusions. Riley's first solo exhibition was already held in 1962 in a renowned London gallery. During her six-decade career, she has always sought to go into new depths, sometimes going back to earlier works of art. About her artworks, she says: "I am sometimes asked 'What is your purpose' and I cannot answer this truthfully. I work 'from' something rather than 'to' something. It is a process of discovery. " By placing contrasting color fields or lines next to each other, Riley creates a sensation of light and energy. Using only geometric figures and (color)contrasts, her works of art create a strong illusion of motion, depending on the angle from which one is looking. Works by Riley can be found in many renowned art collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Tate Modern.
This untitled op-art artwork from 1978 was purchased for the EUR Art Collection in 1986 and has been displayed at various EUR locations.
Art Now 26: Maura Biava
Maura Biava – Through Dimensions, 2018 – c-print (framed), 40 x 53 cm - Art Collection EUR
The twenty-sixth artwork in the Art Now series is a c-print by artist Maura Biava (1970). Biava is internationally known for her pioneering work in the field of poetic underwater photography. In her impressive photo and video works, the artist is depicted as a floating detached presence in a deep blue space. She started making her underwater work during her studies in the 1990s, and since then she has regarded the underwater world as a space to make her art, as if it were a studio or a gallery. She says the following about the creation of her work;
‘First, I make a drawing to envision how I wish my idea looks like. After that it is time to undertake my trip to the seaside. I look for the underwater location that fits my idea. This I do by diving. When I know where the work will take place, I go there with a diver, a photographer and the props and costumes I’ll need for the photo... Finally, when everything and everyone is ready, I dress, and I act. The diver brings me air every minute. The photo shoot takes about an hour…For me a work is finished when it works. Some of my works I had to make over and over again… Some of my best underwater works I had to remake so many times that it took a few years…’
Biava studied at the Brera Academy in Milan and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. The photograph shown here was taken in the Red Sea in Egypt in 2018, as part of a larger series of works and acquired for the EUR Art Collection in 2019.
Art Now 25: Patrice Pantin
Patrice Pantin - Z.T., 2015 - Acryl and incisions on paper 37.5 x 37.5 cm - Art collection EUR
The 25th artwork in the Art Now series was created in 2015 by French artist Patrice Pantin. Pantin's working process, which includes cutting, dripping, and burning, often appears to be messy and raw. However, the achieved result is surprisingly elegant and pure. In this particular work of art, we see several layers applied on top of each other; wafer-thin white acrylic on a background of ink on paper. The layers are revealed partly with great control and extreme precision, making the artwork look fragile and organic. The incisions in the paper appeal to the imagination and are reminiscent of the rituals of scarification, and tattoos. The artwork was acquired for the EUR Art Collection in 2015.
Art Now 24: Claes Oldenburg
Claes Oldenburg- ‘Flying Pizza’, 1964, Lithograph - 44 x 56 cm – EUR Art Collection
The Art Now series's twenty-fourth artwork is a lithograph by pop art artist Claes Oldenburg (b. 1929). Oldenburg was born in Sweden but moved to the United States at an early age. There he married the Dutch/American artist Coosje van Bruggen in 1977, with whom he worked extensively. Oldenburg is best known for his sculptures in public spaces of "enlarged" everyday objects such as a toothbrush, clothespin, screw, or shovel. Oldenburg either glorifies or ridicules these objects. The scale Oldenburg applies in his sculptures creates an alienating effect on the surroundings and the viewer. Consumer society is also regularly the subject of his work, such as his mega-sized hamburgers in a park, a gigantic ice cream cone on a building, and the 'Flying Pizza' shown here. It is one of the first artworks acquired for the university collection, but it looks as if it has just come flying in.
Art Now 23: Lieven Hendriks
Lieven Hendriks - ‘Yellow Sun’, 2019, acrylic on polyester canvas, diameter 30 cm - EUR Art Collection
The twenty-third artwork in the Art Now series is 2019's 'Yellow Sun' by artist Lieven Hendriks (1970). Like the previous artist in the Art Now series, Hendriks has a fascination with 'perception'. Hendriks studied at the HKU in Utrecht and continued his education at the post-academic institute De Ateliers in Amsterdam. There he laid the basis for his oeuvre. About its underlying rationale the artist says: 'It's about the bias of looking. About the relationship between what we see and what we think we see; how perception can change completely through context, experience, or knowledge. I am interested in the tipping of the gaze'. Everything in the work is important, including the use of color in all its nuances. Hendriks elaborates, in his own, modern way, on the Trompe l'oeil tradition, a painting technique that has been used by painters since the 17th century to suggest the presence of, for example, pillars or statues and thus to 'deceive the eye'.
Art Now 22: JCJ Vanderheyden
JCJ Vanderheyden – ‘Midnight Sun’, 1990 – silkscreen, 55 x 80 cm – EUR Art Collection
The Art Now series’ twenty-second artwork is a 1990 screenprint by artist JCJ Vanderheyden (1928-2012). We look along with him through the airplane window during one of his many trips to Nepal, China, and Japan. The trips inspired him and were the source for, among other things, his series of works with airplane windows, an essential chapter in his career of more than 50 years. Observation - looking - is one of the central themes in his art, as is the horizon we see from the airplane window. Vanderheyden's horizon is never straight; the perspective changes and is convex, vertical, or sloping. Vanderheyden always tried to capture the complexity of reality in a simple image. With his frames, grids, and mirrors, Vanderheyden repeatedly draws concentrated attention to boundaries, separation, and diffusion. At first, he did this as a painter, and from the mid-70s onward by using a variety of media such as photography, screens, graphics, film, photocopies, sound, and computer images.
Art Now 21: Rosemin Hendriks
Rosemin Hendriks – untitled, 1999 – silkscreen on 3mm plywood, 50 x 65 cm - Art Collection EUR
The Art Now series's twenty-first artwork is a silkscreen by artist Rosemin Hendriks (b. 1968). Hendriks mostly makes meticulously drawn portrait drawings, composed of clear lines in black, white, and gray. Only occasionally a little color is added to the work. Mostly these are self-portraits, which have been transformed into new, powerful characters in her specific and very recognizable manner. The works are not intended to be exact self-portraits, but are self-contained close-ups with various expressions and atmospheres. The work by Hendriks shown here arose from a commission. Gallery and production company PlaatsMaken invited ten artists to make an artwork, silkscreened on 3 mm thin airplane plywood. This explains the appearance of the airplane in this work of art. Nonchalantly, a miniature Jumbo Jet is held between thumb and forefinger, apparently about to be launched, as if it were a paper plane.
Art Now 20: Marian Breedveld
Marian Breedveld ‘Windstil’, 2007 - silkscreen - Art Collection EUR
The twentieth artwork in the Art Now series is 'Windstil' from 2007 by artist Marian Breedveld, born in 1959 in The Hague. It is one of eight artworks by this artist that were acquired in the EUR Art Collection in 2007, all with the same title.
In the work of this artist, a fascinating new dimension of reality is created without depicting anything from reality. The works all have a spaciousness and radiate a warm atmosphere. Between 1995 and 1997, Breedveld used mainly earthy colors. These were created by the many-colored layers that she applied on top of each other. In the years that followed, she increasingly switched to pure, light, and bright colors. Over the years, the brushstroke became less central to her work as she shifted her focus more on color. Breedveld is interested in the differences between the colors, the nuances, and the many gradations, as clearly can be seen in this work of art.
Art Now 19: Celine van den Boorn
Celine van den Boorn - Near the European Border #7, digital print, 60 x 90 cm Art Collection EUR
The 19th artwork in the Art Now series is a digital print by Amsterdam-based Dutch visual artist Celine van den Boorn. She focuses on nature, culture, and (un)artificial order. Van den Boorn paints on press photographs and makes the people depicted in them, in the role of soldiers, tourists, or refugees, 'disappear' into the surrounding landscape. A new, more ideal reality seems to emerge through her intervention, but the missing subject remains tangible and subtly visible. The work is layered, in the image (what do we see), and technique (what is paint and what is the photo), and theme (how does the landscape relate to human presence). The motivation for this work, acquired in the EUR Art Collection in 2020, is news images of refugees' ongoing flow into Europe. In their search for a better and free life, people are stranded en masse in a muddy no-man 's-land at the European borders.
The artist herself about her work; 'Struck by the contrast in the photos between the desolation of the situation and the bleak landscape on the one hand, and the cheerful-looking brightly colored tents, luggage and clothing of the refugees on the other, I began to paint away from the original subject matter in the photos. The colorful spheres are unpainted "glimpses" into the original photograph. Through my working method, I hope to magnify the existing contrasts, both in form and content creating tension between hope and reality and movement and stagnation'.
Art Now 18: Peter Struycken
Peter Struycken, ‘untitled’, 1966 – silkscreen – 40 cm x 40 cm– Art Collection EUR
The 18th work of art in the series Art Now is a silkscreen by the Dutch artist Peter Struycken (1939). The artwork, which is credited to the art movement ''Post Painterly Abstraction'', was released in 1966 in a folder of eight silkscreens by the artist and was added to the Art Collection EUR a year later. The art works seem timeless. Struycken makes non-figurative art and uses various media for this purpose. He has been experimenting with computers since 1969. From then on, the computer has been an essential part of his research into portraying his penchant for structures. He is known for his works in public space in which light and color are often the main elements, as in his work of art 'Lichtarcade' at the New Institute (former NAi) in Rotterdam. The stamp of Queen Beatrix designed by him in 1981 is probably the work that most people have seen of him. It shows a large number of small dots that together form the image of the queen. For this stamp's design, he used a picture that Vincent Mentzel had made of the queen.
Art Now 17: Co Westerik
Co Westerik untitled, 1999 – Silkscreen, 40,5 x 46 cm - Art Collection EUR
The seventeenth work of art in the series Art Now is an untitled artwork by artist Co Westerik (1924-2018). This artwork from 1999 was purchased for the Art Collection EUR in 2005. Earlier his work 'De Kus' appeared on the screen. The in total, 22 of his works of art belonging to the Art Collection EUR are appreciated by many. The versatile artist has built up a rich and fascinating oeuvre characterized by zooming in and magnifying everyday life. Westerik often opts for a standpoint that brings the viewer uncomfortably close. In this work of art, we are looking at a reader sitting behind a table, perhaps a student...
Art Now 16: Gerco de Ruijter
Gerco de Ruijter, untitled, 2005 – Ultra-chrome print on dibond, 50 cm x 50 cm - Art collection EUR
The 16th work of art in the series Art Now is an untitled work from 2005 by Rotterdam based artist Gerco de Ruijter (1961). The artwork was purchased for the Art Collection EUR in 2006. Because of its serene white appearance, the impression can be raised that this is a winter landscape, but nothing could be further from the truth. The photograph is taken in Death Valley, New Mexico.
De Ruijter works with photography and film. In the late eighties, he started using kites, balloons, and fishing rods to capture images from unusual points of view. With his art, he investigates how far the presentation of landscape can be reduced and still remains recognizable as such. Since 2012 he is exploring Google Earth as a source, which has resulted in films like CROPS (2012) and Playground (2014).
Art Now 15: Lucebert
Lucebert, 'Etende Mensen’ 1969 - mural acrylic paint and oil stick on wooden plate, 300 x 600 cm - Art collection EUR: location corridor between Erasmus building and the C-hall on campus Woudestein
The 15th work of art in the series Art Now is the artwork 'Etende Mensen’ from 1969 by the Dutch poet and painter Lucebert (Lubertus Jacobus Swaanswijk 1924 - 1994). As a poet, Lucebert profoundly influenced the poetry of the 20th century, because of his play with the Dutch language - in order to escape the traditional grammar and obvious solutions. As a result, he is seen as frontman of the 'Vijftigers'. As a painter Lucebert was very closely connected to the CoBrA movement: a group of artists who were convinced that art could only be made by truly free individuals. Lucebert’s body of work shows that he was indeed a truly free spirit. Both in his poetry and in his painting, the repeated rejection of fixed patterns can be seen. His paintings are often grotesque and confrontational and question the laws of beauty and harmony.
‘Etende Mensen’ (1969) was made by Lucebert on commission from the Erasmus University for the student canteen in the Tinbergen building. The painting is typical of CoBrA art, figurative expressionist in bright colors. A group of eating people is depicted by Lucebert in a humorous way. He attached a slate to the artwork, on which students could comment on the menu. After the renovation of the canteen, ‘Etende Mensen’ was moved to the current location, next to the Erasmus Gallery in the corridor between the Erasmus building and the C-hall Theil building on campus Woudestein.
Art Now 14: David Hockney
David Hockney, ‘Portrait of Kasmin (Figure by a Curtain)’, 1964 – colour lithograph, 50 x 64,5 cm - Art collection EUR.
The 14th artwork from the Art Now series is the 1964 artwork 'Portrait of Kasmin' (Figure by a Curtain) by British Pop Art artist David Hockney (1937). David Hockney is one of the most influential living artists of the moment. He is admired for the extraordinary technical quality of his artwork. Hockney is a pioneer. He creates his works of art in almost any medium from pencil to digital media and makes photo collages, opera staging, paintings and drawings, among other things. Hockney is known for the recognisability of his artworks in which he often records the moments and friendships in his life. This also applies to this work of art; a portrait of his good friend John Kasmin, the British art dealer and collector widely regarded as the person who launched Hockney's career. The special artwork was purchased in 1966 for the art collection of Erasmus University.
Art Now 13: Luuk Bode
Luuk Bode, 'stroke6', 2013 - mural, approximately 40 m x 1, 40 m - Art Collection EUR, location: bicycle cellar under the Theil building on the Woudestein campus.
The 13th artwork in the Art Now series is a mural entitled 'stroke6' by artist and designer Luuk Bode (1972). Bode makes autonomous work of his own accord and commissions, including drawings, paintings, and murals. His designs are used in dessins, interiors, and graphic work. His works of art in public space are always site-specific. Bode made 'stroke6' in 2013, commissioned by the Erasmus University, on location in the bicycle cellar under the Theil building on campus Woudestein. Bode says about 'stroke6': 'The bicycle cellar location is a space in between, in which the cyclist arrives at the campus, and is no longer outside, but not inside either. A quiet place between the end of the journey and the start of a work or study day. It is a moment when the bike ride through the city still hangs in the memory, and the impressions of the trip pass by the mind's eye and are lined up before entering the university'. Some EUR staff may be familiar with the name: since 2014, Luuk Bode has been working part-time on the EUR at Art Affairs.
Art Now 12: Erik Odijk
Erik Odijk, Lichen, 2012 – digital print, 162 x 234 cm – Art Collection EUR, location: Sanders building 5th floor, campus Woudestein.
The 12th work of art from the series Art Now is 'Lichen' by artist Erik Odijk. Odijk has a fascination with the primal force of nature. The artist mediates between the sublime (the grand, coarse, untidy) and the beautiful (the small, smooth, soft, and rich). Odijk’s works are meticulous observations. First comes looking into nature itself and documenting it with the camera. Followed again by looking, this time at the shot image. The photographic image can either be the end result, or it can be used as a motivator for work in the most diverse forms, such as (sometimes enormous) drawings, films, installations, or land art. 'Lichen' was previously shown during a solo exhibition of Odijk's work at the Erasmus Gallery on the Woudestein campus in 2016. The same year, it was purchased along with the drawing 'Autonomous rock,' 2012 (196 x 318 cm) for the Art Collection Erasmus University. Together, the two works form a diptych.
Art Now 11: Fiona Tan
Fiona Tan - Lift, 2000 – Full color silkscreen print, 108 x 64 cm, EUR Art Collection.
The 11th work of art in the series Art Now is 'Lift' from 2000 by Fiona Tan. In 'Lift' the artist is seen ascending a few meters into the air, hanging from a pair of red helium-filled balloons. Tan, who lives and works in Amsterdam, is known worldwide for her film and video installations. With the performance 'Lift' in 2000, Tan used her body as 'a moving image' of which the weight is denied. The silkscreen print shown here is a 'still' of that performance. Below, roofs of a few buildings can be seen, through which the location can be identified: the Sarphatipark in Amsterdam. The artwork belongs to the Erasmus University's art collection and was temporarily on loan to the Singer Laren Museum in 2018-2019. There it was on display during the exhibition 'Out of Office', Art treasures from companies.
Art Now 10: Willem Oorebeek
Willem Oorebeek, Ogenblikken, 2015 - black composite panel and an aluminium sandwich panel (270 panels on commission) EUR art collection, spanning all floors of Polak building at campus Woudestein.
The 10th work of art from the series Art Now is 'Ogenblikken' by Willem Oorebeek. Some works of art are immediately identifiable as such; others blend into their surroundings and are not that easily recognized as art. The latter demands more attention of the viewer, and this certainly applies to 'Ogenblikken.' The work of art was commissioned by Erasmus University for the multifunctional education building Polak. It was realized in 2015 and consists of two vertical fields that cut through the building along the back walls, and continue over all floors. The vertical fields consist of a mirroring underlay, reflecting all rooms over the entire floor through holes in the structure in front of it. Because the mirrors are fixed in a rotated angle, the reflective space is always experienced differently. The fact that these 'mirror walls' together form a work of art may surprise the visitors and the many students who spend their days in the Polak building. And the fact that their own presence and movements in the building make them temporarily part of the artwork, might too. The best viewpoint to experience the entire artwork is from the opposite staircase on the top floor. Highly recommended!
Art Now 9: Henk Huig
The 9th work of art in the series Art Now is ‘De identiteitscrisis van Tielse Flip’ from 1967 by Henk Huig (1934, Amsterdam). Huig was educated at the arts and crafts school in the early fifties and then travelled to Turkey and Iran. He became a graphic artist and painter and was often photographed himself with his work due to his striking posture as a bodybuilder. In the fifties he worked as a graphic artist, traditionally realistic, a bit tame. That changed when he started painting in the early sixties, in a quiet tone and clear division of surfaces, with nature as theme. From an Expressionistic grounded, lyrical-graphic style he switched via gouaches to collages to a New Realist painting in which a certain pop-surrealism struck. For this he was awarded the Amsterdamse Havenprijs in 1967 and the Koninklijke Subsidie voor de Schilderkunst in 1968. Humour, wordplay and references to Pop Art return in his work with which he wants to portray the modern man of his time. Absurdist comics', is the headline of a newspaper at the time. These characteristics are clearly reflected in the work in EUR that must have been made during those heydays. Working with patterns and emptiness, flat and 3D, his paintings become powerful semi-pop-like compositions, reminiscent of Zekveld's pop art. The work must be from 1968 or before: at the end of 1968 the art committee of the EUR decided to accept the loan from architect Dunnebier. He bought the painting, had no room for it, and gave it on loan to the NEH for five years, after which the EUR purchased it in 1997.
Text - Sandra Smets (from art historical description of highlights art route EUR).
Art Now 8: Niki de Saint Phalle
Niki de Saint Phalle - ZT, 1970 - Silkscreen from the portfolio 'Nana Power', 80 x 60 cm - Art collection EUR, recently restored.
The 8th work of art in the Art Now series is a screen print from 1970, without title, by the French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930 - 2002). The Saint Phalle, world famous and known for her 'Nana' figures, learned to paint herself in order to escape the bourgeois environment in which she was born. In the middle of the sixties she presented for the first time her version of the archetypical woman, the 'Nana' with which she focused on the role of women in society. With her expressive man-sized polyester female images painted in bright colors, she caused commotion in the art world. She presented the Nana's as happy, liberated women, and forerunners of a new matriarchal era.
Art Now 7: Marijn van Kreij
Marijn van Kreij, ZT, (Picasso, The Studio, 1956, The Palm at the End of the Mind, Erasmus University Rotterdam), 2017 hand-painted porcelain tiles, total dim. 285 x 1500 cm - Art collection EUR painted together with students and staff of Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Artist Marijn van Kreij created a unique work of art for the renovated University Library of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2017, the Erasmus University students and staff were invited to come to the Erasmus Gallery and paint a tile after an example selected by the artist. The example was based on a fragment from a painting by Picasso from 1956, entitled 'The Studio.' Marijn van Kreij: 'The personal handwriting and the differences within the repetition are important in the artwork.' In two weeks, almost 1000 tiles on A4 format (21 x 29.7 cm) were painted. Van Kreij then selected the tiles for the final composition. Together they form the artwork of 285 x 1500 cm installed near the new first-floor entrance of the University Library location Institutenlaan campus Woudestein.
Art Now 6: Co Westerik
Co Westerik ‘De Kus’, 2003 – Etching on scooped paper, 27 x 22 cm - Art Collection EUR
The sixth work of art in the series Art Now is 'De Kus' by artist Co Westerik (1924-2018). The work from 2003 became part of the Art Collection EUR through a private gift in 2016. It is not the first or only work of art by this multi-talented artist in the university collection. As early as 1971, a work by his hand was purchased as the first of a total of 22 works of art in the Art Collection EUR today. Co Westerik painted, drew, etched and photographed the ordinary from the amazement he felt for it. The multi-talented artist has consistently built up a rich and fascinating oeuvre in which he magnifies everyday life by zooming in on it. Westerik's often chooses a point of view that brings the public uncomfortably close to everyday experiences.
Art Now 5: Rob Leenders
Rob Leenders ‘Windscherm 1’, 1979 - Zeefdruk, afbeelding 32 x 46 cm (lijst 60 x 80 cm) - Kunstcollectie EUR
The fifth work of art in the Art Now series is 'Windscherm 1' from 1979 by Rotterdam-born artist Rob Leenders (1956). As can already be derived from the title, this work of art is about a windshield. We see it standing upright at a sandy beach, as we look past it towards a calm sea and an everlasting blue sky. The water seems to ripple up the beach quietly, and in the tranquil moment, nothing seems to indicate that a windshield is necessary. The layered image invites us to wonder what is behind the shield and let our gaze drift into the distance, as if in memory of a pleasant holiday.
‘Windscherm 1' was purchased for the EUR Art Collection in 1981 with four other screen prints from the same artist and with the same theme. Since then, the screen prints have been offered in the EUR 'art on loan' program. Due to their popularity among the EUR-employees, the works of art have been requested for many EUR workplace locations over the years.
Art Now 4: Thomas Trum
Thomas Trum ‘One Green Line’, 2019 - Acrylics and glyserine on canvas, 190 x 250 cm - Art Collection EUR
The fourth artwork from the Art Now series is 'One Green Line' from 2019 by artist Thomas Trum (1989). This large-scale work of art was purchased in 2019 for the art collection EUR and is placed in lecture hall CB-05 in Theil building on campus Woudestein.
Central to the work of Trum is research. Time and again, this artist explores the material, the way of applying it, and the carrier itself. As an instrument, Trum uses, among other things, enormous self-designed felt-tip pens, a machine for marking traffic lanes, and brushes on a drilling machine. A constant factor in his work is paint, whether it concerns his small-scale drawings or his colorful, large-scale works in public space. His work is often based on trial-and-error in which the directness of the action in the creation process is an essential part of the extraordinary result.
Art Now 3: Anouk Griffioen
Anouk Griffioen ‘Museum of Nature 3’, 2018 - Charcoal on linen, 210 x 332 cm - Art Collection EUR
The third work of art in the series Art Now is 'Museum of Nature 3' from 2018 by artist Anouk Griffioen (1979). The monumental charcoal drawings by this artist bring together different landscapes and subjects. Griffioen creates a world into which the viewer can easily disappear. In her art, she addresses the conflict between man and nature, city and landscape and the ever-expanding growth of the cities that compromises the quality of life. By bringing vegetation back into the cultivated environment, Griffioen appeals to our deep-rooted longing for nature. A place to leave the beaten track and come to new insights. Sporadically, a human shape seems to dissolve into the background. However, the figures never become explicit. About that she herself says; 'A figure often creates a barrier between the picture and the viewer, who becomes a voyeur, standing outside. Instead, I want the viewer to be the figure.' How wonderful is that, figuring in the monumental work of art by Anouk Griffioen. Even if only for a moment and in our own thoughts when we enjoy 'Museum of Nature 3'. In 2018 Griffioen set up a wall-to-wall exhibition in the Erasmus Gallery on the Woudestein campus. There she worked on the spot for three months on new drawings.
‘Museum of Nature 3' by Anouk Griffioen is located in lecture hall CB-1 in Theil building on campus Woudestein.
Art Now 2: Anuli Croon
Anuli Croon 'Penthouse I', 2015 - acrylic + metallic acrylic on canvas, 170x250 cm - Art Collection EUR
The second work of art in the series Art Now is 'Penthouse I' from 2015 by Rotterdam based artist Anuli Croon (1964). The artwork was purchased in 2019 in the Art Collection EUR. What Croon says about her work:
My figures are stylized, mutually different, and individual-like by their poses, hands, and noses. They are prominent and indifferent, man and woman at the same time. They do not tell a story, do not explain themselves, and do not carry emotions. The paintings thus become autonomous constructions that are open to multiple interpretations. 'Penthouse I,' which now hangs in the Erasmus University boardroom, is based on the reclining figure, a common theme in the history of the visual arts. The character is in the middle of lying, falling, or leaning back. The background looks like the skyline of a big city'.
As Croon herself points out, the figure in Penthouse I is reminiscent of the classic reclining figure. With displaying the figure in this way, the artist follows a long tradition. But just as well, the artwork refers to cartoonlike figures and contemporary advertising with pattern-like elaborations, which places the artwork right in the here and now. Seemingly emotionless, the large reclining figure in Penthouse I looks at the city from a higher point of view, withdrawn as if she belongs there, only not right now...
Penthouse I' by artist Anuli Croon hangs on location in the Boardroom on campus Woudestein.
Art Now 1: Stan Klamer
Stan Klamer 'South China Sea', 2014 - mixed media on paper, 50 x 65 cm - Art collection EUR
The first work of art from the series Art Now is the 'South China Sea' from 2014 by artist Stan Klamer (1951). In the drawing, which Klamer made during a period of study in Southeast Asia, he 'mapped' what he saw there. Yet it is not a one on one observation he has depicted in the work of art. Time and again, he photographed the harbor from different points of view. The pictures inspired him to make the drawing in which we also discover rectangles. These small telephone screen size rectangles are silent references to the way the work originated. In Klamer's flat worlds, the abstracted reality is made into cartography, and large areas are made visible in one instance. In a second glance, the viewer is taken into the refined details. Klamer creates unique places, islands, and harbors from which we can depart, or where we can come 'home' again. And that is precisely what Stan Klamer's drawings do, they invite us, without moving, to make a personal journey.
Stan Klamer's drawings can be seen at various workplaces in Sanders and Mandeville building on campus Woudestein.