With texts by Mary Doyle and Jo Applin Publisher: MER.Paper Kunsthalle Language: English Medium: Softcover Size: 28 x 20 cm Pages: 160
This book came out on the occasion of the
first exhibition in the UK (Drawing Room, London, 2016) of the
drawings of Vandenberg (1952 – 2009), who is considered one of the
foremost painters in Belgium. Vandenberg’s extraordinary drawings,
distinguished by fluid draughtsmanship in pencil, ink, sometimes blood
and richly colored watercolor, possess an urgency and economy alongside a
Vandenberg was an accomplished and prolific
draughtsman, filling hundreds of sketchbooks with drawings and
watercolors. His works on paper are highly personal responses to social
issues and political upheavals. Powerful abstract and figurative images
about sex, death, good and evil, express Vandenberg's existential
despair about the world, as well as his dark sense of humour.
the first time, the publication Crossing The Circle shows a selection
of drawings spanning the years 1990 to the year of his death in 2009.
The works selected display radical stylistic and thematic shifts, that
combine highly personal images about life, sex, death, good, evil, as
well as powerful responses to the political and social upheavals which
the artist perceived around him. They explore difficult confrontational
subjects of personal suffering and brutal depictions of human cruelty
that express an existential disgust and despair with the world but
equally can contain humor.
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