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Sylvie Bonnot (1982, FR) is a photographer and transmedia artist known for her radical questioning of documentary narratives. Her work is in museum collections and is the subject of two monographs: Contre-courants, Nouvelles Editions, Paris (2016), and Derrière la retenue, FACIM Foundation and Actes Sud (2017). Her major institutional exhibitions include: Musée des Archives Nationales, Paris, and Maison de la Photographie, Lille, 2019; Derrière la Retenue I, II, III (solo public commissions), FACIM Foundation, Savoie, 2019-23; and Musée de La Roche-sur-Yon, 2018. She was awarded the residency hors les murs 2021 at the Observatoire de l’Espace of CNES (the French National Space Agency) and will feature in their exhibitions based on her trips to the Baikonur Cosmodrome and the Guiana Space Center. In 2021, she was invited to participate in the curated fair Approche in Paris, which is dedicated to experimentation in contemporary photography.
TMH PROJECTS: Amstel / Bridge / Delirium at Capital C, Amsterdam (with Zhu Hong), 2021 / Urban Image-Jitters I (City) & II (Body) (group show), 2020 / Clear Water (group show), 2020 / Duo at Unseen (with Mengzhi Zheng), 2019 / Remix (group show), 2018 / Artist in Focus at Unseen, 2017 / Making Things Happen: Young Artists in Dialogue I (with Zhu Hong), 2017. PUBLICATIONS & EDITIONS: TMH Catalogue 5.1, 2017.
Boris Chouvellon (1980, FR) began to exhibit as soon as he finished his art studies, including at the prestigious Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts at the Villa Arson, Nice (MA). In 2015, he became laureate of the Friends of the Maison Rouge prize, Paris, and has had important museum residencies. He recently had a solo show at La Crypte d’Orsay in Orsay, France, and has been awarded an Etant Donnés residency in Los Angeles, USA, by the FACE Foundation. Chouvellon takes his cue from entropy and decay, from remnants of labor and leisure. In his uncanny objects and situations, sculpture blends with photography and video. Chouvellon lives and works in Paris.
TMH PROJECTS: Clear Water (group show), 2020 / Remix (group show), 2018 / Making Things Happen: Young Artists in Dialogue III (with Mengzhi Zheng), 2018. PUBLICATIONS & EDITIONS: TMH Catalogue 5.5, 2018.
Chuck Close (1940-2021, US) is best known for his large-scale, photo-based portrait paintings, which he started making with his first iconic black-and-white Self-Portrait of 1968. In 1988, Close was paralyzed following a rare spinal artery collapse; he continues to paint using a brush-holding device strapped to his wrist and forearm. His practice extends beyond painting to encompass printmaking, photography, and, most recently, tapestries based on Polaroids. Close has been represented in New York by Pace Gallery since 1977. He was awarded a major retrospective at the MoMA, New York in 1998; many major exhibitions and public collections followed. Close is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, has served on the board of many arts organizations, received a high US honor, the National Medal of Arts, in 2000, and was appointed by President Obama to serve on The President’s Committee for the Arts and the Humanities.
TMH PROJECTS: 1960s Sacred Fire (with Carolee Schneemann & Kees Visser), 2015 / Chuck in Amsterdam (solo), 2015. PUBLICATIONS & EDITIONS: TMH Catalogue 2.3, 2015.
John Coplans (1920-2003, UK/US) reinvented himself as a photographer after two full careers, when he turned 60. Born in the UK and raised in South Africa, he served in the British army, and then moved to the US as an abstract painter. By the mid-1960s he had become a curator at the Pasadena Museum of California Art and later gained fame (but also notoriety) through his provocative stance on art and as editor-in-chief at Artforum magazine. The monumental and self-examining self-portraits made in the last 20 years of his life entered the list of “100 photographic chefs-d’oeuvres” published by Centre Pompidou in 2010 and are treasured by major museums. They are, without question, his lasting legacy.
TMH PROJECTS: A Body of Work, 2019.
ANDRÉ DE JONG
André de Jong (1945, NL) has been pushing the limits of drawing in his magisterial oeuvre for over five decades. And he is also a performance artist, a photographer, and a master of sculptural form and transient land art. Rooted in poetically captured trajectories of the body, of our ambivalent, gender-stretching sense of self, de Jong’s art is uniquely intersubjective and socially formative. De Jong’s prescient oeuvre remained virtually unseen for four decades—he has been living and working away from art centers in the countryside of Friesland—until Museum Belvédère, NL, mounted a retrospective in 2010. Since then de Jong’s work has met with critical and public acclaim when exhibited by TMH in Amsterdam and New York.
TMH PROJECTS: Art Practice (group show), 2022 / Acts of Drawing, 2021 / Artist in Focus at Unseen, 2021 (with Hilarius Hofstede) / Duo at Art Rotterdam, 2021 (with André Stempfel) / The Indispensable Experience of Art (group show), 2020-21 / Revelations, Parts I & II (solo), 2019 / Duo at Art Rotterdam, 2018 (with Hilarius Hofstede) / New York Diary (screening), 2016 / Post-Minimalism (with Kees Visser & Pino Pinelli), 2016 / Artist in Focus at Salon Zürcher, New York, 2015 / Folds & Drawings (solo), 2014. PUBLICATIONS & EDITIONS: André de Jong: Acts of Drawing (TMH Books, sponsored by Mondriaan Fonds, Amsterdam 2021), including special edition with artist’s print / Limited Edition Print (Tree Study), 2020 / TMH Catalogue 2.1, 2017.
Jan Frank (1951, US) is an international painter. He has been showing in New York and abroad for the past 25 years. When unable to paint due to a double wrist injury in 2008, he curated a group of shows in a gallery space on the Bowery, in New York City. From then on, curatorial projects have remained an important form of expression for Frank, as they embody his longstanding theoretical exploration of personal and historical concerns in art, and he undertakes them from time to time. Jan Frank’s work is represented in major private collections, as well as in museums. Frank was born in 1951, Amsterdam, NL and lives and works in New York, NY.
TMH PROJECTS: Minimal Abstraction (with Henk Peeters), 2014 / Seeing is Reliving (solo), 2013. PUBLICATIONS & EDITIONS: TMH Catalogue 1.1, 2013.
For the prolific painter Beppie Gielkens (1942, NL), idiosyncratic color and line constitute a powerful narrative structure that continuously invites new readings. Already in the late 1980s, art writer Huub Mous defined her work as an “intuitive urge to rearrange and order, in a new connection.” Gielkens studied at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht and had her first solo show in Maastricht as early as in 1971. She has since continued to have regular shows with Dutch galleries and participated in group exhibitions with the Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, and Museum Belvédere, Heerenveen. Between 1986 and 2008, a large part of her oeuvre was made during extended stays in Egypt, where she received artistic acclaim, including shows at the Fine Arts Gallery / Cairo Opera House in 1989 and the Mashrabia Gallery in 1994. In 1979, Gielkens and her husband, the artist André de Jong, moved to Friesland, where they established independent studios.
TMH PROJECTS: Painting Otherwise, 2022.
Hilarius Hofstede (1965, NL) is an unparalleled innovator and versatile interpreter of the conjunctions of nature and culture, working with paper, assemblages, texts, and music. His seminal works are in many public and private collections. He has recently composed the lyrics for the album Mastervolt by the New York band Defunkt and is the author of the cult books De Markies van Water (1999), Microsoft Mon Amour (2017), and Pop Killer (2021). Hofstede’s museum-wide collaborative interventions were seen at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, 1999, the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels, 2003, and the Musée de la Chasse in Paris, 2012. He is the founder and mastermind of the traveling festival the Bison Caravan.
TMH PROJECTS: Art Practice (group show), 2022 / A DEMOCRACY OF THOUGHT & FOOD FOR THOUGHT (solo), 2021-22 / Matter of Masters (group show), 2018-19 / Duo at Art Rotterdam 2018 (with André de Jong) / New Drawings (solo), 2015. PUBLICATIONS & EDITIONS: TMH Catalogue 3.1, 2015.
Craigie Horsfield (1949, UK) is a protean artist working in photography, film, sound, drawing, performance, and installation. His singular visual language and work in social communities have been a part of shaping the practice of art in recent years. Horsfield was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1996. He participated in Documenta X and XI (Kassel), Carnegie International 1995, and the Whitney Biennale 2003. His work continues to be featured by leading museums, which have included MHKA (Antwerp), Jeu de Paume (Paris), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Kunsthalle (Zurich), Reina Sofia (Madrid), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), and the National Gallery and Tate Galleries (London), to name just a few.
TMH PROJECTS: Of the World We Share (solo), 2019-20 / Matter of Masters (group show), 2018-19 / New Works and Slow Time (solo), 2016. PUBLICATIONS & EDITIONS: TMH Catalogue 3.3, 2016.
KOKOU FERDINAND MAKOUVIA
Kokou Ferdinand Makouvia (b. 1989) is an award-winning multimedia artist with a singular perspective on the freedoms and tensions that underlie material expression. Makouvia grew up in Lomé, Togo. Committed to making art from his adolescence, he also studied computer science. After attending the art academies in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and Valenciennes (France), he graduated from the Beaux-Arts de Paris. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including “Révélation 2017” by the ADAGP, and participated in the Jeune Création Européenne Biennale, 2017-19. He is invited for Dak’Art, La Biennale de Dakar in Senegal to take place in 2022. He works with Galerie Sator in Paris and is currently completing his residency at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. He remains actively engaged with educational and art projects in Togo.
TMH PROJECTS: Of the Earth, 2021-22.
Mary Sue (assumed identity, established between 1979 and now) uses color to a poignant effect in performances rendered as videos, photographs, art objects, and drawings. Under her sobriquet adopted while at the ENSA of Dijon, she has had exhibitions in France, Belgium, and Italy and has participated in Art Basel, FIAC, and Art Brussels. Mary Sue’s working method, deploying the most advanced digital means, involves a critical reading of real places and situations through the prism of her cartoonish alter ego. Her vast project on childhood and loss, La Flotte, gained attention at the Art, ville et paysage festival (2017) in Amiens. In 2021, she was invited to participate in the XXIV International Encounters Traverse Video Festival, Toulouse, and Screen Time at the Samek Art Museum, Pennsylvania. She will be TMH’s artist in focus at Salon Zürcher: 11 Women of Spirit VI, New York, and Unseen Amsterdam in 2022.
TMH PROJECTS: The Indispensable Experience of Art (group show), 2020-21 / Clear Water (group show), 2020 / Painting & Performance (with Pino Pinelli & Elsa Tomkowiak), at Independent Brussels, 2018 & at TMH, 2019 / Remix (group show), 2018 / Making Things Happen: Young Artists in Dialogue II (with Elsa Tomkowiak), 2018. PUBLICATIONS & EDITIONS: TMH Catalogue 5.4, 2017.
Dennis Oppenheim (1938-2011, US) was a leading figure of American conceptual art. His vast oeuvre centers on percipient sculptural interventions in an array of mediums and was featured in the most important international art events of the period. His visionary works continue to be exhibited in public spaces as well as in the collections and displays of museums around the world, including the Denver Museum of Art (Denver, CO), the Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, MI), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the Tate Gallery (London).
TMH PROJECTS: Urban Image-Jitters I (City) & II (Body) (group show), 2020 / Matter of Masters (group show), 2018-19. PUBLICATIONS & EDITIONS: Collectible card for Urban Image-Jitters, 2020.
Henk Peeters (1924-2013) was born in The Hague and studied at The Hague Academy. From 1957 until 1972 he taught at the Art Academy in Arnhem. Peeters lived in Hall, eastern Netherlands, with his wife Truus. He exhibited widely from 1958 onwards in museums and galleries, both in the Netherlands and internationally. Peeters is best known for in his monochrome assemblages with gauze, feathers, and cotton balls. He was a passionate Dutch ZERO-ist and popularizer of its ideas through theoretical exchange, curating (including the 1962 ZERO/Nul exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam), and collecting. In the Sotheby’s catalogue of his collection, Peeters is quoted as saying that he didn’t want to occupy himself with forms and colors and sought something realistic and immaterial.
TMH PROJECTS: Minimal Abstraction (with Jan Frank), 2014 / 21 of the Most Beautiful Drawings (with Jan Schoonhoven), 2014. PUBLICATIONS & EDITIONS: TMH Catalogue 1.2, 2014.
Pino Pinelli (1938, Catania) is renowned for his “pittura con corpo,” or painting with an “invitation to touch”: rhythmic wall cadences of palpable plaster marked by his signature imprint and color. His work is included in major museums and private collections in Italy and worldwide. His most recent museum exhibition was Pino Pinelli: Painting Beyond the Limit at Palazzo Reale—Gallerie d’Italia, Milan, in 2018, which followed shows at Museo delle Arti, Catanzaro, 2017, and the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, 2016. The Palazzo Reale catalogue, edited by Francesco Tedeschi, addresses Pinelli’s unique contribution to contemporary art.
TMH PROJECTS: Four Decades of “Rettangolo Tagliato” (solo), 2022 / The Indispensable Experience of Art (group show), 2020-21 / Urban Image-Jitters I (City) & II (Body) (group show), 2020 / Painting & Performance (with Elsa Tomkowiak & Mary Sue) at Independent Brussels, 2018 & at TMH, 2019 / Disseminations (solo), 2017 / Post-Minimalism (with Kees Visser & André de Jong), 2016. PUBLICATIONS & EDITIONS: TMH Catalogue 4.2, 2015.
Judit Reigl (1923-2020, FR born HU) was a visionary figure of contemporary abstraction, a key contributor to its post-conceptual rebirth and unfolding. André Breton invited her to join his Surrealist gallery upon her arrival in Paris from Hungary in 1954, but she opted to forge her own style and declined. Referring to the significance of the human body and its power to move, she defined her life-long painterly quest by saying: “The body: the most perfect instrument and the most tragic obstacle.” Reigl received the 1964 Guggenheim prize and other major awards. Her work is in the collections of The Met, the MoMA, and the Guggenheim in New York, the Tate Modern in London, and Centre Pompidou and Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris.
TMH PROJECTS: Matter of Masters (group show), 2018-19 / Late Paintings and Drawings (solo), 2016. PUBLICATIONS & EDITIONS: TMH Catalogue 4.1, 2016.
KEY SHOWS ELSEWHERE
Solo at Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris
Judit Reigl: Je suis la Règle
8 Feb – 26 Mar 2022 /
Solo at Galerie Dina Vierny, Paris
Judit Reigl: première abstraction 1954 – 1966
8 Sep – 20 Nov 2021 /
Solo at Galerie Laurentin, Paris
Judit Reigl: le déroulement d’une vie 1958 – 2010
8 Sep – 31 Oct 2021
Carolee Schneemann (1939-2019, US) was a multidisciplinary artist famous for invention, provocation, and canonical contributions to Postwar Art. She always felt that she was “a painter who had in effect enlarged her canvas” to the third dimension and new materials. A pioneer of feminist performance with a sixty-year career, Schneemann transformed the very definition of art by creating work based on research in archaic visual traditions, pleasure wrested from taboos, and the body of the artist in relation to the social body.
TMH PROJECTS: Matter of Masters (group show), 2018-19 / 1960s Sacred Fire (with Chuck Close & Kees Visser), 2015 / Infinity Kisses (solo), 2015. PUBLICATIONS & EDITIONS: TMH Catalogue 2.2, 2015. SEE MORE: Permanent Projects.
Jan Schoonhoven (1914-1994) was born in Delft and studied at the Academy in The Hague. From 1945 until his retirement in 1979, he was employed as a civil servant at the postal, telephone and telegraph services in The Hague. Schoonhoven lived most of his life in Delft, where until the death of his wife Anita in 1978, he participated in the rich social life around her passion—jazz. From his first solo show of 1957, Schoonhoven’s works—both his serial reliefs in white papier-mâché, wood, or cardboard and minimalistic drawings—have acquired an iconic status as representative of ZERO art. Schoonhoven was awarded Second Prize at the 1967 São Paulo Biennial and has been featured in Documenta and many major museums worldwide. Schoonhoven shared the aspirations of ZERO but saw his works as autonomous and free from outside influence.
TMH PROJECTS: 21 of the Most Beautiful Drawings (with Henk Peeters), 2014. PUBLICATIONS & EDITIONS: TMH Catalogue 1.2, 2014.
André Stempfel (1930, FR) is an iconoclastic reinterpreter of concrete art. He is a creator of poetic art objects of liberating and ludic minimality, most recently reduced to one color—yellow—and a simple shape. After a fire destroyed his studio and works in 1970, he began to also focus on public commissions and urban installations. Stempfel has been part of the international art scene from the late 1960s, showing in museums and galleries in Paris and abroad, and becoming an honorary member of the international MADI movement in 1989. Stempfel lives and works in Paris.
TMH PROJECTS: Duo at Art Rotterdam, 2021 (with André de Jong) / The Indispensable Experience of Art (group show), 2020-21.
Elsa Tomkowiak (1981, FR) is acclaimed for her paintings and large-scale installations grounded in color and spatial experience—the artist’s and viewer’s. She is widely known for her ongoing commissions in public and cultural venues, indoors and outdoors. Her notable temporary projects include: an opera house (Nantes), two bridges (Quebec), a glasshouse (Pougues-les-Eaux), site-specific interventions at the Château-Musée de Tournon-sur-Rhône and the Basilique Saint-Vincent de Metz, and, most recently, in Saint-Briac-sur-Mer at the invitation of FRAC Bretagne. She has a number of large permanent installations to her name: a multi-painting installation extending throughout a hospital facility in Angers, 2017, and the commission for a park sculpture in Lyon, 2019, among others. Following her participation in Making Things Happen at TMH in 2017-18, Tomkowiak was selected for ARTZUID in Amsterdam and for the OpenART Biennale 2019 in Sweden.
TMH PROJECTS: Art Practice (group show), 2022 / Into Color (solo), 2021 / The Indispensable Experience of Art (group show), 2020-21 / ARTZUID, Amsterdam Sculpture Biennial, 2019 / Painting & Performance (with Pino Pinelli & Mary Sue) at Independent Brussels, 2018 & at TMH, 2019 / Remix (group show), 2018 / Making Things Happen: Young Artists in Dialogue II (with Mary Sue), 2018. PUBLICATIONS & EDITIONS: Limited Edition Print (Le petit drapé), 2021 / TMH Catalogue 5.3, 2017.
Kees Visser (1948, NL) is known for his serial paintings, which have preoccupied him in recent years. Monochrome and radically minimal at first glance, they astonish by their destabilized form, depth, and magic of “crystalized color” on closer inspection. Depending on their presentation, these works may either assert their two-dimensionality, or alternatively evoke an open book or a minimalist sculpture. Visser has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad, including at museums in Iceland and France. He lives and works in Haarlem, with stretches of time in Paris and Reykjavík.
TMH PROJECTS: Post-Minimalism (with Pino Pinelli & André de Jong), 2016 / 1960s Sacred Fire (with Chuck Close & Carolee Schneemann), 2015. PUBLICATIONS & EDITIONS: TMH Catalogue 3.2, 2016.
Mengzhi Zheng (1983, FR born CN) received jury commendations for his MA at the prestigious French art academy Villa Arson and is continuously featured in solo and curated shows, including the biennales of Lyon, 2015, and Orléans Architecture, 2018. Zheng’s serial maquettes and drawings are inventions that underscore the logic of the waste materials he uses (fragments of crates, bits of cardboard, discarded paper or wood) and highlight the contemporary urgency of his oeuvre confounding painting, sculpture, and architecture. He was part of Making Things Happen at TMH, Amsterdam, 2017-18, and was TMH’s artist in focus at Unseen Amsterdam, 2019. In 2019, Zheng completed Inarchitectures, a permanent landscape installation for the renovation of Les Halles car park in Lyon (Lyon Parc Auto, LPA).
TMH PROJECTS: Clear Water (group show), 2021 / Duo at Unseen (with Sylvie Bonnot), 2019 / Remix (group show), 2018 / Making Things Happen: Young Artists in Dialogue III (with Boris Chouvellon), 2018. PUBLICATIONS & EDITIONS: TMH Catalogue 5.6, 2018.
Zhu Hong (1975, FR born CN) moved to France to counterbalance her training in Shanghai. Her solo museum shows included Musée de La Roche-sur-Yon (accompanied by the monograph 3m2 de lumière, published by Lienart Éditions, Paris, 2017) and the Pôle Internationale de la Préhistoire in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, and the Musée Ziem in Martigues. Zhu Hong featured in Making Things Happen at TMH in 2017-18. Her work continues to receive increased attention, notably including a solo feature at the Art on Paper fair in Brussels, 2019, with SinArts Gallery, NL, and the two-part solo show Les lignes de l’eau [Water Lines] at the Arts Museum of Nantes (Musée d’Arts de Nantes), scheduled for July 2021 – January 2022. Zhu Hong lives and works in Nantes, FR.
TMH PROJECTS: Art Practice (group show), 2022 / Amstel / Bridge / Delirium at Capital C, Amsterdam (with Sylvie Bonnot), 2021 / Of Water (solo), 2021 / Clear Water (group show), 2020 / Remix (group show), 2018 / Making Things Happen: Young Artists in Dialogue I (with Sylvie Bonnot), 2018. PUBLICATIONS & EDITIONS: Limited Edition Print (Amstel 1845), 2021 / TMH Catalogue 5.2, 2017.