These are some of the pictures I took at the Stedelijk Museum in 2014.
Taking pictures in spaces like this is for me a kind of pilgrimage (in the sense explained by Proust/Ruskin). Colour and contrast are important (I want an effect which reveals the forces behind/through the image), as well as playing with the framework, which sometimes is shown & sometimes obliterated (as a parergon, in Derridean sense). Sometimes my focus is on the setting. I don't intend this as an academic, instructive exercise, quite on the contrary. I think the images should "speak" entirely by themselves (the truth is in their auras, and more than ever if the aura is lost). This is also an attempt to release the images from all the discursive networks that supposedly support them as officially sanctioned cultural artefacts (and if these networks were not official, my intention would be the same). The images should haunt us to the extent that we fail to name them, as dream impressions or memory failures.
The works photographed here include:
***Rooster (Constant/1948), Oil paint on linen/79x70cm);
***Black Retangle, Blue Triangle (Malevich/1915, Oil on canvas/66x57cm);
***Le Voyageur de Munich (Ager Jorn/1959, Paint & sand on canvas);
***Man and Animals (Karel Appel/1949), Paint on linen/351x358-6cm);
***Man with Flower (Heinrich Campendonk/1918);
***Cathedra (Barnett Newman/1951, Oil Paint & acrylic paint on canvas/243x543cm);
***Bellevue II (Andy Warhol/1963, Silkscreen ink and acrylic on canvas/208x208cm);
***works by Anselm Kiefer;
***works by Cindy Sherman;