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Jan Vercruysse

Belgian, 1948–2018

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Jan Vercruysse

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Belgian, 1948–2018

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236
Biography

Jan Vercruysse uses industrial materials such as corten steel, bronze, iron, and glass to create mixed-media installations that challenge the sculptural vocabulary of Minimalism. Beginning his career by producing photographs of self-portraits, still lifes, and mythological scenes, he turned to a pared down sculptural practice. While accepting the minimalist principle of art that refers only to itself, his sculptural arrangements of narrow rooms, empty frames, bases without objects, and plaster household objects try to push the spectator beyond the work, towards symbolism. “Art has to create something ‘else’, has to ‘be else’ for me, with archetypal images. I want to feel in a work the strong wish of ‘distancing’.”

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Biography

Jan Vercruysse uses industrial materials such as corten steel, bronze, iron, and glass to create mixed-media installations that challenge the sculptural vocabulary of Minimalism. Beginning his career by producing photographs of self-portraits, still lifes, and mythological scenes, he turned to a pared down sculptural practice. While accepting the minimalist principle of art that refers only to itself, his sculptural arrangements of narrow rooms, empty frames, bases without objects, and plaster household objects try to push the spectator beyond the work, towards symbolism. “Art has to create something ‘else’, has to ‘be else’ for me, with archetypal images. I want to feel in a work the strong wish of ‘distancing’.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more