Ger van Elk, ‘The Rose more Beautiful than Art, but Difficult, therefore Art is Splendid’, 1972, Slide projection (color) projected onto watercolor in wooden frame, GRIMM
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Ger van Elk

The Rose more Beautiful than Art, but Difficult, therefore Art is Splendid, 1972

Slide projection (color) projected onto watercolor in wooden frame
59 1/10 × 19 7/10 × 39 2/5 in
150 × 50 × 100 cm
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Amsterdam, Amsterdam , New York
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Ger van Elk
Dutch, 1941–2014
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Ger van Elk believed that representations of reality in art cannot be trusted, and this theory was the driving force behind his sculptures, installations, films, and painted photographs. He divorced subject matter from representation, making art history and the language of art the subjects of his compositions and constructions. La Pièce (1971), a white wooden block placed atop a red velvet cushion, is a critique of the art world’s megalomania. The block is positioned as an embodiment of modernist purity. Van Elk often included autobiographical elements in his work, as in the case of The Adieu (1974). Framed as an optical illusion, the work features a photograph of the artist waving to his viewers from a country road modeled after 17th-century Dutch landscapes.

Ger van Elk, ‘The Rose more Beautiful than Art, but Difficult, therefore Art is Splendid’, 1972, Slide projection (color) projected onto watercolor in wooden frame, GRIMM
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Ger van Elk
Dutch, 1941–2014
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Ger van Elk believed that representations of reality in art cannot be trusted, and this theory was the driving force behind his sculptures, installations, films, and painted photographs. He divorced subject matter from representation, making art history and the language of art the subjects of his compositions and constructions. La Pièce (1971), a white wooden block placed atop a red velvet cushion, is a critique of the art world’s megalomania. The block is positioned as an embodiment of modernist purity. Van Elk often included autobiographical elements in his work, as in the case of The Adieu (1974). Framed as an optical illusion, the work features a photograph of the artist waving to his viewers from a country road modeled after 17th-century Dutch landscapes.

Ger van Elk

The Rose more Beautiful than Art, but Difficult, therefore Art is Splendid, 1972

Slide projection (color) projected onto watercolor in wooden frame
59 1/10 × 19 7/10 × 39 2/5 in
150 × 50 × 100 cm
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Location
Amsterdam, Amsterdam , New York
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