'All Paintings Are Uneven'

19 January 2017 – 25 March 2018

What is painting in the year 2017? In the exhibition 'All Paintings Are Uneven', at the Zuidas headquarters of ABN AMRO, acquisitions of work by young and rising talent is presented along with that of established artists from the ABN AMRO collection. Together they provide a view of painting today and, at the same time, show the overlapping areas between painting and other media. Situated in the context of celebrated artists such as Marlene Dumas and Robert Zandvliet, a new generation of artists shows how it manages to stretch the limits of painting. Canvas becomes aluminum, for example, with Wouter Paijmans; and in the work of Juliaan Andeweg, we see car paint instead of oil paint. 
Since the invention of photography in the 1830s - and the representation of reality became a declining concern - painting has always been emulating other media. The art of today must now relate to the dominant culture of digital images, this resulting in painted fax paper by Marijn van Kreij or an inkjet-print collage by David Maljkovic. Artists rarely, if ever, continue to work in a medium-oriented way; instead they opt, each time anew, for a combination of techniques that express their ideas optimally. Chaim van Luit, Peggy Franck and Roy Villevoye employ photography as a means to put painting in a different perspective. While Thomas Raat (with reflecting glass) and Nathan Azhderian (with flower-shaped mirrors and laser beams) wish to hold a mirror up to the viewer himself. The latest generation of artists takes the liberty of relating to painting casually, to allude to it, or to question its history. And yet there are still many young artists, too, who remain true to the medium. Evi Vingerling, for instance, wishes to capture a fleeting moment in paint; and in his paintings Tjebbe Beekman wants to give meaning to personal loss. 'All Paintings Are Uneven' presents the art of today within the context of painterly issues.

Participating artists

Juliaan Andeweg, Nathan Azhderian, Tjebbe Beekman, Iris van Dongen, Marlene Dumas , Peggy Franck, Klemen Ilovar, Marijn van Kreij, Danielle Kwaaitaal, Chaim van Luit, David Maljkovic, Navid Nuur, Wouter Paijmans, Rory Pilgrim, Thomas Raat, Roy Villevoye, Evi Vingerling, Evelyn Taocheng Wang, Robert Zandvliet.

Some art works from the exhibition:

From left to right: Robert Zandvliet, ‘Zonder titel’ (2005) en Wouter Paijmans, ‘Bitter Sweet’ (2016). 
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

From left to right: Merijn van Kreij, Untitled (Gunta Stölzl, Entwurf für einen Läufer, 1923)´ (2014) en Wouter Paijmans,´Bitter Sweet´ (2016). 
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

From left to right: Roy Villevoye ‘Making of Madonna’ (2007) en Peggy Franck, ‘Of naked ground III (p)’ (2016).
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

From right to left: Merijn van Kreij, 'Untitled (Gunta Stölzl, Entwurf für einen Läufer, 1923)' (2014), Wouter Paijmans, 'Bitter Sweet' (2016), Robert Zandvliet, 'Untitled' (2005). 
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

To visit the exhibition

The exhibition can be viewed by appointment via: kunst.&.historisch.bezit@nl.abnamro.com. Identification required.