herman de vries

- randomness as a principle of the order-

one is many many is one (2011) by herman de vriesTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY

Conceptual dutch artist

herman de vries  from the 1954 started  working with mobiles, collage, and monochrome. From the time of his early involvement in the international movement ZERO, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, de vries has always pursued the idea of simplicity and economy in his expressive, compositional, and working methods, in an attempt to recreate the basic mechanisms of life within the artistic process.

an afternoon under a cherry tree (1979) by herman de vriesTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY

random dot grid pattern v 73-121 (1973) by herman de vriesTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY

Over the decades, his oeuvre has shown an extraordinarily rich penchant for invention and for experimentation with different materials and languages; art, science and philosophy are constantly interwoven and tied to the world around us.

prunus persica (2015) by herman de vriesTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY

His art, without figuration or colour, is defined by himself as ‘informal’. In the mid-1970s, de vries began to concentrate on natural materials, processes and phenomena, presenting them as primary physical realities of human existence.

the return of beauty, herman de vries, 2003, From the collection of: THAT'S CONTEMPORARY
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from the streets of amsterdam (2015) by herman de vriesTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY

Ever since, he has collected, arranged, singled out and displayed fragments of nature and culture, calling attention to both the oneness and the diversity of the world around us. Currently, his art focuses on the disrupted relation between humanity and nature.

journal imesouane (2011) by herman de vriesTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY

lindgehrn (2016) by herman de vriesTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY

herman de vries born in 1931 in Alkmaar (Netherlands) and now he lives and works in Eschenau, Germany.

v72-142s random objectivation - random stromingsvelden (1972) by herman de vriesTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY

His works can be found in the collections of museums around the world, and in 2014 and 2015 were featured in the exhibitions on ZERO at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. He represented the Netherlands at the International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2015, where his project in the national pavilion and on the island of Lazzaretto Vecchio drew unanimous praise from critics and visitors.

from earth: myanmar birma (2017) by herman de vriesTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY

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This virtual exhibition was brought together with Cortesigallery on the occasion of the Exhibition “herman de vries all all all” visitable from the 12.09.2018 to the 30.11.2018 .
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