Biographies 2015

herman de vries

herman de vries. Foto: Robin de Puy
herman de vries (1931, Alkmaar, the Netherlands) lives and works in Eschenau (Germany).

Trained as a horticulturist and working as a natural scientist, herman de vries started to draw and paint in the mid-50s. In 1959-1961 he realised white paintings and white books. At that time he was actively involved in the exhibitions and publications of the international ZERO movement. From 1964 onwards he developed a unique oeuvre in which art, science and philosophy are juxtaposed with the reality of the world. In 1975 he decided that the phenomena and processes of nature constitute the physical and autonomous work of art that he, as an artist, should present. Works by de vries are included in museum collections worldwide. In 2014-2015 de vries takes part in the retrospective ZERO exhibitions in the Guggenheim Museum New York, Martin Gropius Bau Berlin and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Also In 2015 the Kröller Müller Museum Otterlo shows a choice of de vries’s random objectivation drawings from 1965-1975.

Colin Huizing

Colin Huizing. Photo: Judith Jockel
Colin Huizing (1965) lives and works in Amsterdam and Schiedam.

Huizing is chief curator at the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam (the Netherlands). He curates exhibitions on artists and important developments in the visual arts since 1960 until today. In 2011 he organized in close cooperation with the ZERO Foundation (Düsseldorf) the exhibition nul = 0, dutch avant-garde in an international context, 1961-1966. In 2014 he curated the exhibition herman de vries – all in the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. A Jan Schoonhoven retrospective is scheduled for the Fall of 2015.

Cees de Boer

Cees de Boer. Photo: Judith Jockel
Cees de Boer (1955) lives and works in Amsterdam.

De Boer studied General Literature and Philosophy and was awarded a Ph.D. for his research on the collage novels of Max Ernst. Currently he works as a freelance curator, art critic and art advisor. He published articles on art in public space, and books on Sjoerd Buisman and Norman Dillworth; in 2000 he curated Ulay: Performing Light at de Appel, Amsterdam together with the artist. In September 2014 appeared his study of philosophical aspects of the work of herman de vries: Overal stroomt mijn oog [Everywhere my eye streams].