Join Hauser & Wirth Publishers in the Bookshop for a celebration of their new publication ‘Philippe Vandenberg. Absence, etc.’.
Matthew Day Jackson, Wouter Davidts, Randy Kennedy, and Hélène Vandenberghe will engage in a public conversation about Belgian artist Philippe Vandenberg (1952–2009). In advance of this occasion, 12 works on paper by Vandenberg from 2008–09 have been installed in the Bookshop, serving not as background but as a trigger for the talk. Conceived of as a close encounter with these powerful drawings by the artist, the event invites the public to join in talking to the work of Philippe Vandenberg.
A significant figure in contemporary art in Belgium, Vandenberg rose to international prominence in the 1980s with works that combined personal narratives with literary, art historical, and philosophical references. Teeming with images, symbols, and words that touch upon themes of war, religion, sexuality, and death, his oeuvre includes a staggering range of motifs and techniques; it is filled with haunting narratives, lively abstractions, and cryptic fragments of language.
Matthew Day Jackson is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York.
Wouter Davidts is a scholar and the editor of ‘Philippe Vandenberg. Absence, etc.’
Randy Kennedy is Director of Special Projects, Hauser & Wirth, New York.
Hélène Vandenberghe is the daughter of Philippe Vandenberg and co-director, Estate Philippe Vandenberg.
Photo: Philippe Vandenberg, No title, ca. 2009, © Estate Philippe Vandenberg Courtesy the Estate and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Joke Floreal