Harm Van Den Dorpel

1981 · Netherlands

Artist biography

Harm Van Den Dorpel is seen as an established mid-career artist, who was born in the Netherlands - other established artists such as Marijke Lahaije, Aukje Dekker, Poppy Koning, Armando Armando, and Rembrandt Van Rijn were also born inthe Netherlands. Harm Van Den Dorpel was born in 1981.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Harm Van Den Dorpel is represented by two galleries, which are Narrative Projects in London, the United Kingdom and Yvonne Lambert in Berlin, Germany. Harm Van Den Dorpel's work has most recently been exhibited at Narrative Projects in London (26 February 2019 until 12 April 2019) with the exhibition Notes on Objects. Harm Van Den Dorpel's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; PATTERN AND PRESENCE (24 February 2018 - 30 March 2018) at Upstream Gallery in Amsterdam and Uninnocent Bystander (10 May 2019 - 21 June 2019) at Lehmann + Silva gallery in Porto. Harm Van Den Dorpel's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called PATTERN AND PRESENCE and took place at Upstream Gallery in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from the 24 February 2018 to 30 March 2018.

Historical Context of Netherlands

The Netherlands has a strong heritage for art and design in the twentieth century culture, although its position as a cultural powerhouse had been long established, centuries before the fifteenth century, when artists like Jan van Eyck were amidst the most well-known in the world. The Dutch Golden Age of the 1600s brought such luminaries as Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Van Dyck and Van Ruisdael. In the twentieth century, some of the earliest examples of abstraction in the Netherlands were emerged under the aegis of the seminal de Stijl movement, led by Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesberg. Gerrit Rietveld was an influential architect and designer whose work is closely related to the ideas of De Stijl.

Further Biographical Context for Harm Van Den Dorpel

Born in 1981, Harm Van Den Dorpel was largely inspired by the 1990s growing up. In the United Kingdom, a group of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, united generally by their age and nationality. Many of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most famous member of YBAs is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs garnered a controversial public image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group dominated the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a key idea in the 1990s. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this agenda.

Harm Van Den Dorpel

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