Joost Van Den Toorn

1954 · Netherlands

Artist biography

Joost Van Den Toorn is a contemporary artist considered well established, who originates from the Netherlands, like other artists such as Deirdre McLoughlin, Guus Vanenckevort, Pim Palsgraaf, Gino Saccone, and Bastiaan Mol. Joost Van Den Toorn was born in 1954.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Joost Van Den Toorn's work is available for viewing at Willem Baars Projects located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Joost Van Den Toorn most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Willem Baars Projects in Amsterdam with the exhibition Joost van den Toorn: Beelden, Morgan Betz: Collages. The exhibition was open from 27 October 2018 until 24 November 2018.

Historical Context of Netherlands

The Netherlands has a solid 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. Willem de Kooning is also Dutch, although he emigrated to the United States in his youth and his work is most closely related to the New York City Abstract Expressionist era of the late 1940s and 1950s.

Further Biographical Context for Joost Van Den Toorn

Born in 1954, Joost Van Den Toorn's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and progress in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the dominant strains of the previous decade. Conceptual art developed as a key movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the sprawling outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and looking to engage with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, creating esoteric and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years before, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly influential figures worldwide. New York maintained an prominent position in the international art world, ensuring that international artists continued to gravitate to the galleries, bars and downtown scene there. The largely Italian Arte Povera Movement gained global recognition during the 1970s, with artists like Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto achieving international praise.

Joost Van Den Toorn

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