Marjolijn De Wit

1979 · Netherlands

Artist biography

Marjolijn De Wit is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from the Netherlands, like other celebrated artists such as Slothouber & Graatsma, Aukje Dekker, Tjebbe Beekman, Bas Van Beek, and Annet Raben. Marjolijn De Wit was born in 1979.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Marjolijn De Wit is represented by two galleries. These are OTTO ZOO in Milan, Italy and Asya Geisberg Gallery in New York, the United States. Marjolijn De Wit's work has most recently been exhibited at OTTO ZOO in Milan (12 November 2019 until 13 December 2019) with the exhibition Other Parts of the Scene. Marjolijn De Wit's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; No Ruins, No Ghosts (06 March 2020 - 10 April 2020) at Gerhard Hofland in Amsterdam and Untitled Art Miami 2019 | Booth A2 (04 December 2019 - 08 December 2019) at Asya Geisberg Gallery in New York.

Historical Context of Netherlands

The Netherlands has been established as an artistic and cultural capital for centuries, for instance through the global influence of renowned artists such as Jan van Eyck in the fifteenth century. In the 1600s, the Dutch Golden Age saw the emergence of such illustrious artists as Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Van Dyck and Van Ruisdael. Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh is considered as one of the most significant forerunners of the post-Impressionist period and is seen today as an extraordinary, unprecedented painter that has influenced the art sphere regardless of any era or movement. At first established as a magazine, De Stijl was a movement that pioneered abstract art in the Netherlands, driven by Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesberg. De Stijl artists would espouse a visual language solely composed of geometrical shapes, and the movement also had a significant influence on modern architecture as well as design. Gerrit Rietveld was a prominent architect and designer who adopted the ideals and the essence of De Stijl in his work. Willem de Kooning was also a Dutch national, though he relocated to the United States in the earlier years of his life, and his work was predominantly influenced by the Abstract Expressionism movement thriving in New York City in the late 1940s and 1950s.

Further Biographical Context for Marjolijn De Wit

Born in 1979, Marjolijn De Wit was predominantly influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were a turbulent time culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural culture. The 1980s were a significant decade politically, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Marjolijn De Wit

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