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GRIMM is proud to present the first solo presentation of works by Ger van Elk (NL, 1941 – 2014) to be shown in the United States in 30 years, since his solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY in 1975 and his solo exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago, IL and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY in the 1980s. 

Van Elk is considered to be one of the pioneers in the Conceptual Art movement, although he never committed his practice to a singular classification. His multifaceted oeuvre ranges from Arte Povera to Pop Art, from minimal site-specific interventions to innovative video presentations. Van Elk was active in the defining stages of an international generation of artists in the 1960s and partook in groundbreaking exhibitions such as When Attitudes Become Form and Op Losse Schroeven (both in 1969). Throughout his career, which spanned over five decades, Van Elk explored the limits of image-making and its relationship to reality, reconfiguring ordinary scenes and bringing them into the realm of the absurd with simple and efficient gestures as quotidian as the scenes themselves. His style has been in constant flux, embracing new techniques and innovative media, whilst maintaining a dialogue with the history of art. 


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Camping Art 2

Ger van Elk

1968

Canvas, tent poles, guy ropes, tent pins

116.8 x 330.2 x 337.8 cm | 46 x 130 x 133 in

Rotterdam Horizon

Ger van Elk

2000

Color photograph on plexiglass, canvas

43.2 x 275 x 29.8 cm | 17 x 108 1/4 x 11 3/4 in


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Ger van Elk

Ger van Elk (1941– 2014, Amsterdam, NL) is considered to be one of the pioneers of conceptual art. Averse to conventions, Van Elk experimented with many different media and frequently collaborated with fellow artists. In 1969 he participated in the groundbreaking exhibitions When Attitudes Become Form at Kunsthalle Bern and Op Losse Schroeven: Situaties en Cryptostructuren at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; the latter still counts as the introduction of conceptual art in The Netherlands.


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