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Today is Nicole Krauss’ birthday. As part of the When I Give, I Give Myself exhibition she responded to a letter by Vincent van Gogh on the fear for the blank canvas, and, as she writes back ‘also, on a larger scale, of the “infinitely meaningless, discouraging, dispiriting blank side” that life itself always turns toward us, and which can only be countered when a person “steps in and does…
During the opening at the Van Gogh Museum on 19 May Ryan Gander gave a performance, which was in fact executed by Jonathan P. Watts. Actors planted in the audience slowly increased their enthusiasm for the performer and what he had to say. It build up to an electryfying atmosphere amongst the 400 people present. It was the best start the exhibition could get.
The exhibition When I Give, I Give Myself features work from contemporary artists that respond to a letter written by Van Gogh specifically chosen for them by guest-curator Henk Schut.
Artery currently produces an installation by artist Henk Schut in De Nieuwe Kerk. The installation will be part of the exhibition Masks and Sculptures from Ivory Coast. The exhibition can be seen from 25 October 2104 – 15 February 2015.