December 10, 2017 - Prince Claus Fund - Ibrahim El-Salahi, David Hammons, Stanley Brouwn: Three Crossings
December 10, 2017

Prince Claus Fund

Ibrahim El-Salahi, By His Will, We Teach Birds How to Fly No. 1, 1969. Pen, ink and wash, 38 x 56 cm. Courtesy of Vigo Gallery.

Ibrahim El-Salahi, David Hammons, Stanley Brouwn
Three Crossings
El-Salahi, Hammons, Brouwn
November 22, 2017–March 2, 2018
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The Prince Claus Fund, together with the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK) present Three Crossings: El-Salahi, Hammons, Brouwn. This three-part exhibition features works by Ibrahim El-Salahi (Sudan, UK), David Hammons (USA), and Stanley Brouwn (Surinam, Netherlands) at three Amsterdam locations. The works by these visionary artists are innovative, minimalist, and sharply critical, while also being infused with wit and humour.

Conceived as a multi-sited exhibition, Three Crossings brings together works of three artists, each installed in a different Amsterdam venue. The exhibition focuses on each artist's experimentation with the genre "the artist's book." It also includes, in the cases of El-Salahi and Brouwn, other relevant pieces that broaden our appreciation of their practice. The selected works are for the most part small in scale and minimalist in form, yet they speak volumes of the artists' criticality, sharpness and innovation, which remains unparalleled by their contemporaries.

Ibrahim El-Salahi
November 24, 2017-March 2, 2018

Entitled By His Will, We Teach Birds How to Fly: Ibrahim El-Salahi in Black and White, this exhibition features rare black and white works by the Godfather of African Modernism, including ink and paper drawings from his "By His Will" series, and the more recent "Arab Spring Notebook."

Location: Prince Claus Fund Gallery, Herengracht 603, Amsterdam

Please click here to view all El-Salahi works in the show. 

David Hammons
November 24, 2017–January 6, 2018

Entitled The Holy Bible: The Old Testament, this exhibition is a performative work conceived as a limited edition featuring a bound, golden-edged copy of Italian art historian Arturo Schwarz's book The Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp.

Location: De Waalse Kerk, Walenpleintje 157-159, Amsterdam

Stanley Brouwn
November 22, 2017–February 18, 2018

This Way Brouwn derives from an interactive conceptual series in which passers created maps to give the artist directions. Selected works that represent his overall oeuvre and interventions are also included.

Location: EENWERK, Koninginneweg 176, Amsterdam


About the artists:

Ibrahim El-Salahi (Sudan, 1930) is a seminal figure in African and Arabic modernism and 2001 Prince Claus Laureate. He combines African and Arabic traditions in new forms and was a founding member of the influential Khartoum School movement in the 1960's. El-Salahi continued his studies in the UK and the USA and later served as Director of Culture for the Sudanese government. Following a period of incarceration when he was falsely accused of participating in an attempted coup, he went into exile in Qatar and then the UK. He was the first artist of African birth to have a solo retrospective at Tate Modern in 2013. He has said that the black and white works in this exhibition are among his most accomplished and favourite works.

David Hammons (USA, 1943) is one of the most important conceptual artists working today. In a career spanning over 50 years, he has utilised a variety of media, often creating visual puns and including found objects to explore and comment on the realities of African-American life. Although he is considered one of the most influential American artists of the past half century, he avoids publicity, gives few interviews and sells his work from his studio rather than through gallery representation.

Stanley Brouwn (Surinam 1935–Amsterdam 2017). Starting in 1962 and until his passing in May 2017, Stanley Brouwn had consistently insisted that his biography and art work not be printed or reproduced in any publication related to exhibitions of his work.

About the curator: 

Salah M. Hassan is an art historian, curator and an art critic based at Cornell University where he is Goldwin Smith Professor and Director of the Institute of Comparative Modernities, Professor at the Africana Studies and Research Center, and Professor of African and African Diaspora Art History and Visual Culture in the Department of History of Art and Visual Studies.

About the Prince Claus Fund & the AFK
The Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development supports visionaries at the forefront of culture. The Prince Claus Fund and the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK) initiated a new collaboration in 2017 to present international art and extraordinary creators in Amsterdam.

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