Conceptual, surrealist, pictorial : photo-based art in Belgium, 1960s-early 1990s / Liesbeth Decan
- Decan, Liesbeth
- Leuven : Leuven University Press, 
- Physical Description:
- 278 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm.
- Lieven Gevaert Series ; vol. 22
- Machine generated contents note: I.The 1960s: A Pioneering Photoconceptualism -- I.1.Introduction -- I.2.Marcel Broodthaers: From Surrealism to Conceptual Art -- I.3.Jacques Charlier: Photography in Socially Embedded Art -- I.4.Jef Geys: Archival, Vernacular and Multi-Reproduced Images -- I.5.Conclusion: A Photoconceptualism with Origins in the Everyday -- II.The 1970s: Photoconceptualism's Heyday -- II.1.Introduction -- II.2.Jacques Lennep: The Artist-Curator -- II.3.Jacques Lizene: Mediocrity as a Basic Concept -- II.4.Philippe Van Snick: Dynamic Photo Series -- II.5.Danny Matthys: Explorations of Time and Place -- II.6.Conclusion: A Hybrid Photoconceptualism with Surrealist and Pictorial Roots -- III.The 1980s: Towards the Photographic Tableau -- III.1.Introduction -- III.2.Jan Vercruysse: Portraits of the Artist -- III.3.The Characters of Ria Pacquee -- III.4.Dirk Braeckman: Multi-Mediating Pictures -- III.5.Conclusion: Photographic Tableaux with a Surrealist Undertone.
- Conceptual, Surrealist, Pictorial" is the first in-depth study of the use of photography by Belgian artists from the 1960s until the early 1990s. During these three decades, photography generally underwent a major evolution with regard to its status as a gallery-focused fine art practice. Liesbeth Decan explores ten representative case studies, which are contextualized within and compared with contemporary international artistic trends. Successively, she addresses the pioneering use of photography within Conceptual art (represented by Marcel Broodthaers, Jacques Charlier, and Jef Geys), the heyday of Photoconceptualism in Belgium (represented by Jacques Lennep, Jacques Lizène, Philippe Van Snick, and Danny Matthys), and the transition from a conceptual use of photography towards a more pictorial, tableau-like approach of the medium (represented by Jan Vercruysse, Ria Pacquée, and Dirk Braeckman). Ultimately, the selected case studies reveal that photo-based art in Belgium appears to be characterized by a unique uniting of elements particularly from Conceptual art, Surrealism, and the pictorial tradition.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-278).
- Source of Acquisition:
- Purchased with funds from the Barbara S. Klein Libraries Collection Endowment in Art History and International Affairs; 2017
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