Ger van Elk (1941–2014)

The Dutch artist Ger van Elk has passed away, according to Galerie Bob van Orsouw. A photographer, painter, and filmmaker, van Elk made work that was often characterized as Conceptual and arte povera. He was winner of the J. C. van Lanschot Prize for Sculpture in 1996, and his work is included in the collections of Tate Gallery in London and Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. His art also appeared in Documenta 5, in 1972, and in exhibitions like “When Attitudes Become Form,” 1969.

“What I want,” said van Elk in a 1977 interview, “is a realistic depiction of unrealistic situations.”