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PROGRESSION OF FORMS: THE ART OF DAAN VAN GOLDEN

Daan van Golden, Collage met passe-partout (Matted Collage), 1965, paper on cardboard, 19 3/4 x 19 3/4".

EARLY IN HIS CAREER, in a series of paintings that re-created found fabric and wallpaper patterns with perfect fidelity, Dutch artist Daan van Golden achieved a stunning equipoise between Pop appropriation and geometric abstraction. Later, he developed a penchant for silhouettes, distilling source images into serial iterations of pure color and contour. This hardly sounds like the modus operandi of an expressionist. Yet expressionism is precisely what Richard Aldrich argues for in his consideration of his fellow artist’s work, citing variation rather than sameness as the guiding principle of van Golden’s repetitions in both painting and photography. Aldrich locates a counterintuitive affective charge in van Golden’s pursuit of difference, one premised not on emotive gestures but on change, imperfection, and an inevitable susceptibility to the passage of time.

IN 1963, the Dutch

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