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Daan van Golden

Daan van Golden in his studio, Schiedam, the Netherlands, September 11, 2014. Photo: John Hesselberth.

DAAN VAN GOLDEN vowed never to give an interview or a lecture. In 2004, when awarded the Dr. A. H. Heineken Prize for Art, he chose to accept the honor with a number of found quotes. “Art is not a contest” was a particular favorite of his. Van Golden elected not to participate in the competition of art. He worked slowly, even stopping altogether for a decade beginning in the late 1960s. He participated in the BKR (Beeldende Kunstenaars Regeling), a system of financial support then given to artists by the Dutch government in exchange for their works, and so his art, for the most part, belongs to the collections of Dutch museums. For much of his career, he was represented by a single gallery, Micheline Szwajcer in Antwerp.

Van Golden passed away in Schiedam, the quiet little town just outside Rotterdam where he spent most of his life with his wife and daughter; the latter served as

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