• Daan van Golden, Mozart, 2011, oil and pencil on canvas, 11 4/5 x 15 7/10”.

    Daan van Golden

    WIELS Contemporary Art Centre
    Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354
    June 20, 2013–April 29, 2012

    Curated by Devrim Bayar

    Dutch painter Daan van Golden remains one of the art world’s best-kept secrets. Exhibiting infrequently and generating a relatively modest output, he’s an “artist’s artist,” reverently name-checked by fans such as Trisha Donnelly and Richard Aldrich. As van Golden turns seventy-six (and has suggested he will soon stop painting), the time is right for him to receive the wider recognition that has long been his due. To that end, Wiels brings together about fifty works, ranging from those first shown in the early ’60s to pieces made expressly for this retrospective—an offering that will reveal how van Golden’s practice has deftly slipped into and out of proto-Pop, Minimal geometry, and abstract appropriation, while poetically exploring vernacular photography all along the way. References to Matisse and Pollock, as well as to Fats Domino and Brigitte Bardot, animate a distinct body of work that is as cool, calm, and collected as van Golden himself.