Rotterdam

Peter Struycken

Gemeentemuseum Boymans-Van Beuningen

The simultaneous exhibitions of Stanley Brouwn and Peter Struycken have renewed a controversy that originated in the 17th century: whether line or color is primary in painting. The early protagonists in the dispute—Poussin and Rubens—seem to have found present-day representatives.

Peter Struycken is probably the most extreme example of Dutch artists who demonstrate the tendency towards dry rationality. He describes himself as an unemotional person: “I have no high flying feelings, no frustrations, no poetry, not even aggression or a sense of humor.” So it is no surprise that Struycken has been intensely involved in developing computer programs for the past 10 years. Initially he treated color and line as equivalent elements, but gradually the former took over his interest. Struycken’s computer programs serve as scores for his paintings which in turn can be seen as performances of these

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