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Rob Van Koningsbruggen

Gallery van Krimpen

Rob van Koningsbruggen’s graphic work from the early ’70s cannot be understood other than as an ironic commentary on the all-too-easy mannerisms of the conceptual art of the time, Later, van Koningsbruggen put his brush literally in the frame, paradoxically by creating brushless works—paintings that painted themselves; canvases covered with a single color, still wet, were pressed face to face and moved or turned against each other to produce irregular patterns of horizontal, vertical, diagonal, or curved strata. The tones used were black, white, and the primary colors red, yellow, and blue.

Van Koningsbruggen maintained this “mechanical” style through the ’70s, but he has now retrieved his brush and relinquished his preference for primary colors. The work remains personal, and throws a remarkable light on the expressionistic painting currently so widespread. On first seeing it one might

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