Jan Vercruysse


Jan Vercruysse is one of Belgium’s most distinguished artists. In his works as in his biography, the artistic concerns of the ’70s and the ’80s are joined in a very personal way A natural heir to Marcel Broodthaers (whom he happened to befriend), Vercruysse is not in the least derivative in his work. On a formal level, his art seems to deal with architecture and sculpture as constructive/deconstructive processes or units. This may be the reason for its superficial for-mal affiliations with the sculpture of some younger German and French artists. Once the specificity of his work is recognized, such formal analogies become immediately obsolete.

Vercruysse’s “Chambres” (Chambers, 1983–86) are large spatial constructions that employ physical space as medium and content. Without ignoring the formal lines that extend from Donald Judd’s “Boxes,” 1965, to Walter de Maria’s Suicide, 1966–67, and

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