New York

Lily Van Der Stokker

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It had to happen: As boomers rack up the birthdays, old age becomes a hot topic. A few months back, the New York Times announced: MODELS, DEFIANTLY GRAY, GIVE AGING A SEXY NEW LOOK. At around the same time, Lily van der Stokker (born at the boom’s peak, 1954, in the Netherlands) offered an artistic counterpart to defiantly gray models: an untitled exhibit that included such works as Old Women and Experimental Art; Spectacular Experimental Art by Older People; and Extremely Experimental Art by Older People (all 1999). She considered calling the show “Old-Fashioned.” Get it?

Nearly all of this spectacular, extreme experimentalism was rendered in van der Stokker’s characteristically demure medium: colored-pencil drawings on paper about the size and quality of letter-size Xerox bond, presented as designs for wall paintings and their settings. Most of the drawings call for furniture positioned

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