Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague
Jacqueline de Jong, Alexandre Lavet
Jacqueline de Jong (1939) was involved in European avant-garde networks in the 1960s, including the Gruppe SPUR and the politically engaged Situationist International movement. She is revered for founding, editing and publishing The Situationist Times, a magazine that appeared between 1962 and 1967. By now her publishing, painting and sculpture endeavours have spanned over five decades, in which motifs of eroticism, desire, violence and humour continue to recur. In her painterly practice she has effortlessly switched between different styles: from expressionist painting to new figuration and pop art.
Currently De Jong has a major solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, which runs until 18 August 2019. On 18 March 2019 she was awarded the Prix AWARE for Outstanding Merit at the Ministry for Culture in Paris, France.
Recent solo exhibitions include a retrospective at Musée Les Abattoirs in Toulouse, Same Player Shoots Again! at Malmö Konsthall, Imagination à Rebours at Dürst Britt & Mayhew and Imaginary Disobedience at Château Shatto in Los Angeles. Recent group exhibitions include The Most Dangerous Game at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Nightfall at Mendes Wood DM in Brussels, Defacement at The Club in Tokyo, Die Welt Als Labyrinth at MAMCO in Genève, From Calder to Koons, Jewels of Artists at Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Section Littéraire at Kunsthalle Bern and The Avant Garde won’t give up: Cobra and its Legacy at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles.
Work by De Jong is held in private and public collections including Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Cobra Museum for Modern Art, Amstelveen; Museum Arnhem; Museum Jorn, Silkeborg; Lenbachhaus, Munich; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo; Kunstmuseum Göteborg; MCCA Toronto; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. In 2011 De Jong’s entire archive from the 1960s was acquired by the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library of the Yale University in New Haven.
Alexandre Lavet’s practice plays with the idea of emptiness, disappearance and erasure. Under the apparent homogeneity of exhibition spaces lie the details that mark the uniqueness and specificity of each place. It is these elements that Lavet wants to bring to light, thereby making the viewer more aware of the environment surrounding him. Thereto he deploys subtle interventions in what appear to be empty spaces; forgotten nails meticulously cut from graphite, drops of paint made out of enamel or captions on a wall that in the end only refer to themselves.
Alexandre Lavet (1988, FR) received both his BFA and MFA from the École Supérieure d’Art in Clermont-Ferrand (France). Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Everyday, I don’t’ at CAC Passerelle in Brest, France, ’Learn from yesterday. Live for today. Look to tomorrow. Rest this afternoon’ at Deborah Bowmann in Brussels, ‘I would prefer not to’ at Galerie Paris-Beijing in Paris, and ‘Le cigarette n’a pas le même goût au soleil’ at Dürst Britt & Mayhew. Recent group exhibitions include ‘Vision’ at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, ‘Run Run Run’ at Villa Arson in Nice, ‘(In)territories/rituals’ at TARS Gallery in Bangkok and ‘The Context’ at Museum Flehite in Amersfoort, Netherlands. His work is held in private and public collections, including the Lisser Art Museum in Lisse, Netherlands. Alexandre Lavet is living and working in Brussels.