Published by nai010 publishers. Edited by Antoon Melissen.
Over the course of nearly 40 years, Dutch artist Jan Schoonhoven (1914–94) produced works on paper and sculptural reliefs, while maintaining his job as a civil servant employed by the Dutch Post Office. This new monograph places the artist, one of the most important Dutch artists of the 20th century, in an international context, arguing for his role as an influential player in European art after the Second World War. From his central position in the Netherlandish Informal Group, associated with Art Informel, to his later involvement with the Dutch Nul group, part of the international ZERO network, Schoonhoven participated in two of the most important currents of postwar European abstraction from his hometown of Delft. This volume features many hitherto unknown works and photographs, and sheds new light on the work of the "master of white."
Published by David Zwirner Books. Text by Antoon Melissen.
Regarded as one of the most important Dutch artists of the twentieth century, Jan Schoonhoven (1914–1994) created innovative works that reflect his active involvement in major European postwar developments in art, particularly in relation to serialized abstraction. Despite spending the majority of his life in Delft, The Netherlands, Schoonhoven worked in dialogue with and had a significant impact upon an international group of avant-garde artists. Beginning in the 1950s, he played a central role in the Nederlandse Informele Groep (Netherlandish Informal Group) and the Nul-groep (Nul Group), which were affiliated with the European Informel movement and the ZERO Group, respectively. Rejecting illusionism and subjective expression, these artists shared a collective interest in exploring the essential objective properties of art. Schoonhoven in particular developed a highly unique body of work that centered on a sustained investigation of serial abstraction, the monochrome and the grid. This volume includes new scholarship by Antoon Melissen, one of the foremost authorities on Schoonhoven's work.