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    Sale 2773

    Twentieth Century Art

    4 December 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 208

    Ad Dekkers (DUTCH, 1938-1974)

    Tekening - Drawing

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    Ad Dekkers (DUTCH, 1938-1974)
    Tekening - Drawing
    signed with initials and dated 'A.D '73' (lower right)
    pen and black ink on transparent laminated paper, unframed
    69.5 x 45 cm.

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    Pre-Lot Text


    The work of Ad Dekkers (1938-1974) is intelligent and sensitive. He often stressed in interviews how he longed for the achievement of the poetic in the 'simple things', which runs through his oeuvre like a continuous thread.

    Dekkers stated about his work: "The two very different objects, relief and wall, ought to be more closely integrated, in my opinion. The present situation is that a painting or a drawing is often hung on a wall with which it has nothing whatsoever in common. This affects the wall's intrinsic character. A wall, however, is independent: it has a function, a mass, a surface, a length, a width, a duration and so forth. (...)
    My intention was for both the wall and the relief to retain their character - that is why I broke up the surface of my reliefs. I felt that a boundary that might still refer to a surface was too much of an intermediate phase in the problem. I therefore sought a form of demarcation that would act solely as the materialisation of a line. That is why I started using round tubes; despite their mass they represent the abstract concept of a line. These reliefs were prompted by the contradiction between surface (wall) and line (demarcation). Sometimes they consist of two identical forms which, when combined, becomes a form defining boundary - while they themselves are metamorphosed. (...) For the reliefs I used the same methods as in my recent transparent drawings: the front and back of the form-defining boundary are so interdependent that their difference is eliminated. The front and back are read as one entity." (Dekkers quoted in: Exh.cat., Als Golfslag op het strand... Ad Dekkers in zijn tijd, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam 1998, p. 27-31).


    C. Blotkamp, Ad Dekkers, Utrecht 1981, p. 225, cat.no. 424