13.05.2017 - 26.11.2017
Axel Vervoordt and Daniela Ferretti present Intuition at the Palazzo Fortuny
for the 2017 Venice Art Biennale.

Palazzo Fortuny, San Marco 3958-San Beneto, Venice
13 May – 26 November 2017
Angel Vergara  | Straatman: Acts & Paintings

Angel Vergara | Straatman: Acts & Paintings

03.09.2017 - 07.10.2017
Angel Vergara  | Straatman: Acts & Paintings

03.09.2017 – 07.10.2017 at Axel Vervoordt Gallery Kanaal

Gallery: Open Wed-Sat: 13:30-17:30

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All performances are in collaboration with Inspiratum.

Performances schedule:

Sunday 03/09 
Kanaal - Opening at 11am, performance at 12pm
Angel Vergara + Mireille Capelle & Marc Tooten

Saturday 16/09
Middelheim / Middelheim Art Festival –  between 5pm and 8pm.
Angel Vergara 

Saturday 30/09
Kanaal - 4pm
Angel Vergara + Joel Benzakin

“ … I mainly wanted to create some kind of mobile studio, to live inside of the canvas, to be the theme, the act, and the canvas. I was thinking about Velasquez' Las Meniñas or Courbet’s Atelier.”
(Angel Vergara)

Axel Vervoordt Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Angel Vergara in which the artist continues his exploration into the power of the visual image. The exhibition features several large canvases coated with smeared charcoal that are the result of an on-going series of performances by his alter ego, “Straatman”.

Straatman works in public while hidden beneath a white sheet, a concept that both attracts and keeps the viewer at a distance. The artist — performing and creating in anonymity — places himself in the centre, but remains protected. Not being able to see well what is going on outside of his shelter, Straatman is inspired by his muted senses and imagination. He sketches on canvas whatever he can hear or observe around him, which is a way to give the audience a spontaneous participatory part in the creation process.

By turning into Straatman, Vergara appears like a living sculpture. The painter is literally within the white canvas, which he uses as a movable studio that he can carry around wherever he wants to go. Straatman is a character, a tool, and a work of art. The sketches later serve as a basis for a more elaborate and finished work.

The canvases at this exhibition were originally completely black. During his performance, Straatman moves and sketches, rubbing the black surface off the canvas. While he moulds his drawing, he simultaneously stains the white sheet of his ghost-like figure in the process.

Straatman first appeared in front of the Belgian pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1988. Ever since, he has been popping up in various places from Antwerp to Tokyo, both announced and by surprise. Leading up to this exhibition, Straatman turned up in several locations around Antwerp throughout the month of August 2017. During his performances, Straatman lies down, stands, crawls, sits, and stretches. The curious audience passes him by, inspecting the artist who appears as an anonymous white figure mysteriously creating his canvases.
Tsuyoshi Maekawa

Tsuyoshi Maekawa

19.09.2017 - 07.11.2017
Axel Vervoordt Gallery Hong Kong is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Tsuyoshi Maekawa (born 1936, Osaka). This exhibition features works from the late 1970s, which represent the significant shift from the artist’s vigorous colour-based work to delicate fabric-based expressions. The 1970s can be seen as a preparatory period in which he discovered a new style and unique ways to explore pictorial spaces in painting.
Frieze Masters - 2017

Frieze Masters - 2017

05.10.2017 - 08.10.2017
Axel Vervoordt Gallery will be exhibiting at Frieze Masters 2017.
Frieze Masters features more than 130 leading modern and historical galleries from around the world, showcasing art from the ancient era and Old Masters to the late 20th century.
El Anatsui – Proximately

El Anatsui – Proximately

10.10.2017 - 13.01.2018
Axel Vervoordt Gallery is pleased to present El Anatsui’s exhibition titled, Proximately, consisting of seven new works. Proximately continues the artist’s exploration into the diverse language of his chosen materials. Anatsui uses aluminium bottle caps and the labels of liquor bottles that are stitched together with copper wire to create sculptural installations often mounted to the wall like a three-dimensional draped tapestry. The transformation and reuse of simple, everyday materials draws attention to contemporary ideas about waste, consumption, and recycling, but the artist prefers to imply and suggest meaning rather than enforce it.
TEFAF Fall 2017

TEFAF Fall 2017

28.10.2017 - 01.11.2017
Axel Vervoordt is particpating at TEFAF Fall 2017

OCTOBER 28 - NOVEMBER 01, 2017
Fine and decorative art from antiquity to 1920