DePreee Gallery Exhibition Features
"Contemporary Artists and the Dutch Tradition"
Posted February 13, 2003
HOLLAND -- An exhibition featuring work by four
contemporary artists who are engaging with the Dutch
tradition will open in the gallery of the De Pree Art Center
at Hope College on Monday, Feb. 17, and continue through
Friday, March 14.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The exhibition, "Going Dutch: Contemporary
Artists and the Dutch Tradition," features works by Charles
Krafft, Aristarchus Kuntjara, Valentin Popov and Deborah
Zlotsky. Each uses references to, or quotations from, Dutch
"For many, the Dutch masters represent one of the
most important artistic traditions of the western world,"
said the show's curator, Dr. John Hanson, who is an
assistant professor of art history and director of the
gallery at Hope. "In the mid-20th century, artists tried to
struggle free from traditions. Now, in the 21st century,
artists are exploring new ways of reconciling themselves
with their forebears."
There will be a reception in the De Pree gallery
with an artist's lecture by Popov on Friday, Feb. 28, from 5
p.m. to 7 p.m. There will also be a lecture by Zlotsky on
Thursday, March 6, at 4:30 p.m. in Cook Auditorium in the De
Pree Art Center. The public is invited to both events, and
admission is free.
Krafft began his career as a self-taught artist.
He spent many years working in La Conner, Wash., before
moving to Seattle in 1980. Disasterware , the project that
has brought him international recognition, is a line of fine
blue on white Delftware porcelain, in the shape of weapons,
skateboards, and tiles commemorating criminals.
Kuntjara studied at the Zhejiang University in
Hangzhou, China, before moving to the United States in 1993
to study fine arts at Central College in Pella, Iowa, and
Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The work in the
exhibition results from his fascination with European master
artists of the Renaissance, primarily the Dutch painter
Popov was born in Kiev in the Ukraine in 1956. He
studied art in Kiev and Moscow before moving to California
under the auspices of a Djerassi Foundation Residency in
1990. "Rembrandt/NOT Rembrandt" is a series of collages and
monotypes that mix fragments of Rembrandt's paintings with a
variety of later printed images and mixed media.
Zlotsky has degrees in fine arts from Yale
University and the University of Connecticut, and is
currently professor of painting at the College of St. Rose
in Albany, N.Y. Her paintings resemble dark, foreboding
dreamscapes populated by objects copied out of Dutch still
The De Pree Art Center is located on Columbia
Avenue at 12th Street. The regular gallery hours are
Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1
p.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is handicapped accessible.