Jan Dibbets, The Photographic Work

Erik Verhagen

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Monograph - paperback

The first monograph covering Dibbets's iconic photographic oeuvre.

Dutchman Jan Dibbets (b. 1941) is one of the principal artists to have introduced photography into the plastic arts, and this as early as the 1960s. At a time when photography has massively invaded contemporary art institutions - not without generating confusion and excess - it is not easy to evaluate the full radicality of Dibbets's approach. This radicalism has nothing to do with modernist overkill. Dibbets did not merely go further than others; rather, he simply went 'elsewhere'. Beginning in 1967, he embarked on a long-range project which, as we advance into the 21st century, he seems not to have abandoned: the 'pictorializing' of photography. Jan Dibbets is one of the few artists of his generation and reputation not to have seen his oeuvre accorded full monographic coverage. This exhaustive study seeks to fill this gap by covering almost fifty years of his photographic oeuvre.

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Part 1 Context(s) / Beginnings

A Rapid Rise

Going in the Opposite Direction: A Conceptual Crossing
Conceptual photography: the impossible document
On representation
The Perspective Corrections
“Audiovisual Documentation”: the exhibition at the Museum Haus Lange in Krefeld
Metro piece—Paris, The Halifax Diary
Robin Redbreast's Territory

Elective Affinities: An Impure Minimal Art
Other criteria
Ontological quest
The Shadowpieces
Flood Tide
The Shortest Day
Shutterspeed Pieces

Part 2 Pretext(s) / Developments
From Nature to Color
The horizon
The aquatic and vegetal subjects
The Colorstudies

From Structure to Architecture
The Structure panoramas
The last floors, Piccolo mondo, Kosmos, Untitled
The tributes to Saenredam

From Architecture to Windows
San Casciano dei Bagni
The first cupolas
The last cupolas
The windows
Minneapolis, Wayzata Windows
The elliptical windows

Part 3 Conclusion



Bibliography / Exhibitions
Writings by Jan Dibbets
Interviews with Jan Dibbets
Books on Jan Dibbets
Miscellaneous Publications
Selected solo exhibitions
Selected group exhibitions

Index of Works

Photographic Credits

Format: Monograph - paperback

Size: 230 × 170 mm

ISBN: 9789058679918

Publication: June 26, 2014

Series: Lieven Gevaert Series 18

Languages: English

Stock item number: 91109

Erik Verhagen is Assistant Professor in Contemporary Art at the University of Valenciennes, in France.