Karel Appel, Reset: 16 January – 5 March 2016

When you think of the artist Karel Appel (1921-2006) you see wild colourful, expressionistic brush strokes, accompanied by Jazz Music of Dizzy Gillespie, or primitive drawings by children and strong coloured baroque images. The most well known Dutch painter after World War II painted ‘from the expression’. However his painterly career has shown another side as well. Around 1975, after an impasse, he renewed his oeuvre by going back to the basics of painting it self. His way of working became more meditative and abstract. This period is not well known and not valued well by most people in the art world. A selection of eight paintings from this period 1978-1980 will now be on view at Slewe Gallery from January 16 through March 5.

The paintings, originated in the South of France, feature a new palette of broken tones. Whereas in the early years Appel mixed his colours directly with a palette knife on the canvas, now they are mixed beforehand and applied with broad brushes. Motifs as trees and field are absorbed in an all over pattern of ritmic applied straight brushstrokes. A waving pulsating surface arises as a colourful tapestry or an open field in nature …

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Irma Boom, Under Cover: 12 March – 16 April 2016

Slewe Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition Under Cover specially curated by the Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom (*1960). The exhibition opens Saturday March 12 and runs until April 16.

The exhibition of Boom will show a selection of specific books designed by herself along with a selection of books considers crucial in the history of bookmaking. On the occasion of the exhibition Boom designs a multiple (book), entitled Hommage a Kelly. Itwill be published in a limited edition of 99 copies, each numbered and signed.

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