Daan van Golden
Art is the Opposite of Nature
Postcard, leporello, booklet, and poster folded as a map, all printed in offset and contained in a slipcase
Postcard: 10.5 x 14.8 cm / Leporello: 52.5 x 16.5 (unfolded) / Booklet: 10.5 x 18.7 cm / Poster: 63.8 x 83.2 cm
Edition of 100 numbered copies, plus 15 hors commerce copies
This set of editions is a tribute to the work of Daan van Golden, produced in association with the artist’s Estate and gallery MISAKO & ROSEN. It was published on the occasion of an exhibition of Daan van Golden’s work at his Tōkyō gallery. Entitled Art is the Opposite of Nature, the show presented previously unexhibited or rarely seen works by the Dutch artist: a painting dated 1960/69, straddling van Golden’s pre- and post-Japanese approach to painting; a 1979/81 photograph that is part of a scrapbook series dedicated to Brigitte Bardot; and a unique photographic series (2011), based on drawings made in 1988. Although these works span five decades and might seem stylistically antagonistic, their association offers an illuminating perspective on the artist’s body of work. For example, it highlights his playful transfers from one medium to the other (a series of drawings photographed and enlarged, or a collage of photographs rephotographed), as well as his use of postponement.
In the same vein, for the Keijiban edition, the three works are converted into distinct objects: the painting becomes a poster in a scale of 1:1, folded as a map; B.B. serves as a postcard; and the five panels of the photographic series are turned into a leporello. These various formats hint at Daan van Golden’s taste for travel, uprooting, and especially for Japan, which was a crucial destination for him.
The edition of Daan van Golden's work was exhibited at Keijiban from October 15 to November 14, 2022.
Images 13 and 14 were taken at gallery MISAKO & ROSEN, where Daan van Golden's show Art is the Opposite of Nature was held from October 9 to November 6, 2022.