Frieze New York – Booth #C11
Randall’s Island Park, New York
1, 2 May | Preview (invitation only)
3 May | 11am – 7pm
4, 5 May | 11am – 6pm
Ad Dekkers (1938 – 1974) is generally considered to be part of the second wave of geometric abstraction, along with other Dutch artists such as Baljeu and Schoonhoven. In response to CoBrA and the abstract expressionists, these artists fell back on the work of Mondrian and De Stijl in parallel to international Minimalism such as LeWitt, Andre, Kelly and Judd. Dekkers began to make reliefs in 1961, built out of layers of fat geometric shapes and with asymmetrical compositions. He then abandoned the use of colour and began to work entirely in white. In his work, the function and possibilities of the lines play a major role. From about 1965 his reliefs became more systematic and linear, constructed out of fewer planes or with lines cut into a fat surface; they were often based on the transformation of one regular geometric shape into another, such as a square into a circle. By 1968 he was recognized as a master in this area and started creating monumental sculptures and reliefs in architectural environment. His works became accepted at major international exhibitions, such as the Biennale de Paris in 1965, 9th Bienal de São Paulo in 1967 and 4. documenta in Kassel in 1968. Dekkers also had a number of solo exhibitions in The Netherlands and his frst and only solo exhibition in New York in 1973.