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GRIMM presents first solo exhibition by Tjebbe Beekman in NYC

Tjebbe Beekman, Symbiosis, solo exhibition, GRIMM New York, October 22 - November 25, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist and GRIMM, Amsterdam | New York
Tjebbe Beekman, Superbia, 2020, Acrylic, sand and plaster on canvas mounted to wood panel. Image courtesy of the artist and GRIMM, Amsterdam | New York

Thu, Oct 22 | Wed, Nov 25
GRIMM New York

GRIMM is proud to announce Tjebbe Beekman‘s (b. 1972, Leiden, NL) first solo exhibition in New York. The exhibition opens on Thursday, October 22 during regular gallery hours from 11 am – 6 pm. For safety measures, face masks are required upon entry with limited capacity (maximum of 5). For further information, please call (646) 484-5223 or email nyc@grimmgallery.com.

Tjebbe Beekman, Symbiosis, solo exhibition, GRIMM New York, October 22 – November 25, 2020. Installation view. Image courtesy of GRIMM, Amsterdam | New York

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Tjebbe Beekman’s paintings are disquiet and complex, comprised of embedded layers of dense paint and found materials. In his latest series of paintings, Beekman’s approach to his medium and subject matter abolish any set hierarchy when referencing the avant-garde art of the last century; in this way, his works can be perceived as exploring a disruptive, even anarchistic mode of representation. Beekman approaches painting with skepticism, analyzing its function while pushing its materiality forward. The works in the exhibition locate a refined line between figuration and abstraction and allow the viewer an alternative perspective and art historical awareness.

Tjebbe Beekman, Symbiosis, solo exhibition, GRIMM New York, October 22 – November 25, 2020. Installation view. Image courtesy of GRIMM, Amsterdam | New York

Thematically, the artist refers to being witness to the current cultural climate. An undercurrent of societal commentary is present in a group of paintings in which he interprets the seven deadly sins— a traditional representation of excess— through a painterly language of abstract anthropomorphous forms. Each work contains somatic displays of the transgression, or sin, pictured. These extremes of human behavior are wrought within the geometric confines of the canvas, portraying the catharsis of having emerged on the other side of excess.

Tjebbe Beekman, Symbiosis, solo exhibition, GRIMM New York, October 22 – November 25, 2020. Installation view. Image courtesy of GRIMM, Amsterdam | New York

Whereas Beekman’s previous works deconstructed architectural space and the appearance of the cityscape, his new works are situated within the studio. Beekman tackles the act of painting head-on, juxtaposing Beckmann, Picasso, De Chirico and myriad other artists in densely painted works with various perspectives. Rather than depicting the world outside, the artist takes us on a personal journey. Formal references to the art-historical canon are made to underline the power of artistic imagination, a cultural heritage which provides a moral and ethical compass in these uncertain times.

Tjebbe Beekman, Symbiosis, solo exhibition, GRIMM New York, October 22 – November 25, 2020. Installation view. Image courtesy of GRIMM, Amsterdam | New York

About the artist

Tjebbe Beekman was born in 1972 in Leiden (NL). From 1993 until 1997 Beekman attended the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (NL) followed by the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (NL) from 2003 until 2004. Awards and nominations include the Wolvecamp Prize (NL), Buning Brongers Prize (NL), and the Royal Painting Prize (NL).

Recent exhibitions Beekman was included in are, Amsterdam: Collected, Capital C, Amsterdam (NL); Where is the Madness You Promised Me, Hudson Valley Museum of Modern Art, Peekskill (US); Discover the Modern, Kunstmuseum, The Hague (NL); Top Floor, Kunstmuseum, The Hague (NL); Van Cobra tot Boorolie, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam (NL); Out of office, Singer Museum, Laren (NL); Freedom – The Fifty Key Dutch Artworks Since 1968, curated by Hans den Hartog Jager, Museum De Fundatie, Zwolle (NL); and De meest eigentijdse schilderijen tentoonstelling, Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht (NL).

Beekman’s work can be found in various public, private, and institutional collections including, ABN Amro Art Collection, Amsterdam (NL); Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam (NL); ING Art Collection, Amsterdam (NL); Kunstmuseum, The Hague (NL); Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar (NL); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL); Straus Family Collection, New York (US); and Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam (NL).

Tjebbe Beekman, Symbiosis, solo exhibition, GRIMM New York, October 22 – November 25, 2020. Installation view. Image courtesy of GRIMM, Amsterdam | New York

About GRIMM

GRIMM was founded in Amsterdam in 2005. Since its establishment, the gallery has been committed to promoting and supporting emerging and mid-career artists who work in a diverse range of media. Representing over thirty international artists, the gallery has two spaces in Amsterdam, and one in New York. GRIMM is expanding to a new 6,000 square foot gallery space in Tribeca, New York set to open in December 2020.

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