GRIMM Gallery opened a new solo-exhibition Tetris by artist Tjebbe Beekman in New York. In this new body of work, Beekman reflects on contemporary society and coping with existential events.
GRIMM , 54 White St, New York.
Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm
About the exhibition
Increasingly fragmented, polarized, and ever chaotic, Tjebbe Beekman’s new body of work is a personal reflection of contemporary society and a method of coping with the existential events of today through his contemporaries of the past. Titled after the 1980’s arcade game, his new paintings mimic the navigating tasks of the ‘Tetris’ exercise and are structured with imagery referencing art history as their anchoring subject matter.
Beekman’s previous work has aimed to focus on the dismantling of contemporary society through a psychoanalytic lens into his own fascination with the genres of history, architecture, and dystopia, as well as his own mediation with the world’s current existential events. Referencing both old and modern masters, Beekman develops environments through the embodiment of those who have served as pillars of the artistic field before him.
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About Tjebbe Beekman
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).
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’s 6,000 square foot gallery space in Tribeca opened in December 2020.