ART DUBAI 201821 - 24 Mar 2018 Madinat Jumeirah Booth E6, Hall 2 http://www.artdubai.ae/gallery/gallery-isabelle-van-den-eynde-2018/
Taking Jan Verwoert's essay Why are conceptual artists painting again? Because they think it's a good idea (2005) as a theme for reflection, the booth presents paintings, or better yet, celebrates 'painting'. The essay discusses the current status of painting: does it qualify as 'contemporary art' or should it be rejected as 'irrelevant'? Painting was pronounced a 'royal road' of artistic practice in High Modernism theory. This doctrine was later refuted by conceptual art at the end of the 1960s when every medium represented only one possibility among many, and the only thing that eventually mattered was the idea.
Verwoert asks how painting, understood in terms of immanent conceptual practice, refers to the market and art institutions. He proposes a cynical position: 'as long as there are enough canvasses to sell, and as long as the buyer perceives the conceptualisation of a painting as just another refinement added to the commodity (one that does not trouble their bucolic conception of art), the market cares not a bit about the way painting has been subtly complicated by way of conceptual self-criticism.' On the other hand, the author argues that conceptual and ephemeral forms of practice, where interdisciplinary and project-based approaches boom at international biennales (and in the absence of material resistance) become trapped in institutional dependency.
In this context, we are pleased to present works - predominantly or assimilated within the practice of painting, since acrylic or oil is used or imitated - by Abdelkader Benchamma, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Nargess Hashemi, Mohammed Kazem, Hesam Rahmanian, Haleh Redjaian and Hassan Sharif, who investigate the significance of 'painting' and adopt a multitude of positions by engaging with a practice specific to that medium, and/or to be understood with reference to the conceptual themes it proposes.
'It is not enough, in order for there to be painting, that the painter take up his brushes again' Damish tells us: it is still necessary that it be worth the effort, 'it is still necessary that [the painter] succeed in demonstrating to us that painting is something that we positively cannot do without, that is it indispensable to us, and that it would be madness - worse still, a historical error - to let it lie fallow today.'
Read Jan Verwoert's essay
ART ON PAPER BOZAR 2015Abdelkader Benchamma 11 - 13 Sep 2015 BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels Booth 6
Dubai-based Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde is delighted to announce the launch of IVDE BXL.
A solo exhibition of the artist’s works will be simultaneously exhibited at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde’s booth at Art on Paper, a drawing salon that runs from September 11th till September 13th in Bozar, Brussels. Benchamma will present a series of dreamy collages depicting surreal marbled décor pieces with trompe l’oeil effects, alongside a larger theatrical charcoal drawing. Evoking an alienating atmosphere through a set of abandoned constructed environments, the show functions as a prelude to the artist’s solo exhibition at the gallery’s Dubai space in March 2016.
ARMORY SHOW 20137 - 10 Mar 2013 Piers 92 & 94, New York Pier 94, Booth 833
We are pleased to participate in Armory Show with works by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Abdelkader Benchamma, Ahmad Amin Nazar and Hesam Rahmaniam.
ART BRUSSELS 201219 - 22 Apr 2012 Tour & Taxis, Brussels Booth 3D 15
Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde is delighted to present works by Adbelkader Benchamma, Bita Fayyazi, Ramin Haerizadeh and Rokni Haerizadeh at Art Brussels this year. In conjunction with Art Brussels, Arnaud Rivieren will present an installation in Park Egmont for Art in the City.
ABU DHABI ART 201116 - 19 Nov 2011 Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi Booth C08
Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde will be presenting works from existing gallery artists, Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh and Jeffar Khaldi. One exceptional oil on canvas ‘The Cursing King’ by Rokni Haerizadeh articulates his typical fluidity to allegorically ridicule tyranny and people of power; a couple of small collages on paper by Ramin Haerizadeh demonstrating the artist’s brutal dark humour while exploring the theme of self-portraits in an atmosphere of political and historical satire.
As well IVDE will present works by Idris Khan, Wim Delvoye, Jean-Luc Moerman and Abdelkader Benchamma.