Lennart Lahuis, Le Mal du Pays; Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague

I went to Dürst Britt & Mayhew to see Lennart Lahuis’ (1986) present exhibition Le Mal du Pays to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

As i have written quite extensively about this show in VLR, i leave you here just with some impressions without comments, of course with the recommendation to go and see it all for yourself.

© Villa Next Door 2019

Contents of all photographs courtesy to Lennart Lahuis and to Dürst Britt & Mayhew, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

 

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Joseph Montgomery, Joe; Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague

Joseph Montgomery (1979) has a second marvellous exhibition at Dürst Britt & Mayhew.

I wrote a review about the first one in Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch) way back in 2015 and i think aspects about which i wrote generally still stand.

As both Frits Dijcks in Jegens & Tevens and Eline van der Haak in Den Haag Centraal wrote very sensible words about it (both in Dutch) in which i find a lot of what i feel about the present exhibition, i will keep it short here.

The exhibition in 2015 was a show in which Montgomery was presented as a new artist in a pretty new gallery.

This exhibition is clearly a more outspoken one.

There are no collages this time, although Montgomery’s work remains more or less collage minded.

His works are very recognisable but the works on show also have very different personalities.

Montgomery gives you the idea that the works have been dictated by their materials, as any character has a material base – and the works are characters indeed!

Willem Hussem

In the front gallery some works by Willem Hussem (1900-1974) are exhibited, which is a great and good surprise, with the gallery’s promise that more of his works will be on show next year.

This is this year’s last photo blog of an exhibition as VND’s camera is obviously a bit fed up with the season’s darkness. So see you next year!!

© Villa Next Door 2018

Contents of all photographs courtesy to Joseph Montgomery, the estate of Willem Hussem and Dürst Britt & Mayhew, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

Jacqueline de Jong and Wieske Wester, Fish and Chips; Dürst Britt and Mayhew, The Hague

Jacqueline de Jong

Two very painterly painters of very different generations, Jacqueline de Jong (1939) and Wieske Wester (1985), presently share an exhibition at Dürst Britt and Mayhew.

Jacqueline de Jong
Wieske Wester

The title of the show not just indicates the organic inspiration of some of the paintings, but also seems to stress the rich and ‘greasy’ manner of working.

Jacqueline de Jong
Jacqueline de Jong

To be honest i have a weak spot for Wester’s way of drawing which reminds me of a style i used myself in the 1980s.

Jacqueline de Jong
Wieske Wester

Though this personal history detail may not (and even should not) interest you at all, it does tell you something about the very subjective views your critic may have.

Wieske Wester
Jacqueline de Jong
Jacqueline de Jong

On the other hand, look at the wonderful handwriting of both painters in their works and see how both show their own and very personal command of what they are creating.

Jacqueline de Jong
Wieske Wester

De Jong actively tried to bring power to imagination in all kinds of ways during her long artistic career.

Wieske Wester
Wieske Wester

She still does so in works in which imagination may grab you by the throat.

Wieske Wester
Wieske Wester

Wester shows how organic forms turn into paint or charcoal and may at the same time transform into other organic forms.

Wieske Wester, Jacqueline de Jong

© Villa Next Door 2018

Content of all photograph courtesy to Jacqueline de Jong, Wieske Wester and Dürst Britt and Mayhew, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters