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Jacqueline de Jong

°1939, Hengelo (NL) – lives and works in Amsterdam (NL)

Jacqueline de Jong is widely known for her contribution to the European avant-garde of the 1960s. Throughout a career spanning six decades her work has explored the violence, banality, eroticism and humour of human interaction. Painting is the foundation of her practice, which also encompasses drawing, sculpture, printmaking, jewellery and artist books.

Forced to flee Holland during the war, de Jong’s early life was marked by social upheaval. She became involved with the radical artists and thinkers of the 1960s, most notably with the Situationist International and Gruppe SPUR. When de Jong was excluded from the Situationist International, along with the other visual artists, she founded The Situationist Times. Hailed as one of the most important and experimental journals of its time, the publication offered opportunity for collaboration between writers, poets and visual artists. As editor and publisher she produced six issues between 1962 and 1967. In 1968 she marched with the students in Paris, printing artist posters in support of the movement.

The artist’s painting practice is diverse: declining to progress in a linear fashion, she often doubles back and revisits formal and conceptual concerns. Early works from the 1960s include expressive abstraction, the violent and humorous Accidental Paintings and Suicidal Paintings series, and the witty and erotic Private Lives of the Cosmonauts. Themes of sexual desire, war and violencecontinue throughout, with the Série Noire of 1980s, the Paysages Dramatiques and painting sof the 1990s that address war more explicitly. The artist’s most recent work takes inspiration from the monstrous shapes of overgrown potatoes, exploring further the humorous and the grotesque side of nature.

courtesy of Pippy Houldsworth Gallery

Recent solo exhibitions include Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Musée Les Abattoirs, Toulouse; MalmöKonsthall; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Upcoming solo museum exhibitions for 2020 include a survey show at WIELS, Brussel sand MOSTYN, Wales.

Work by De Jong is held in private and public collections including Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Cobra Museum for Modern Art, Amstelveen; Museum Arnhem; Museum Jorn, Silkeborg; Lenbachhaus, Munich; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo; Kunstmuseum Göteborg; MCCA Toronto; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. In 2011 De Jong’s entire archive from the 1960s was acquired by the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library of the Yale University in New Haven.

Jacqueline de Jong is represented by the following galleries;
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Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London 

Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague

Chateau Shatto, Los Angeles 

More information on Jacqueline de Jong can be found on her own website