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Kienholz: "The Hoerengracht"

Kienholz: "The Hoerengracht" (Paperback)

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The Hoerengracht (1983--88) is an installation artwork by Ed Kienholz (American, 1927--1994) and his wife, Nancy Reddin Kienholz. This tableau----a surprising site in the National Gallery----is a walk-through evocation of Amsterdam's red-light district, with glowing windows and claustrophobic streets. With its statements on morality, vanitas, and composition of secret spaces and receding views, The Hoerengracht resonates powerfully with paintings by Dutch masters of the 17th century. The work was the last major piece made by the Kienholzes before Ed died and remains a major reference point for contemporary artists including Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Mike Nelson, and Damien Hirst. This striking exhibition catalogue positions The Hoerengracht and Kienholz in a new perspective.

Colin Wiggins is Acting Head of Education at the National Gallery, London. He is the author of numerous books, including Leon Kossoff: Drawing from Painting, Tom Hunter: Living in Hell and Other Stories, Ron Mueck, John Virtue: London Paintings, and Alison Watt: Phantom. Annemarie de Wildt is curator at the Amsterdam Historical Museum. She has curated numerous exhibitions, including Love for Sale, 400 Years of Prostitution in Amsterdam (2002).

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