The Merchant House is delighted to participate in Art Rotterdam 2021 with a duo presentation of André Stempfel and André de Jong. Featuring two artists who stretch the boundaries of abstract art, the presentation responds to Art Rotterdam’s invitation for an engaged dialogue. The works of both artists delve into the essence of life: structure, playfulness, femininity, masculinity, day, and night.
André de Jong (1945, NL) has been pushing the limits of drawing for over five decades. The result is his vast oeuvre of “body-landscapes” that are gender-stretching, ambivalent, and intersubjective. De Jong burst onto the scene at Museum Belvédère, NL, in 2010. Critical acclaim followed with shows by The Merchant House in Amsterdam and New York. The new monograph Acts of Drawing (2021) documents his prescient contribution to art.
André Stempfel (1930, FR) is a distinguished reinterpreter of geometric art. His paintings and drawings are striking provocations in one color—yellow, the yellow of the sun and the beach. After he lost his oeuvre in a fire in 1970, he extended his mastery to urban sculpture. His works are in numerous museum collections, including the Mondriaan House. Ninety years of age, the artist lives and works in Paris and is represented by Galerie Lahumiére.