Kees Visser (b. 1948 in the Netherlands, lives and works between Haarlem, Paris and Reykjavik) began developing his work on color in 1976, weaving strips of paper before producing sculptural canvas made from wooden planks. Leaving his native Holland, where his work oscillated between abstraction and Fluxus, he moved to Iceland, where he lived for almost twenty years in contact with a natural environment that had a profound influence on his work. Co-founder and member of a group of Icelandic artists at the Living Art Museum in Reykjavik in 1978, he worked alongside a cosmopolitan art scene featuring artists such as Dieter Roth, Donald Judd, Richard Serra, Roni Horn, Hrein Fridffinson, Adrian Schiess, Günter Umberg and Richard Long.
Kees Visser became known in France in the mid-1990s for his methodical work on series, form and color, immediately recognizable in his monumental monochrome paintings on paper, in which rectangular figures, slightly skewed on their sides, flush with the surface of the painting, almost crystallizing, forming spaces in which the color inscribes itself, in dozens of layers, provoking an ambiguous and paradoxical impression of movement and immobility.
Kees Visser’s work is minimal, radical and conceptual. A lover of Wittgenstein and John Cage, he seeks the metaphysical nature of art through an exercise in the deconstruction of style.
In 2009, a retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Musée Matisse in Cateau-Cambrésis. In 2013, the National Gallery of Iceland devoted a major retrospective to his work, as well as a monographic book. His works are held in several international public and private collections (Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, National Gallery of Iceland, Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, MOMA, New York, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Bibliothèque Kandinsky du Centre Pompidou, FMAC, FRAC Bretagne, etc.).
His work has been the subject of four exhibitions at Galerie Poggi in 2009, 2013, 2017 and 2022 to mark the publication of his latest monograph, conceived and designed by designer Irma Boom and distributed by NAi Publisher.
From July 2nd to September 24th, 2023
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