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Herman De Vries
Herman De Vries

Herman De Vries

Chance & Change


200 Pages, 8.25 x 11.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $44.95 (US $44.95) (CA $60.95)

Publication Date: January 2018

ISBN 9788494625787

Rights: US & CA

By Architect Publications (Jan 2018)
Architect Publications

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Herman De Vries was trained as a horticulturist and worked as a natural scientist. He started to draw and paint in the mid-1950s. His early works were composed of white paintings and sculptures, which he defined as "informal" because they bore no figuration or color. With these works, he investigated the idea of "randomness" as a principle of order with the aim of achieving absolute objectivity. During this time, he was actively involved in the exhibitions and publications of the international ZERO movement. From 1964 onward, his concern for the relationship between humanity and nature took a leading role in his work, and he developed a unique oeuvre in which he juxtaposed art, science, and philosophy with the reality of the world. In 1975, he decided that the phenomena and processes of nature constitute the physical and autonomous work of art that he, as an artist, should represent.

Author Biography

Herman de Vries (born 11 July 1931 in Alkmaar) is a Dutch artist. He typically stylises his name in lower-case as herman de vries on his artwork 'to avoid hierarchy'. De Vries works and lives with his wife Susanne in Eschenau near Knetzgau, Germany.