Tekst: Marente Bloemheuvel e.a.
Aantal pagina’s: 324
Illustraties: Kleur en zwart-wit
Uitgever: Artimo, 1996
Catalogus bij de tentoonstelling in het Migros Museum, Zürich, 2008
Curator Mark Kremer opens his essay, one of three here on the 50-year-old Dutch artist, with the declaration that “Pieter Laurens Mol is a poet in disguise.” Though the inclusion of several of the artist’s poems in this catalog-published to coincide with a midcareer retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York-betrays the artist’s other talent, the statement is nonetheless astute. Trained first as a carpenter, then as a sculptor and photographer, Mol offers a precise and dexterous execution that corresponds to the care taken by a skilled wordsmith. Moreover, while so much of today’s conceptual art tends toward easy puns, these intellectually challenging pieces retain not only the aesthetic cohesion but also the complexity of emotion of the Dutch masters whom Mol reveres. Comprising more than 160 well-reproduced works, this volume should attract American fans to this artist who has been long successful throughout Europe. For all libraries collecting works on international contemporary art.