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  • Upcoming book 'Labyrinth. Ton Kraayeveld'
  • Ronja Driessen

Upcoming book 'Labyrinth. Ton Kraayeveld'

Upcoming book 'Labyrinth. Ton Kraayeveld'

Jap Sam Books, artist Ton Kraayeveld and designer Renate Boere are excited to announce the book launch of Labyrinth this September with multiple presentations. 

About the publication

Labyrinth is an exploration into Ton Kraayeveld’s ‘network in space and time.’ The opening contribution by Bertus Pieters guides us through Kraayeveld’s oeuvre, his relationship to Modernism, the influence of his daily experiences and a net of well-known historical figures. A collection of exemplary paintings is accompanied by selected questions from an interview by Marie Jeanne de Rooij. Each question is giving an opportunity to reflect, uncover and peak into the labyrinth of his oeuvre. Following is a text by Niek van Vugt and Madeleine Steigenga, admirers and collectors of his work. Ge van Steenbergen then briefly discusses a small green painting before a final contribution by Katja Diallo who explores the ever-constant presence of Franz Kafka throughout Kraayeveld’s works.

Book presentations

Saturday September 24th, 16:00 CET

Gallery SANAA

Jansdam 2, 3512 HB Utrecht

Opening by Marie Jeanne de Rooij

The exhibition Act of Presence at SANAA will run from September 21st to October 22nd, Wednesdays to Saturdays 12:00-18:00 CET

Sunday October 16th, time TBA

Studio Renate Boere

Abraham van Beyerenstraat 4, 2525 TG Den Haag

‘I think a work of art is something different than an opinion, but that it should be able, in its complexity and layeredness, to pose questions or raise issues.’

- Ton Kraayeveld

'I want a painting to offer itself generously to that imaginary viewer.'

- Ton Kraayeveld

Book information

Art Ton Kraayeveld

Texts Bertus Pieters, Marie Jeanne de Rooij, Niek van Vugt & Madeleine Steigenga, Katja Diallo, Ge van Steenbergen

Editing Eleonoor Jap Sam 

Design Studio Renate Boere

Translation Robert van de Walle

Printer ORO Grafisch Project Management

Size 17 x 24 cm

Number of pages 304

Illustrations bl/w & fc 

Language English | Dutch

Binding softcover, dust jacket

Release date September 2022 

Publisher Jap Sam Books

ISBN 978-94-92852-62-5

Price €32.-

This publication by Jap Sam Books has been made possible with the support of Mondriaan Fund, Gemeente Dordrecht, Jaap Harten Fonds, crowdfunding Voordekunst. 

About the artist

Ton Kraayeveld (1955) is a Dutch visual artist who now lives and works in Dordrecht. He graduated in 1985 from the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam. His oeuvre contains lots of patterns and symbols. His life and experiences, such as many artist-in-residencies influence his work, providing him with new insights and themes. As a protest against the passing of time, he uses paint and manipulated images of visual history, placing them into different contexts. Distilled autobiographical experiences are combined with an internal world of associations and reflections. However, there is room for the viewers to formulate their own thoughts and use their imagination.

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    Ronja Driessen