HANNAH VAN BART

509 West 24th Street

March 30 – April 28, 2007

The Trap, 2006

Acrylic on linen

65 x 57 inches  165.2 x 144.8 cm

No Disguise, 2007

Acrylic on linen

67 x 51 1/4 inches  144.8 x 130.2

Spring, 2006

Acrylic on canvas

67 x 51 1/4 inches  170.2 x 130.2 cm

Cool, 2005

Acrylic on linen

29 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches  74.9 x 69.9 cm

My Girl, 2005

Acrylic on canvas

67 x 33 1/2 inches  170.2 x 85.1 cm

Wrong place, wrong time, 2006

Acrylic on linen

47 1/4 x 71 inches  120 x 180.3 cm

Untitled, 2006

Acrylic on canvas

69 x 57 inches  175.3 x 144.8 cm

Untitled, 2006

Acrylic on linen

65 x 59 inches  165.1 x 149.9 cm 

Untitled, 2006

Acrylic on linen

65 x 47 1/4 inches  165.1 x 120 cm

Untitled, 2006

Acrylic on linen

67 x 51 1/4 inches  170.2 x 130.2 cm

Untitled, 2006

Graphite on paper

55 1/2 x 39 1/2 inches  141 x 100.3 cm

Untitled, 2006

Graphite on paper

55 1/2 x 39 1/2 inches  141 x 100.3 cm

Untitled, 2006

Graphite on paper

26 x 19 inches  66 x 48.3 cm

Untitled, 2006

Graphite on paper

26 x 19 inches  66 x 48.3 cm

Best Wishes, 2005

Acrylic on canvas

67 x 43 1/4 inches  170.2 x 109.9 cm

Installation View

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2007

Installation View

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2007

Installation View

Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2007

Marianne Boesky Gallery is pleased to announce the second New York solo exhibition of Dutch artist Hannah van Bart. Van Bart's paintings and drawings depicting solitary figures set against isolated backdrops broach a different form of portraiture. The cropped heads, floating mouths, oversized hands and part animal/part human hybrids of van Bart's canvases exude an inner existence of those illustrated. The artist works from memory rather than from photographs, attempting to create and structure figures that she can walk away from, leaving them to survive on their own. Though these beings achieve their independence, they remain in a state of decay, anxiety, isolation and hope.
This new body of work marks a step away from the mechanical prototype-inspired figures of van Bart's earlier paintings and drawings, though the artist continues to pursue male, female and animal forms with her distinctive outlines and matte palettes. Focused in large part on her catalogue of imagined faces and bodies, many of van Bart's seated portraits feel like idiosyncratic headshots. Murky backgrounds consisting of dissolving grids, brick walls and abstract patterns are repeated and stamped on the figures' asymmetrical faces and bodies. Erasure marks in the drawings are as telling as the lines chosen to remain. Speaking to the resolve of her depicted figures, van Bart explains their "sparkle of a possibly intact inner life, no matter what the circumstances."
Hannah van Bart was born in 1963 in the Netherlands, and lives and works in Amsterdam. She has held solo exhibitions at the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague and at the CoBrA Museum, Amsterdam.
Marianne Boesky Gallery is located at 509 West 24th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Our hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm. For further information or images, please contact Annie Rana at 212.680.9889 or annie@marianneboeskygallery.com.