LILY VAN DER STOKKER, « FRIENDLY GOOD », STEDELIJK AMSTERDAM

LILY VAN DER STOKKER – « FRIENDLY GOOD » – Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam — until 24 Feb 2019.

The Stedelijk presents the first museum retrospective of Lily van der Stokker, featuring drawings and wall paintings from the late 1980s to the present.

Van der Stokker’s visual language of flowers, looping lines, clouds and curlicues in bold, bright colors, raises questions about what we regard as typically feminine. Her work can be placed in the tradition of feminist art, which does not conform to prevailing standards of good taste. As such, she often exploits concepts that are ‘banned’ from contemporary art, such as the frivolous and decorative.

The exhibition Lily van der Stokker – Friendly Good is her most extensive presentation in a museum so far and most of the works have not been shown in the Netherlands before.

« I am trying to be a friendly person and my art has to be about that. I like the colors to be bright and cheap looking so that I can combine my conceptualism with pleasure ». — Lily van der Stokker in conversation with John Waters

« I am a beauty specialist. I have commissioned myself to research happiness and friendliness in my artwork, and with that I take a stand against irony and cynicism. » — Lily van der Stokker

Lily van der Stokker (born Den Bosch, 1954, lives and works in Amsterdam and New York) ran a gallery in New York in the 1980s and staged one of her first exhibitions at Museum Fodor, Amsterdam (1991). In the 1990s she received international acclaim with shows at venues such as the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Centre Pompidou, (Paris), Villa Arson, (Nice). Her work has recently been the subject of important solos at Tate St. Ives (2010), New Museum in New York (2013) and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (2015). She has also completed several monumental public art projects such as the Celestial Teapot, Hoog Catharijne, Utrecht, (2013) and Pink Building during the World Expo in Hannover (2000). Lily van der Stokker exhibits at gallery Kaufmann Repetto in Milano, Air de Paris in Paris en gallery Van Gelder in Amsterdam.

Images: 1- installation view / 2- Tidy Kitchen, 2015–2018 acrylic paint on wall, mixed media – copyright the artist. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooi

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