For my research project, I have been spending a lot of time wandering around museums and looking at Golden Age Dutch paintings. A lot. But, with my Museumkaart in hand, I have had the chance to make some forays into the more contemporary Dutch art world. And so far, I am impressed.
Often I’m critical of contemporary Western art. Glue some found objects to a canvas? BAM! Artwork. At the ICA or Contemporary wing of the MFA, I bemoan the loss of craft, beauty, and skill. The Dutch, with their rich history of painting, draw on history (among other things) to create an impressive body of insightful, critical, and well-crafted works.
These are some of my favs: