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Jan Dibbets and Bernhard Hildebrandt: Reconsidering Perspective

October 05 - November 30, 2020

Jan Dibbets Orvieto, 1989 Color photo, pencil, wat...

Jan Dibbets

Orvieto, 1989

Color photo, pencil, watercolor on paper on cardboard

Sheet: 27 x 26 1/2 in; 68.6 x 67.3 cm, Framed: 44 x 43 1/3 in; 112 x 110 cm

Jan Dibbets Amsterdam From Ten Windows, 1991 Signe...

Jan Dibbets

Amsterdam From Ten Windows, 1991

Signed lower left: "V. J. dibbets" Numbered lower right: "22/40"

Photograph printed on Kodak Ektacolor Ultra II Paper

23 3/4 x 23 3/4 in; 60.3 x 60.3 cm, Framed: 24 1/2 x 24 1/2 in; 62.2 x 62.2 cm, Edition of 40

Jan Dibbets Soissons from Ten Windows, 1989 Signed...

Jan Dibbets

Soissons from Ten Windows, 1989

Signed lower left "II. J. dibbets" Numbered lower right: "22/40"

Photograph printed on Kodak Ektacolor Ultra II Paper

23 3/4 x 23 3/4 in; 60.3 x 60.3 cm, Framed: 24 1/2 x 24 1/2 in; 62.2 x 62.2 cm, Edition of 40

Jan Dibbets Tilburg from Ten Windows, 1997 Signed...

Jan Dibbets

Tilburg from Ten Windows, 1997

Signed lower left " VII. J. dibbets" Numbered lower right "22/40"

Photograph printed on Kodak Ektacolor Ultra II Paper

23 3/4 x 23 3/4 in; 60.3 x 60.3 cm, Framed: 24 1/2 x 24 1/2 in; 62.2 x 62.2 cm, Edition of 40

Jan Dibbets Wayzata from Ten Windows, 1988 Signed...

Jan Dibbets

Wayzata from Ten Windows, 1988

Signed lower left: "X. J. dibbets" Numbered lower right: "24/40"

Photograph printed on Kodak Ektacolor Ultra II Paper

23 3/4 x 23 3/4 in; 60.3 x 60.3 cm, Framed: 24 1/2 x 24 1/2 in; 62.2 x 62.2 cm, Edition of 40

Bernhard Hildebrandt Bacchus and Ariadne, 2019 Arc...

Bernhard Hildebrandt

Bacchus and Ariadne, 2019

Archival Inkjet printed on Hahnemühle paper mounted on Dibond

30 x 45 in; 76.2 x 114.3 cm, Framed: 34 1/2 x 49 1/2 in; 87.6 x 125.7 cm, Edition 1/5, 2AP

Bernhard Hildebrandt The Bucintoro at the Molo on...

Bernhard Hildebrandt

The Bucintoro at the Molo on Ascension Day, 2018

Archival Inkjet printed on Hahnemühle paper mounted on Dibond

30 x 45 in; 76.2 x 114.3 cm, Framed: 34 1/2 x 49 1/2 in; 87.6 x 125.7 cm, Edition 1/5, 2AP

Bernhard Hildebrandt Ritratto di giovane fidanzato...

Bernhard Hildebrandt

Ritratto di giovane fidanzato o sposo, 2017

Archival Inkjet printed on Hahnemühle paper mounted on Dibond

30 x 20 in; 76.2 x 50.8 cm, Framed: 34 1/2 x 24 1/2 in; 87.6 x 62.2 cm, Edition 1/5, 2AP

Bernhard Hildebrandt Piazza San Marco, Venice, 201...

Bernhard Hildebrandt

Piazza San Marco, Venice, 2018

Archival Inkjet printed on Hahnemühle paper mounted on Dibond

18 x 25 in; 45.7 x 63.5 cm, Framed: 22 1/2 x 31 1/2 in; 57.1 x 80 cm, Edition 1/5, 2AP

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Press Release

Barbara Mathes Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of works through the ADAA Online Viewing Rooms, Jan Dibbets and Bernhard Hildebrandt: Reconsidering Perspective, which will run from October 5 to November 30, 2020. Both artists explore art, architecture, and classical imagery, yet capture their essence in a unique and unconventional manner which transforms the perspective of timeless pieces to create contemporary commentaries.

Jan Dibbets (b. 1941) is a Dutch artist influenced by mathematics. He began his professional career creating monochrome paintings influenced by Mondrian and Vermeer, before converting to conceptual photography. His photographs eliminate the original context of the image, encouraging the viewer to adjust to the new perspective and juxtaposition Dibbets intentionally constructs. In Orvieto (1989), for example, Dibbets photographed a transept rose window from the city’s 13th century Duomo. The obscure angle in conjunction with the circular imagery surrounding the photograph calls attention to its geometry and symmetry. The darkened background renders the image both abstract and real.

Bernhard Hildebrandt (b. 1959) is an American artist who explores the relationship between painting and photography, abstraction and narrative, and the nature of vision and technology. His sources include Venetian cityscapes, mythological scenes, and classical portraits. His material, including works by painters such as Canaletto, Tiepolo, and Titian, epitomizes Renaissance and Baroque art. Hildebrandt’s work both amplifies the original image and disrupts the tradition of classical artwork. In his Piazza San Marco, Venice (2018), for example, he uses one of Canaletto’s celebrated views of the square from 1742-1744. In subjecting the painting to such an intense vertical blur that it becomes a linear near-abstraction, Hildebrandt destabilizes the cliché of ‘beautiful Venetian cityscapes,’ inviting us to look anew at recognizable historical images.

The works presented by Dibbets and Hildebrandt provide an escape from classical art historical constraints, using perspective and recontextualization as tools to transform the familiar into the contemporary.

Contact Information:

Barbara Mathes Gallery is located at 22 East 80th Street. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday by appointment. For more information or images, please contact the gallery at 212-570-4190 or art@barbaramathesgallery.com