Three Crossings: El-Salahi, Hammons, Brouwn

Prince Claus Fund Gallery / De Waalse Kerk / EENWERK, Amsterdam, Netherlands
22 Nov 2017 - 02 Mar 2018

Ibrahim El-Salahi, By His Will, We Teach Birds How to Fly No. 1, 1969. Pen, ink and wash, 38 x 56 cm. Courtesy of Vigo Gallery.

Ibrahim El-Salahi, By His Will, We Teach Birds How to Fly No. 1, 1969. Pen, ink and wash, 38 x 56 cm. Courtesy of Vigo Gallery.

The Prince Claus Fund, together with the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK) present Three Crossings: El-Salahi, Hammons, Brouwn.

This three-part exhibition features works by Ibrahim El-Salahi (Sudan, UK), David Hammons (USA), and Stanley Brouwn (Surinam, Netherlands) at three Amsterdam locations. The works by these visionary artists are innovative, minimalist, and sharply critical, while also being infused with wit and humour.

Conceived as a multi-sited exhibition curated by Salah M. Hassan, Three Crossings brings together works of three artists, each installed in a different Amsterdam venue. The exhibition focuses on each artist’s experimentation with the genre “the artist’s book.” It also includes, in the cases of El-Salahi and Brouwn, other relevant pieces that broaden our appreciation of their practice. The selected works are for the most part small in scale and minimalist in form, yet they speak volumes of the artists’ criticality, sharpness and innovation, which remains unparalleled by their contemporaries.


Ibrahim El-Salahi
November 24, 2017-March 2, 2018

Entitled By His Will, We Teach Birds How to Fly: Ibrahim El-Salahi in Black and White, this exhibition features rare black and white works by the Godfather of African Modernism, including ink and paper drawings from his “By His Will” series, and the more recent “Arab Spring Notebook.”

Location: Prince Claus Fund Gallery, Herengracht 603, Amsterdam

Please click here to view all El-Salahi works in the show.

David Hammons
November 24, 2017–January 6, 2018

Entitled The Holy Bible: The Old Testament, this exhibition is a performative work conceived as a limited edition featuring a bound, golden-edged copy of Italian art historian Arturo Schwarz’s book The Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp.

Location: De Waalse Kerk, Walenpleintje 157-159, Amsterdam

Stanley Brouwn
November 22, 2017–February 18, 2018

This Way Brouwn derives from an interactive conceptual series in which passers created maps to give the artist directions. Selected works that represent his overall oeuvre and interventions are also included.

Location: EENWERK, Koninginneweg 176, Amsterdam


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