Tribute to Dutch artist Maaike Schoorel

Tribute to Dutch artist Maaike Schoorel | Forthcoming exhibition in December 2012 | Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, the Netherlands

Forthcoming exhibition include:
Maaike Schoorel - Zelfportretten & Stillevens

Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands, 2012
Maureen Paley is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by the Dutch artist Maaike Schoorel. Schoorel, born 1973 in Santpoort, The Netherlands, lives and works between London and New York. Schoorel’s painting occupies a space of optical ambiguity oscillating between the perceivable and the deliberately withheld. Working across formal genres she creates atmospherically charged pictorial fields that subtly reference the history of her medium.
For her third exhibition at the gallery, Schoorel has made paintings grounded in an exploration of the aesthetics of old masters. Executed in black, white and gold her works obliquely reference illuminated manuscripts, still life and portraiture. On first encounter these paintings appear devoid of representational content, their subject matter rendered almost imperceptible through a complex reworking of their original source material. Based on photographic reconstructions of iconic works from the Frans Hals Museum collection, these new paintings focus our attention on the experiential condition of looking, linking the past with the present. 
The result of a recent residency with the International Studio Curatorial Program, New York, the exhibition will travel to the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem in December 2012 where Schoorel’s work will be exhibited alongside works from the museum’s permanent collection from which it derived its inspiration.

For further information please contact Vera Hoffmann – [email protected]

With special thanks to the Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.