of the Photography of Jan de Cock
The Museum of Modern Art in
January 23–April 21, 2008
by Roxana Marcoci, Curator, Department of Photography
For his first museum exhibition in the United States, artist
Jan De Cock (Belgian, born 1976) will conceive a floor-to-ceiling
installation mixing color and black-and-white photographs with
a series of plywood sculptural components that are rooted as
much in the art of early twentieth-century Constructivism as
in the Minimalist aesthetic of the 1960s. In the Summer of 2007,
De Cock came to New York to photograph specific works from MoMA’s
collection focusing on Muybridge, Atget, Albers, Malevich, Popova,
Brancusi, Mondrian, Schwitters, Hopper, and Judd as well as
on the Museum’s state-of-the-art conservation labs, frame
shop, library, and historic movie theater Roy and Niuta Titus
1. De Cock shot the pictures with two cameras -a large-format
Swiss Sinar and a Hasselblad- from different angles, favoring
a sequential format. After processing the films, he digitally
combined these with other images culled from the history of
art, architecture and film in his signature, encyclopedic style.
The German word Denkmal, which appears in the titles
of De Cock’s installations, signifies “monument.”
However, in Flemish (the artist’s native language) the
expression incorporates two meanings: “denk” (to
think) and “mal” (mold). For De Cock, a Denkmal
is a mold of thinking. The exhibition portrays the myriad photographic
references and interdisciplinary links at the center of De Cock’s
|Jan De Cock
11, Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York,
Diptych 23, Module CCCXX, Module CCCXXI.
Chromogenic color prints, each 52.4 x 31 x 1.75 in. (133
x 79 x 4.4 cm)
© Photo Atelier Jan De Cock
Courtesy Galerie Fons Welters and Luis Campaña
|The Museum of Modern
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