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Monkey business : beeld en betekenis in de fotowerken van Paul De Vylder

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Paul De Vylder (1946 °) makes art that is not conceptual, not an aesthetic or poetic variant of conceptual art, but at the same time very speculative and purely visual, with the mystery of the image itself as its subject. De Vylder has not developed an ‘individual mythology’, but has investigated the core of Western iconography and visual culture. His oeuvre explores what can be called the primordial, primitive content of the image: the content that each image creates almost automatically: heroism and naked truth. With the question: what to do with the haunting awareness that the hero is not a hero, and that what is bare is not naked per se? His artistic work starts from the insight that an image is made of many overlapping iconographic layers that make a whole that indicates the origin of the first images, but at the same time always covers it up. It is about making artistic images that indicate their stratification and artificiality themselves, and do not pretend to be ‘naked truth.’ De Vylders recent work, a series of 40 photoglyps (2017-2018), is at the same time a light, frivolous postscript and at the same time the culmination of his oeuvre. Les Demoiselles de Saint-Antoine is about the seduction by the nude, about the viewer-voyeur, and therefore about the image.
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Paul De Vylder/seduction/image theory/Belgian art

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Verschaffel, Bart. 2019. “Monkey Business : Beeld En Betekenis in De Fotowerken Van Paul De Vylder.” In Paul De Vylder : Les Demoiselles De Saint Antoine, 90–105. Gent: VANDENHOVE  - A&S/books.
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Verschaffel, B. (2019). Monkey business : beeld en betekenis in de fotowerken van Paul De Vylder. Paul De Vylder : Les Demoiselles de Saint Antoine (pp. 90–105). Gent: VANDENHOVE  - A&S/books.
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Verschaffel B. Monkey business : beeld en betekenis in de fotowerken van Paul De Vylder. Paul De Vylder : Les Demoiselles de Saint Antoine. Gent: VANDENHOVE  - A&S/books; 2019. p. 90–105.
MLA
Verschaffel, Bart. “Monkey Business : Beeld En Betekenis in De Fotowerken Van Paul De Vylder.” Paul De Vylder : Les Demoiselles De Saint Antoine. Gent: VANDENHOVE  - A&S/books, 2019. 90–105. Print.
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De Vylders recent work, a series of 40 photoglyps (2017-2018), is at the same time a light, frivolous postscript and at the same time the culmination of his oeuvre. Les Demoiselles de Saint-Antoine is about the seduction by the nude, about the viewer-voyeur, and therefore about the image.
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