Nan Hoover 2008 Gestures / Closing Doors
8 November - 6 December 2008
"Shit. Bad timing", was Nan Hoover's reaction in May to the news that she was fatally ill. She was 77, and still fully engaged as an artist, traveling, performing lecturing, and exhibiting internationally. She began painting and drawing in New York in the 1950's, came to the Netherlands in 1970, where she was one of the first to use a video camera (1973) to pursue her interest in the relationship between light, movement, time and space. Using her body and paper constructions she registered her performances on video, and as photo's. She quickly built an international reputation as a pioneer in this medium and her work was shown Internationally, (MOMA, Documenta, Venice Biennale, and most recently at the Salzburg's Museum der Moderne, with Bill Viola (2008) and at the Sebastian Fath Gallery in Mannheim. In 1987 she took on a professorship at the Dusseldorf Art Academy, where she excelled as a mentor for many young students and artists while continuing her own work. In 2006 she moved to Berlin. Here she resumed drawing again which she had re- started in the late 1980's. We are proud to now present her last photo and drawing works, "Gestures", for the first time in the Netherlands.