This year Babs Haenen, Dutch famous porcelain artist, celebrates her 70th birthday. From October 10th will November 7th, the renowned Hostler Burrows Gallery in New York does a very special retrospective exhibition, that highlights the long and rich career that Haenen has sustained since 1979, but also shows several new works.
Babs Haenen, born in Amsterdam in 1948, first worked as a dancer before studying visual art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam 1974-1979. Haenen creates expressive and impressionistic ceramics that give equal importance to color, line, and form. She is world famous for a by herself developed technique of colored porcelain slabs. Layering these pigmented slabs allows her to form thin ribbons of colored porcelain, which she folds, cuts, and sculpts, to create her colorful, organic turbulent vessels.
Her work is in the permanent collections of many museums, including Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York; Museum of Fine Art, Boston; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Boijmans-van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam; Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Shigaraki, Japan; Museum of Art and Design, New York; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
HOSTLER BURROWS GALLERY
Babs Haenen’s exhibition The Turbulent Vessels in Hostler Burrows Gallery runs till November 7th, 2018. You can visit the gallery for free – Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm.