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Johan Creten: Strange Fruit - the book

Kurt Van Eeghem
Colin Lemoine

Hardcover, 24,6 x 17,4 cm, 80 pag., 62 color illustrations, English - Francais - Nederlands

20 €, distributed by Exhibitions International & available in the gallery

This book is published in conjunction with a new series of bronzes ‘Strange Fruit’ that Johan Creten realised in 2014–2015.
More then 15 years after modeling Strange Fruit Johan Creten wanted to make a small ‘Library’ version, a sculpture that would be at home in a intimate domestic setting. Each sculpture has a different patina.  After finishing the last edition the moulds were all destroyed.

Johan CRETEN (?1963, Belgium) is a Flemish sculptor based in Paris but working wherever he has the opportunity, from Miami to Mexico, from Den Haag to New York. He trained as a painter but soon turned to ceramics and bronze for his work.
He has exhibited at the Louvre, at the Musée Nationale Eugène Delacroix in Paris, the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, the Istanbul Biennale, the Mamco in Geneva, the Middelheimmuseum in Antwerp among many other places.
In 1996 he was awarded the Prix de Rome and a residence at the Villa Medici. Between 2004 and
2007 he was visiting artist at the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres. In 2009 he was nominated for the Flemish Culture Prize. In 2013 he held the Theodore Randall Chair at the Alfred University, NY. In 2015 he has a solo show at Galerie Perrotin in
New York, and is included in following group shows: Glasstress Gotika, Berengo Foundation, la Biennale di Venezia; Vormidable. Contemporary Flemish Sculpture, Museum Beelden aan Zee, Den Haag; The Nature of Clay, Pavillon Bosio Monaco & Ceramix, Ceramic Art from Gauguin to Schütte, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht.
His work is represented by galerie Perrotin in Paris, New York & Hong Kong, galerie Almine Rech in Brussels and galerie Transit in Mechelen.


Strange Fruit, library series, edition 1/7, 42 x 11 x 11 cm, patinated and gilded bronze cast, lost wax casting, signed, dated, foundry stamp, eagle seal, private collection


click here to see the full series of the Library edition