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Aemstelle Museum, Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 1981

The Black Paintings

In 1981 Erik van der Grijn painted a series of “black paintings” based on the cross, an element which has recurred consistently throughout his work from his early work in the 1960s to the present day. These were the last hard-edge paintings he did, so important for their rarity. One canvas from this series hangs in the New Concert Hall, Dublin. Another is in the Head Office of the Allied Irish Banks, Dublin, and a third is owned by a private collector, Gillian Bowler, now chairwoman of Dublin’s Museum of Modern Art.
The two paintings on view at the Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York, are the last of three from this limited series still in Erik’s possession. After a solo exhibition at the David Hendricks Gallery in Dublin, 1981, they were exhibited at the Aemstelle Museum, Amstelveen, and at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires.