The human condition is a recurring theme in Christiaan Bastiaans's work. In his interdisciplinary art projects, the focus is on his unavoidable empathy and fascination with people who are forced against their will to find ways to survive; people who find themselves in a situation of total ruin; a state of humanity that has all but come to a standstill. The terminal phase in a slow, inexorable process that begins with a downslide and continues with falling further and further down, to end in decay and alienation, both physically and socially. This eschatological process of desecration, humiliation and exclusion pursues its course irreversibly, step by step. Human dignity is peeled away to the core; names, titles, clothes are removed, and man is thrown back to what he in fact is. Back to his stark, earthly existence, like the animals, the worms, even the stones lying around. No more and no less. He has given these people a name: Hurt Models.


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RU alum and Beautiful Distress Fellow Christiaan Bastiaans (b. 1951) lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He has exhibited his works at the 12e Biennale de Paris in Musée D’Art de la Ville de Paris (1982). Appel in Amsterdam ‘Nara Tape Project’ (1985). The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York ‘The Navigator’s Encyclopedia’ (1987). The ‘Aperto La Biennale Di Venezia’ in Venice (1988). The Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo ‘Heart of Darkness” group exhibition (1995). The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial in Japan ‘Real Lear Project’ (2003). De Pont Museum of Contemporary art in Tilburg ‘Year Zero’ (2007) and in 2009/2010 ‘Club Mama Gemütlich’ at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo. His most recent large scale installation 'Pharmacy Deux Milles' was exhibited in 2015 at 'Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam.

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Please note shipping will be available after July 5, 2017. The work is in perfect condition. The deep black part in the print has a velvety quality.

Transsexual Madonna (from the Hurt Models series), 2002
Pigmented inkjet print on 270 gms White Velvet Hahnemühle paper
80 x 66.3 cm (31.5 x 26.1 in)
3 of 5
2 AP
Courtesy of artist
Signed on verso

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Transsexual Madonna (from the Hurt Models series)
  • Dimensions
    80 x 66.3 cm (31.5 x 26.1 in)