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11 Contemporary Artists working in Abstract Photography

extract Artsy aticle by Elyssa Goodman | august 23, 2023

Dutch photographic artist has been creating one-of-a-kind work—quite literally, as there is only one of each of his prints—that lives at the intersection of geometry and fantasy. As writer Derek Horton wrote, de Haan’s images “are documents of their own coming into being rather than the recording of a world outside the photograph.”

Each of de Haan’s images revisits analog photography’s alternative processes alongside digital manipulation, at once a use of hardware and software: He photographs a digital structure he creates on the screen with analog cameras. A composer as well as an artist, de Haan is influenced by the likes of , yes, but also , always cultivating both the spirit and presence of minimalism. The resultant work is both vibrant and sleek, mysterious and intricate, “somewhere between present and vanishing,” as writer Vince Aletti once wrote in The New Yorker.

link to full article on Artsy

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july, 2023

Thank you  Jenna Lee for including my work in The Artsy Advisor Notebook of July 2023. And your promising outlook on my work.

link to Artsy Editorial

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The Borders first show

may 11 – june 17, 2023
MOB-ART Studio
Grand-Rue 56, Luxembourg

Bringing together for the first time all the artists of a new European artistic movement founded in 2022 by Yves Ulens. The Borders currently brings together seven international artists: Richard Caldicott, Luuk de Haan, Sebastiaan Knot, Niko Luoma, Liz Nielsen, hanno Otten & Yves Ullens

link to a article in Culturius magazine in french by Grégoire Tolstoï

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Collectibles issue #4, 2023 | Kahmann Gallery
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Haute Photographie Rotterdam 2023

feb 8 – 12, 2023
Keilepand M4H Area, Rotterdam

Haute Photographie is centred around a group exhibition, featuring works by the grand masters from the history of photography, to the youngest and most exciting young talents working with the medium today. 

Haute Photographie is a boutique photography fair with the allure of a museum.

Compared to other art fairs, Haute is seen as a peaceful meeting place, where collectors – both experienced as well as young – artists, curators, corporate clients and galleries come together in calmness, surrounded by a selection of world’s finest photography.

Haute Photographie will be a very personal, yet epic 5-day event.

Explore and enjoy the many facets of fine art photography. This collection brings together a select group of international galleries. Strengthened by a high-quality book market, visitors can explore and enjoy the many facets of fine art photography at the 5-day event

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Representation by Kahmann Gallery

With great pride I can now officially announce that as of today Kahmann Gallery will be representing my work!
Kahmann Gallery is the epitome of all things photography. The gallery was founded in 2005 with a focus on Dutch vintage photography, but has expanded in recent years to include work by international and contemporary photographers. Kahmann Gallery has established itself as the specialist in the sale of unique photography that has made history or will do so in the future. Kahmann Gallery has about six exhibitions a year, collaborates with several international galleries and museums and participates in (inter)national art fairs. The gallery also acts as an intermediary and consultant for the purchase of photography for private and corporate collections.
Looking very much forward to the future with the Kahmann crew!
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Art Miami 2021

nov 30 – dec 5, 2021
booth AM110, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Miami (USA)

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Sous Les Etoiles Grand opening 

jun 29 – aug 27, 2021
Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
New location: 16 East 71st Street, New York, NY10021

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October 2-31, 2021
Voert 18a, Bergen NH
Curated by Hanneke Schless
Image: ukiyo 4, ©2016 Luuk de Haan

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Poimena Gallery
March 11th, 2021
36 Button St, Mowbray Heights, Launceston, Tasmania

Curated by Paul Snell
Image: appliance 4, ©2016 Luuk de Haan

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Intersect Aspen

Intersect Aspen, Aspen, USA
July 22-26, 2020
Online event featuring 110 exhibitors from 26 countries.

Mu in Apeldoorn | Faraway Up Close

January 18 – March 1, 2020
ACEC, Apeldoorn
Roggestraat 44, 7311 CD Apeldoorn

First exhibition in The Netherlands by the non-figurative artists collective MU.
MU consists of Jesus Peréa, Richard Caldicott, Luuk de Haan & Pieter Bijwaard
With catalogue and essay ‘Closeness and distance, structure and freedom’ by Derek Horton.
Follow MU on instagram

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Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

January 8-13, 2020
Booth: Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
825 S Dixie Hwy @ Okeechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (USA)

Image: ukiyo 3, ©2017 Luuk de Haan

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Minimalist Photography Award 2019

September 4, 2019

My work float 3 has received an Honorable Mention from Minimalist Photography Awards 2019 in the ‘Open Theme’ category. And has been selected for publishing in the Annual book of the Competition. And timeline 4 received an Honorable Mention in the ‘Photomanipulation’ category


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Painting with Light

January 13 – March 9, 2019
Yossi Milo Gallery
245 Tenth Avenue, New York, (USA)

with: Marco Breuer, Christopher Bucklow, Richard Caldicott, Harry Callahan, Ellen Carey, Luuk de Haan, Susan Derges, Jessica Eaton, Brian Graf, Sheree Hovsepian, Gianfranco Chiavacci, Gottfried Jäger, Aspen Mays, Chris McCaw, Gjon Mili, Liz Nielsen, Lisa Oppenheim, Hanno Otten, Alison Rossiter, Tokihiro Sato, Assaf Shaham, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Tenesh Webber, James Welling

Installation shot by Stan Narten


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Expo Chicago 2018

September 27-30, 2018
Booth 374, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, New York
Navy Pier, Chicago (USA)

image: waarschijnlijkheid 14 & 15, ©2013 Luuk de Haan


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New: First Photobook

sep 1, 2018

Luuk de Haan – Selected Photographs
Hard cover | 60 pages | full colour | 27 x 21 cm | printed on Munken Lynx
with essay by Derek Horton
numbered limited edition of 75 | price € 24,90

You can send an e-mail to info@luukdehaan.nl for purchase information

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Book of the Day

July 22, 2018
Athenaeum Boekhandel
Spui 14-16 | 1012 XA Amsterdam (NL)

Today’s pick by Athenaeum Boekhandel (the best book store in The Netherlands) Volar, a bibliophile limited edition of 100 copies made by Pieter Bijwaard & Luuk de Haan.
This special edition, including an audio cd, 9 rare poems by Joost Zwagerman and a silkscreen (76 x 51.5 cm, folded to 19 x 13 cm) by Longplay, costs 19.90

You can send an e-mail to info@luukdehaan.nl for purchase information

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Grenzeloos Tekenen

September 1 – 23, 2018
Schlessart | Voert 18A | 1861 PE Bergen (NL)

This group show intends to make visible the contemporary art of drawing and the diversity that is currently going on in this area. Dutch drawing has a rich history, which, in addition to other art forms, has now achieved a worthy position. What is striking is that for decades the visual language of artists who work on paper seems to be inexhaustible. Public and museum interest in contemporary drawing has grown enormously in recent years.
with: Ronald Noorman, Lara Wegkamp, Richard Caldicott, Jesús Perea, Christiaan Kuitwaard, Jannie Regnerus, Alexandra Roozen, Caren van Herwaarden, Arno Kramer, Pieter Bijwaard, Marisa Rappard, Hans Bosma, Dineke Blom, Margo van Berkum, Luuk de Haan, Henk van Gerner, Ton van der Laaken, Marthe Zink, Cathelijn van Goor, Sebastiaan Schlicher, Paul Nassenstein, Hanneke Francken, Geert Voskamp, Theresa Ferket.

image: outwards 3, ©2016

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Contemporary Transformations

April 26 – June 11, 2018
Duke Contemporary Art Space
999 Gaysorn Village, 1 st Fl., Phloen Chit Rd., Lumphini, Pathumwan, Bangkok (TH)

Curated by Manfredi Style — the Italian Art & Design multidisciplinary initiative based in Florence and Singapore—which explores the changes of our society through Art. Human Figures, Landscapes and Cultural Artifacts transform, evolve, turn into new shapes, while South-Asia embraces this transformation at an astonishingly swift pace.
On occasion of this show, Manfredi Style will showcase the large human-sized sculptures by Dario Tironi (Italy), crafted with an ensemble of found objects and resins;  the portrait sculptures made of recycled wood by Strook (Belgium); the paintings of street artist Laurent Peybernes (France), presenting for the occasion a special artwork combined with augmented reality technology; the abstract photographs of Luuk de Haan (Nethelands) and the altered landscapes photographs of Paolo Giordano (Italy) as well as the Super Hero-themed prints, intertwining with political figures, by Alessandro Rabatti (Italy). Manfredi Style will be unveiling other artworks for this exhibition.
Opening Reception 26 April, 2018

image: digital noise through analog eyes 9, ©2016 Luuk de Haan

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The Photography Show presented by AIPAD

April 4 – 8, 2018
The Photography Show 2018
booth 204 Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
Pier 94, New York City (USA)

image: waarschijnlijkheid 24, ©2013 Luuk de Haan

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Nobu Contemporaries Collection

March 21, 2018
Mother Universe artists – Jesús Perea & Luuk de Haan – are featured in the NOBU CONTEMPORARIES COLLECTION on Saatchi Art’s homepage by Chief Curator Rebecca Wilson.

image: digital noise through analog eyes 2, ©2016 Luuk de Haan

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Februari 24, 2018
Double page article about Dichtersvisioen, mystieke duidingen van de laatste gedichten van Joost Zwagerman, a book I illustrated and designed.
isbn 978-90-77728-44-4

image: outwards 3, ©2016 Luuk de Haan

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Volar by Longplay and nine rare poems by Joost Zwagerman

release date: 18 February 2018

On November 23, 1999, the formation Longplay met at the Prado Studio in Amsterdam to dedicate themselves – for an unlimited period of time – to a number of their compositions. Dutch poet Joost Zwagerman heard the demo and wrote nine poems related to the compositions. The nine poems by Zwagerman with the composition of the same name Volar were published in 2000 in the Rotterdam cult magazine Green Groceries. The album Volar then fell into the background due to other artistic activities.
Now after 18 years, the poems and Volar have been realized as a bibliophile limited edition of 100 copies. This special edition, including a silkscreen (76 x 51.5 cm, folded to 19 x 13 cm) by Longplay.
price € 19.90

You can send an e-mail to info@luukdehaan.nl for purchase information

Longplay | Luuk de Haan & Pieter Bijwaard
1. Ointment | 1:32
2. Volar | 5:54
3. Eus | 2:59
4. Kaolin 6:11
5. Nudge | 1:20
6. Idem 4:54
7. Jib 4:44
8. Isobar | 6:01
9. Tune | 6:48

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Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

January 11-15, 2018
Booth: Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
825 S Dixie Hwy @ Okeechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (USA)

Image: ukiyo 1, ©2017 Luuk de Haan

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December 1, 2017
Now available: Dichtersvisioen, mystieke duidingen van de laatste gedichten van Joost Zwagerman

It was a great honor and challenge to select images from my oeuvre for this book for the excellent poems by Joost Zwagerman. Once again I realized what a loss Joost is to the world and the world of the arts in particular.

poems: Joost Zwagerman | text: Hein Blommestein and Jos Huls | images and graphic design: Luuk de Haan.
Hardcover, 68 pag, ©2017 Discovery Books, isbn 9789077728444
cover image: ukiyo 7, ©2017 Luuk de Haan

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Eloquent Geometry

November 9, 2017 – January 9, 2018
Espace Meyer Zafra, 4 rue Malher, 75004 Paris (F)

‘Eloquent Geometry: Lines, Shapes, and Reliefs’ is a joint exhibition between Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, based in New York, and Espace Meyer Zafra in Paris. The exhibition will take place in Paris from November 9, 2017 to January 6, 2018, with an opening reception November 9, from 6-8 PM at Espace Meyer Zafra. Featuring photographers and artists César Andrade, Nina Brauhauser, Richard Caldicott, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Luuk de Haan, Carlos Medina, Manuel Merida, Francisco Salazar, and Ludwig Wilding.

Image: big nothing 50, 6 & 51, ©2016 Luuk de Haan

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Blow Photo

June 2017
Blow Photo #15, Abstract
featuring appliance 1 & 4, ©2013 Luuk de Haan

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Expo Chicago 2017

September 13-17, 2017
Booth 665, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, New York
Navy Pier, Chicago (USA)

image: waarschijnlijkheid 27, ©2013 Luuk de Haan

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Art New York 2017

may 3 – 7
booth 213, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, New York
Pier 94, New York (USA)

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De keuze van Joost Zwagerman

October 14, 2016
De keuze van Joost Zwagerman – Ode aan de kunst, uitgeverij Terra
hardback, 192 pages, EAN: 9789089897138

published image: big nothing 9 


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Art Miami 2016

November 29 – December 4, 2016
booth A109, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, New York
The Art Miami Pavilion
Midtown | Wynwood Arts District, 3101 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33137 (USA)

image: big nothing 37


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Light Painted Abstractions

September 3 – November 11, 2016
Kaune Contemporary, Cologne (D)

curated by Stefan Heyne
with: Inge Dick, Stefan Heyne & Luuk de Haan
image: desquared (2013) and appliance (2016)

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Songs on Paper

October 14 – November 14, 2016

duo exhibition: Luuk de Haan & Pieter Bijwaard
Kunsthandel Ineke Aronds, Bergen (NL)

images from left to right: unsealed (2016), reddish square (2013) and three more

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Expo Chicago 2016

September 22-25, 2016
Navy Pier, Chicago, USA
Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, New York

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Review ‘big nothing’

July 5, 2016

“The show borrows its title from a series by Luuk de Haan, ghostly black-and-white pictures of biomorphic white forms, which, like most images here, hover somewhere between present and vanishing.”

printed in 11 & 18 issue of the New Yorker, p. 15

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big nothing

June 16 – August 26, 2016
Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, New York City (USA)

curated by Richard Caldicott | with: Nina Brauhauser, Ellen Carey, Luuk de Haan, Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Gottfried Jäger & Erin O’Keefe
June 20, 2016: artist talk by Ellen Carey, Erin O’Keefe & Luuk de Haan

image: from left to right big nothing 8, 3, 4 & 5 ©2013 Luuk de Haan

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Prime Time / Object_if

June 25 – July 30, 2016
Volker Diehl Gallery & DiehlCUBE, Berlin (D)

curated by Ralf Hanselle
with: Richard Caldicott, Luuk de Haan, Marleen Sleewits, Stefan Heyne, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Inge Dick, Hanno Otten, Marco Breuer, Pierre Cordier + Gundi Falk, Alfons Eggert, Ralf Cohen, Thomas Ruff, Edward Mapplethorpe, Heinz Hajek-Halke & Chargesheimer
with catalogue

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Art New York 2016

May 3 – 8, 2016
booth 22, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, New York City

image: big nothing 8


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Silence Out Loud

December 15, 2015 – June 12, 2016

curated by Joost Zwagerman
Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen (NL)

image: big nothing 9 & 1 ©2013 Luuk de Haan with Daan van Golden (left) and George Meertens


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Blind Date II

December 22, 2015
Dapiran Art Project Space
Springweg 59, Utrecht (NL)

image: three bridged squares 23 ©2013 Luuk de Haan


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Modest Masters 1

may 10 – june 15, 2015
Het Hof, Bergen (NL)

with: Pieter Bijwaard | Sanne Bruggink | Richard Caldicott | Carina Ellemers | Luuk de Haan (left) | Christiaan Kuitwaard (right) | Gerda Teljeurn

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Ways of the Imagination

march 21 – april 18, 2015
Witteveen Visual Art Centre, Amsterdam (NL)

with: Diana Blok | Dineke Blom | Koos Breukel | Pieter Bijwaard | Luuk de Haan | Paul van den Hout | Caitlin Hulscher | Manon van Kouswijk | Carlijn Mens | Ronald Noorman | Anthonie Sas | Meinbert Gozewijn van Soest | Roy Villevoye | Kees Visser

image: linage series | ©2013 Luuk de Haan

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Inspiratie – kunst, kennis en natuur

april 1 – june 15, 2014
Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen (NL)

with: Else Berg, Gerrit van Blaaderen, Johannes Blaeu, Diana Blok, Dineke Blom, Koos Breukel, Arnout Colnot, Leo Gestel, Luuk de Haan, Jan van Herwijnen, Henri ten Holt, Paul van den Hout, Caitlin Hulscher, Henk van den Idsert, Manon van Kouswijk, Daniel Marot, Carlijn Mens, Jaap Min, Ronald Noorman, Jan Ponstijn, Anthonie Sas, Mommie Schwarz, Meinbert Gozewijn van Soest, Charley Toorop, Jaap Veldheer, Roy Villevoye, Kees Visser, Jan Baptist Weenix, Matthieu Wiegman

with catalogue: Inspiratie, Kunst, Kennis en Natuur: Het Oude Hof

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Neue Stille

june 9 – 23, 2013
Vous Êtes Ici, Ms. van Riemsdijkweg 41a, Amsterdam (NL)

Curated by Manuela Klerkx & Pieter Bijwaard
with: Alain Biltereyst, Pieter Bijwaard | Sanne Bruggink | Henk van Gerner | Evert de Graaf | Luuk de Haan | Christiaan Kuitwaard | José Heerkens | Károly Keserü | Pim Leefsma | Jan Loman | Steve More | Clary Stolte | Sjoerd de Vries

Everything is Theirs

dec, 2009
Bergen | Geestgrond in Museum Kranenburg

Self-portrait in which I question my own originality. By letting spoken words from films or interviews – of artists I appreciate – ‘speak’ through myself. Supported by an improvised piano piece I did in my teens.

This is a fragment from Sylvia Holstein’s movie Bergen | Geestgrond, ©ghop2009