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John van 't Slot

John van 't Slot lives and works in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He studied at the Rotterdam Academy of Visual Arts from 1965 to 1970 and won the Royal Subsidy for Painting in 1977. In the 1980s he belonged to the Nieuwe Wilden (neo-expressionism), including René Daniëls. The sometimes cartoonish and often humorous paintings of John van 't Slot stood out from the late 1970s when new attention was paid to figurative painting. Since then he has had many exhibitions at home and abroad, including at the Venice Biennale in 1984.
Van 't Slot explains the return of figuration in painting in the 1980s by pointing to the conceptual painting that had dominated in the previous period. It had become "very dry, boring and annoying". "It was time to replace it with something that could be visually experienced."[1]
Van 't Slot was presented in the retrospective exhibition Stop Making Sense (2013-2014) of the Dordrechts Museum about Dutch painting from the 1980s.

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