Pentagonal Radiation #2

Art historian co-curates first UK exhibition of veteran Dutch artist

University art historian Dr Grant Pooke is co-curating the first UK exhibition by veteran Dutch abstract artist Gerard Caris.

The exhibition, which opened at Canterbury’s Sidney Cooper Gallery on 10 October, features a selection of works by the 93-year-old artist, who is internationally recognised for his experimentation and innovation with pentagons, a philosophy he refers to as ‘Pentagonism’.

The exhibition features works spanning 50 years, including abstract, geometric paintings, drawings, and relief sculptures comprising hundreds of hand-cut shapes meticulously assembled into three-dimensional panels.

A graduate of the University of Berkeley, where he studied art and philosophy under David Hockney and R.B.Kitaj, Caris’s distinctive work intersects with some of the key Minimalist art practices and debates of the 1960s and 1970s.

Dr Pooke said: ‘This is an opportunity to see the work of an historically under-acknowledged artist who merits serious critical attention’.

The exhibition, which is co-curated by Dr Katie McGown of the Sidney Cooper Gallery, runs until 1 December.