Rae Witvoet and Klaas Weert
Rae Witvoet and Klaas Weert lived and worked
together for 12 years in the middle of America, creating an oeuvre
in diverse media and subject matter. Witvoet is a painter with
degrees in psychology and art therapy. Weert is a photographer
with a background in art history.
After 9/11 it became more difficult to exhibit their socially
conscious and political work and in 2002 they moved to Amsterdam.
Weert returned to his native country, Witvoet became an ex-patriate.
Art in Amsterdam 2002 – present
Since their arrival in the Netherlands, the
artists have exhibited in various exhibition spaces and galleries
“Narcissus Revisited” (May / June 2003) was the
title of their “Art in America” retrospective exhibit
in the 13 large window display boxes of the ABNAMRO bank at the
In the Fall of 2003, Weert + Witvoet were the first selected
artists to use “De Vrijplaats”, a new gallery/open-studio
space in the center of Amsterdam. Here they presented “Neo
Neo Conceptual Pop”, a new way to describe their own work.
In 2004, Weert + Witvoet started working
in their large studio in Amsterdam North, where they organized
a first exhibition, “Liberation
Day”, in which the artists exhibited installations, photo-based
works, paintings, video and sculpture, all concerning freedom
In 2005 they exhibited twice in the Pulitzer Art Gallery in
Amsterdam, with imagery related to Amsterdam itself.
This Summer (2006), Weert + Witvoet were selected as artists
by the Pakhuis 6 Gallery, Rotterdam to photograph and paint the
musicians of the North Sea Jazz Festival, including Buddy Guy,
Herbie Hancock, James Carter, Marcus Miller and Erykah Badu.
The Friesland Project documents a trip in which Weert + Witvoet
explored their Frisian Roots.
In September 2006, Witvoet participated
in a group exhibition of international women artists in a new
space, Locus 010, in the heart of Rotterdam. The exhibition
was called “A Visual
Discourse in Post Feminist Imagery”.