In this clip, Nature as Artifice exhibition curator Maartje van den Heuvel, exhibition catalog editor Tracy Metz, and Alison Nordstrom from the George Eastman House, discuss how the photographs in the Nature as Artifice exhibition are representative of a contemporary Dutch identity and reflect "transcendental attitudes" in comparison to photographs of the American west from the 19th century.

Nature as Artifice: New Dutch Landscape in Photography and Video Art, curated by Maartje van den Heuvel and on view at Aperture Gallery from September 10 until October 15, 2009, is a major survey of new work by contemporary Dutch artists who, over the past twenty years, have taken contemporary Holland as their point of departure.

In keeping with the golden age of Dutch landscape painting four hundred years ago, a new visual statement on the landscape has emerged from the Netherlands. Expressed through the modern mediums of photography and video art, this new imagining of the Dutch landscape is urbanized and altered, depicting the Netherlands as the most artificial country in the world.

The exhibition features the work of Hans Aarsman, Wout Berger, Henze Boekhout, Driessens & Verstappen, Marnix Goossens, Arnoud Holleman, Gert Jan Kocken, Jannes Linders, Cary Markerink & Theo Baart, Hans van der Meer, Gábor Ösz, Bas Princen, Xavier Ribas, Gerco de Ruijter, Frank van der Salm, Hans Werlemann, and Edwin Zwakman.

On September 12, 2009, Aperture hosted a symposium at the School of Visual Arts’s new Visual Arts Gallery in New York City. Artists Jannes Linders, Hans van der Meer, Frank van der Salm, and Edwin Zwakman, presented their work, followed by a panel discussion led by writer Tracy Metz and featuring curator van den Heuvel and Alison Nordstrom, of the George Eastman House, discussing the significance and implications of the art works exhibited.

The Aperture Gallery exhibition of Nature as Artifice is made possible, in part, by the Mondriaan Foundation and the Consulate General of the Netherlands.

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