Andre Bogaert (Zele 1920- Aalst 1986) is a founding member of the G58 art group in Antwerpen. He worked strongly intuitively and had a very practical no nonsense approach.
The felt assemblages of Bogaert have the most soft and approachable appearance of all the materials he used. On first sight one may think it’s wooden pieces but the wooly surface and funny curves remind you it’s felt. Until now there haven’t been that many works of this size that came to the market.
André Bogaert can be found in every important art collection in Belgium. From SMAK, Museum Dhondt Dhaenens, Mu Zee, BOZAR, MSKA, ING collection (former BBL), AXA, ….. You can easily say between ’60 and ’75 Bogaert was amongst the top 20 most important abstract artists in Belgium. Participating in the famous Pop Art group show at Beaux Arts in Brussels in ’65 to a Solo Show in Beaux Arts Bruxelles in 1967.
Bogaert was inspired by the Nouveau Réalistes in France. Jacques Villeglé was a personal friend and several meetings between the two occurred. Tingely, Klein, Raysse,… all could count on more then just appreciation from André Bogaert.
“The art of painting is painted to death. All painting on canvas has been spread out, drained and repressed. Only new material can now help us out of this rut.”
-André Bogaert –
Something sullen and magnificent breathing through the elements is noticeable when one views André Bogaert’s work.
Bogaert works with minimum resources and without diversions, intuitively creating directly from within.
The abstract paintings from the mid fifties evolved towards structure paintings towards the end of the 1950s. This playful and experimental phase gave direct space and birth to the assemblages which occurred directly out of this process beginning 60s.
André Bogaert’s assemblages are very rhythmic, made from the accumulation of found materials, which fill in the surface.