Environmental Policy




Wind Energy

World Resources

Link List Economics






Healthcare Policy

Healthcare Policy


Viktor Frankl


Gay Lesbian Issues


Gender Relationships


Helen Luke

History of Psychology


H4256926629-1688279915-2739229046-3928706915MX*D1 MINIjLX*Dʴ0sY\MACHIN MINIFTWA?C L #LrL #LrL #LrL #LrL #Lr ECX@EB: Qћ nPCtp>

Carl Jung

Gert's Morality


Human Rights

Iris Murdoch


Iris Murdoch

Political Philosophy


French Philosophy

 Naughty by Nature is the first comprehensive overview of Erik van Lieshout's work. Four essays discuss a whole range of ideas and sources of inspiration and consider them in new constellations, completed by a survey of Van Lieshout's exhibitions and a bibliography.

Up until the 1980s the world appeared to be quite comprehensible. There was the West, the East Block and the Third World, and art also consisted of surveyable movements foun­ded in art history, according to which artists could also be classified. With the disappearance of the major ideologies and the advent of a new generation, the division of art into streams and movements also seems to have become redundant.

The latest generation of artists apparently do not allow themselves to be restricted by existing codes or the notions of the estab­lished order. They go their own way, speak their own language, choose their own forms, and have their own humour. Erik van Lieshout is an artist that typifies his generation and these times par excellence.

 With this book and the exhibition Naughty by Nature in the Groninger Museum, we are allowed the opportunity to participate in this generation's language, expressions, and the experiential world that has arisen after the era of ideologies and movements. Van Lieshout transcends these movements, makes use of all possible media and, in doing so, succeeds in captivating us.

In contrast to a first impression that Van Lieshout' s work might have on the viewer, his oeuvre displays a social engagement that is clearly manifested by his reaction to what is happening all around him. His installations of scrap material and everyday objects that he uses to fabricate saunas, Jacuzzis and solaria produce an amused response to all these hedonistic indulgences with which we are glad to sur­round ourselves. It is food for thought without an overload of morality. When Erik van Lieshout goes to Africa, picks up the text of an information leaflet for an anti­malaria medicine (Lariam), and gets us to crawl through a life-size medicine box to view a video, then he forces us literally to be a component of his work of art.

In Van Lieshout's work we see a backlash to the beauty that is presented in glossy magazines and to the moral values of regimes under which women are compelled to wear a burqa. In an unparalleled way, Van Lieshout manages to link both worlds by creating larger-than-life drawings of voluptuous models from such magazines, dressed in a burqa or with the head of Bin Laden. These drawings are subsequently treated with coloured adhesive plastic to emphasise the hypocrisy of these worlds to an even greater degree. With his drawings, collages, installations and paintings, Van Lieshout adds a personal dimension to contemporary art.

Headline 3

insert content here