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Foreword: Kees Twist. Essays: Dominic van den Boogerd, Xander Karskens, Catrin Backhaus, Sue-an van der Zijpp

Erik van Lieshout
Naughty by Nature, not because I hate you...

Design: 75B, paperback, sewn, illustrated (colour and b/w), 112 pages
text in English and Dutch, ISBN 90-5662-268-4, € 30.00

NAi Publishers in cooperation with the Groninger Museum

Erik van Lieshout (1968) is one of the most prominent young Dutch artists at this time. His work is characterized by a fierceness that is evident in his videos and installations, as much as in his drawing and painting style. The work of Van Lieshout is inspired by the subcultures that evolve in the modern metropolis. His visual material is drawn from these immediate surroundings, from newspapers, cartoons or directly off the streets themselves. Van Lieshout subjects this source material to his highly idiosyncratic, often harsh idiom. His work is often explicitly pornographic and violent, but is also unadulteratedly humoristic. He tackles sex and violence with pleasure.

This publication 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.


Exhibition at the Groninger Museum, 28 April - 8 September 2002.

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