Publications:
2010 – Now

Absence, etc. (2017)

Absence, etc. is the first monograph on Philippe Vandenberg since his death in 2009. The book is richly illustrated and invites the reader to consider the artist’s oeuvre as a whole. Throughout the book Vandenberg’s trajectory can be followed, as he regularly shifted directions, taking stylistic and formal detours, experimenting with figurative expression, lyrical abstraction, graffiti-like and comics-informed figuration, to finally resort to monochromes and word- and text-based paintings.

Edited by Prof. Dr. Wouter Davidts (Ghent University). With texts by Davidts and Dr. David Anfam (Clyfford-Still-Museum, Denver), an interview between Dr. Ronny Delrue and Philippe Vandenberg, and the transcription of a seminar between Dr. Jo Applin (Courtauld Institute of Art, London), Prof. Dr. Anna Dezeuze (École Supérieure d’Art et de Design Marseille-Méditerranée), Prof. Dr. Maarten Liefooghe (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels), Dr. Raphäel Pirenne (erg, La Cambre, Brussels), Dr. Merel van Tilburg (University of Geneva) and Prof. Dr. John C. Welchman (University of California, San Diego).

Wouter Davidts, ed. Philippe Vandenberg: Absence etc. New York: Hauser & Wirth, 2017. 


Live or Die: Philippe Vandenberg – Bruce Nauman (2017)

Live or Die: Philippe Vandenberg – Bruce Nauman is the catalogue to the exhibition of the same name held in Gallery Sofie Van De Velde, Antwerp, in 2017. The catalog includes a selection of works by Philippe Vandenberg and American artist Bruce Nauman. At first, it may seem startling to see Nauman’s small but dense selection of works alongside those by Vandenberg. And yet there’s something that links the oeuvre of these apparently divergent artists.

With essays by Prof. Dr. Anna Dezeuze (École Supérieure d’Art et de Design Marseille-Méditerranée), Dr. Brigitte Kölle (Hamburger Kunsthalle), and Prof. Dr. John C. Welchman (University of California, San Diego) .

Anne Dezeuze, Brigitte Kölle and John C. Welchman. Live or Die: Philippe Vandenberg – Bruce Nauman. Veurne: Kannibaal, 2017. 


Philippe Vandenberg: Red Hours (2017)

Philippe Vandenberg: Red Hours is the catalogue to the exhibition of the same name held in Wolfsberg—The Platform for Executive & Business Development, Ermatingen, 2017. The catalogue includes a selection of drawings by Philippe Vandenberg, curated by Tom Hunt. Oriented around the colour red, it contains works made from the early 1990s to the late 2000s. It includes vigorously worked chalk drawings of faces, hands and the artist’s maxims, to labyrinthine abstractions and liquid watercolours and gouaches depicting allegorical scenes or a single symbolic motif.

With essays by Tom Hunt and Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith.

Tom Hunt and Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith. Philippe Vandenberg: Red Hours. Ermatingen: Wolfsberg—The Platform for Executive & Business Development, 2017.


Philippe Vandenberg. Abstract Works (2016)

Philippe Vandenberg. Abstract Works is the catalogue to the exhibition of the same name held in Gallery Baton, Seoul, 2016. The book provides an overview of Vandenberg’s abstract drawings and paintings spanning the years 1998-2009 and was curated by artist Koen van den Broek.

With an essay by Jesse van Winden and the transcription of an interview between Prof. Dr. Wouter Davidts (Ghent University) and Koen van den Broek.

Wouter Davidts, Koen van den Broek, Niels Van Tomme and Jesse van Winden. Philippe Vandenberg. Abstract Works. Seoul: Gallery Baton, 2016. 


Philippe Vandenberg: Crossing the Circle (2016)

Philippe Vandenberg: Crossing The Circle is the catalogue to the exhibition of the same name held in The Drawing Room, London, 2016. The catalog includes a selection of drawings spanning the years 1990-2009. The works on display presented radical stylistic and thematic shifts in the oeuvre of Vandenberg, including highly personal images about life, sex, death, good and evil, as well as visualized responses to the political and social upheavals the artist perceived to be happening around him.

With a foreword by Mary Doyle (Drawing Room, London) and an essay by Dr. Jo Applin (Courtauld Institute of Art, London).

Jo Applin and Mary Doyle. Philippe Vandenberg: Crossing the Circle. Ghent: MER. Paper Kunsthalle, 2016. 


Il me faut tout oublier: Berlinde De Bruyckere – Philippe Vandenberg (2014)

Il me faut tout oublier: Berlinde De Bruyckere – Philippe Vandenberg is the catalogue to the exhibition of the same name held in La Maison Rouge, Paris, 2014. The catalog includes a selection of works by two Belgian artists of different generations, Berlinde De Bruyckere and Philippe Vandenberg, curated by De Bruyckere herself. With the Philippe Vandenberg Foundation she selected paintings and drawings and, in this way, staged a dialogue between his work and her own.

With essays by Dr. Valérie Da Costa (Université de Strasbourg) and Damien Sausset (Centre D’Art Contemporain Transpalette, Bourges).

Berlinde De Bruyckere, Valérie da Costa, Damien Sausset and Philippe Vandenberg. Il me faut tout oublier: Berlinde De Bruyckere – Philippe Vandenberg. Lyon: Fage éditions, 2014. 


Philippe Vandenberg – Berlinde De Bruyckere: Innocence is precisely: never to avoid the worst (2012)

Philippe Vandenberg – Berlinde De Bruyckere: Innocence is precisely: never to avoid the worst is an artist’s book to the exhibition of the same name held in De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, 2012. The book includes a selection of drawings by two Belgian artists of different generations, Berlinde De Bruyckere and Philippe Vandenberg, curated by De Bruyckere herself. For the occasion she selected 70 works of Vandenberg and confronted them with a selection of her drawings. In this way, the book is a space in which their drawings can dialogue

With essays by Berlinde de Bruyckere and Brett Littman.

Berlinde De Bruyckere and Brett Littman. Philippe Vandenberg – Berlinde De Bruyckere: Innocence is precisely: never to avoid the worst. Milan: Skira Editore, 2012. 


Reflections on the Drawings (2012)

Reflections on the drawings is a collection of essays conceived of as a companion the artist’s book Philippe Vandenberg – Berlinde De Bruyckere. Innocence is Precisely: Never to Avoid the Worst and the exhibition of the same name held in De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, in 2012. The book includes essays by Jan Vanden Berghe, a close friend of the artist, and art historian Patrick Van Rossem, providing diverse philosophical and art historical perspectives on his artistry.

Patrick Van Rossem and Jan Vanden Berghe. Philippe Vandenberg: Reflections on the drawings. Brussels: Estate Philippe Vandenberg; Tilburg: De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, 2012. 

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Publications: 1974 – 2009