Dutch artist who works mainly with photography. Born in Weert. Trained as an art teacher at the Tilburg Academy 1959-63 and studied painting with Jan Gregoor in Eindhoven 1961-3. Taught art at a training college 1964-7. First one-man exhibition at Galerie 845, Amsterdam, 1965. Painted some abstract shaped canvases, then gave up painting in 1967. Shortly afterwards visited London on a British Council scholarship and met Richard Long and other artists involved with Land art. On return to Holland, settled in Amsterdam and began to make 'Plough Projects', 'Beach Projects' etc., followed by his first 'Perspective Corrections'. Started in 1967 to use photography to create a dialogue between nature and cool geometrical design by rotating the camera on its axis, taking series of photographs systematically increasing the shutter speed, etc. Also experimented with videos, films and conceptual works. His exhibition in the Dutch pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1972 established his international reputation. Lives in Amsterdam.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.170-1
Jan Dibbets (born 9 May 1941, in Weert) is an Amsterdam-based Dutch conceptual artist. His work is influenced by mathematics and works mainly with photography.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, he started as an art teacher at the Tilburg Academy and studied painting with Jan Gregoor in Eindhoven. He had his first solo exhibition in 1965 at Amsterdam's Galerie 845 and subsequently abandoned painting in 1967. At that same period, he visited London and met Richard Long and other artists working with land art. He returned to Amsterdam, incorporated land-art based theories into his work and began to use photography as a "dialogue between nature and cool geometrical design by rotating the camera on its axis" with his "perspective corrections". His work in the Dutch pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1972 gave him an international reputation.
In 1994, he was commissioned by the Arago Association to create a memorial to the French astronomer François Arago, known as Hommage à Arago. Dibbets set 135 bronze medallions into the ground along the Paris Meridian between the north and south limits of Paris.
Dibbets works are included in museums around the world, including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art in Tilburg, and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.