Jan Dibbets

(b. 1941)

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(1941– )

Dutch Conceptual artist, best known for his work with photographs of landscape, particularly his ‘perspective correction’ photographs. In these—utilizing the well-known phenomenon that parallel lines appear to converge as they recede from the spectator—he makes lines on the ground or floor that in reality diverge away from the camera but appear exactly parallel on the flat surface of the photographic image. He writes: ‘I really believe in having projects which in fact can't be carried out, or which are so simple that anyone could work them out. I once made four spots on the map of Holland, without knowing where they were. Then I found out how to get there and went to the place and took a snapshot. Quite stupid. Anybody can do that.’

Subjects: Art.

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