Michael Tedja

The color guide series and more


This book is not yet published, but will be available from September 2022.

ISBN: 9783775752299 Category:

Hatje Cantz Verlag


Drawing on draftsmanship, painting, literature, and installations, Michael Tedja’s oeuvre erupts into a flamboyant and visually playful whole. His boisterous storms of imagery recall the CoBrA movement of artists from Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam briefly banded together after World War II. Aiming to banish bourgeois rituals as well as theorizing around avant-garde art, they embraced expressionist spontaneity, an unrestrained use of vivid colors, folkloric elements, handwriting and graffiti.

But Michael Tedja has taken out the folkloric and anti-intellectual, his painting is a kind of IQ test. With abstract and figurative visual vocabulary complementing each other, Tedja’s imagery is expressive and linguistic, full of references and autobiographical elements. This monograph encompasses large-scale paintings, his overwhelming installation of large drawings Hypersubjective, as well as The Color Guide Series. Here, Tedja deploys textured paint, crayon and chalk on commercial paper stock-the color bars printed along the paper’s edge are left exposed-turning mass-produced standard into something decidedly unique. Yet by constantly recycling and repurposing images, Tedja explores the alterability of meaning within the visual context of globalization.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 17 x 24 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 16 September 2022
Number of pages 400
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Gean Moreno, Edward Goldman, Carlson Hatton, Christopher Knight, Moshekwa Langa, Dieter Roelstraete, Eric Minh Swenson, Mario Vasquez, and Jody Zellen
Dimensions 17 x 24 cm
Weight 300 g


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MICHAEL TEDJA (*1971, Rotterdam) is a leading Dutch contemporary artist. He studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, where he also lives today. He had solo exhibitions at the Cobra Museum for Modern Art, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Locust Projects in Miami, the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, as well as numerous international group exhibitions.