LILY VAN DER STOKKER, How I Went to New York 1983 – 1992, 2022 [book, autobiography]

LILY VAN DER STOKKER, How I Went to New York 1983 – 1992, 2022
22,2 x 17,2 cm
HC, 184 pp.
mint, sealed as published
published by Les Presses du Réel, Dijon, France
inv.LvdS 000

The story in this biographical book start as follows:
‘The story I am going to tell is a story that Jack had said several times we should make a film of. In those days I was never interested in writing down everything, but here it is.

With a girlfriend I decided to travel to New York. It was meant to not be a short holiday. We thought it was the coolest place to go to. If we could survive in New York, that would be the ultimate challenge.
I told more than Jack intended me to tell, but I did it the way he said it: “Write it down, the Six Street Gallery story and all the things that happened with you, because it sounds like a movie.’

LILY VAN DER STOKKER, Poor museum has no money, 2018 [sticker]

LILY VAN DER STOKKER, Poor museum has no money, 2018
14 x 14 cm
sticker, comes with Cut magazine issue #19
edition 80
published by CUT magazine about art / Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam
inv.LvdS 000

In 2018, Lily van der Stokker was invited to create a solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In such a case it is not unusual to agree that the museum will purchase a work, as an expression of gratitude or support towards the artist. It soon turned out that there was no budget to purchase a work of art by this Dutch artist.

Lily was allowed to come up with proposals for the teaser campaign. She suggested making a sticker with the text ‘Poor museum has no money’. That plan was rejected because there could be a public fuss about money spent by the museum. Van der Stokker then suggested having wrapping paper printed with the text ‘Blockbuster or avantgarde?’. That was also seen as overly critical commentary on the museum.

This sticker comes together with a piece of wrapping paper called “Blockbuster or Avant garde?” as an insert in Cut magazine about art issue #19 – November 2018. Published by Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, Netherlands. These items accompany an open letter to Dutch journalist Lucette Terborg by Lily that starts as follows: ‘I’m writing to you in response to your review that was published on 13/14 November in the NRC about my retrospective exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum. It was the second time I’d done something like it (the first being in ‘97)….’

LILY VAN DER STOKKER, Edition Griffelkunst, 2001 [offset, signed in print]


LILY VAN DER STOKKER, (design wallpainting 7m high with flu yellow couch, in light blue, 2000), 2001
33,6 x 39,3 cm
lithographic offset
verso: signed in print
edition 1000
published by Edition Griffelkunst, Hamburg, Germany
very good condition

This print comes from a set of 5 prints published by Griffelkunst. Verso with text: ‘Lily van der Stokker, Edition griffelkunst 2001, einmalige Auflage (design wallpainting 7m high with fluo yellow couch, in light blue, 2000)’


Hardly detectable stock aging at right back side:
inv. LvdS314

LILY VAN DER STOKKER, This Belongs To Me, 2013 [DIY multiple]


LILY VAN DER STOKKER, This Belongs To Me, 2013
45 x 32,5 x 5 cm
4 parts + seal bag with utensils
two pencils, two brushes, two spatulas, three cups, rubber and sharpener, hand painted colour samples, manual, template, table of installation history to be filled in, artist’s impression of installation, cardboard box, hand signed, dated and numbered in print
edition 6 + 1 AP
published by the artist
€ 3.500,- plus 6% V.A.T.







LILY VAN DER STOKKER, Good, 2003 [cap]

LILY VAN DER STOKKER, Good – Viktor & Rolf cap, 2003
11 x 27 x 17 cm
fabric, print on cap, Viktor & Rolf seal, Viktor & Rolf label, original code tag
ca 6 produced for retail presentation

“Viktor & Rolf liked my work for years and asked me to design something sweet for men. In the end they came to my studio and took a design for a T-shirt from 1992 – an all-over flower pattern which had in it the word “good” with rays around it” said Lily van der Stokker in an interview with John Waters in 2010.

In 2003 Viktor & Rolf produced for preorders and image reasons a shirt, sweater, bumber jacket, trousers, hand bag, tie, cap with a design of Lily van der Stokker. After the introduction for retailers extremely small orders were taken and later on the line was never taken into production; hence very few items of these products can be found on the market.

Nowadays during a live streaming customers can click on any garment they want to order as soon as production is completed. Those orders (with payment) contain valuable ‘consumer feedback’ for fashion houses. Manufacturers know exactly how popular a particular garment may become. Moreover, a preorder with advance says much more than a “like” on Facebook, that not necessarily means a purchase intent.