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added more Alechinsky rareties

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At auction I was lucky to find and buy a “lot” with some more Alechinsly rare books and among them there was one one publication of which i did not know it existed. It was the Alwechinsky catalogue for his Caracas exhibition from 1989. A catalogue published in only 1000 copies and spectacular because i am convinced that is a hard to find collectable Alechinsky publication. The full title is LITOS PERPETRA PIERRE ALECHINSKY and the exhibition was held at the Museo de Bellas Artesde Caracas. There is only one copy available and the first who orderes it at www.ftn-books.com and uses the discount code Caracas will receive a 15% discount on this specific item.

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Christian Boltanski (1944)

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Recently i acquired for FTN books ( www.ftn-books.com) the most prestigious museum publication ever with works by Boltanski. It is the coedition from Whitechapel gallery, van Abbemuseum and Musee de Grenoble from 1990 and it consists of 18 separate publications by Boltanski assembled in one box. All from the personal archives of Boltanski, it makes this an exceptional artist book. I believe that this edition was kept well under 1000 copies.

Published on the occasion of the 1990 exhibition “Christian Boltanski: Reconstitution,” at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, The Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and at The Musee de Grenoble.

CONDITION

Fine (box is slightly splayed; all contents Fine).

DESCRIPTION

Three soft cover catalogues:

[1] “Christian Boltanski: Reconstitution” exhibition catalogue, with essay by Lynn Gumpert, 40 pp., with numerous color and black and white illustrations, 12 x 9-5/8 inches;

[2] “Christian Boltanski 1944-90” catalogue of works, exhibitions and bibliography, 36 pp., with numerous black and white illustrations, 12 x 9-3/4 inches;

[3] “Christian Boltanski: an Interview with Georgia Marsh,” 48 pp., with five black and white illustrations, 11-3/4 x 8-1/4 inches.

Five reprints of soft cover artist’s books:

[4] “Reconstitution des gestes effectués par Christian Boltanski entre 1948 et 1954,” 28 pp., with 7 black and white plates, 8-1/8 x 5-1/4 inches;

[5] “10 Portraits photographiques de Christian Boltanski 1946-1964,” 24 pp., with 10 black and white plates, 8-1/4 x 5-5/8 inches;

[6] “Recherche et presentation de tout ce qui reste de mon enfance,” 16 pp., with 8 black and white plates, 8-5/8 x 6-1/8 inches;

[7] “Inventaire des objets ayant appartenu a une femme des Bois-Colombes” 92 pp., with numerous black and white illustrations, 8-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches;

[8] “Saynetes Comiques” 32 pp., with 22 black and white illustrations, 8-1/4 x 11-5/8 inches.

Two facsimile letters:

[9] “lettre de demande d’aide”;

[10] “Lettre aux conservateurs de Musee proposant le projet des inventaires.”

Photocopied flyer:

[11] “Christian Boltanski a l’honneuer de vous faire ses offres de service,”

Exhibition invitation:

[12] “Dispersion a l’amiable”.

Two black and white photographic cards:

[13] “Christian Boltanski a 5 ans 3 mois de distance”;

[14] “Christian Boltanski et ses freres”.

Three color postcards:

[15] “Image modèle (La régate), 1975;

[16] “Composition decorative,” 1976;

[17] “Affiche,” 1974.

Color poster:

[18] “L’Ange d’alliance,” 1986.

Highlighting Boltanski’s ongoing reconstruction of his identity, this poignant and informative collection is both a self-portrait and a biographical assemblage that speaks to the evasive natures of memory and memorial and is available at www.ftn-books.com

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Karl Gerstner and Nouvelle Tendence, 1964

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Nouvelle Tendance is an international group of avant-garde artists founded in Paris. Under this title, five international exhibitions were organized with innovative art.

The artists in this movement experimented with lighting effects, kinetic art and Opart. In 1968 they brought one of the first exhibitions with computer art. From that moment, they published nine issues of their magazine Bit International, including two double issues.

Many of the members of Nouvelle Tendance were affiliated with local movements such as ZERO, Nul, Grav, Equipo 57 and others. In contrast to these local moves, Nouvelle Tendance had no statutes or regulations.

This in short what i found as a description of this mouvement. However there is more because in 1964 this mouvement was received an important exhibition at the Musee des Arts decoratifs, recognizing it as an important international art form. Karl Gerstner designed the poster for the exhibition and now i have this original poster for sale. The poster is in excellent almost MINT condition and i believe this to be the only copy currently to be on the market.

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Vic Gentils (1919-1997)

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Another of those more obscure Belgian artists is definitely Vic Gentils. Studied in Antwerp and became known through participating in the Kassel and Venice Biennales in the mid Sixties, but soon after people lost interest in his art was only known in Belgium. Not many museums have work by Gentils, but if you encounter work in a museum it is probably a “painting” from the series of ANTI-PEINTURE. a series of non paintings which is pure abstract and can be categorized as Informal.

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Following years of search and doubt during which Vic Gentils assimilates expressionism and the ubiquitous Picasso and Klee, in 1955 he turns to abstract painting. And when that too seems inadequate, Gentils starts making his famous assemblages. These are indeed abstract compositions, from wood scraps – usually frames from doors or windows – that he combines with appropriated picture frames, thus also referring to the painting as ‘window on the world’. In this sense *Anti-peinture I* (1960) is not really an adieu to painting but rather an evocation of painting’s own shortcomings. Gentils makes art-historical art. With cast-off decorations once sold to nostalgic parochial folk, he forges a new patrimony. In the white modern spaces so desirous of being timeless, his assemblages function like alienating interventions, objects that underscore the historical nature of each object, each space. And perhaps the opting for dark tones was his way to escape from the shadow of expressionism, by ironic reference to that somber style sometimes drown in asphalt.

 

Possibly there will be a time that the works by Gentils will be reevaluated and appreciated but for now the only thing to do is to study the older publications on Gentils of which some are available at www.ftn-books.com

 

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de Stijl catalogue ( 1951 ) by Willem Sandberg

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I have copies of this 1951 catalogue for sale at www.ftn-books.com for a very long time now and whenever i have a copy available it is rapidly sold, but the one i have at this moment is very special ( please inquire). It is the same book/catalogue from 1951 as the other ones i had, but it has some extra’s that none of the copies i had before had. It contains the original folder ( it is possibly designed by Willem Sandberg) in which the separate rooms in the Stedelijk are described and 2 pages of stencilled texts on de Stijl. I have never seen the folder before and it must be one of the extremely rare Stedelijk Museum collectibles. To my knowledge this makes this package the only complete publication package on the very Special de STIJL 1951 exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

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Piet Dirkx weekly ….4

And now for something completely different….certainly not. The 4th weekly is devoted to another part of Biotoop. It is the trusted companion wile at the dinner table at my sisters home. The Piet Dirkx hanging and looking over the table, is chosen because of the blend it makes in colors with its surroundings. Whenever you put a vase with flowers below it, it appears that all the colors of the flowers are present within the wax painting. The size is a medium size of aprox 118 x 100 cm. (collection Thijs & Jochem Bakker / Lucas van den Elshout)

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Marianne Brandt (1893-1983)

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Marianne Brandt is one of the true fist multi disciplined female artists from last century. One of the front “(wo)men” for Bauhaus and what it stands for. She was responsible for some truly great designs for everyday objects.

Teapots, lamps, cupboards and plates, she has designed it.
Lesser known is that she was one of the pioneers of Photomontage.

A discipline in which she excelled and on which subject a few years ago an exhibition was dedicated at the Bauhaus Museum in Berlin ( catalogue available at www.ftn-books.com)

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It is time that outside Germany Marianne Brandt becomes known for her excellent designs. At auctions her designs are very much sought after and reach record prices, so how is it possible that a great female artist like Marianne Brandt is hardly known?

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Lucebert and The Centraal Museum/ 1974

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About a year ago i mentioned in one of my blogs the excellent design and print quality of almost every publication of the Centraal Museum Utrecht they published since the early Seventies. I have encountered publications which were designed by Jan Schoonhoven  and ick Bruna and many others  and among them,…. and one of the last i discovered , is Lucebert who designed a very nice publication within the MEDEDELINGEN series in 1974. It contains almost 20 original Lucebert drawings for this publication. This will be a rare and highly collectible item in the near future, so pick up a copy if you have the chance. Know that there is now a copy available at www.ftn-books.com

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Arjanne van der Spek (1958)

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Is it luck or did it had to be this way?,….. because a few months ago if finally could purchase for the FTN collection an important and i think beautiful and intriguing sculpture by Arjanne van der Spek. It must have been some 25 years or more ago that i think Gerrit Jan de Rook introduced me to Arjanne van der Spek.  It was during the exhibition she had at the Gemeentemuseum and was joining Frank van Hemert in their joint presentation. A just starting, promising sculptor, who had finished her education and studies at the Ateliers 63 just half a decade earlier. She had her first solo exhibition at the Tanya Rumpff gallery who had started her gallery a few months earlier. I went to the gallery to see the other drawings and sculptures other than the ones i had seen and admired at the Gemeentemuseum and i really fell for her sculptures. As i explained to her a few weeks ago …they were intriguing and completely different than the sculptures i had seen before. The use of wood, steel, ceramic and tissues all in one sculpture were new to me. Unfortunately i could not afford a sculpture, but time changes everything  and a few weeks ago i was able to buy KNAP KNAP KNA from the former Klein Breteler collection, who had the work acquired from gallery de Vries in Haarlem. The work was not sold during auction, but i was able to buy it in the aftersale. I informed Arjanne that i had bought the KNAP KNAP KNAP and she was delighted to hear it found a new home. She thought it to be one of her best works and is still very fond of it so i offered it on loan when ever she wanted to use it in an exhibition:

‘Knap Knap Knap’ (2009)

a mixed media object (ceramic, wood, paint, brass) in two parts, 70x100x40 cm

Provenance: Acquired from Galerie Rob de Vries, Haarlem

It is a large work which makes it not that easy to place although outside placement under a roof is an option.

I added this work last week to the FTN art section and for those interested in buying please inquire at wvdelshout@ziggo.nl

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Bill Brandt (1904-1983)…body parts

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Yesterday….  a blog on Marianne Brandt, today the subject is Bill Brandt. Not related in anyway  and an age difference of some 50 years, but both working with photography. But where Marianne cut up photographs to make some excellent photomontages, Bill Brandt uses the angle of the lens to make some very impressive photographs. For me Brandt is together with Lucien Clergue one of the very best nude photographers from last century. He uses the angle of the lens to photograph parts of the body and with this technique his photos are like the sculptures of Maillol and Moore in which body parts are enhanced and polished into almost abstract sculptures.

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This technique makes him quite unique among photographers and with this quality he stands out. Add the use of Black and White film and Bill Brandt becomes a very recognizable photographer. His nudes are among the very best photographs from the last century and it took me only a minute to find some of the examples that show in an excellent way that what i tried to explain in words. www.ftn-books.com has some Bill Brandt titles avaialble.