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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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stijl package b

stijl package c

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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.

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Gerard Verdijk (1934-2005)… paintings now available at FTN-art

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As promissed a few weeks ago, i have now added some of Gerard Verdijk’s paintings that are for sale from this date on at www.ftn-blog.com / Ftn-art

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These pages are developed in cooperation with Josephine Sloet who helped me select the works that she considers important and which are available. Many of those are also depicted in the epic book on Gerard Verdijk///THE MOUNTAIN OF EINSTEIN,  which is also available at www.ftn-books.com.

Please visit : https://ftn-blog.com/gerard-verdijk-for-sale/

and for inquiries sent me a request at wvdelshout@ziggo.nl

and for news on Gerard Verdijk check these pages frequently.

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Josephine Sloet site pages are now “live”

 

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It took a few meetings and some fine tuning but now , after a month of preparations, the page with Josephine Sloet paintings is now “live” at ftn-blog.com/josephine-sloet/

These paintings that are presented are all for sale and come from different periods from her career. One of my personal favorites is the TIME MOVING painting. It is a large, bold work of art and not for the faint of hearted, because it stands out and dominates its surroundings and beside that you can not avoid it since it is a very large work of art.  It measures an impressive 206 x 206 cm.

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A beautiful and impressive painting by Josephine Sloet. For more inquiries on this and other paintings by Josephine Sloet offered by FTN-art, please inquire at wvdelshout@ziggo.nl

The following video is made by Josephine Sloet:

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Mario Ceroli (1938)

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This is what his site says about the artist:

Mario Ceroli is one of the most important representatives of contemporary art in Italy.  As an eclectic artist, sculpture, designer, architect, painter and scenographer, he has been able to transform, during his long career, such powerful raw material as wood in breathtaking one of a kind art pieces. Born in 1938 in a small town of the province of Chieti, Italy, he moved for the first time to Rome in the early 60’s. This was the emerging period of the pop art in Italy; a motivating moment of the traditional contemporary art in which he distinguished himself with his capacity to combine tradition with modern. Mario’s creativity runs from reinterpreting famous art to creating new open spaces, furnishing theatrical plays to the realization of great sculptures en plein air including references to material reality and symbolic figures. Ceroli recognized, other than his masterpieces, as a pioneer in starting a wave of expression in art and demonstrating with a strong conviction that experimenting with new materials is the beginning of professional growth in a real artist.

His great artistic talent allows him to obtain from natural elements such as wood, glass, earth and ice, a blend of geometrical figures, inlaids, marvellous works that can be only created by a master mind.  When Ceroli talks about wood, he states, “It’s the only material that allows me to right away give form to my imagination and ideas; it’s from the material that the images jump out of me”.

Ceroli known in the world especially for his horses, sculpted in bronze and wood, symbolizing salvation and aspiration, the founder one is the bronze horse that we can find in the middle of the Rai Headquarters in Rome. Although he is at the top of contemporary art in Italy, his work also mirrors the research of “The Beautiful Ideal” from Winckelmann in the late XVIII century. With the unusual form that his sculpted furniture takes place, you can perceive the presence of the metaphysic paintings of Giorgio De Chirico in such way that it actually honors him.  Ceroli’s art offers a one of a kind esthetic experience; an encounter between past and present and a total immersion in beauty.

Please visit his site, because it is well worth your visit:

http://mobilinellavalle.it/en/artist-mario-ceroli/

www.ftn-books.com has two rare Ceroli titles available

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