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Giovanni Anselmo (1934)

Giovanni Anselmo

From 1954 to 1964 he devoted himself to painting, but in 1965 he turned to the creation of objects inspired by observation of natural events and energies, which he exhibited in 1967 at the Galleria Sperone in Turin. In 1968 he joined the Arte Povera movement, embodying actions or ideas through combinations of contrasting and opposed materials (that didn’t involved industrial process, which is why the movement was called Arte Povera, “poor art”), whose weight, gravity and vigour he explored. In 1972 he turned to words and their immateriality to explore the relationship between abstract categories of thought, such as general and particular, finite and infinite, culture and nature, the passing of historical time and the hypothesis of the eternity of universal physical laws, the routine of experience and the abstraction of philosophical principles. He took part in Documenta 5 and 7, organized at Kassel in 1972 and in 1982. In 1990 he was awarded the Leone d’Oro for painting at the 44th Venice Biennale. His striving for a universal energy and an idea of infinity led the artist to represent actions of approach and communication between different realities in sculptures which express a compressed force, blocked “at the limit”, at a moment of balance. The Museo d’Arte Moderna in Bologna (MamBo) held in 2006 a wide-ranging anthological exhibition conceived by the artist as a total work. He lives and works in Turin and on the island of Stromboli.

I never heard of Anselmo until Rudi Fuchs became director of the Haags Gemeentemuseum . Fuchs has presented Anselmo at the Documenta 7 and was planning to make several presentations with the artist at the Rivoli Museum and at the Haags Gemeentmuseum. A for this museum….only a few loans were presented in the late Eighties and no large solo exhibitions with Anselmo were held at the museum at all. A pity since Anselmo is one of the great artists from the Seventies and Eighties. http://www.ftn-books.com has some nice Anselmo titles available at this moment.

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the Hess Art collection

The Hess Art collection combines two favorit subjects of mine. First there is one of the most famous wineries in the world and second. It has a great privately owned art collection with the focus on Modern Art later than the 60’s.

Founder Donald Hess’s art collection began when he purchased a painting as décor for his new home. Years later, a friend studied the painting and informed him that he owned a Picasso. This twist of fate gave Donald his first indication that he might have an eye for art curation. Donald Hess formally began collecting art in 1966, and for him, art collection is a personal endeavor. He is driven by a passion for connecting with living artists and developing a close dialogue with each artist to better understand what drives them to create.

As is evident by the caliber of the art gallery, Donald Hess collects art with an uncanny ability to identify lesser known artists who often go on to become well-known and highly-respected in their disciplines. Once he connects with an artist, Donald is committed to each artist throughout their career.

When you visit the winery on Mount Veeder, you have the opportunity to take part in a guided tour of the impressive Hess Art Collection, followed by a tasting. To prepare yourself www,ftn-books.com has now the 350 page book on the Hess collection available.

teh Hess Art colection
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Sarah van der Pols (1973)

Sarah van der Pols

Sarah van der Pols (Rotterdam, 1973) graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. A recurring theme in her work is the elusiveness of humankind. Her drawings depict human figures who mirror themselves in their environment and who are taken up with a constant search after themselves and the recognition of the other: a relationship sometimes visualized by a running thread that literally connects the figures in the image. The figures are shaped by its surrounding, but also leave traces in these settings. The figures’ silvery shadows lead lives of their own. The ethereal and laborious materials reflect the elusiveness of the image. Van der Pols uses materials such as soot, charcoal, silk, and silver leaf to create an image that obscures as much as it reveals. The figures are created from their environment by partly erasing them from the soot, painting them over, and drawing them in again. Shadow, mirror image, and afterimage flow into each other, while the surroundings eventually seem to disappear.

The reason for introducing Sarah van der Pols is because FTN art has acquired a beautiful and impressive large work by her, which is now for sale. Thelarge sized and framed work is executed on paper and is a mixed techniques, which measures 142 x 101 ( without the wooden frame )

Authopsy / 2000, by Sarah van der Pols
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Paula Rego (1935)

Paula Rego

Power relations, sexuality, and mythology are common threads running through the work of Paula Rego (b. 1935). Her figurative paintings explore both her personal struggles, including years of depression, and social problems like the inferior status of women. Rego grew up in Portugal, “a terrible country for women”, according to her father, who moved to Britain for his work, leaving her with her grandmother. Rego went to study at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, and eventually made the city her home after many years of moving back and forth. It was in London that Rego evolved into one of the biggest stars of contemporary painting, but her work is now increasingly appreciated outside the UK, too. In collaboration with Tate Britain, Kunstmuseum Den Haag is to host the biggest retrospective of Paula Rego’s work to date, featuring more than seventy collages, paintings, etchings and drawings, ranging from her early work in the 1960s, her huge pastel drawings like Angel, and the impressive Abortion series, to her multi-layered ‘staged scenes’ of the 2000s.

This is how the publicity department of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (Kunstmuseum) describes the current exhibition by Paula Rego. Last week, me and Linda visited the exhibition together with the other exhibitions at the museum. The Rego exhibition was on my shortlist, since i had encountered her graphic works some years ago when i bought a very nice book on Rego ( currently a second copy available at www.ftn-books.com). There are some 70 works within the exhibition. Presented chronologically the first 2 rooms really blew me away. Works so complex and so poignant that i cannot remember during the last 10 years to have seen such 2 impressive rooms filled with great art. Than there are 2 rooms filled with paintings by Rego which i found less impressive and than, perhaps the ones she has become famous for ,about 40 works executed in pastel. Many of those on large formats. These are the ones that tell a story. Each work his own story, but all equal impressive.

The exhibition is at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag ( KUNSTMUSEUM) until the 20th of March 2022.

Paula Rego publication available at www.ftn-books.com

Paula Rego Graphic work
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Jean Amado (1922-1995)

The sculptor, native of Aix en Provence, friend of Jean Dubuffet, was regularly exhibited between 19760 and 1990., But since it looks like he is forgotten by most.

His works in basalt sand, fireproof cement and water offer a synthesis of sculptural elements and architecture. Following his first exhibition at the gallery followed by the promotion of his works in Oslo, the French State acquired La tatoue démolie. Thereafter monumental pieces joined major collections of foreign institutions, Rosenberg at the Darmstadt Museum and Par la mer, le passage at the Kröller-Müller of Otterlo. The latest is from 1980 at which year he had a large solo exhibition at the museum. http://www.ftn-books.com sells a complete photo press set, including Amado at work at the museum and has the Amado book which was published with the exhibition for sale too.

AMADO catalogue
Amado catalogue inside

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Sonsbeek 1972

the 3 volume catalogue for Sonsbeek 1972

This arguably the most important Sonsbeek presentation ever. Artist like Serra, Brouwn, Andre and LeWitt all participated in the park near Arnhem. I now have acquired the complete set of 3 volumes which was published on the occasion of this outdoor exhibition.

Arnhem, Holland: Sonsbeek Festival, 1972
Three volumes (A – H, I – R,  S- Z) , uniformly 13 x 17.5cm with a total of almost 1,000 pages.

The extensive catalogue for the huge (and four yearly) sculpture show that frequently catches each the zeitgeist perfectly (the 1968 earlier show represented the pop artists and before that Klein and Arman etc) .

Each artist is displayed in a standard format – a full page b/w of the work followed by a faux index card description in Dutch and English – most artists displayed more than a single work. Artists include Andre, Brouwn (mispelled Brown!), Buren, Darboven, Flanagan, Graham, Long, Merz, Oppenheim, Serra, Snow and many, many more. A delightful publication which is well designed and all that a catalogue should be. 

available at www.ftn-books.com

Cart Andre at Sonsbeek 1972

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Gerald van der Kaap (continued)

Gerald van der Kaap

Readers of this blog have already encountered  a short text on Gerald van der Kaap, but since i have added last week an important publication by van der Kaap to my inventory it is necessary to write agin.

The publication was published by Bébert in 1983, in an edition of 26 + 10 numbered and signed copies. It was presented for the first time at galerie Jurka in 1983 and it contains 6 original photographs by van der Kaap. Many Rotterdam artist experimented with staged photography ( Henk Tas ao) and so did van der Kaap and because i have an interest in staged photography i decided to buy the portfolio for my inventory ( now available at www.ftn-books.com). Of course you need to know what i am writing about so here is the complete portfolio in photographs. 

Kaap invitation for the galerie Jurka presentation

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Allie van Altena (1952)

For this blog a different approack. I stumbled upon a catalogie by van Altena of his 1990 galerie Ronkes Agerbeek and realized that his career spans over 40 years now and specially his drawings always fascinate me. So whie looking for information on Altena i found his site with a virtual visist to his studio. The book is available at www.ftn-books.com, but pleazse visit this studio first. Great art art and a nice change this time.

https://www.allievanaltena.nl

van Altena publication for galerie Ronkes Agerbeek
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Hans van Manen (1932)

When you search for Hans van Manen you will find 9 out of 10 times that he is one of the most influential choreographers from our time. He had a lilfe time career with the ” Nationaal Ballet”, but search a little bit more you wioll find a very talented photographer. He started with photography in the early Eighties and was at that time very much influenced by Robert Mapplethorpe and photographs from these days show many resemblances. Later he met Erwin Olaf and they both admired each others works and photographed each other on many occasions.

 This career in photography is still far less important than his career with the Nationaal Ballet, but i would not be surprised if van Manen would become much more famous for his photographs by a far larger audience than with his ballets.

Although the ballets by Hans van Manen (Amsterdam, 1932) seem simple by their abstraction, they are certainly not. The award-winning choreographer requires risk, vitality and swing. He owes his nickname Mondriaan of Dance to the optimal use of space and a clear introduction of the dancers on stage. His humor lifts the tone of his work and appeals to a large audience. Although Van Manen cannot read scores, he ‘reads’ compositions and ‘listens’ to dance like no other.

In 1951 Van Manen started his career with Sonia Gaskell’s Ballet Recital. The year after, he joined the Nederlandse Opera Ballet, where he choreographed his first work Feestgericht (1957). Then he joined Roland Petit’s company in Paris. From 1960 to 1971 Van Manen was associated with NDT as a dancer (until 1963), choreographer and (from 1961) as artistic leader. In this period Van Manen blossomed as a choreographer. In 1973 he joined Het Nationale Ballet as a choreographer and producer, after two years of freelancing.

From 1988 to 2003 Hans van Manen returned to NDT as a resident choreographer. He remains available to NDT for rehearsing and updating existing repertoire. His oeuvre now comprises more than 120 ballets (62 of which for NDT), each bearing his unmistakable signature. His most recent creations for NDT are Short Cut (NDT 1, 1999), Two Gold Variations (NDT 1, 1999), Trilogie (NDT 1, 2000), Two Faces (NDT3, 2000), Simple Things (NDT2, 2001) and Monologue, Dialogue (NDT 1, 2003). Hans van Manen created Situation especially for the company in 1970. The ballet returns in the NDT 1 program Soir Historique (2019).

from left to right : photo’s by Mapplethorpe, Erwin Olaf and Erwin Olaf

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Walter Jacob (1893-1964)

Walter Jacob during WWI

In 1910, Walter Jacob (1893-1964) started training in decorative painting in Meerane, where he met Ernst Müller-Gräfe, who would be influential for Jacob’s artistic development.  In his early work, he created especially drawings, resulting from a lack of money.  After the First World War, Jacob was a student at the Dresden Academy and in contact with Robert Sterl, whose master student he was from 1919-20. 
Jacob is not very well known, but one look at his work and you can not only date it it as typical for the Interbellum, but you also can see that this is great German Expressionist art. It took some decades for him to be recognized as being of importance but finally in 1986 a special auction at Karl & Faber was devoted to him and his works. This catalogue and poster are now available at http://www.ftn-books.com