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Wim Couwel / Saura / van Abbemuseum

I have been selling, searching, publishing and collecting books for over 50 years now and because of my admiration for WIM CROUWEL I have been on the look out for Crouwel designed items for more than 30 years . This is the first time that I have found one of the most wanted Crouwel designed titles. It is the Saura publication from 1963 for the van abbemuseum…..Yesterday I finally purchased a copy and it is now for sale at http://www.ftn-books.com, but …..because this is really scarce and I did not find another copy on the internet I decided to make this copy available in this blog. It is the complete catalog in photographs, now available for all, but only one lucky collector can buy the actual copy at www.ftn-books.com

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CIMAISE

At one of last years auctions i acquired a very nice series of CIMAISE magazine. A french periodical devoted to Modern Art and what makes these special is that the covers were made by the very best of Contemporary artists. Among them: Dubuffet, Vasarely, Yvarel, Corneille Sonderborg and many others. A colorful blog on one of the best art magazines from last century. Most of these are still available. Enjoy!

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Piet Zwart (continued)

Piet Zwart

There are many Piet Zwart publications which are over the years getting more scarce every passing year and this is no exception and may be the only one on the market at this moment. Only 2 pages, but important so I decided to share this with the readers of this blog. The bulletin contributions were published by the Stedelijk Museum. 2 pages on Piet Zwart on the design of the Vredestein catalog. Only one copy is available for the collector who wants it all, but now to enjoy by all.

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Erwin Bohatsch (1951)

Erwin Bohatsch

Erwin Bohatsch, born in 1951, numbers among the most important Austrian artists of his generation. And now, the ALBERTINA Museum is honoring his diverse output with a solo exhibition. Bohatsch’s oeuvre is characterized by a constant back-and-forth between figuration and abstraction, between color and non-color, and between line and surface. It also prominently features the question as to painting’s currency, a question that itself remains as current as ever.
This exhibition juxtaposes the artist’s latest works with representative examples from the past few decades to explore a multifaceted kaleidoscope representing 40 years of unique and consistent creativity.

www.ftn-books.com has the galerie Krinzinger catalogue from 12984 available.

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Miquel Barceló ( 1957)

Miquel Barcelo

One of Spain’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Miquel Barceló is known for his relief-like mixed-media paintings, expressive bronze sculptures and ceramics. An artistic nomad, his fascination with the natural world has inspired richly textured canvases that evoke the earthy materiality of Art Informel, as well as compositions that study the effects of light and the ever-changing colours of the sea. Always experimenting with non-traditional materials such as volcanic ash, food, seaweed, sediments and homemade pigments, his works carry the traces of the fierce energy that animates his creative process.  

In the mid 1980s, Barceló began eliminating narrative elements from his works, creating an increasingly unreal space punctuated by holes, cracks and transparencies. This process of simplification culminated in 1988, a year in which he travelled across the Sahara and created his white paintings. Relying on cultural and geographical diversity for inspiration, his time in Mali, where he established a studio, was a formative experience. For Barceló, painting is a visceral way of relating himself to the world and, as such, his art connects with the primitive beauty of cave paintings. He expands the technical boundaries of representation, while remaining rooted in the grand tradition of painting, following in the footsteps of Picasso or Goya when representing bullfight scenes or Baroque painters when completing a commission for the Palma de Mallorca Cathedral.

www.ftn-books.com has the 1984 AIZPURU catalogue available.

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George Apostu (1934-1986)

George Apostu

George Apostu was born in 1934 in Stanisesti, Bacau. In 1959 he graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts in Bucharest, studying sculpture. From 1964 he had numerous solo exhibitions in Romania and abroad.

By working with traditional wood and stone carvings, Apostu found abstract ways of escaping the conventions of a narrow realism. Like Brancusi, he was fascinated by returning to mythical origins and primitive art, and was inspired by architectural space, but his work is quite different: where Brancusi polished and refined in precise symbolism, Apostu left the elemental marks of the act of sculpting and did not impose rigid interpretations.

In 1965 he took part in the Paris Biennale and was awarded a prize by André Malraux. He made outdoor sculptures, such as ‘Butterflies’ and ‘Mirror of the Son’, across Europe and in Japan. In 1982 he was appointed Professor of Sculpture at Academia Michelangelo in Agrigento, Italy. He moved to Paris and in 1983 was granted a studio by the mayor, Jacques Chirac. Apostu never received quite the same recognition in Romania.

Two of his most famous cycles, ‘Father and Son’ and ‘Maternity’, were sculptural representations of the relationship between humanity and the vegetal world in their organic regeneration. He regarded them as updating the myths of the cosmic ‘tree of life’ and of ‘eternal renewal’. In the last years of his life he developed the primitivism of his early works, which engaged conceptually with Eliade’s Neolithic ecumenical mysticism, bringing the themes of father and son and mother earth into the area of Christian significance.

He died in 1986 and is buried in Père-Lachaise cemetery. However, his legacy lives on: in 2001 “Zona Apostu”, a space of outdoor sculptures, was created in Kiseleff Park, Bucharest. In 2012 an “Apostu Summer School” at the Centre of Culture and Arts “George Apostu” was set up in Bacau.

www.ftn-books.com has the Teatral National from Buklarest now available.

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Bernardo Bellotto (1721-1780)

Bernardo Bellotto

Normally i write a blog on Modern art , but here is the exception. The reason is the design of the Boymans van Beuningen poster for the Bernardo Bellotto exhibition at the Boymans van Beuningen museum.

The design was done byBennoo Wissing, making the exhibition poster one of exceptional quality and bridging the modern sixties posters with the more classic inspired fifties posters.

Bernardo Bellotto (c. 1721] or 30 January 1721 – 17 November 1780), was an Italian[4] urban landscape painter or vedutista, and printmaker in etching famous for his vedute of European cities – DresdenViennaTurin, and Warsaw. He was the student and nephew of the renowned Giovanni Antonio Canal Canaletto and sometimes used the latter’s illustrious name, signing himself as Bernardo Canaletto. In Germany and Poland, Bellotto called himself by his uncle’s name, Canaletto. This caused some confusion, however Bellotto’s work is more sombre in color than Canaletto’s and his depiction of clouds and shadows brings him closer to Dutch painting.

Bellotto’s style was characterized by elaborate representation of architectural and natural vistas, and by the specific quality of each place’s lighting. It is plausible that Bellotto, and other Venetian masters of vedute, may have used the camera obscura in order to achieve superior precision of urban views.[2]

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Doris Salcedo (1958)

Doris Salcedo

Last month wer had our annua; visit to the Alsace region in France to pick up the wine we ordered at Agathe Bursin. This means that we are in 50 km of our favorite museum , the Fondation Beyeler. When we visited in spring the museum presented itself in the best possible way with rooms devoted to Agnes Martin and Mark Rothko, but this time it was possibly even better. Their larges room was devoted to a remarkable piece of art by Doris Salcedo . The work PALMIMPEST covers the floor of the largest room of the Beyeler. 400 square meters are covered wth 66 stone tabs that show in water the names of people that died trying to reach Europe . 171 names emerge and disappear in a continuous process. This is not a work of art that is easy to admire since it appearances not very spectacular, but it is a powerful statement which shows the names and commemorates those that tried to reach a better life.

Doris Salcedo was born in 1958 in Bogotá, Colombia. Salcedo earned a BFA at Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano (1980) and an MA from New York University (1984). Salcedo’s understated sculptures and installations embody the silenced lives of the marginalized, from individual victims of violence to the disempowered of the Third World. Although elegiac in tone, her works are not memorials: Salcedo concretizes absence, oppression, and the gap between the disempowered and powerful.

While abstract in form and open to interpretation, her works serve as testimonies on behalf of both victims and perpetrators. Even when monumental in scale, her installations achieve a degree of imperceptibility—receding into a wall, burrowed into the ground, or lasting for only a short time. Salcedo’s work reflects a collective effort and close collaboration with a team of architects, engineers, and assistants—and, as Salcedo says, “with the victims of the senseless and brutal acts” to which her work refers. ( www.ftn-books.com has the info publication now available for sale.

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Ed van der Elsken and Vali Myers

Vali Myers by Ed van der Elsken

A few years ago i wrote a blog on Vali Myers. She was the” Muse” of Ed van der Elsken for many years and his series with her as a subject is a classic amonglast-century photographs. A few years ago the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam organized an exhibition on Ed van der Elsken and his works. The series with Vali Myeres stood out and was used in the publication to illustrate his Parisian years. The book is now available at www.ftn-books.com and for those interested in Vali Myers the invitation card for a book presentation on her is still available.

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Seth Siegelaub (1941-2013)

Seth Siegelaub

Siegelaub ran his own gallery, Seth Siegelaub Contemporary Art in Manhattan from 1964 to 1966. As an independent curator, he played a vital role in the emergence of Conceptual art between 1966 and 1972, working with artists such as Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, and Lawrence Weiner. Among his groundbreaking projects were The Xerox Book (1968) and July/August Exhibition (1970), which explored the phenomenon of the “group exhibition” in its most radical form: a book or a journal. In 1972, he turned away from the New York art scene and moved to Paris, where he worked as a publisher. Siegelaub began collecting and researching textiles and books about textiles in the early 1980s. He moved to Amsterdam and founded the Center for Social Research on Old Textiles, which conducts research into the social history of textiles. At the turn of the 21st century he started the Stichting Egress Foundation in Amsterdam to bring together his varied range of projects: contemporary art, textile history, and time and causality research.

Siegelaub was certainly one of the leading forces in Conceptual Art and the Stedelijk Museum exhibition from 2016 proves the importance of Siegelaub. The catalogue with the exhibition was designed by Irma Boom and is now available at www.ftn-books.com