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Leo Divendal (1947)

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Leo Divendal…… Photographer, publisher, gallery owner, writer, musician, artist book maker, bookseller and antiquarian.

Why this blog on Leo Divendal, first of ll it is rare that so many talents have come together within one person and…..then there is of course the connection with the Gemeentemuseum where Divendal curated some 20 years ago, together with Willem van Zoetendaal some exhibitions in the Fotokabinetten.

The second reason is that i bought a Divendal special publication recently. Het Glazen Oog is a Divendal special from 1991 which features some of the greatest dutch photographers from last century.

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This and other publications are now available at www.ftn-boooks.com

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But possibly the main reason is that i noticed that Divendal and i have the same approach to art and artists and that the both of us like the same artists and have an admiration for them. Here is the link to the Leo Divendal site ( https://www.leodivendal.nl/atelier/) in which you can discover all those nice publications which many of them are also available at www.ftn-books.com

 

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Jorge Demirjián (1932-2018)

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One of the advantages of being in the search of art and artist books is that you encounter books by artists of whom you never have heard before. That does not mean that they do not deserve to be known, but in some cases distance is the problem. Where a book or publications travels around the globe, it is much more difficult to let a exhibition travel physically. So this explains why i have never heard of Jorge Demirjián , an Argentinian artist born in 1932 who has had his share of exhibitions in Argentina and reminds me of Theys and Raveel .

It fits since they are contemporaries of each other , but his style is more bold. He died just a year ago and that is perhaps the reason that it was meant to be  and that i found this catalogue and had to write a blog on Demirjián. An Argentinian artist who is well known in his own country but deserves to be known outside Argentina as well. Here is the list i found on Art Guion XXI gallery:

1961 Individual exhibition at the Galeria delle Ore. Milán.
1964/1966 He settles down in Paris where he participates in Latin American Artists in the Museum of Modern Art of Paris: Galerie Lahumiére, Paris; Grands et Jeunes d’aujourd’hui, Salon de Mai.
1967 He works a brief period in New York where he participates in the following exhibitions D’Arey Gallery. New York; Tweed Gallery University, Minessota (U.S.A).
1968 Surrealism in the Argentina, Institute Torcuato Di Tella; individual exhibition at the Galería Bonino; he obtains the First Prize of Painting “Fundación Lorenzutti”.
1969 Individual exhibition at the Galería Bonino, Buenos Aires.
1970 Individual exhibition at the Galería Bonino, Buenos Aires. He obtains the Scholarship of the British Council; he settles down in London where he studies and works at the Honney College and at the Slade College of Arts, London University. He participates in the following exhibitions: Annely Juda Fine Arts, Center of Art and Communication; Camden Art Center The Slade 1871 – 1971; Royal Academy of Arts: Art Spectrum. London. 7th International Exhibition of Prints, Awning: Argentinische Kunst der Gegenwan Kunshalle, Bastleu, Switzerland; Cluitstoph Dür Galerie, Munich: Argentinean art of today, Lugano. Switzerland.
1972 Individual exhibition at the Galería Bonino, Buenos Aires. 3rd. Biennial of Arte Coltejer, Medellín,Colombia where he obtains the Prize of Painting. He represents the Argentina in the 36th Biennial of Venice. Argentinische Kunst der Gegenwan. Rheiabches Landes Museum. Bonn and at the Kunthaus, Hamburg.
1973 Individual exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art of Bogotá Colombia.
1974 Individual exhibition at Bonino Gallery, Buenos Aires.
1975 Argentine Drawings. Corcoran Gallery, Washington.
1976 He settles down in Paris. He participates in the following exhibitions: Receni. ,Latin American Drawings, New York. 
Vlll Festival International de la Peinture, Cagnes Sur Mer, France. Art Argentinean Contemporary Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art. Madrid.
1977 Individual exhibition at the Galleria delle Ore, Milán with presentation of Pierre Restany. Current art of Iberoamérica, Madrid, Spain.
Current panorama of the young painting Argentina, Fundation Alvares Peinteado, San Pablo Brasil. He obtains the 2do. award Benson & Hedges to the “Nueva Pintura Argentina”.
1979 Individual exhibition at the Gallery New Art , Buenos Aires, with presentation of Jack Ligot. Contemporary Argentinean Art; Metropolitan Museum of Tokyo. Japón Museum of Modern Art of Kamukom, Japan.
1982 The 48th Carnegie International Institute Museum of Art ,Pittsburgh, USES.
1983 1er prize Navarro Correa of Drawing, National Museum of Fine Arts. 
“Realismo tres vertientes” Museum of America. Madrid.
1985 “Ideas e imágenes en la Argentina de hoy”. 
Museum of Modern Art of Mexico. Exhibition individual Gallery Jacques Martínez, “Demirjian works on paper 1963 – 1984”. Foundation San Telmo, Buenos Aires.
1989 Idea and Images Argentina, The Bronx Museum of Arts. New York, USES. PrizePa!anza. National Museum of Fine Arts.
1990 9th. Prize of Painting “María Calderón de la Barca” National Museum of Fine Arts.
1991 Prize Palanza, National Museum of Fine Arts. “Arte en la Rosada” National Museum of Fine Arts -90 years, Argentina’s Paintings selection”. Prize Patio Bullrich. He obtains the Prize Gabus, Museum of Modern Art.
1992 “From informalism to the Critical Figuration”, F.A.B.A.
1993 Individual exhibition, Palatina Gallery and National Fund of the Arts 1985/1995 – 15 years. Museum of Modern Art.

www.ftn-books.com has now this one and only, but important, Title available Demirjian.

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Otto Coenen (1907-1971)

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Oscar Schlemmer was the first artist that i thought of when i saw Otto Coenen’s work for the first time, but there are so many more influences to be found in his works. What about, Huszar?, Gerd Arntz?, Mondrian? Klee?,and Jacoba van Heemskerck all of these artists must have been a source of influence to Coenen. Still his works are very pleasing to look at and at some time you will find that they have a quality of their own. Otto Coenen is an artist who is now starting to appear at auction more frequently. So if a nice Coenen is offered maybe it is worthwhile to place your bid and win a nice Otto Coenen. A promissing investment for the future and if not being the succes investment, it will be a nice work to admire which will not bore for a very long time. www.ftn-books.com has a n ice Otto Coenen publication available.

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Larry Clark (1943)

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In many ways the US audience thinks his works a controversial, but in the Netherlands were there is a much more liberal approach to art, Larry Clark’s his works are considered as important and progressive. The result….some excellent gallery exhibitions over here and the spectacular Larry Clark exhibition at the Groninger Museum in 1999. The catalogue design was done by Swip Stolk, who designed the catalogue in the shape of a book containing postcard/photographs and some Clark designed (real) stickers.. Making this one of the most collectible Larry Clark items worldwide ( now available at www.ftn-books.com.

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Larry Clark was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1943. While a teenager Clark developed his photography skills working as an assistant to his mother, a door-to-door baby photographer. He later spent two years at a commercial photography school. Larry Clark achieved both fame and notoriety with the publication of his first book Tulsa in 1971. Although drug use, sex and violence are the main themes, the images are often beautifully composed and his subjects are sympathetically presented. Tulsa demonstrated a new style of photography that was subjective, alienated and completely detached from any social agenda. Clark raised the ante for engaged photography; his work offered a lived experience rather than a merely observed one.

In his collages and videos of the late 1980s and early 1990s, he broadened this investigation into revealing the ways that mass media alternately creates, rejects, and eroticizes young people. In 1995, Clark released his first feature film, Kids, which premiered at that year’s Sundance Film Festival and was hailed as “an instant classic” and “a wake-up call.” Kids was followed by such works as Another Day in Paradise (1998), Bully (2001), Ken Park (2003), WASSUP ROCKERS (2005), and the autobiographical installation and publication punk Picasso (2003). Marfa Girl (2012) was released independently on his website (www.larryclark.com) and won the Marcus Aurelius Award for Best Film at the 2012 Rome Film Festival. Marfa Girl 2, Clark’s first sequel, premiered in New York City in 2018.

Clark has been the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Photographers’ Fellowship in 1973 and the Creative Arts Public Service Photographers’ Grant in 1980. His work is included in important museum and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; and the Frankfurt Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany. In 2010, a retrospective of Clark’s work, Kiss the past hello, was held at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. He lives and works in New York.

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Diederick van Kleef (1954)

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It was over 30 years ago….i did not know the artist, but one publication by van Kleef intrigued me and i bought 2 copies to sell in the museumstore of the Gemeentemuseum. It must have been one of the first artist books i had ever bought. I lost track of van Kleef, but last month i bought an artistbook by van Kleef again. An edition of only 83 copies and numbered 52. “The Handboek 2 van & over Diederick van Kleef” is now available at www.ftn-books.com and because of this blog i searched for van Kleef on the internet and found that he has always been making art and now has its own bookstore in Amsterdam. It is fascinating that an artist like van Kleef stays true to his calling his entire life. One must admire such dedication.

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Jean de Gonet…Relieur

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If you love books like i do there are two aspects that make a book special. First of all there is the design. The combination of Layout and typography making the book stand out from the rest of all other publications….and secondly there is the binding of the book. Here is an aspect in which Jean de Gonet shines. Gonet is considered worldwide as one of the true masters of book binding and this is the reason why there have been special exhibitions on his bookbindings all over Europe. Onme of the very best was at the Bibliotheca Wittockiana in Brussels in 1989. The exhibition showed over 120 special books by Gonet of which all have been published in the outstanding publications which published by the Bibliotheca Wittockiana. The Wittockiana publication is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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Piet Dirkx weekly

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A Printed new years wish for 2017 by Piet Dirkx

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Stephan Vanfleteren (1969)

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the first time i encountered work by Stephan Vanfleteren wat at the UNSEEN fair some 4 years ago. He was presented with large Bunker photographs at a gallery of which i do not remember the name, but the composition and sheer size made them impressive. Since i encountered his name many time in the extra magazines and papers the Volkskrant daily included with their newspaper and i learned to recognize his photographs. They have a quality of their own  and one aspect i encounter in many of them is solitude.

Stephan Vanfleteren studied photography at Sint-Lukas Brussels (1988-1992). He worked as a freelance photographer for the newspaper De Morgen from 1993 to 2009, but continued to be involved in his own projects. He specialises in black-and-white portraits and extensive reports at home and abroad. He is currently mainly working for foreign newspapers and magazines. Stephan Vanfleteren is a co-founder of  Kannibaal/Hannibal Publishing and is the company’s Art Director. He has also been a guest lecturer at KASK (Royal Academy of Fine Arts) in Gent since 2010. www.ftn-books.com has now some of the rarest of Vanfleteren publications available.

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AWARDS

In 1998, Stephan Vanfleteren won the European Fuji Awards; in 1996, 1998 and 2000, he won five World Press Photo Awards and several Belgian press awards. He also won the German Henri Nannen Prize in 2011. In 2012, he received the five-yearly Culture Award for the Province of West Flanders and the National Portrait Award in the Netherlands. This year, he has won the World Press Photo Award for his series ‘People of Mercy’ in the category ‘Staged Portraits’.
EXHIBITIONS

Antwerp (FoMu & Fifty One Fine Art Photography Gallery), Brussels (Bozar), Ghent (Winter Circus Museum and Dr. Guislain Museum), Charleroi (Musée de la Photographie), Paris (Sorbonne), London (Host Gallery and The Brickhouse), Liverpool (Open Eye Gallery), New York (UN Headquarters), Cairo (Hanagar Arts Centre), Rome (Gallery Gate), Strasbourg (Salle de la Bourse ), Amsterdam (Rijksmuseum), Leeuwarden (Frisian Museum), Maastricht (Centre Ceramique), Osaka (Flanders Centre), Kortrijk (Buda factory), Geneva, Dhaka, Zurich, Milan, Verona, Hamburg and Berlin, Perpignan, Breda , Sète, Arles and Barcelona. 

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Chaim Levano ( 1928-2016)

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Chaim Levano was born on January 1, 1928 in Heerlen, Limburg, Netherlands. He was an actor, known for Warum Ulli sich am Weihnachtsabend umbringen wollte (2005), De zwarte meteoor (2000) and Baantjer (1995). He died on February 17, 2016 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands.

This in short all that i found on Levano, but there must be much more, since a very impressive publication, including a DVD on his career was published by Huis Clos. Everything is done with the utmost tastte. design by Piet Gerards, photography by Koos Breukel and a movie by Kees hin. This is a AAA production and now available at www.ftn-books.com

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the Spanish Pavillion 1937

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Last week i spend 2 days in Madrid and visited the Reina Sofia museum, because i wanted to show my son and his friend the “Guernica” painting by Picasso. The painting was shown for the first time in the spanish pavillion in 1937. The Republican government sought to garner international support by assembling modern works by sympathetic artists that express powerful and overt political outrage, including a large painting of an upraised fist by Joan Miro and unveiled on the ground floor was Picasso’s Guernica. But not only because of the art the building was important. Its architecture was certainly avant-garde for that time. Simple materials and influenced by le Corbusier the building itself was far ahead of its time.

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The Spanish Pavillion in the Paris International Exhibition of T937 aimed at getting support from the international community in their detense of the Spanish Republic. The Government commissioned the Pavillion to the architects Josep Lluis Sert and Luis Lacasa, who designed a modern and low-cost building, with elements and materials From the traditional Spanish culture. It was consciously built as a modest and cosy space, featuring referents of a modern architecture inherited from Le Corbusier. A reasoned sample of art, culture and propaganda was shown in it, with an intention of bearing witness to the horrors of war while highlighting the optimism and ongoing productivity of the Government. The building housed the works of Alexander Calder, Josep Renau, Joan Miro, Julio Gonzalez, Alberto Sanchez and José Gutierrez-Solana amongst others. Yet, the most internationally acclaimed piece was Picasso’s Guernica, commissioned by the Government as a main artistic appeal.

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The above text comes from the model kit of the Spanish pavillion 1937 which is now available at www.ftn-books.com