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Keith Haring (continued)

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Keith Haring is a regular subject for these blogs i write and a good reason is the small collection of books and other items i bought recently. In all there are 25 different titles added to my inventory. Among these my personal favorit ” Nina’s book of Little Things!”.

A highly personal title he made in 1988 for the birthday of Nina, his friends daughter.

A “thank you” present for staying at the Clement family home. A gift that will delight generations to come and which is now available at

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Sorel Etrog (1933-2014)

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For us in Europe this is a lesser known artist/sculptor. But it appears that Etrog had his exhibitions at the Marlborough gallery and Galerie d’Eendt in the mid Seventies.

In 2000, a Toronto newspaper dubbed artist Sorel Etrog the “Grand Old Man of Canadian Sculpture.” It was an apt description, after a career spanning five decades including the installation of outdoor sculptures across Toronto, Canada and beyond. Yet Etrog was much more – a painter, draughtsman, film maker and not least, a literary man. He was keen to collaborate with the great thinkers of his generation, including playwrights Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco, Toronto media guru Marshall McLuhan and composer John Cage.

Etrog was born into a Jewish family in Romania in 1933. After a childhood spent in flight from the Nazis and Soviets, he immigrated with his family to Israel in 1950 where he began to study art and exhibit. In 1958 he won a scholarship to the Brooklyn Museum of Art School and moved to New York City. There, he had a chance encounter with Toronto collector and AGO patron Sam Zacks, who invited him to Canada.

Etrog permanently settled in Toronto in 1963. Recognition came quickly with museum purchases, international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale (1966), and a commission to design the Canadian Film Award statue, now known as the Genie (1968). Etrog resided in our city until his death in early 2014.

www, has the Marlborough publication available

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Gianni Dova (1925-1991)

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This i would call typical Sixties art. In almost every country i can find an artists who works the same and makes the same kind of art . Still, GIanni Dova was part of the illustrous galleria del Cavallino. Making him part of a stable of respected artists. ( has some nice publications by the gallery available.

Perhaps the future will bring anew the admiration and appreciation for this artist, but for now i can indicate better artists than Dova in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe. Still art is very personal and if you are the admirer of Dova, please do not take any of my personal information too serious…it is just my personal point of view.


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Christo and the Arc de Triomphe, 2021

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Arguably the most important art event tghis year is the wrapping of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Christo had the plans ready to wrap it for over 60 years but now finally some years after his death it is being executed and it is a true tribute for one of the greatest artists from the last half century

Late Bulgarian-born artist Christo’s posthumous installation, Arc de Triomphe Wrapped, is drawing mixed reactions from tourists visiting the iconic monument in Paris.

The installation, which was conceived by Christo and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude Denat in 1961, was unveiled by French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday 17 September.

It will open to the public on Saturday and remain on display until 3 October.

Explaining his vision for the installation, Christo had said in the past: “It will be like a living object which will come alive in the wind and reflect the light.”

The couple was known for creating elaborate temporary installations by wrapping fabric around world famous monuments like Berlin’s Reichstag and Paris’ Pont Neuf bridge.

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Eugenio Carmi (1920-2016)

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Without realizing it i have collected some nice collectable items by Eugenio Carmi which are all available at

Carmi was one of the first Modern Abstract painters in Italy. By chance i collected some works, but finding info on him was musch harder so here is the text i found on Wikipedia.

He is considered to have been one of the main exponents of abstractionism in Italy.

Born in Genoa, in 1938 Carmi moved to Switzerland because of the racial laws imposed by Benito Mussolini. He graduated in Chemistry at the ETH Zurich. Carmi returned to Italy after the war, where he studied painting with Felice Casorati and sculpture with Guido Galletti.

In the early 1950s, Carmi abandoned the informal style and adopted a geometric rigor in his works.His works often used factory materials such as welded steel and iron.[1]

Between 1958 and 1965 Carmi collaborated with the steel company Italsider (later Ilva) as their responsible for the image.In 1963 he founded with Flavio Costantini and Emanuele Luzzati the cooperative of artists Galleria del Deposito. A close friend of Umberto Eco, he collaborated with him on several projects.] He also taught in several academies

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a special Dali cover


Schermafbeelding 2021-07-07 om 15.33.11You probably did not know, but Salvador Dali was one of Gaudi’s greatest fans……The year 1976. Salvador Dali was commissioned a cover for the edition on the Gaudi project for the COLONIA GUELL. He made the cover and it was used for the edition of 100 copies on the project. A scarce publiction and numbered beside the blind stamp of the Catedra Gaudi institute ( High School of Archtecture). This numbered publication is now available at

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A tribute by Dali to his idol Antonio Gaudi


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Franco Canilla (1911-1985)

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Because of the purchase of a catalogue collection of the galleria del Cavallino i discovered over 2 dozens of Italian artists that i did not know of. One of the discoveries is the sculptor/goldsmith Franco Canilla. I learned …. agreat nam in the Sixties but nowadaus forgotten. Stil a great way to start to learn about these almost forgotten names in Italian art. The series of Galleria del Cavallino catalogues is now available at

Italian sculptor and painter Franco Cannilla was also a talented jewelry maker. Although he was recognized internationally for his art, Cannilla’s jewels were a more intimate expression of his practice. These pieces were oftentimes produced in small or limited quantities and are regarded as true expressions of his art—small sculptures that were intended to be worn, or as Alexander Calder described, “living works of art.” Best known for his unique and ornate jewelry designs, often in gold, Cannilla first exhibited his jewelry in Milan in 1949. His career was prolific, and also featured many successful collaborations with other Italian designers.



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Quirijn van Tiel (1900-1967)

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Another “petit maitre” i had never heard of, but because of a catalogue find i noticed this artist. Not very well known, but his works are now emerging in the art market. Recent sales at art dealers and auction mean that this artist is getting more and more appreciated by a larger public.

I noticed this painter because of a publication from 1970 by the Boymans van Beuningen where a retrospective was held. Influenced by Campendonck and Flemish artists, but in the end a style of his own. A nice catalogue and now available at

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Dieter Hacker (1942)

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An early photograph, printed in 1968 on an exhibition poster, shows a portrait of Dieter Hacker wearing sunglasses. Written on the dark glass in block letters are the concepts “Aesthetics” and “Ideology”. From the very begining right up to the present day, these two perspectives have played a central part in the artist’s work – above all in their alleged tendences to mutally corrupt one another.

In the early sixties, Dieter Hacker submitted the radical premises of concrete constructivist art to the aesthetic judgement of 100 test subjects. He produced a series of concrete and kinetic works which were deliberately conceived of as participatory “game objects” or “edible pictures”. in 1971, Hacker set up his own artist-run gallery in Berlin whose exhibition posters not infrequently rammed political barbs into the flesh of the art system.

The fact that, over the fifty years of his creative output, Dieter Hacker has consistently refused to “cultivate a distinctive style” (Christos M. Joachimides) is an essential feature of his artistic approach. His formally reduced game objects do not fit for instance the pigeon-hole of concrete constructive art, because their composition is left up to the viewer. In his piece Mausbild [Mouse Picture], on the other hand, which Hacker created in 1965 while he was a member of the EFFEKT group, 15 white mice form a kind of kinetic object.

In 1978 Dieter Hacker made a pile of photographs that he had collected at flea markets in the gallery space at the Kölnischer Kunstverein, and allowed this “mountain” to be “carried off” by the visitors. Looking back, Walter Grasskamp wrote that this work “was more concerned with accentuating the significance of the trivial – in other words, photography’s role in influencing everyday life, its state of limbo between memory and oblivion, preservation and disposal.”

Without any grand gestures of pathos, Dieter Hacker has seached to this day for what is “meaningful” in art and everyday life, in order to release them both from traditional privileged interpretations. For this, playfulness is every bit as important as the ostensibly trivial, the apparently simple can be just as significant as an elaborated work, and thinking about established art no less rewarding than thinking about what is termed folk art. The publication below is available at


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Gerrit Rietveld….de Zonnehof (1979)

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Beside the many exhibition posters for  DE ZONNEHOF  that i have added recently, there is also this publication on Gerrit Rietveld , who’s architectural design was chosen for the ZONNEHOF museum in Amersfoort. The book tells the story and history of the ZONNEHOF and Gerrit Rietveld, but what struck me most is that the photography was done by the very best in dutch photography from the past 100 years. The colofon reads like a “who is Who” in dutch photography..names: Eva Besnyö, Cas Oorthuys, Gerrit Oorthuys. the book is now available at

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