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The road to minimalism according to Carl Andre

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It has been a few month now that i have the book CARL ANDRE/ HOLLIS FRAMPTON, 12 Dialogues 1962-1963 in my inventory. Of course i have seen the works by Andre on many occasions, but rarely seen his early works and this book is focussed on his earliest works. It shows the logs of wood, sculptures with metal , but not the ordered ones for which he would become famous in the early Seventies. These sculptures feel like a thorough research into material and presentation. By the end of 1961 a little work shows how logs are arranged and combined into the earliest and purest form of his sculptures.

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Now i have read this excellent title id decide to put it oup for sale, but i will remember it for showing me what the earliest works by Carl Andre look like, The Book is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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van Gogh and Ruscha by David B.

It was a few days ago that David B. published on Facebook some photographs he had taken. Without knowing  where these were taken I immediately ralized that these could have been made some 50 even 120 years ago.

I refer to the Hollywood sign paintings by Ed Ruscha and the landscapes around Arles by Vincent van Gogh.

Without knowing, we have learned to look at objects, landscapes and forms like we are our own artists and  these observations must have influenced us in the way we look at the world around us and take and create our own art with the many pictures we nowadays can take with camera’s and phones. It even proves that art is important for those who have an open mind towards it. Learning from the art and artists they have encountered in museums and galeries, to create their own interprations of the world around them.

http://www.ftn-books.com has some very nice Ruscha and van Gogh titles available.

 

 

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Esther Tielemans (1976)

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Her first major exhibition was at the Stedelijk Museum, but her best publication by far is the one which was made for her exhibition at the Museum Bommel van Dam in 2011.

(available at www.ftn-books.com) Great publication, designed by Adriaan Mellegers and printed by one of the very best printers in the business, Lecturis. Tielemans works differ in size. From intimate small sculptures to a room filled with installed sculptures altering and reconstructing the room in a fascinating way.

Her work is now part of the exhibition Momentum at the Voorlinden Museum.
Our world is poised on the brink of a tipping point as well. We must make choices regarding climate and migration, issues that are impacting our lives more and more intensely.

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Momentum brings together more than thirty works that embody this tension. This selection from our collection unites new and established names working in a wide range of media. Together they offer insights into the personal and collective challenges of our time. With works from artists including Anish Kapoor, Rineke Dijkstra, Jacco Olivier, Esther Tielemans, Ryan Gander, Gabriel Rico and Mona Hatoum.

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Stedelijk Museum “on line” visits

Blog readers know of the large collection i have for sale on the Stedelijk Museum, its artists and its exhibitions ( http://www.ftn-books.com), but it is hard to grow this collection . No book markets, no museum visits and the only thing i could do is to photograph and describe my stock and add this to my inventory. It has now grown over by 1100 entries and i am convinced it is one of the largest collections for sale on the Stedelijk Museum and itss history. But to bridge the time between closure and reopening its collections to visitors, they made available some interesting virtual visits to the museum and its collections. Guided by curators and director Rein Wolfs , you can now make a virtual visit. One of the best i think is the one Rein Wolfs hosts. It shows the direction into which the Stedelijk is developing for the next decade or so. Interesting…. yes…., but i do hope they still will keep their focus on their history and great collection, they build over the years.

 

 

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Jan de Beus (1958)

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JAN DE BEUS.. for most this is not a very familiar name in art, but he works. The final result de Beus compares with an orgastic feeling. Nothing must be added. the work is finished. If you have a 30 minutes to spare you can see a work in progress and an interview with de Beus. The works by de Beus are permanently shown at Wolterinck.

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The work of Jan de Beus is typified by expressive imagery of cultural-historical pieces such as literary stories, famous pieces of music, classic mythology and the Bible. All of his paintings are characterised by crude, spontaneous gestures and some are of only one colour, or just nuances of a colour, whilst others are made up of different colours.

http://www.ftn-bookds.com has a nicer book on de beus availabljan de beus

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the 3 most famous dollhouses in the Netherlands

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I have experienced that there is a rising international interest in the 3 famous doll houses in the publica collections in the Netherlands. each has its own qualities but they all have in common the exceptional detail which makes these doll houses stand out from all doll houses which were made after these. Furthermore they show in great detail the daily life in the 17th century.

There is of course the most famous of all Sara Rothé doll house which is in the collection of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.

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Then there is the doll house owned by Petronella de la Court which is in the collection of the Centraal Museum Utrecht


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and finally the Rijksmuseum owned doll house which was originally owned and palyed by Petronella Oortman.

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there are of course more examples to be found in dutch publica collections , but these are the most famous one of which http://www.ftn-books.com has of the two first ones classic and important publications.

BTW. these doll houses were not played by children but were in the collections and cherished by adult women.

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Huub ( and Adelheid) Kortekaas (1935)

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Perhaps their most important work is the realisation of a sculpture garden devoted to the Five religions of the world.

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The garden is filled with symbolism and numbers which have a relation with the religions they are presenting in their garden. It is impressive, but Kortekaas is familiar with scaping his surroundings and making his sculptures part of the landscape. I just added an early 1967 catalogue to my inventory and it shows the strength and power of his sculptures which are placed and arranged in a dutch landscape.

When you have a chance to visit tis garden….do not hesitate to devote half an hour of your time to this peaceful place, because it is kind of magical.

The above publication is available at www.ftn-books.com

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Ørnulf Ranheimsæter (1909-2007)

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Ørnulf Ranheimsæter was a Norwegian illustrator, graphical artist and essayist.

He was born in Skien, and educated at the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry, where he also later worked as instructor and eventually professor. He is known for his many book designs, and received the Bokkunstprisen award in 1967 and 1987. He was awarded the Fritt Ord Honorary Award in 1998.

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Why this rather obscure , lesser know Norwegian artist?.

The best reason is he illustrated DEN HELIGE NATTEN by Hjalmar Gullberg.  A short story on the Holy Night ( containing 4 original prints). The most appropriate story for today. ( the book is available at www.ftn-books.com)

Merry Christmas!

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Charles and Ray Eames (9)

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This design duo is another that formed from a teacher-student relationship. Following up this cliché with yet another, their affair began while Charles was still married, leading him to leave his wife for Ray. It’s a good thing they did meet, though, as without these two the world wouldn’t have the famous LCW chair – a piece of furniture that Time Magazine proclaimed as the chair of the century. We also have the Eames to thank for the DSW chair and the Eames Lounge. The couple is recognised as the most influential architectural and furniture designers of the 20th century, working as the ultimate team until Charles’ death.

http://www.ftn-books has a nice selection of Vitra / Eames publications

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Maria C.P. Huls (1950)

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Dutch-born Maria Huls has had education in the Netherlands but is now living since 1988 near Osnabrück. When I look at her work I do not see much of a dutch tradition in her sculptures. I find them more inspired by Minimal and Konkrete Kunst. This is the kind of art that inspires me and when I look at Huls her sculptures I find them very peaceful but full of tension because of the layered shapes and torsions.

Especially her Kleinskulpturen have these qualities. This another of those lesser-known artists that you discover while writing a regular blog. Maria C.P. Huls deserves a better presentation of her works.

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