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 www.ftn-books.com
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.
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. (www.ftn-books.com 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.
You 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 www.ftn-books.com
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 www.ftn-books.com
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.
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 www.ftn-books.com
One of my earliest blogs (2016) was dedicated to Charlotte Mutsaers. I explained the importance of Mutsaers for dutch art in general. Mutsaers has started as a teacher in art and as as higy original painter. I Think her paintings from the early Eighties belong to the most important ones from that period. This conclusion is not lightly taken. Yesterday evening i leafed throught the catalogue which was published on the occasion of her exhibition at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in Den Haag and i was really impressed. Timeless, Poignant and colorful they impressed me once again. Some 25 yeasr ago, Mutsaers made a career swith and decided for a career in writing and since she has published some of the most important books in the dutch language. I like her books, but when i had to chose i always would chose one of her paintings instead of one of her books.
It was a few months ago that i sold a book on Conroy Maddox and the next day i started to look into his career. This was because galerie d”eendt published the book and i ahve always admired the program by d’Eendt.
Conroy Maddox was an English surrealist painter, collagist, writer and lecturer; and a key figure in the Birmingham Surrealist movement.
He was born in Ledbury, Herefordshire, and discovered surrealism in 1935, spending the rest of his life exploring its potential through his paintings, collages, photographs, objects and texts. Inspired by artists such as Max Ernst, Oscar Domínguez and Salvador Dalí, he rejected academic painting in favour of techniques that expressed the surrealistic spirit of rebellion. Maddox officially joined the British Surrealist Group in 1938.
His creations soon began not only to challenge the conventional view of reality, but also to push pictorial expression to the limits of consciousness. He was even implicated in both scandal and controversy when, during World War II, Scotland Yard suspected him of fifth columnist sabotage and mounted a surprise raid to seize works thought to contain coded messages to the enemy.
Following the war he moved to Balsall Heath and began his most active period. In 1948, he married Nan Burton. They had a daughter and a son together, but had the marriage dissolved in 1955. He died in London, aged 92.
The one copy of the d’Eendt catalogue that remains is now available at www.ftn-books.com
The year 1982, the exhibition …l’Air du Temps….location Galerie d’Art Contemporain Nice….the artists… Alberola, Blanchard, Blais, Boisrond, Castellas, Combas, Denis, di-Rosa, En avant comme avant, Favier, Gainon, Giard, Laget, Lanneau and Rousse.
All artists were member of the FIGURATION LIBRE group and have gained world fame in the decades after this exhibition. What makes this catalogue special is that it is the only copy currently available on the market and from an art historical point of view. It presents these artists for the first time together in one of the major museums for modern art. Beside that a text is written by Ben Vautier ( Fluxus) who was and is an admirer of the Figuration Libre. This i the only copy i have available and it is very special , since the condition is excellent and it is dedicated to Riekje Swart who was the first to present these Figuration Libre artists in the Netherlands.
After many years , Frans Haks waved goodbye in 2008 to his beloved Groninger Museum and with this fareweel a beautiful publication designed by Swip Stolk was published. In it , contributions by all that mattered during the Eighties and Nineties in the dutch Museum world. Contributions by Wim Crouwel, Henk van Os, Peter Struycken and of course Swip Stolk, make this book very special. A well deserved farewell present to Frans Haks who made the Groninger Mudeum one of the most important and trend setting museums in the Netherlands. This book and poster are now available at www.ftn-books.com
Artist/ Author: Oliver Boberg
Title : Memorial
Publisher: Oliver Boberg
Measurements: Frame measures 51 x 42 cm. original C print is 35 x 25 cm.
signed by Oliver Boberg in pen and numbered 14/20 from an edition of 20