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Ton van Os (1941)

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During the last years of the twentieth century, Ton van Os created, among other things, series of works dedicated to the painter Paolo Uccello and the composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

In the last 20 years, his source of inspiration is both the music and the writings about music and visual arts of American composer Morton Feldman. Since 2000, he made more than 150 mostly large paintings black-and-white, in bright colors, in glittering silver and in sparkling gold. Paintings of space and sourceless, invented light with shifting structures and patterns in which, as the Dutch composer Anthony Fiumara wrote in his review MorTon: ‘Paradoxical themes are discussed as dynamic stasis, chaotic order, unpredictable repetition, intuitive austerity and ringing silence.’

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This is how the text on Ton van Os his site gives a description of his works and career. This is an artist who’s works are timeless, Even his earliest works from the early Seventies ( Forty Etchings book is available at http://www.ftn-books.com ) has this same abstract quality. Of course the scenes are realistic and depicts his suroundings or details from it, but this can only be seen when studying more intensely the (abstract) compositions. From a distance it is pure geometric abstraction. When you consider this the beginning of his career you can follow his artistic career with more and more abstraction over the decades…. eventually resulting in the repetition of forms in a rythm which is music inspired. http://www.ftn-books has several Ton van Os titles available.

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Keiichi Tanaami (1936)

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My first impression when i encountered this set of Tanaami posters was that these were original 60’s posters , but no….these are from ca. 2005 and strongly rooted in the Japanese culture of making prints and heavily inspired by Psychedelic Sixties posters

Born in 1936 in Tokyo, Japan, Keiichi Tanaami is an influential pop artist of postwar Japan. Tanaami took a keen interest in drawing at a very young age and often spent time in cartoonist Kazushi Hara’s studio. He studied at Musashino Art University, earning a Special Selection recognition with a major design and illustration group. Since the mid 1960s, he became increasingly interested in psychedelic culture, Acid Music, and Pop Art, in particular Andy Warhol’s work. In 1968, his award-winning antiwar poster “No More War” and his album artwork for the Monkees and Jefferson Airplane became a major impetus for the movement of psychedelic and pop art in Japan. In 1975, he became the first Art Director of Playboy (Japanese Edition), and in 1991 he started to teach at Kyoto University of Art and Design, where he is currently a chairperson of a Faculty of Information Design.
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There is a wonderful site on this artist which reads like a comic book and some outstanding graphic quality and yes i have 2 of his posters now available at http://www.ftn-books.com

for the site go here: https://mangadejapan.com/articles/detail/1356

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Marino Marini (1901-1980)

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When i think of Marino Marini, i think of the guided tour we had at one time on the estate of Joop van Caldenborgh. He collected the Caldic collection and recently was the founder of the museum Voorlinden near Wassenaar.

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The Marini sculpture from the Caldic collection / Cavaliere (1952) is one of the first sculptures you will see when you enter the estate and it is placed on the corner of a “fragile” red brick wall and both the times i saw the sculpture i was scared it would fall, but beside that i was struck with the beauty of the sculpture. A typical Fifties work of art and important! because many great italian sculptures were made during the Fifties and Sixties, but only a few can be found in dutch public collections.

There was a raised interest in italian art during both these decades and the Stedelijk Museum, Boymans van Beuningen and Haags Gemeentemuseum, all presented the best from Italy in those years, but only a few of the presented works of art stayed in the Netherlands and became a part of the public collections of these museums.

Still some very nice publications were published to accompany the exhibitions and some are availabel at www.ftn-books.com

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Daum / Nancy

 

We love to travel and taste wine in the Alsace region in France. Only a 6 hour drive to bring you in a totally different surroundings and on the way up to our favorite place ( Auberge Frankenbourg) you will pass 2 famous French cities. There is Metz with the new dependance of the Pompidou museum and the Musee des Beaux Arts on the Place Stanislas in Nancy. The Stanislas square is arguably one of the most impressive and beautiful squares in Europe. A Unesco heritage site and at the edge of the square you can find the Musee des Beaux Arts with its impressive Daum glass collection.

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Both museum are well worth visiting and for those wanting to go to the auberge Frankenbourg, make a reservation well in advance to secure you a room or table. As for the wine, discover the wines from this region , most are of excellent quality with some outstanding ones . Most producers will welcome you and let you taste their excellent products. Last sentence is about a book from 1981 i recently added to my inventory which shows part of the Daum collection at the museum.

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Siep van den Berg….the follow up

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The painting by Siep van den Berg now is a part of our collection which started some 12 years ago when i first encountered a sketchbook by Siep at auction. Complete sketchbooks by an artist were a rare find at auction in  those days and i decided if i had a chance to buy some of these sketchbooks as an investment i would do so. The first auction i bid for a sketchbook i was successful at a much too high  price, but i still cherish this one because it was specially made for Niesje (his wife) and contains over 20 drawing/collages and is one of the best i have ever seen by this artists. The next auction i was successful with another 3 sketchbooks and i decided to make these drawings separately available through eBay, Catawiki and Kunstveiling. After these auctions other people became interested and these books were sold at much higher prices. But since i have sold over 100 drawings/sketches/collages at reasonable prices making these great drawings available for even the smallest of collectors. I still have some 100 drawings left so check regularly the Kunstveiling pages for any new ones. The small drawings come from a sketchbook which was made in and titled “Andelaroch (Fr)” and dated July 1990. This sketchbook contains all sorts of drawings. Collages mix with Constructivist drawings and even a rare realistic drawing is included.  I just counted the remaining contents of the sketchbook and there are still over 60 drawings which will become available in the next years.

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Siep van den Berg … a painting

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My blog readers know of my admiration for Siep van den Berg. A dutch constructivist painter who was at the end of his life recognized as one of the most important dutch modern painters from last century. A true constructivist with some side steps in which he searched for the perfect landscape, still life or portrait, but the main part of his sketchbooks is filled with sketches of possible constructivist compositions ( see tomorrows blog) but in the end, out of hundreds of sketches he choose the best one and painted. First the sketch, after the sketch the alterations with small pieces of paper cut from the edge of the sheet and then he filled in the colors and noted his findings on the sketch. Followed by painting the canvas. One of the ultimate paintings i now have acquired for our collection. It was one of the highligjts of the Siep van den berg exhibition at the Genootschap Pictura in Groningen :…yes and here it is presented in landscape mode.

So my previous post on this painting has to be altered in a small way. I am getting convince more and more it has to be presented horizontally. Like this.

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This and other Siep van den bBerg publications and original works are available at www.ftn-books.com and ftn-art

 

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Gilbert & George…the N…. Sh.. pictures

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Why abbreviations for this blog title. It is because of Facebook and Pinterest censorship. They do not allow to show some more explicit great modern art because of the subject. However i must ask your attention for this great catalogue for one of the most controversial exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

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There is a life long friendship between Rudi Fuchs and Gilbert & George so it was the most natural venue for Gilbert & George to present this controversial series. Amsterdam, a liberal city had no problems with it . SO the show was held in 1996 and the catalogue published with it is one of the most collectable catalogues by this artists duo.

Rudi Fuchs wrote in his foreword:

Seeing these moving works for the first time, seeing their melancholy and sadness, I was reminded of paintings from long ago, for example Massaccio, of THE EXPULSION FROM PARADISE, Adam with his arm around Eve who was weeping, the two of them utterly lonely, going into the misery of human life. 

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This tells it all….controversial but beautiful and impressive

This catalogue is still available at www.ftn-books.com

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the 500 first Stedelijk Museum publications…A very important list

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Last Thursday i encountered finally one of the list I was hoping to find for a long time. The list is made in the beginning of the Eighties when interest rose in acquiring and collecting the Stedelijk Museum publications. Since the start in the Mid ’30s from last century, over 1100 publications have been published by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and this list contains the numbers and titles of the first 500 numbered publications. Willem Sandberg, Piet Zwart and Wim Crouwel, 3 of the greatest of Dutch designers all can be found on this list and i noticed of the 500 titles on it I have over 400 currently available at http://www.ftn-books.com

Beside the one on the list, there are of course many others published by the Stedelijk Museum FTN books has available. Take a look, save and share this very important document. the list is in PDF format and can be downloaded with the link below:

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Hans Werdehausen (1910-1977)

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One of the reasons i decided to write this almost daily blog was to expand my knowledge on art and artists from lats century and that is why i stumbled upon Hans Werdehausen., An artis which i did not know of , but who painters touch is typical for the decades hew was producing his art within. Abstraction, Constructivism and cubism mix together and belnd into a personal style.

I recently bought the Recklinghausen catalogue from 1958, which is now available at www.ftn-books.com  and i must say that i like his work. If i had a house with 50’s and 60’s furniture there is no doubt in my mind and i would heartely recommend his art for decoration . These compositions are so typical for the Fifties and Sixties and certwainly have a quality of their own. Maybe in the future i must look for his works at auction 😉

 

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Helena van der Kraan (1940-2020)

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A few days ago i learned that Helena van der Kraan had died at the age of 80.

I have encountered Helena a number of times at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag where she had become friends with many of its staff. At many occasions these friendships grew into series of portraits and i remember at one time she made photographs of all the staff to be published in a little book which was presented to Theo van Velzen at his leaving the museum. A very kind woman she was and she will be surely remembered for her great photographs she made during her entire career.


On June 14th, on her 80th birthday, former participant and photographer Helena van der Kraan passed away. Born in Prague in 1940, she came to the Netherlands shortly after the uprising in former Czechoslovakya in 1968, for a two year residency at what was then known as ‘ateliers ’63’. There she met sculptor Axel van der Kraan, with whom she collaborated for many years on large-scale, wooden sculptures, until Helena’s artistic practice focussed more and more on photography. She is known for her restrained and tender portraits of artist friends. Her work is represented in the collections of the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum and Museum Boijmans-Van Beuningen. In Fotomuseum The Hague, her series of teddybear photographs is on view until November 1st, 2020.

https://www.fotomuseumdenhaag.nl/nl/tentoonstellingen/beer-teddy