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Jackie Winsor (1947-2018)

Jackie Winsor

Since the late 1960s, Jackie Winsor (b. 1941 St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada) has been making sculpture that expands a Minimalist vocabulary of simple geometric forms, using unrefined materials and grids to investigate process and labor. Working by hand and spending years on some pieces, Winsor produces intimate, tactile sculptures that engage the relationship between interior and exterior.  In 1979, the Museum of Modern Art presented a mid-career retrospective of Winsor’s work, the first retrospective show of a female artist in the MoMA’s department of Painting and Sculpture since 1946; the retrospective traveled to the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and the Fort Worth Art Museum in Texas. Windsor was included in the 1977, 1979, and 1983 Biennial Exhibitions at the Whitney Museum, and in 1984 her work was featured in American Art Since 1970 at the Whitney Museum. P.S. 1 inaugurated its newly renovated space in Long Island City, Queens with a retrospective of her work in 1997. More recently, her one-person exhibition Jackie Winsor: With and Within was held at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT in 2014 – 2015. Winsor’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Detroit Institute of Art; and the Walker Art Center; among others.

http://www.ftn-books.com has currently the Domaine Kerguehennec catalogue from 1998 available.

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Gustav Limt (continued)

Gustav Klimt

I ahd to writeb this blog on a publication that is not expensive, not scarce, but very worth owning and collecting. It is a small Italian publication on the erotic drawings of Gustav Klimt, The publication is a hardback copy, linnen bound , excellent choice of paper , Immaculate printing and published by l’Ippocampo in 2008. Title is Carnet Erotici / iustav Klimt. This is an example how a popular subject by a popular artist must be published. Here are some example of the drawings in the book. The book is now available at http://www.ftn-books.com.

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Jan Battermann (1909-1999)

Jan Battermann

I recently discovered the works by KJan Battermann at auction. I did not know anything about the artist, but found that he was a master in small graphic works and his oils….some of them impressed me very much.

His works appear at auction regularly nowadays and when you consider the prices fetched these are outright cheap. Battermann is believed at this moment to be a “small master” but because of that title his paintings are in reach for many.

www.ftn-books.com has the Nobilis monograph on Battermann now available.

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Judith Cowan(continued)

Last June i wrote a short blog on Judith Cowan and I am still impressed with her works from the last 40 years or so. But the book I added to my inventory last month confirmed it even more. Beautiful, impressive sculptures made me look at the other catalogue once again and once again i fell in love with these poetic sculptures.

The other book by Kettle’s Yard is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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André Kestel (1969)

Andre Kestel

Last week i added a scarce book on Andre Kestel to my inventory. I leafed through it and found the objects unique and amusing, but was also fond of the classic look of the book which is published by the Saarlandisches Kunstlerhaus in an edition of only 400 copies. I tried to learn more about the artist and this particular book and one German colleau in Koln could tell me that the main part of this small edition was considered to be destroyed. I can confirm that in some cases, when a book is impossible to sell , the remainder is destroyed to prevent it becoming available in the market at a too low price level and spoiling the market for future art books of the publishing museum. My guess is this is done with this publication by Kestel. Who knows, perhaps this is the only copy to become available for a very long time.

Born in 1969 in Burgstädt/Germany.
In 1993, workshop project in Chemnitz/Germany. He attended the “Burg Giebichenstein Hochschule für Kunst and Design” in Halle/Germany, main course “Glass painting”, as auditor. Several exhibitions in Germany, Spain and the Netherlands.

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Frank van Hemert (continued )

Well over 3 months ago i acquired a series of 6 early drawings by FRANK VAN HEMERT. The series now is examined and photographed out of the frames and …..titles, years and backs reveal themselves . Because I think this is important I want to share this with the readers of this blog and the admirers of Frank van Hemert. The drawing above is titled “BED”, year is 1987 and it has on the back another sketch /drawing in pastel of a bed. The drawing itself was one of the reasons I wanted to buy the series. I intended to sell 2 drawings, but I am in doubt, because I have grown fond of these early van Hemert drawings and I know these are scarce items. Anyway I will share over the coming weeks all of the acquired drawings and who knows, if the price is right I will decide to sell one or two to finance a future purchase.

www.ftn-books.com has a large collection of Frank van Hemert publications available

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Aiko Miyawaki (1929-2014)

Aiko Miyawaki

Aiko Miyawaki was born in 1929, Tokyo. She graduated from Japan Women’s University in 1952 and lived and worked as a painter in Europe and North America 1957-1966. In 1962 Miyawaki was invited to Paris by French dealer André Schoeller. There, Miyawaki experienced an autumnal sunset that profoundly informed her relationship with representation. ‘I lost all interest in stories which have a beginning, and an end, in bold shapes, bright colours’, she said. The mixed-media, two-dimensional works she created in the 1960s expressed this perspective, incorporating materials like glass and powdered marble to create undulating dune-like surfaces that, to quote Hayashi Michio, express a ‘tension between transformations and something that remains unchanging’.

These ‘paintings’ would give way to the artist’s shift towards sculpture in 1966. Her ‘Utsurohi’ works are some of her best known: swirling stainless steel cords planted in bases as if caught in mid-dance. Miyawaki described these as more ‘intermediary’ than sculpture. ‘When the eye that observes the intermediary blends with its refractory, reflective, translucent surface,’ she explained, ‘something appears, and it is this something that I seek.’ Miyawaki was wife to the architect Arata Isozaki, and had past friendships with Man Ray and Richard Lindner.

Miyawaki work has been featured in several exhibitions at key galleries and museums around the world, including the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan.

http://www.ftn-books.com has now 2 Miyawaki publication available.

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Grupo Frente (1950’s)

Grupo Frente

ART TERM

GRUPO FRENTE

Grupo Frente was a 1950s Brazilian art movement formed by artists who rejected the figuration and nationalism of the predominant modernist Brazilian painting style.

The movement was founded by the artist and teacher Ivan Serpa in Rio de Janeiro in 1954. Many of the artists associated with Grupo Frente were former pupils of Serpa at the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro. Although the group was associated with concrete art, they were not characterised by any single stylistic position rather they were united in their rejection of modernist Brazilian painting. Some of the artists associated with the group, including Lygia Clark and Lygia Pape went on to form the hugely influential neo-concrete movement in 1958.

Artists associated with Grupo Frente include Aluísio Carvão, Carlos Val, Décio Vieira, João José da Silva Costa, Lygia ClarkLygia Pape and Vicent Ibberson.

http://www.ftn-books.com has the Helio Oitica catalogue for the Joel Edelstein gallerynow available. Oitica was inspired by the artist from this group for this series of works.

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Marlene Dumas ( continued )

Marlene Dumas

I know from experience how many of the large publicity posters are normally printed . To promote an exhibition there are approximately 30 spots in a city that are used for promotional purposes.Each spot is serviced with 3 large posters set up in a triangle to maximize exposure. These print runs are expensive so only the necessary posters are printed. This is the reason why I am always focussed on these large publicity posters since the ones that remain after the exhibitions are extremely scarce. This way I acquired posters by Sol LeWitt, Carl Andre, Serra and now I can offer 2 by Marlene Dumas. One from Bern and the other from the Museum Overholland which does not exist anymore. Both are available at www.ftn-books.com and I believe these are not offered anywhere else at the moment.

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Cabaret Voltaire ( 1916)

Hugo Ball

Cabaret Voltaire’s story begins at the start of World War I. Hugo Ball, a German actor, tried to enlist in the army but was refused entry. Any sense of patriotism that existed within him is said to have vanished after the invasion of Belgium, which he witnessed. “The war is founded on a glaring mistake, men have been confused with machines,” Ball said.

Ball fled to Switzerland – which remained neutral throughout World War I -, with Emmy Hennings, a fellow actress and poet who he would later marry. They both settled in Zurich.

Ball’s experience of the War and his penchant towards anarchist philosophy became the foundation for the Dadaist movement, which Ball launched in July 1916 – just four months before Cabaret Voltaire first opened its doors on February 5, 1916.

Hugo Ball reading “Karawane” at the Cabaret Voltaire in 1916 | Public Domain/ WikiCommons

Along with a host of other disillusioned artists and political agitators, Ball and Hennings were looking for a place to express their ideas and frustration. They found it at Spiegelgasse 1, which was already home to a cabaret at the time.

Ball and his fellow artists announced in a press release: “The Cabaret Voltaire. Under this name a group of young artists and writers has formed with the object of becoming a centre for artistic entertainment.”

So Cabaret Voltaire opened and nights there were filled with the bizarre and the wonderful, performances that sought to go to the extremes of art and push boundaries. These were artists who had seen the madness of War tearing Europe apart at the seams, and they expressed this madness through their art.

“Dada is anti-Dada”

On July 28, 1916, Dadaism was born. Ball read his Dada Manifesto in the Cabaret Voltaire, allegedly saying he did not want it to become an artistic movement (his followers agreed, supposedly crying “Dada is anti-Dada” on occasion). It’s said that the name Dada was chosen after one of the founders plunged a knife into a dictionary and picked the word that the point happened to strike.

www.ftn-books.com has on all the artists that were participating in Cabaret Voltaire publications available.