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three Sol LeWitt posters

 

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I have always been a fan of Sol LeWitt and especially his exhibition posters i always like very much. Each of them a piece of art and whenever there is chance to buy them… i do so.

For instance there was a short city break some 10 years ago, when we did go to Barcelona. Flew with one of the greatest carriers of all time…Ryanair. When you ever have flown with Ryanair, you know of their strict policy to allow only 1 piece of hand luggage. maximum dimensions aprox .55 x 35 x 15  cm. not weighing more than 10 kg. When you pack for 4 days it always is a challenge to not exceed this weight, but so far we always have managed. This time, some 10 years ago, it was winter which is a slight complication, because all your clothing is much heavier and bulkier, but still we succeeded in packing under 10 kg. But….there was this very nice  Fondacion Antoni Tapies museum in Barcelona and they sold a small poster by Sol and i had to buy some of them for my collection. Problem…. the cardboard tube did not fit in my cabin luggage suitcase, so i had to remove some of clothing to make space for it. This flight was exceptionally warm for me. 3 layers of clothing i had on my body, but the good thing is, I brought the poster home with me. Undamaged in mint condition and still a couple of them are for sale at www.ftn-books.com. The other 2 available posters come from one of my favorite museums in Germany. The Josef Albers Museum / Quadrat in Bottrop. Whenever you have a chance to visit both museum mentioned, give them a try a see their wonderful collections.

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Stanley Brouwn (1935)

Stanley Brouwn….Autodidact artist, born in Paramaribo/ Suriname and a conceptual artist for his entire artistic life began to fascinate me some 20 years ago when i bought an artist book in which the exact measurements of 1 meter were repeated for over 50 pages . Most of his conceptual works were published in books and because of this, his books are considered as the actual work of art. Small publications, in many cases far less than 500 copies make these highly collectable items. This is work from an artist who is as a conceptual artist closely related to ZERO, but also to FLUXUS . Original in his own way i would say he is not ZERO and not FLUXUS….no he is Stanley Brouwn and very much worth collecting.

some of the Brouwn publications are available at www.ftn-books.com

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Jan Groover (1943-2012) and the Tabletop still life

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Jan Groover, one of those photographers that have a cult following but are hardly known with the large public. The post of some months ago on Henk Tas and his staged photography reminded me of Jan Groover and her still life photography. The Smithsonian made a wonderful catalogue on the subject of her Tabletop photo’s and it deserves to be better known. That is the reason for this blog, because Groover is a great photographer.

Pictures tell a far better story than i can, but there is a great short biography over here:

www.nytimes.com/2012/01/12/arts/design/jan-groover-postmodern-photographer-dies-at-68.html

Groover publications that are available at www.ftn-books.com

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Walasse Ting ( 1929-2010)

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The first time i saw the work by Walasse Ting, was at gallery Nouvelles Images in the mid eighties and i was blown away with the large standing ladies with parrots. Extreme sized acrylic paintings on paper. with and impressive signature stamp by Ting. This was totally new for me and since, i have been following Walasse Ting. About 5 years later a publishing firm in Amsterdam ( Art Unlimited) began to publish on a very large scale the works by Ting. They were published as postcards, calendars, posters and limited editions. This meant there was no longer any exclusivity any more and the images began to loose their appeal to me. Still the craftsmanship of Ting stayed intact, but because of the sheer number of publications there was no attraction any more. Now it is 25 years later and i wished i had been following Ting a little closer , because what i have learned during this years is that there is another Walasse Ting too. An expressionist painter who has been highly important for modern art and made many collectable and beautiful paintings before his time as a “commercial” artist. Still his chineese ladies are very pleasing on the eye and a little more bold….. the ladies from the “red mouth” series are attractive pin ups treated the Walasse Ting way.

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But as a whole Ting is a true modern artist who deserves to be recognized for his entire oeuvre and not only for his Ladies/parrots paintings.

www.ftn-books.com has some nice publications by Ting

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Ap Gewald …. 40 years Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.

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In the first couple of years i always thought Ap was Ab, because i had known several people with the name Ab. Since Ap corrected me, it became Ap/ @p and since we have stayed in contact with each other…not only professionally , but also socially.

His career at the Haags Gemeentemuseum/Gemeentemuseum now spans a period of 40 years. 40 years in which Ap has become one of the “mastodons” of the museum and one of those few within the organization of the museum, who contributes, as a registrar, to every exhibition that takes place within the museum walls. I think Ap is one of those people that you like instantly… easygoing and open hearted and because of that we stayed in contact with each other, meeting occasionally and discussing the art and museum world. There is one occasion that i want to mention in this blog. A few years ago i held an auction on Catawiki, within the auction there was a small Stedelijk Museum book with a lithographed cover by Christa Ehrlich . I mentioned it on Facebook and got an answer from Ap in New York. He was there with the design of the cover from the collection of the Gemeentemuseum which was lend to the Moma(?). This can not be coincidence, but must have a meaning…. so let us try to find out what the meaning of this is in the years to come. Ap, not only a colleague but also a friend! Thanks for 40 years Gemeentemuseum and 36 years of friendship and keep practicing your logistic skills in the coming years with the present we just gave you 😉

wilfried & linda

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