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Piet Mondriaan, studio Rue du Départ

Piet Mondriaan was famous for his studios he occupied in Paris and New York and his Paris studio at the Rue du Départ was even a subject for a special exhibition at the Beurs van Berlage who had it rebuild in their main hall in 1994.

With the exhibition they produced together with the Benschop architects an impressive model kit of the studio, which even contains some of the paintings Mondriaan made in this famous studio. During the Nineties some of the DE STIJL icons were produced in Model Kit versions ( Meudon, Rietveldhuis) but this is probably the rarest of them al, since i understand it was not sold, but only presented to the sponsor and its relations. Now for sale at www.ftn-books.com

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Mario Negri (1916-1987)

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Almost forgotten this sculptor from Italy, but because of a recent addition to my inventory i rediscovered the sculptures by Negri.

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Mario Negri had a dutch exhibition in 1970 in the van Abbemuseum, curated by Hammacher who made a publication possible which is quite scarce. The 8 page fold out is designed by Jan van Toorn and depicts several works by Negri and a photograph of his studio.

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A bright green is chosen as a cover to draw attention and it oozes Seventies design. I love this great fold out and it even comes with a handwritte price list in Lire for those who want to complete their archives on the sculptor this is an absolute musey. A great sculptor and a great publication are brought together in this typical early Seventie van Toorn design. The Negri publication is now available at www.ftn-boooks.com

 

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Peter Schenk (1944-2011)

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Because of a recently acquired book which was partly in Japanese i searched with Google on the name Peter Schenk and learned that this painter died a few years ago. Leafing through the book i remarked that his way of painting reminded me of japanese prints and the art “language”looked a lot like modern japanese art. Perhaps that is the reason why this publication was published partly in japanese together with his Japan exhibitions in 1995 by Kempen publishers. The book is now available at http://www.ftn-books.com.

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Ru van Rossem (1924-2007)

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I started to take in interest in the art of Ru van Rossem the time i acquired a large collection of small signed and dated etchings by the artist. Among them, small etchings, lithographs, art libris and new years wishes. They had some elements in common. The human figure was important as well as horses and religion.

These three elements define the works by van Rossem. Perhaps it is not your kind of art, but study these prints and you will discover that van Rossem was an etcher “pur sang”. and that the art of etching held no secrets for him.

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has recently acquired the most important monograph on van Rossen which is now available

 

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Joachim Grommek (1957)

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Joachim Grommek, Master of Arts of Free Art/ Film at HBK Braunschweig (Professor: Malte Sartorius), Germany, in 1982 has mainly shown in German and European institutions and galleries since 1987, among them important solo shows like “Malerei 300” at the Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany in 2011. His geometric-abstract, illusionary work in perfection lays varies the topic of authentic image and copy like the ancient Trompe-l’œils, always asking for a second look. Grommek’s work though is reflecting art history and prominent artists like Kasimir Malewitsch, Piet Mondrian, Blinky Palermo or Robert Ryman.

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This is how the Taubert gallery describes the works by Joachim Grommek. They have a nice selection in stock. This blog on Grommek is written on the occasion of the purchase for FTN-art of a beautiful impressive diamond shaped work : STAR IV, 2006 (Black Diamond). You really have to study his works from very close up. It appears these are not tapes nor raw chipped wood material, but literally everything….lines , wood, tapes …is painted. Materials used, acrylic paint, lack, wood , special paints…the result a fascinating work of art that impresses with its composition, but in the meantime is a technical painters masterpiece.

The works by Grommek can be found in numerous German museums and ao. the Centraal Museum / Utrecht

here is the text from the book TILT:

Grommek’s pictures have an extraordinarily immediate visual presence, despite their comparatively small size. Whereas they seem rigorously minimalistic in terms of both areal composition and chromatic clarity, there is still something provisional and unfinished about them. More like tantalising intermediates, they seem to imply that the artist has not yet decided which area should be superimposed on which. Patches of bald fibreboard are visible in places, as are strips of adhesive tape.

But nothing is what it seems in these works. Although Grommek does indeed use standard industrially laminated fibreboard as a ground, the grey-brown speckled areas that the viewer takes for unpainted fibreboard turn out to be no less painted albeit with deceptive verisimi|itude -than all the other areas. Even the brightly coloured transparent »adhesive tape« turns out to be lacquer which, perfectly applied layer upon layer, creates the illusion of overlapping strips of plastic tape. An abstract, »unrepresentational« picture by Grommek, therefore, is actually the result of a highly representational style of painting, with what it represents being its own materiality.

Once the temptation to tear off the strips of non-exlstent adhesive tape has been resisted, the viewer can step back a few paces and in doing so go back to the beginning and to the play of shapes and colours. The tension remains, just as the contradictions between the reality seen, painted and represented remain unresolved.
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Giovanni Nicolai (continued)

It is always a pleasure when Giovanni sends me some new pictures of his drawings and paintings. This time he mailed me that in Italy the great Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino is remembered and yes ….his art is probably also inspired  by this great artist. For more information on Giovanni Nicolai mail me at wvdelshout@ziggo.nl

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Hayao Miyazaki 宮崎 駿, (1941)

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Yes, I am a very proud father who is writing this blog on Miyazaki. First of all Miyazaki is my favorite director of animation movies of all time. His movies are original, imaginative, recognizable and timeless and are far more contemporary than any Disney product from the last 40 years. Here is a director who translates stories into movies in a way that appeals to young and old.

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In december i learned that Netflix purchased the movies of the Ghibli studio for their streaming service and they were translating 20 of them for their foreign channels .

Lucas, my son who is a voice actor, was doing audition for one of them and was given the the main role of HAKU in “SPIRITED AWAY”.

Yesterday, on a rainy Sunday afternoon we saw the result and what already was one of my favorite Miyazaki movies, became my all time favorite animation movie. An excellent job he did with Haku and it made me proud and look forward to the rest of the Ghibli movies that will be released in the coming months.

http://www.ftn-books.com has some nice books on japanese anime in its inventory.

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Gerard Verdijk at the Kunstmuseum Den Haag

Readers of this blog know of my admiration for Gerard Verdijk. It is a pleasure to know and announce that once again there is a large exhibition being held at a major dutch museum. This time the Kunstmuseum Den Haag ( Gemeentemuseum Den Haag ) has an exhibition which opens on the 29th of February and will close on the 13th of April.

( the invitation depicts ” fetish + tabou” from 2000 )

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Hamish Fulton special

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It has been 2 months ago that i acquired a collection of invitations from the Nineties and among them there were several Hamish Fulton ones. I remember Hamish as being one of the friendliest artists i have met at the Gemeentemuseum. He was willing to sign 20 copies of the book which we published by us.

Since i have followed his career and exhibitions and now i have added 4 special invitations to the collection of http://www.ftn-books.com which are now for sale. The ones i like most are the Graeme Murray gallery and Marian Goodman gallery ( signed and dedicated for Rudi) ones  and there is of course the time/indoor/outdoor with japanese text. This is the one i can not find any information on so if you know who organized this one let me know. Your help would be appreciated.

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Arie van Geest …naar Beckmann, 1999

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Recently i had the chance to acquire another Arie van Geest watercolor for the FTN art collection. The moment i saw it i was impressed and decided to make a bid. The watercolor is from the 17th of August of 1999 and fits perfect between the painting and another drawing i have in my inventory by Arie van Geest. I have grown fond of his art over the years. His earliest more abstract , fantasy like drawings are wonderful and his later paintings keep impressing and this drawing is one of the nicest i have seen by his hand. Both other drawings i have purchased i will keep for a later blog , but in case you are interested in purchasing do not hesitate to contact me at wvdelshout@ziggo.nl

Title of this drawing/watercolor is ” NAAR BECKMANN #, size paper 30 x 22 inches / ca. 75 x 55 cm.

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