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Barend Blankert (1941)

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Some will say and compare him as being a dutch Lucian Freud, but Barend Blankert is for me still Barend Blankert and personally i would not compare him with anybody else.

Every time i encounter a painting by Blankert and study it i make up my own story. The scene and composition are the inspiration and the result always an original story and probabaly not the story Blankert intended.

So beside the impressive painting technique in which Blankert excels his storytelling is another quality this artist has. It is well worth studying this artist and whenever there is a possibility to see his paintings, do not hesitate and go there to admire these.

www.ftn-books.com has some Blankert publicatons available.

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Marc Bijl (1970)

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The most informative text on Marc Bijl i encountered on Wikipedia, but on a personal note, i agree with every element of this text. Marc Bijl stands for art on the borders of society in which gothic and punk are combined with Pop Culture…. I love it.

From 1992 until 1997 Marc Bijl studied at the Royal Academy of Art & Design in ‘sHertogenbosch. In 1996 he studied for a year at Glasgow School of Art. In his early work, Marc Bijl reacted to global themes and to popular fascination with symbols of political power, globalization of the economy, religion and nationalism. This resulted in interventions in public space, videos, sculptures and installations that underscored or undermined world views. Bijl endeavours to expose superficialities and myths via his work. Bijl switches in his work between political activity and street culture as he does between the media of image, text and music. He exposes the superficialities, icons and myths of popular culture in his work to stimulate the spectator to contemplate about moral and ethical issues. The symbol, the logo and the label are his potential targets and his artistic tools. He likes to upset, relocate and re-connote their superficial image and their mythmaking – always aiming at a critical analysis of the social conditions of the society. Bijl employs visual elements borrowed from punk and Gothic subcultures and from anarchism. His early works are representational, cartoon-like and often textual. His recent work is more abstract and minimalistic, exemplifying a shift in approach, by which he pares down different perspectives and methodologies to a new essence. The crux is no longer the ‘symbolism’ but what that symbolism represents and signifies. In these most recent works, Bijl makes clear references to modernist art-historical icons such as Mark Rothko, Mondriaan, De Stijl (Rietveld chair) and more subtle references to Jannis Kounellis and Joseph Beuys. Bijl adapts these classical works to his own corporate style. He seeks a more abstract formal language that is in many respects more ambiguous than his earlier vocabulary.

Bijl undermines systems but at the same time he is depended on these systems. Bijl’s work is often rebellious and tends to the illegality. His work is clearly rooted in street culture and possesses elements of graffiti, performance and installation art.

www.ftn-books.com has some nice Marc Bijl publications available.

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Piet Tuytel (1956)

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I just “discovered” Piet Tuytel and his art and made my first acquisition. I have encountered his works on numerous auctions and always thought his work to much random, but now that i have read more about the artist and have seen some of his works exhibited, i must alter my opinion. This is far from random. He varies on a theme and uses the materials you can find at construction markets in a way nobody does. Using colors to enhance and constructing/ welding materials to make his sculptures and multiples. The multiple i have acquired is one from a series of 3. Signed numbered and dated 1990. In this period he uses rubber hoses. mesh, constructing steel and in this case a baking form for cakes. The impression he makes with this ‘ ADONIS” is a strong person perhaps a body builder , just the outline and one keeps being fascinated by the materials used. Rough , but a joy to look at and admire. The “Adonis ” sculpture is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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Joe Tilson (1928)

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A few years ago i encountered at auction a box , designed and painted by Joe Tilson. I searched for the artist but beside the usual Wikipedia page, not much information was found. Hardly any auction history and only a few presentations in the Netherlands. One of these at the Boymans van Beuningen in 1973 ( catalogue now available at http://www.ftn-books.com), but the name remained present in my memory and i am still looking for an affordable multiple by this artist , since he represents Britisch Pop Art in a way i appreciate very much. Colorful , typical Pop Art themes come along and make his works desirable .

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During the 1960s Tilson became one of the leading figures associated with the British Pop Art movement. Making use of his previous experience as a carpenter and joiner, Tilson produced wooden reliefs and constructions as well as prints and paintings.As a student at the RCA Tilson associated with Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, R. B. Kitaj, Peter Blake, Allen Jones, Patrick Caulfield and David Hockney.[citation needed]

His first one-man show was held at the Marlborough Gallery, London in 1962.[4] In 1977 he joined the Waddington Galleries and also exhibited at the Alan Cristea Gallery and the Giò Marconi Galleries in Milan. Tilson’s work gained an international reputation when shown at the XXXII Venice Biennale in 1964,[ which led to a retrospective at the Boyman’s Museum, Rotterdam in 1964. Further retrospective exhibitions followed at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1979 and the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol in 1984.

Growing disillusionment with the consumer society led to a change in Tilson work in the 1970s.After moving to Wiltshire in 1972, Tilson began to use a wider variety of materials, including stone, straw and rope in an effort to transcend time and culture by drawing on the motifs of pre-Classical mythology. This body of work was called Alchera.

Tilson’s work has been exhibited regularly in solo shows throughout the world: Cortona Centro Culturale Fontanella Borghese, Rome (1990), Plymouth City Museum (1991), Palazzo Pubblico, Siena (1995), Mestna Gallery, Ljubljana (1996) and Galleria Comunale d’Arte, Cesena (2000). Recently a major retrospective was held at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2002). Among Tilson’s awards are the Gulbenkian Foundation Prize (1960) and the Grand Prix d’Honneur, Biennale of Ljubljana (1996). He is a Royal Academician and his career was celebrated with a retrospective exhibition in 2002 at the Royal Academy ‘Joe Tilson: Pop to Present’ (Sackler Galleries) from April 2002. He was also invited to paint the banner for the “Palio”, Siena in 1996. In 2019, he was commissioned make an installation for the Swatch Pavilion at the Venice Biennial inspired by his ‘Stones of Venice’ works. He also designed a limited edition watch as part of the project.

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Erwin Heerich (1922-2004)

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The following text comes from Wikipedia. I did not know the artist but i was impressed with a publication that was published in the Sixties with the van Abbemuseum exhibition.  This publication is now availabel at www.ftn-books.com

From 1945 to 1950 Heerich studied fine arts at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under Ewald Mataré. From 1950 to 1954, he belonged, together with Joseph Beuys, to the master class of his professor. At that time, he chiefly produced sculptures representing animals and drawings of plants. In 1954, he left the Düsseldorf academy and worked as an artist and art teacher. Since 1959, he used cardboard as his artistic material. He presented 10 of these “Kartonplastiken” at the documenta IV (1968) in Kassel.

Heerich emphasized that for him, “cardboard, like polystyrene, had no specifically aesthetic or historical connotations, the materials are value-neutral to the largest possible extent.” Furthermore, the artist was not primarily “concerned with the manifestation of an art object, but with making an idea material in terms of a specific problem: how space can be presented and formed.”

From 1969 to 1988 he was a professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. In 1974 he became also a member of the Academy of Arts, Berlin.

From 1982 to 1994 he created eleven exhibition pavilions for the Museum Insel Hombroich, which were called “chapels in the landscape”. His elemental sculptures became the design base for these gallery pavilions.

In 1978 Heerich received the Will Grohmann Prize in Berlin. In 1987 he received the Max Beckmann Prize in Frankfurt am Main and in 1995 the Anton Stankowski Prize in Stuttgart.

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Bengt Lindström (1925-2008)

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Bengt Karl Erik Lindström was a Swedish artist. Lindström was one of Sweden’s best known contemporary artists with a characteristic style of distinct colors, often including contorted faces.

and this is where the item i now can offer comes in. It is the gallery poster for his 1970 Ariel exhibition. truly a contorted face and now available at www.ftn-books.com

 

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Lindström was born in 1925 at Storsjö kapell, Härjedalen, Sweden. In 1944, he moved to Stockholm to study under the Swedish painter Isaac Grünewald. In 1948, he moved to Paris, where he studied under the French painters André Lhote and Fernand Léger. Lindström was influenced by the paintings of COBRA artist Karel Appel.

He remained in France at Savigny sur Orge for the rest of his artistic career. He had two children Mariana and Alexandre. Lindström died in 2008 in Sundsvall, Sweden.

Lindström is probably best known for his outdoor decorations, such as mural paintings and colorful sculptures. One of his most famous sculptures is the massive Y-sculpture at Midlanda Airport north of Sundsvall, Sweden.

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galleria del Cavallino ( part III)

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Here is the last part of samll publications by the galleria del Cavallino that will be for sale in the coming weeks .

Part III:

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for all information on these publications ; ftnbooksandart@gmail.com

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Romano Frea (1945)

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An artist who had no connection in the Netherlands was known by Will Hoogstraate from gallery d’Eendt , but according to my information had no exhibitions at this gallery, but……. just look at the similarities with Will Leewens . Here is a work by Will Leewens (on the right) from roughly the same period. (Frea on the left)

Artist who worked over 1500 km apart from each other and were progressing and developing their works into the same world of abstraction. I still find this fascinating to discover and see that artists , working apart from eachother and probably not knowing the other person, are developing their art into the same direction.

I recently added two scarce Frea publications to my inventory. Both are still available at www.ftn-books.com

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Anthon Beeke (continued)

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Here is a tip by a very good friend I received yesterday. It shows that it is impossible to keep track of every exhibition, but this is well worth mentioning in a blog, since the subject is one of the greatest of dutch graphic designers from the last 50 years. It concerns the library of Anthon Beeke.

The library of Anthon Beeke

Get lost in the books of graphic designer Anthon Beeke.

The exhibition space above the Social Label Lab is a temporary library with bookcases full of books arranged around themes such as graphic design, culture, photography, typography, jazz, eroticism and just plain fun. Playful, naughty and challenging. On entering the Werkwarenhuis, you are given white gloves to browse through the enormous collection of books at your leisure. In silos, you can retreat to your own reading table with a twilight lamp. Anthon Beeke was a graphic designer and designed posters for Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Kunstrai and the Centraal Museum, among others. Lidewij Edelkoort, Anthon Beeke’s life partner, wants his collection and his love for books to be shared with the whole country. His books tell the story of him as a long-time collector of books that inspired, relaxed or transported him. Together with co-curator Charlotte Grün (Studio OOK), she put together this exhibition. A collection of books tells different stories about its collector, through the layers of information that cross each other. More and more information can be found on the Internet, which is why more and more people are rigorously getting rid of their book collections. This also applies to well-known creative Dutchmen.

“We are proud that after the van Abbe Huis in Eindhoven, we can now show this special intimate exhibition in our Werkwarenhuis.” Petra Janssen and Edwin Vollebergh of Studio Boot have themselves taught with Anthon for years at the Design Academy. They know how he looked, inspired and shared his knowledge with the students. “By showing these books in the work shop, you can get a glimpse of his world through his eyes again. But each time through a different lens.”

More Anthon Beeke > 01.02.2015 / 06.12.2018 / 02.12.2020

Exhibition the library of Anthon Beeke
Werkwarenhuis, ‘s-HertogenBosch
9 June -28 Aug, 2021
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of course ww.ftn-books.com has many items by Beek in its inventory

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Willem Hussem (continued)….the poet

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Willem Hussem has been a long time favorit of mine and not only for his paintings , but also his poetry is remarkable. Influenced by the rythme of japanese poetry , Hussem began to write his poems as early as 1950. He is becoming deservedly more and more known for his poems of which one recently found a place on a wall in the city of Leiden. It is the same poem as the one that graces the cover of the book which was published in 1977 by Bert Bakker and Nouvelles Images which is now available at http://www.ftn-books.com

Where do you draw the line between the art of painting and poetry? Willem Hussem started out as a painter of landscapes and portraits but from the 1950s onwards his work became more abstract. This way, he hoped to capture the essence of an image, a technique he also used in his poetry. His poems became shorter and more powerful, which is also evident in this poem, in which Willem Hussem uses words to paint the beach of Scheveningen.

After his return to the Netherlands, Hussem also started writing poetry. His first collection of poems, De kustlijn (The coastline), was published in 1949. In subsequent collections the sea also plays a prominent role. The beach of Scheveningen, on which this poem is based, was his primary source of inspiration. Hussem mostly wrote short poems in which he ‘painted’ images for which he received the Dutch Jan Campert award for poetry in 1965.

Translated it is :

PUT THE BLUE

Put the blue
of the sea
against the
blue of the
heavens, wipe
some white
of a sail
in it and the
wind starts to blow

the book is available at http://www.ftn-books.com