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Koninklijke Subsidie voor Vrije Schilderkunst, 1980

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Every year the KONINKLIJKE SUBSIDIE VOOR VRIJE SCHILDERKUNST is granted to promissing, youthful artists. This series of 9 consecutive years is not randomly chosen by me. The artists that received the price are from my generation and many i have known or know personally and some are even present in our personalcollection. The reason to present these artists in this series now is because this generation is appearing on auction sites at these days, fetching such low prices that for many of you an original work of art is feasable. These artist deserve a bigger platform and your support. Many of them still make great art, some have stopped their art career, but most of them are still working every day in their studios. The series contains 9 blogs all devoted to the catalogue designed by Walter Nikkels which was published in 1987 on these artists and the price they won. This series of 7 years appears to have been important to dutch modernart and from a historical perspective it is nice to see that in the Eighties great artists and great art surfaced.

here is the first year is present to you. 1980

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from left to right: Tiny van der sar, Lex Rijnhout, Henk Metselaar, Hedy Gubbels, Eugène Jongerius

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Harm Kamerlingh Onnes (1893-1985)

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Harm Kamerlingh Onnes, born in the city of Leiden was an artist whose works were hardly known and appreciated during his life. He made drawings, gouaches, Oil paintings and ceramics, but if you ask me …can you mention one monumental work by him…. I can not produce any, but bis smaller works that I encountered at auction I appreciate. Postal stamp design and small humoristic sketches on daily life I have seen and admired.

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His work was influenced by modernism in the period between 1915 and 1925 and in 1918 he designed some stained windows for JJP Oud’s vacation home ” DE VONK “. From 1925 until his death daily life is his only subject for his art. From this year on his work is only figurative.

http://www.ftn-books has some Kamerlingh Onnes publications available.

 

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Jacobien de Rooij (1947)

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Jacobien de Rooij stands for large-sized paintings and drawings with a common theme. “Nature” is what she paints and draws. She is especially known for her extremely large drawings. Her large-sized drawings are famous and can be found in many Dutch public collections. Bright colours, makes these works when seen from up close like almost abstract works. what she draws or paints is not reality, but her interpretation of landscapes and scenes she has witnessed or seen.

Above just 2 recent examples of her works that illustrate the way she “builds ” her works.

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The above publication is available at http://www.ftn-books.com

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Mark Kadota (1951)

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A video, performing, sculptor and painter, artist Mark Kadota splits his time between his homes in Hawaii and the Netherlands. “Living in two very different places allows a unique observation of each place with a new and fresh view.It also lets me get a different perspective of each place,” he says. Kadota’s art covers visual recording and performing arts in the broadest spectrum. He has been on exhibit in galleries throughout the world and his collections are to be seen in several museums in Europe and Hawaii.His video artworks have been shown at the Beijing and London Olympic exhibition halls and have been acquired by Stedelijk museum in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherands. Appointed the honorary city artist for Honolulu USA he is presently finishing a commission for the renovation of the Honolulu city hall

In his Dutch landscape series Kadota updates the concept of documenting landscapes void of any human content in an effort to find spaces of refuge in an age of overpopulation. His main motivation is to create artwork of universal languages, searching for common truths that unite rather than separate. His artwork, at its best, mirrors society and our interior selves, raises questions, and presents communication and reflection. He makes his messages human, poetic, inclusive, humorous, accessible and comprehensible to everyone. As a conceptual artist, Kadota uses both traditional and non-traditional media to explore idea which he expands upon using video, painting, photography, installations, performance, movement, music, poetry, kinetic stage sets, sculpture, ceramics and film. Like many artists he tends to work in series. Kadota cites “I explore the concept through the series of work till I exhaust the idea. Usually I move to the next concept and at times return to former concepts with newfound ideas.”

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Esther Tielemans (1976)

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Her first major exhibition was at the Stedelijk Museum, but her best publication by far is the one which was made for her exhibition at the Museum Bommel van Dam in 2011.

(available at www.ftn-books.com) Great publication, designed by Adriaan Mellegers and printed by one of the very best printers in the business, Lecturis. Tielemans works differ in size. From intimate small sculptures to a room filled with installed sculptures altering and reconstructing the room in a fascinating way.

Her work is now part of the exhibition Momentum at the Voorlinden Museum.
Our world is poised on the brink of a tipping point as well. We must make choices regarding climate and migration, issues that are impacting our lives more and more intensely.

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Momentum brings together more than thirty works that embody this tension. This selection from our collection unites new and established names working in a wide range of media. Together they offer insights into the personal and collective challenges of our time. With works from artists including Anish Kapoor, Rineke Dijkstra, Jacco Olivier, Esther Tielemans, Ryan Gander, Gabriel Rico and Mona Hatoum.

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Andy Goldsworthy (1956)

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Andy Goldsworthy, British sculptor, photographer, environmentalist,  seems like a perfect choice for his personal quest is to be intimate and create with Nature. What flows through him, flows through the landscape and his goal is to feel, experience,  understand,  and then to create with this energy.

In his collaborations with nature, Andy works with whatever comes to hand: twigs, leaves, stones, snow and ice, reeds and thorns, creating site-specific installations, exploring the very essences of these materials.  In his process, he first must become attuned to his environment mentally, physically, and emotionally.  He listens, he observes, and then when he seems to be drawn to the way the materials express themselves he creates.  He takes these very materials and reweaves them back into the environment in a deliberate manner then lets the effects of the natural conditions have their way with them.  For example, near a stream, he sews together leaves with pine needles and allows the current to carry them as if it were a new inhabitant making its way in the flow.  Another example he creates a structure from sandstone or shale at the sea’s edge then observes how the tide interacts with it, carries it away, melts it, or simply flows over it.  In this manner, he is exploring change, transformation, mutability, permeability, the unknown and impermanence.

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As an audience, we feel the sense of birth, life and death with great anticipation and curiosity and a sense of triumph.  Andy will photograph his process and this is mainly the only means he has to show that he actually created and collaborated with nature.  There are exceptions such as rock walls he constructs but even they will not stay as he created them.  So, the photographing of his installations tell the story, a small drama as it were.  And he is always uncertain of the exact metamorphoses of his pieces.  On film he captures the infancy stages of creating them, the majestic full bloom of the mature piece, and then the decline and demise that comes with time.

His works of our art are not for eternity, but because he documents them extremely well, video’s and photographs remain and are proof that at one time the work existed and amazed those who saw it in reality. www.ftn-books.com has the much sought Staatsbosbeheer publication for sale.

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Karen Sargsyan (1973)

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First there was this catalogue that struck me. It was the Thieme Art published catalogue from 2008 to commemorate the winning of the Thieme Art price by Sargsyan. The title is THE TOUCHING and the art shown in this publication is totally original, Fragil paper and aluminium sculpturen build with this layers of material into moving figures. Their actions seems to be frozen to be captured by the artist. This is not the kind of art you would present in your living room, but fill a museum with these figures and you will be amazed with every corner you turn and encounter a new composition of almost true life action figures.

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Karen Sargsyan’s sculptural installations are made of paper aluminium and refer to the materials’ importance in the history of international communication. His sculptures personally materialize history, characters, events, and nature through this simple material.

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Gerard Verdijk and Peter Stuyvesant

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Readers of this blog know of my admiration for Gerard Verdijk and did not hesitate a single secoond when in 2011 a very large painting by Verdijk was put up for auction and did not receive its first bid. It appeared to be the winning bid and since the moment this painting entered our home it has been on display in our living room. The painting was part of the Peter Stuyvesant collection but a decade ago the staff of the Turmac Tobacco company and the founders of the Stuyvesant foundation decided to sell their collection. This collection is very well documented  and from its earliest of beginnings the best dutch designers made the catalogues which documented their additions. I knew almost for certain that our paintings was in one of these publications but i never found the right one, but…..i now have it and i am very pleased that our painting is prominently present in a beautiful large catalogue, designed by Anton Beeke …and the title of it is “GROOT” in de collectie Peter Stuyvesant.

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Published in 1997, the new additions were curated by the former director of the Stedelijk Museum, Wim Beeren.( see photo above this blog) An interesting final addition which almost completes all Peter Stuyvesant publications. This one is not for sale but there are others which are available at http://www.ftn-books.com.

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James Lambourne (1957)

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I thoughtn I had lost the book….. but a few weeks ago it surfaced agian after rearranging all my titles and putting them back in order again…….and there it was, a small book i bought when we visited Mallorca and the Fundacio Joan  Miro on the island.

I remember buying 2 of these books, because i was impressed by the works of this artist…James Lambourne. It has the quality of Richard Long his stone circles, but instead of a horizontal object these were vertical like paintings.

Observing nature is the basis of James Lambourne’s artistic creation, building an iconography and a personal language that connects us to the shapes, colours and elements of his surroundings. This is how the art critic lookos at his works, but what struck me personally was the bond i felt the artist had with nature, making for me personally these works being attractive. This smust have been teh reason to buy 2 copies of the book of whcih one is now available at http://www.ftn-books.com

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Moki Last (1955)

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Intriguing , that is how i would describe the works by Moki Last. Over the years i have encountered her works at several places and her projects always intrigue and fascinate. On many occasions her ceramics are combined into a complex work of art . Always original in her approach Moki Last has build a name in the art world that crosses the borders of her hometown Den Haag finding her way into the art world and galleries of the Netherlands, Moki Last has become one of the well known artis names for ceramics in the Netherlands. www.ftn-books.com has a signed publication from 2005 available.

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