During the last years of the twentieth century, Ton van Os created, among other things, series of works dedicated to the painter Paolo Uccello and the composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
In the last 20 years, his source of inspiration is both the music and the writings about music and visual arts of American composer Morton Feldman. Since 2000, he made more than 150 mostly large paintings black-and-white, in bright colors, in glittering silver and in sparkling gold. Paintings of space and sourceless, invented light with shifting structures and patterns in which, as the Dutch composer Anthony Fiumara wrote in his review MorTon: ‘Paradoxical themes are discussed as dynamic stasis, chaotic order, unpredictable repetition, intuitive austerity and ringing silence.’
This is how the text on Ton van Os his site gives a description of his works and career. This is an artist who’s works are timeless, Even his earliest works from the early Seventies ( Forty Etchings book is available at http://www.ftn-books.com ) has this same abstract quality. Of course the scenes are realistic and depicts his suroundings or details from it, but this can only be seen when studying more intensely the (abstract) compositions. From a distance it is pure geometric abstraction. When you consider this the beginning of his career you can follow his artistic career with more and more abstraction over the decades…. eventually resulting in the repetition of forms in a rythm which is music inspired. http://www.ftn-books has several Ton van Os titles available.
It has been almost a decade to collect as many as the 210 different Art & Project items that i currently have for sale. It started when i bought a “lot” of museum catalogues at auction and among theme were some Bulletins by this worldwide known and respected dutch gallery. Not the most famous ones , but still a nice selection with Richard Long and Hamish Fulton. I got focussed on these publications and found some rare ones at reasonable prices in a time that nobody was interested. But the big breakthrough came when i finally was lucky enough to encounter 2 nice collections. One at a local book dealer who wanted a fair price for a selection of 30 Bulletins and the second time was at auction where a lot was not sold and i decided to buy it in the aftersale of the auction house.This last one added over 80 different Art & Project items to my collection and inventory. Just have a look at http://www.ftn-books.com and search for “art & project” and you will be pleasantly surprised with the large selection that i was able to collect for FTN books.
When i think of Marino Marini, i think of the guided tour we had at one time on the estate of Joop van Caldenborgh. He collected the Caldic collection and recently was the founder of the museum Voorlinden near Wassenaar.
The Marini sculpture from the Caldic collection / Cavaliere (1952) is one of the first sculptures you will see when you enter the estate and it is placed on the corner of a “fragile” red brick wall and both the times i saw the sculpture i was scared it would fall, but beside that i was struck with the beauty of the sculpture. A typical Fifties work of art and important! because many great italian sculptures were made during the Fifties and Sixties, but only a few can be found in dutch public collections.
There was a raised interest in italian art during both these decades and the Stedelijk Museum, Boymans van Beuningen and Haags Gemeentemuseum, all presented the best from Italy in those years, but only a few of the presented works of art stayed in the Netherlands and became a part of the public collections of these museums.
Still some very nice publications were published to accompany the exhibitions and some are availabel at www.ftn-books.com
We love to travel and taste wine in the Alsace region in France. Only a 6 hour drive to bring you in a totally different surroundings and on the way up to our favorite place ( Auberge Frankenbourg) you will pass 2 famous French cities. There is Metz with the new dependance of the Pompidou museum and the Musee des Beaux Arts on the Place Stanislas in Nancy. The Stanislas square is arguably one of the most impressive and beautiful squares in Europe. A Unesco heritage site and at the edge of the square you can find the Musee des Beaux Arts with its impressive Daum glass collection.
Both museum are well worth visiting and for those wanting to go to the auberge Frankenbourg, make a reservation well in advance to secure you a room or table. As for the wine, discover the wines from this region , most are of excellent quality with some outstanding ones . Most producers will welcome you and let you taste their excellent products. Last sentence is about a book from 1981 i recently added to my inventory which shows part of the Daum collection at the museum.
The painting by Siep van den Berg now is a part of our collection which started some 12 years ago when i first encountered a sketchbook by Siep at auction. Complete sketchbooks by an artist were a rare find at auction in those days and i decided if i had a chance to buy some of these sketchbooks as an investment i would do so. The first auction i bid for a sketchbook i was successful at a much too high price, but i still cherish this one because it was specially made for Niesje (his wife) and contains over 20 drawing/collages and is one of the best i have ever seen by this artists. The next auction i was successful with another 3 sketchbooks and i decided to make these drawings separately available through eBay, Catawiki and Kunstveiling. After these auctions other people became interested and these books were sold at much higher prices. But since i have sold over 100 drawings/sketches/collages at reasonable prices making these great drawings available for even the smallest of collectors. I still have some 100 drawings left so check regularly the Kunstveiling pages for any new ones. The small drawings come from a sketchbook which was made in and titled “Andelaroch (Fr)” and dated July 1990. This sketchbook contains all sorts of drawings. Collages mix with Constructivist drawings and even a rare realistic drawing is included. I just counted the remaining contents of the sketchbook and there are still over 60 drawings which will become available in the next years.
My blog readers know of my admiration for Siep van den Berg. A dutch constructivist painter who was at the end of his life recognized as one of the most important dutch modern painters from last century. A true constructivist with some side steps in which he searched for the perfect landscape, still life or portrait, but the main part of his sketchbooks is filled with sketches of possible constructivist compositions ( see tomorrows blog) but in the end, out of hundreds of sketches he choose the best one and painted. First the sketch, after the sketch the alterations with small pieces of paper cut from the edge of the sheet and then he filled in the colors and noted his findings on the sketch. Followed by painting the canvas. One of the ultimate paintings i now have acquired for our collection. It was one of the highligjts of the Siep van den berg exhibition at the Genootschap Pictura in Groningen :…yes and here it is presented in landscape mode.
So my previous post on this painting has to be altered in a small way. I am getting convince more and more it has to be presented horizontally. Like this.
This and other Siep van den bBerg publications and original works are available at www.ftn-books.com and ftn-art
It takes some time to appreciate the sculptures by Ruud Kuijer, but as his scultures grew in their sizes i started to admire more and more his works. It must have been in the mid Eighties that we once met, shook hands and had a short conversation, but i never have met him since and i did not search for his works until a few years ago i saw pictures of his WATERWERKEN series.
Impressive, complex, extremely large sized sculptures that reminded me in their size and presence of the Richard Serra THE MATTER OF TIME, which is also extremely large and can only be admired within or from a distance. The Waterwerken series can be found on the Ruud Kuijer site, but there is much more to the sculptures by Ruud Kuijer. You can find some nice publications at http://www.ftn-books.com in which his earlier sculptures can be found and admired including the recently Centraal Museum catalogue from1990.
The sculptor Ruud Kuijer is known for his abstract sculptures made from ordinary materials such as wood, concrete, iron, rope and threaded rod. His Waterworks project, a line of seven large sculptures situated along the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal in Utrecht, has attracted a lot of attention. Kuijer’s work is involved in many contemporary sculpture exhibitions, private- and museum collections and projects worldwide.
I discovered that i somehow have a soft spot for Suisse artists. Hodler is one of them is so is Gottfried Honegger. I can now add another one . Suisse Rudolf Zender lived and worked his entire life in Switzerland and made art in the style of DIE BRUCKE and the French post impressionists, but somehow managed to incorporate his own style into his subjects.
Possibly the french influence is because he once had his own artist studio in Paris and could not miss the many french examples of Post impressionist art and its subjects.The result some great paintings and certainly great graphic art. Zender is not very well known but lookong into his biography his art is closely related to some of the best artists from the 20th century.
Personally this is one of my all time favorite publications by the van Abbemuseum. Designed by Arlette Brouwers, this publication has everything.
Great cover. In all its simplicity it makes in one glance clear that these are the important acquisitions of the van Abbemuseum. In the background one of the main exhibition rooms of the museum and inside, a very transparent lay out, in which the acquisitions are described. This is a true connaisseurs publication and deserves to be collected.
Last Thursday i encountered finally one of the list I was hoping to find for a long time. The list is made in the beginning of the Eighties when interest rose in acquiring and collecting the Stedelijk Museum publications. Since the start in the Mid ’30s from last century, over 1100 publications have been published by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and this list contains the numbers and titles of the first 500 numbered publications. Willem Sandberg, Piet Zwart and Wim Crouwel, 3 of the greatest of Dutch designers all can be found on this list and i noticed of the 500 titles on it I have over 400 currently available at http://www.ftn-books.com
Beside the one on the list, there are of course many others published by the Stedelijk Museum FTN books has available. Take a look, save and share this very important document. the list is in PDF format and can be downloaded with the link below:
Artist/ Author: Oliver Boberg
Title : Memorial
Publisher: Oliver Boberg
Measurements: Frame measures 51 x 42 cm. original C print is 35 x 25 cm.
signed by Oliver Boberg in pen and numbered 14/20 from an edition of 20