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Heinrich Campendonk (1889-1957)

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Heinrich Campendonk was not unknown to me , but my time at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, made me much more aware of the qualities Campendonk had as a painter. Being a member of DER BLAUE REITER made me study his work more than average since i love the works by the artist of this group of painters.

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Campendonk was the son of a textile merchant, stopped his textile apprenticeship in 1905. From 1905 – 1909, he received artistic education from Johan Thorn Prikker, a very progressive school for arts and crafts at the time. He became friends with Helmuth Macke, August Macke, Wilhelm Wieger, Franz Marc and Paul Klee during this time. He was born in Krefeld. He was a member of the Der Blaue Reiter group, from 1911 to 1912. When the Nazi regime came to power in 1933, he was among the many modernists condemned as degenerate artists, and prohibited from exhibiting. He moved to the Netherlands, where he spent the rest of his life working at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, first teaching Decorative Art, printmaking and stained-glass, then as the Academy Director.He died as a naturalized Dutchman.

www.ftn-books.com has some nice Campendonk publications available.

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Vito Boggeri (1939)

 

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At many times you come across an artist of whom you never have heard before, but because of the found book(s) you are starting to look into the life and works of an artist. One of these artist is Vito Boggeri , the book …published on the occasion of the exhibition held at the Fondazione Campania in 2007. The works look like NEUE WILDE paintings with an Italian touch. This is really appealing. If there is one artist with whom i would like to compare his works it is the dutch John van ‘t Slot. I prefer van ‘t Slot bis works but still these are very nice paintings which i would like to see sometime in a museum setting.

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De voorstelling begint op straat!

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This has been one of the highlights from the past year. A book i did not know was published but a true treasure trove. The book dates back from 2001 and shows the history of 10 years of “Stage” posters. These are done by the very best of dutch (poster) designers. To name a few Anthon Beeke, Jan Bons, Joost Swarte, Lex Reitsma, Marten Jongema. A beautiful published book. BIS published these posters on a larger sized format. Giving these the best possible size in a still reasonably sized book . The book contains the very best of 10 years of posters starting in 1991 and ending in 2001. This book is now in my personal book case and i am glad to give this a place in my personal collection until it sells…..i love it!

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Sixties Magazine TWEN/TABOE with Ed van der Elsken

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If you want to know what the Sixties looked like for the youth in the Netherlands, there are 3 magazines you must study. First there is the TIQ magazine. It is now one of the hardest to find magazines in the world, since few numbers were published and because of its controversial contents not to many survived.,….. and then there is TWEN/ TABOE. This is the “progressive” dutch youth showing their interests and sharing this with one of the most important Sixties magazines worldwide. Of course this is my personal idea about this magazine, but it is not without reason that i think this is important. One of the most prominent “house” photographers for TWEN/TABOE was Ed van der Elsken and he literally almost filled the pages of the magazines all by himself with his iconic photographs. Leafing through the special book which was published on the Magazine TWEN, which name had to be changed in TABOE after the german Springer publishing company forced by summary proceedings to do so. TWEN/ TABOE history is short. At the end of 1961 and the beginning of 1961 only 4 magazines were published , but they have proven to be a true historic and cultural document.

The integral publications of these 4 magazines is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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de Tilburgse School, Delta Lloyd 2002

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Another short blog on one of the most important art collectives in the Netherlands. The importance of the “De Tilburgse School” school is growing more and more by the year. Marc Mulders , Paul van Dongen, Guido Geelen, Reinoud van Vught and Ronald Zuurmond are recognized as being of great importance to dutch modern art. Some years ago i wrote another blog on DE TILBURGSE SCHOOL , explaining their art was rooted within religion, but more and more they are liberating themselves from religious themes. The catalogue which was published by Delta Lloyd on the occasion of the 2002 exhibition shows this in an excellent way. The catalogue is not that thick. Only 28 pages , but it is a beautifully designed book by Maarten Meevis, printed by the quality printers of Lecturis, Making this a highly collectable and important exhibition catalogue.

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Erik Oldenhof (1951)

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One of the reasons why i started this blog is to introduce artists and their works to a larger audience and here is one of these artists. Erik Oldenhof has had a lng time careeer now and his abstract art leans towords Zero and more abstract painting. However his technique reminds me of Jakob Gasteiger who molds his paint after he has applied it to the canvas. This is what Oldenhof must also do when i look at his paintings. There is a growing interest in his works, but still they can be bought at fairly reasonable prices at galleries and art loan institutions and whenever you find a painting by Oldenhof put up for auction they can be outright cheap. Still this stands in no relation with the artistic values. Oldenhof his paintings have a personality of their own and will not bore for a long time to come.

www.ftn-books.com has a nice Erik Oldenhof publication available

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Black Friday at FTN books

Not just a 3 days discount but a total of 11 days, a one period discount of 10% on all your FTN books purchases. Valid from the early hours  of Friday the 22nd of November until midnight on the 1st of December 2019. Use the special Black Friday 10% discount code:

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Leo Divendal (1947)

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Leo Divendal…… Photographer, publisher, gallery owner, writer, musician, artist book maker, bookseller and antiquarian.

Why this blog on Leo Divendal, first of ll it is rare that so many talents have come together within one person and…..then there is of course the connection with the Gemeentemuseum where Divendal curated some 20 years ago, together with Willem van Zoetendaal some exhibitions in the Fotokabinetten.

The second reason is that i bought a Divendal special publication recently. Het Glazen Oog is a Divendal special from 1991 which features some of the greatest dutch photographers from last century.

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This and other publications are now available at www.ftn-boooks.com

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But possibly the main reason is that i noticed that Divendal and i have the same approach to art and artists and that the both of us like the same artists and have an admiration for them. Here is the link to the Leo Divendal site ( https://www.leodivendal.nl/atelier/) in which you can discover all those nice publications which many of them are also available at www.ftn-books.com

 

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Jorge Demirjián (1932-2018)

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One of the advantages of being in the search of art and artist books is that you encounter books by artists of whom you never have heard before. That does not mean that they do not deserve to be known, but in some cases distance is the problem. Where a book or publications travels around the globe, it is much more difficult to let a exhibition travel physically. So this explains why i have never heard of Jorge Demirjián , an Argentinian artist born in 1932 who has had his share of exhibitions in Argentina and reminds me of Theys and Raveel .

It fits since they are contemporaries of each other , but his style is more bold. He died just a year ago and that is perhaps the reason that it was meant to be  and that i found this catalogue and had to write a blog on Demirjián. An Argentinian artist who is well known in his own country but deserves to be known outside Argentina as well. Here is the list i found on Art Guion XXI gallery:

1961 Individual exhibition at the Galeria delle Ore. Milán.
1964/1966 He settles down in Paris where he participates in Latin American Artists in the Museum of Modern Art of Paris: Galerie Lahumiére, Paris; Grands et Jeunes d’aujourd’hui, Salon de Mai.
1967 He works a brief period in New York where he participates in the following exhibitions D’Arey Gallery. New York; Tweed Gallery University, Minessota (U.S.A).
1968 Surrealism in the Argentina, Institute Torcuato Di Tella; individual exhibition at the Galería Bonino; he obtains the First Prize of Painting “Fundación Lorenzutti”.
1969 Individual exhibition at the Galería Bonino, Buenos Aires.
1970 Individual exhibition at the Galería Bonino, Buenos Aires. He obtains the Scholarship of the British Council; he settles down in London where he studies and works at the Honney College and at the Slade College of Arts, London University. He participates in the following exhibitions: Annely Juda Fine Arts, Center of Art and Communication; Camden Art Center The Slade 1871 – 1971; Royal Academy of Arts: Art Spectrum. London. 7th International Exhibition of Prints, Awning: Argentinische Kunst der Gegenwan Kunshalle, Bastleu, Switzerland; Cluitstoph Dür Galerie, Munich: Argentinean art of today, Lugano. Switzerland.
1972 Individual exhibition at the Galería Bonino, Buenos Aires. 3rd. Biennial of Arte Coltejer, Medellín,Colombia where he obtains the Prize of Painting. He represents the Argentina in the 36th Biennial of Venice. Argentinische Kunst der Gegenwan. Rheiabches Landes Museum. Bonn and at the Kunthaus, Hamburg.
1973 Individual exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art of Bogotá Colombia.
1974 Individual exhibition at Bonino Gallery, Buenos Aires.
1975 Argentine Drawings. Corcoran Gallery, Washington.
1976 He settles down in Paris. He participates in the following exhibitions: Receni. ,Latin American Drawings, New York. 
Vlll Festival International de la Peinture, Cagnes Sur Mer, France. Art Argentinean Contemporary Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art. Madrid.
1977 Individual exhibition at the Galleria delle Ore, Milán with presentation of Pierre Restany. Current art of Iberoamérica, Madrid, Spain.
Current panorama of the young painting Argentina, Fundation Alvares Peinteado, San Pablo Brasil. He obtains the 2do. award Benson & Hedges to the “Nueva Pintura Argentina”.
1979 Individual exhibition at the Gallery New Art , Buenos Aires, with presentation of Jack Ligot. Contemporary Argentinean Art; Metropolitan Museum of Tokyo. Japón Museum of Modern Art of Kamukom, Japan.
1982 The 48th Carnegie International Institute Museum of Art ,Pittsburgh, USES.
1983 1er prize Navarro Correa of Drawing, National Museum of Fine Arts. 
“Realismo tres vertientes” Museum of America. Madrid.
1985 “Ideas e imágenes en la Argentina de hoy”. 
Museum of Modern Art of Mexico. Exhibition individual Gallery Jacques Martínez, “Demirjian works on paper 1963 – 1984”. Foundation San Telmo, Buenos Aires.
1989 Idea and Images Argentina, The Bronx Museum of Arts. New York, USES. PrizePa!anza. National Museum of Fine Arts.
1990 9th. Prize of Painting “María Calderón de la Barca” National Museum of Fine Arts.
1991 Prize Palanza, National Museum of Fine Arts. “Arte en la Rosada” National Museum of Fine Arts -90 years, Argentina’s Paintings selection”. Prize Patio Bullrich. He obtains the Prize Gabus, Museum of Modern Art.
1992 “From informalism to the Critical Figuration”, F.A.B.A.
1993 Individual exhibition, Palatina Gallery and National Fund of the Arts 1985/1995 – 15 years. Museum of Modern Art.

www.ftn-books.com has now this one and only, but important, Title available Demirjian.

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Giovanni Tommasi Ferroni (1967)

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I have never met the painter, but i have followed his career from the time he had his first exhibition at Steltman gallery / Amsterdam. It was a blend of realism and the fantastic what appealed to met at that time. Fassoni and Parkes were 2 other painters attached to the gallery who made paintings somewhat in the same way. Fantasy combined with a fabulous technique produced some of the nicest paintings in the early Eighties. Ferroni was one of the artists at the gallery, but what his paintings made special was the scenes he created within his paintings . Scenes that reminded me of the the chaotic scenes fellini created within his movies. Here is the text that comes from the Steltman site on Ferroni:

Giovanni Tommasi Ferroni was born in Rome in 1967.
When he started painting in his father’s studio as a child, he carried on the tradition of a family of artists that goes back many generations. By working in the studio of his father Riccardo Tommasi Ferroni he was educated in much the same way his ancestors were during the baroque tradition / period.

Giovanni later studied Literature as well and specialized in Art History at the University of Rome. Both are still a source of great inspiration in his paintings today. His paintings create a beautiful fantasy world that is inhabited by all kinds of mytho-logical, historical and contemporary creatures. While Tommasi’s style and choice of subjects is influenced by the style of his ancestors, contemporary icons intrigue him as well. The resulting synthesis of classical style and subjects and contemporary analytical perspective is sometimes slightly ironic but always fantastic and delirious.

 

www.ftn-books.com / ftn-art has a beautiful etching by Ferroni for sale. a UNIQUE ( edition of 1 ) which is handcolored by the artist / please inquire at wvdelshout@ziggo.nl