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Ronnie Cutrone (1948-2013)

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Ronnie Cutrone (July 10, 1948 – July 21, 2013) was an American pop artist known for his large-scale paintings of some of America’s favourite cartoon characters, such as Felix the Cat, Pink Panther and Woody Woodpecker.

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This is how the Wikipedia listing starts , but there is so much more to Cutrone as artists. He belonged to the first wave of New York graffiti artists in the New York region it is there he met with Kenny Scharf and Keith Haring and he even made it at one time as Andy Warhol’s assistant at the Factor. trone’s paintings are colourful, lively, and less challenging than those of his contemporaries. A frequent use of comic figures makes his art accessible and appreciated for almost any age. The first generation of street artist in the US were recognized as being important and Frans Haks from the Groninger Museum invited them for an exhibition in the Netherlands in the early 80’s. the result ….a growing popularity and appreciation for this generation of street artist and as a result gallery presentation in the first half of the Eighties, after these years these artists became less popular, but interest starts to be picking up. I have seen some great auction results recently and I expect a growing interest for the decades to come.

http://www.ftn-books has recently acquired a nice 1984 Cutrone publication.

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Stedelijk Museum ….an eight week job

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Many of you know that http://www.ftn-books.com has one of the largest inventories with Stedelijk Museum oublications. Publications from as early as the Twenties from last century. The last eight weeks i made an effort to include the many publications i have in stock but did not add to my inventory until now. I have include over 1000 Stedelijk Museum publications which makes my inventory one of the largest “searchable” collections of available Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam publications. Over 900 different itesm are now available at http://www.ftn-books..com

visit http://www.ftn-books.com and search for “stedelijk” to discover many of the beautiful publications from this iconic museum.

 

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Luc Hoekx (1964)

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An artist who i did not know, but because of the excellent catalogue published by the Hein Elferink gallery in 2006 i learned to know and discover ( http://www.luchoekx.be). Luc Hoekx. A long career and some great places he exhibited at passing by without being noticed by me. Entirely my fault of course, but his exhibitions in the Netherlands were scarce . In retrospect i could only discover two. One in Helmond and the other in Staphorst. Not the worldly places one visits to find some great art. But now , because of the Elferink catalogue, i discovered an artist who’s art i like and that made me sent him a message to inquire after 2 works that were on his site.

So let ‘s wait and hope that these are reasonable priced, if not……no problem it takes some years but eventually something will come to the market and who knows it will be mine after the final bid.

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Margaret Leiteritz (1907-1976)

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The following excerpt comes from Wikipedia, because in a few sentences it explains what Leiteritz works stands for and means for art in general, but…..

I have made a small study of Leiteritz and her works and when you look at these you can see that her works are a link between the Bauhaus of Kandinsky and the hard edge paintings of Kelly.  In between somme 40 Years but her works bridge this period perfectly. Somewhere between the Bauhaus Kandinsky and the hard Edge Kelly from the Seventies you must place Leiteritz, because she transformed herself into an artist who embraced abstraction and made rythm part of her paintings . Her works are definetely inspired by rythm and music.

 Margaret Leiteritz (1907–1976) was a German painter who studied at the Bauhaus in Dessau from 1928 to 1931.[1]

In the 1960s and early 1970s, Leiteritz produced ‘painted diagrams’, which drew heavily from the scientific articles and books in her care as she was a professional librarian before becoming a painter.

Many of her works were strongly influenced by chemical engineering, and especially the field’s graphs which depicted physical properties of substances. Leiteritz’s paintings typically reworked a mundane graph using large expanses of colour and a bold abstract theme, changing it into a dynamic painting. Other works are reminiscent of Bunsen burner flame or DNA gel.

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Theo van Hoytema (1863-1917)

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Born in DEN HAAG too, van Hoytema was one of the first artists I encountered in the collection of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. A bird artis “pur sang” who is considered to be one of the founding members of the Art Nouveau movement in the Netherlands.

I have lost my interest in the artist and the Art Nouveau period, because I shifted my interest towards modern art, but the fact remains that the artists and his illustrated books and calendars are still very popular among collectors worldwide. In the time i worked at the Gemeentemuseum I had a yearly contact with Mrs. Schoonderbeek who published through the years all Hoytema material including a famous yearly calendar. Edition run ….over 100.000 each year and this made it possible for her to publish van Hoytema until some 20 years when she had to stop. Now i have found a delightful book on van Hoytema and his calendar and it shows exactly why his calendars stayed popular through the years.

The book is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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“A little white lie” by Nico Dijkshoorn

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In November 2020 I presented a little chapter from Nico Dijkshoorn his book  “KIJKT KUNST” here is another personal view by Dijkshoorn on one of the Kroller Muller Museum highlights. Picasso ” NUDE STANDING 1907-1908″

A LITTLE WHITE LIE

No

really

from here

you can not see

anything

of the white mould

on your

body

 

 

I

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Antoon Molkenboer (1872-1960)

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This man looks old and old-fashioned, but he witnessed the rise of many modern art artists. But old fashioned as he was, he stayed true to his designs which were rooted in the “Fin du Siecle ” period from the last century. His fame has grown by the end of 1930 which resulted in many commissions for music and theatre performances. Look at his designs and you see the influence Jugendstil has had on them, but what struck me most that he almost copied the great designs by Klimt and Mucha.

Interested in this copycat? the best publication on Molkenboer was written by an ex colleague of mine …Magda Kyrova . A nice publication which rediscovers this artist and which is available at http://www.ftn-books.com

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Mark Manders (1968)

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Just to illustrate the work by Mark Manders here follows a text he wrote in 1994.

The Absence of Mark Manders

Under a table you have the possibility to test your own absence. The realization that life is taking its course, even without you, is an intense human experience; it shows the finiteness of personality. Mark Manders has inhabited his self-portrait since 1986. This building can expand or shrink at any moment. In this building all words created by mankind are on hand. The building arises, like words, out of interaction with life and things.

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The thoughts that surround him in his building are, materialized or not, always important and never gratuitous. ‘When years ago I went for a walk, I would walk through streets where sometimes a clothespeg would be lying, or, when I entered a place, there would be a table with, for instance, a telephone and an empty vase, briefly I would find myself in a world that I hadn’t determined myself. I decided to build a building next to that world, or rather, in that world. A building which was dominated by a changing arrest, where and through which I would be confronted continuously with my choice, the choice of Mark Manders.’ Mark Manders considers the world surrounding his building as an evolved organism that has been constructed from so-called semi-truths. These fall as some loose atom-truths in a kind of ‘encyclopaedia basement’, a space of about four by five metres, around which he constructs his building. Herewith, Mark Manders places his self-portrait as a building actually between two world views: the world as constructed from atom-like semi-truths and the one in which these truths are accepted as facts. Often, we are not afraid in our materialized projection, the world itself has been confided to us. I remember how we determined our first priority roads and that diviners (reading the future in liver) indicated the place of the city. Walking through my building, I get confronted everywhere with deep arrest, it is terrific, the things over here surmount my momentaneous thinking and are familiar to me, I never get bored.

Mark Manders, 1994

www.ftn-books.com has some nice Mark Manders publications available

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the Drawings of Roy Lichtenstein (1987)

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I like this title. It was published at the end of the EIghties which finally recognized the historical importance of Pop Art in art. before , in th early Sixties pop art exhibitions were held all over the world including many impotant ones exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Among them a highly important Lichtenstein exhibition, but the difference with the 1987 exhibition at the MOMA museum is that in 1967 in Amsterdam it was NEW and MODERN and in 1987 in New York is was “established” art. A difference of 20 years and now another 33 years later . The quality of the works by Roy Lichtenstein is once again underlined with this exquiste catalogue on his drawings. It shows the metaculous preparation in drawing for all larger works he would create after.

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Ørnulf Ranheimsæter (1909-2007)

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Ørnulf Ranheimsæter was a Norwegian illustrator, graphical artist and essayist.

He was born in Skien, and educated at the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry, where he also later worked as instructor and eventually professor. He is known for his many book designs, and received the Bokkunstprisen award in 1967 and 1987. He was awarded the Fritt Ord Honorary Award in 1998.

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Why this rather obscure , lesser know Norwegian artist?.

The best reason is he illustrated DEN HELIGE NATTEN by Hjalmar Gullberg.  A short story on the Holy Night ( containing 4 original prints). The most appropriate story for today. ( the book is available at www.ftn-books.com)

Merry Christmas!

wilfried