Just a short blog on the 2 editions i now have in my inventory. There is a time difference of 2 years between them, but both are equally important. The first is the beautiful and impressive Toxique from 1964. A bold and important publication since it is one of the first books that makes in text and art the addiction to palphium /morphine visible. The art is among the best i know and the book reads like a graphic novel. The best is that the german edition from 1966 leaves the pages intact and only includes in the text the translation of the original french text by Sagan. Both can be recommended, but the purist will ofcourse chose the original french edition from 1964.Both editions are available at www.ftn-books.com
Never heard of Yeats as a painter, until Rudi Fuchs curated an exhibition with his paintings at the Haags Gemeentemuseum and it was a nice surprise. His painting is spontane , a little childish and impressionistic at the same time and thus resulting in a painting what is typical for Yeats with a signature of its own. The exhibition was not that large and i remember that the sizes of the paintings were not that large too.
What i do remember was the excellent catalogue Gracia Lebbink designed with the exhibition. It was one of her first lareg catalogues she made for the Gemeentemuseum but it has proven to be a classic and available at www.ftn-books.com
Just recently, onthe 12th of March Will ferwerda died at the age of 77. Known for his free expressionism and activist for his entire life he was one of the most colorful artists in the dutch art scene. He was locally a well known artist and many in Gorkum and Dordrecht had at some time met him.( A bit the same as Gerard Fieret in den Haag), but his art deserves so much better. It has some mysticism in it i can not explain, but when you look at he limited editions by Ferwerda ( available at www.ftn-books.com) , these images intrigue and show that Ferwerda was not an amateur , but a true and original artist.
By chance i found a publication by atelier de Herenplaats. An artist studio for the mentally deficient and i was really surprised to find some great art within this publiucation. This Art Brut/Outsider Art is matured and must be considered as true art. The spontanious compositions delight and i have read on the site of de Herenplaats that many of their artist have had their ( international) presentations in galeries and museums.
de Herenplaats site can be found on this address: www.herenplaats.nl
and www.ftn-books.com has the Herenplaats publication now for sale in its shop.
An important publication. published within the series of Grafisch Nederland and designed by Gracia Lebbink. A quintessential 150 years with some great inventions ( telephone, TV, Radio and Nylon) and a developing art scene which made the transition into constructivist and abstract art. The book not only has a beautiful design by Gracia Lebbink , but it is great fun to look at the history of these World Fair’s. What struck me is that the architecture is truly innovative, but only a few buildings were kept. Of course the Eiffel tower is one of them and it has grown into a landmark for Paris and France, but when you look at some of the other great architecture realized, it is a pity that so few of the buildings remain.The book is available at www.ftn-books.com
I looked for Ton Mars information and found this. It . is in dutch but for my dutch readers it is an absolute must:
Mijn hoofd is in de wereld
de wereld is in mijn hoofd
In de wereld
noem ik continenten en sferen,
duid ik windstreken en sterren,
ken ik landen en volken,
tel ik woorden en talen,
zie ik contrasten en overeenkomsten,
ervaar ik kleuren en vormen,
duizel ik in veelvoud en verscheidenheid,
kan ik blijven en reizen.
In het hoofd
orden ik veelvoud en verscheidenheid,
maak ik contrasten en overeenkomsten,
ontwikkel ik continenten en sferen,
speel ik met richting en ritme,
droom ik landen en volken,
vind ik woorden en taal,
kan ik blijven en reizen.
In het werk
voor verf en linnen
voor potlood en papier
voor lijn en kleur,
voor vlak en volume,
voor licht en schaduw,
voor deel en onderdeel,
aan boek en teken,
aan code en regel,
aan woord en getal,
aan systeem en verbeelding,
getal en plek,
kennis en spel,
complexiteit en helderheid,
eenvoud en mysterie
zwaarte en lichtheid,
feit en fictie.
Met het werk
eigen ik me de wereld toe,
leef ik mijn droom,
dag en nacht.
www.ftn-books.com has some Ton Mars publications available
This is the title of one of the most important artists books in dutch art. Yes, of course tghis is my personal opinion, but look at it and you will undoubtedly agrre with me.
The publication was neglegted for over 3 decades, but now that the art of Dekkers is discovered again, the interest in his publications rises too. ……and, this is one of the nicest and best of his publications . Just some details. designed by Baer Cornet, printed by one of the best in the business, Rosbeek, who were up to the extreme printing qualities of the drawings that had to be reproduced in this 1977 publication. Oblong shaped, cahier stitching and a very small print run makes this a highly desirable and collectable artist book and available at www.ftn-books.com
Andy Warhol is known for his Pop Art and Factory years mostly, but at one time there was an early Andy Warhol . An artist who tried to survivve by taking up illustration jobs and what i personally like about these years is that his art is more poetic, you can even call it “sweet”. Cats, boots, lace everything that was in later years not used as an art object you can find in these early years.
Perhaps artistically these are not the strongest years of Warhol as an artist and certainly not the most appreciated, but his drawings are very detailed and in some cases amazing. The cats and shoes are lovely, but for me nothing out of the ordinary. But how about these 2 heads…one a detailed pen drawing the other almost the saem but filled in with gold leaf, making it a spectacular drawing and a drawing to admire.
There are not many books on these early years available, but there is one i can truly recommend. It is a german catalogue for an exhibition held in 2000 in the Hamburger Hof, where the Marx collcetion of early Warhol was presented. The book is availabel at www.ftn-books.com
Claus was a very gifted Flemmish artist who had one specialty… he made almost exclusivily drawings and within these drawings he rarely used color. This made his work highly recognizable and because of the size of the drawings , some very nice publications were published. These artist books have now become very desirable and highly collectable books and www.ftn-books.com is lucky to have several titles available.
Claus was a master in creating an empty space with just a single form within. One of his favourites was a head on a rectangular plinth. With this drawing he creates an image of a sculpture but which was `ctually just a 2d drawing. Claus left about 30 sketchbooks in which it is made clear how he searched for abstraction.
To be honest … i had never heard of Legras before, but the catalogue is impkrtant enough to add it to my inventory. Since this is rare. Published in a time that the world was at war and the Netherlands was neutral. What struck me, is that like many of his fellow artists Legras was charmed by North Africa. he visited countries and villages and translated his observations into drawings and paintings. This catalogue is special and a very welcome addition to all who collect the Stedelijk Museum catalogues.