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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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Larry Clark (1943)

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In many ways the US audience thinks his works a controversial, but in the Netherlands were there is a much more liberal approach to art, Larry Clark’s his works are considered as important and progressive. The result….some excellent gallery exhibitions over here and the spectacular Larry Clark exhibition at the Groninger Museum in 1999. The catalogue design was done by Swip Stolk, who designed the catalogue in the shape of a book containing postcard/photographs and some Clark designed (real) stickers.. Making this one of the most collectible Larry Clark items worldwide ( now available at www.ftn-books.com.

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Larry Clark was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1943. While a teenager Clark developed his photography skills working as an assistant to his mother, a door-to-door baby photographer. He later spent two years at a commercial photography school. Larry Clark achieved both fame and notoriety with the publication of his first book Tulsa in 1971. Although drug use, sex and violence are the main themes, the images are often beautifully composed and his subjects are sympathetically presented. Tulsa demonstrated a new style of photography that was subjective, alienated and completely detached from any social agenda. Clark raised the ante for engaged photography; his work offered a lived experience rather than a merely observed one.

In his collages and videos of the late 1980s and early 1990s, he broadened this investigation into revealing the ways that mass media alternately creates, rejects, and eroticizes young people. In 1995, Clark released his first feature film, Kids, which premiered at that year’s Sundance Film Festival and was hailed as “an instant classic” and “a wake-up call.” Kids was followed by such works as Another Day in Paradise (1998), Bully (2001), Ken Park (2003), WASSUP ROCKERS (2005), and the autobiographical installation and publication punk Picasso (2003). Marfa Girl (2012) was released independently on his website (www.larryclark.com) and won the Marcus Aurelius Award for Best Film at the 2012 Rome Film Festival. Marfa Girl 2, Clark’s first sequel, premiered in New York City in 2018.

Clark has been the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Photographers’ Fellowship in 1973 and the Creative Arts Public Service Photographers’ Grant in 1980. His work is included in important museum and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; and the Frankfurt Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany. In 2010, a retrospective of Clark’s work, Kiss the past hello, was held at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. He lives and works in New York.

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Diederick van Kleef (1954)

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It was over 30 years ago….i did not know the artist, but one publication by van Kleef intrigued me and i bought 2 copies to sell in the museumstore of the Gemeentemuseum. It must have been one of the first artist books i had ever bought. I lost track of van Kleef, but last month i bought an artistbook by van Kleef again. An edition of only 83 copies and numbered 52. “The Handboek 2 van & over Diederick van Kleef” is now available at www.ftn-books.com and because of this blog i searched for van Kleef on the internet and found that he has always been making art and now has its own bookstore in Amsterdam. It is fascinating that an artist like van Kleef stays true to his calling his entire life. One must admire such dedication.

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the Spanish Pavillion 1937

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Last week i spend 2 days in Madrid and visited the Reina Sofia museum, because i wanted to show my son and his friend the “Guernica” painting by Picasso. The painting was shown for the first time in the spanish pavillion in 1937. The Republican government sought to garner international support by assembling modern works by sympathetic artists that express powerful and overt political outrage, including a large painting of an upraised fist by Joan Miro and unveiled on the ground floor was Picasso’s Guernica. But not only because of the art the building was important. Its architecture was certainly avant-garde for that time. Simple materials and influenced by le Corbusier the building itself was far ahead of its time.

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The Spanish Pavillion in the Paris International Exhibition of T937 aimed at getting support from the international community in their detense of the Spanish Republic. The Government commissioned the Pavillion to the architects Josep Lluis Sert and Luis Lacasa, who designed a modern and low-cost building, with elements and materials From the traditional Spanish culture. It was consciously built as a modest and cosy space, featuring referents of a modern architecture inherited from Le Corbusier. A reasoned sample of art, culture and propaganda was shown in it, with an intention of bearing witness to the horrors of war while highlighting the optimism and ongoing productivity of the Government. The building housed the works of Alexander Calder, Josep Renau, Joan Miro, Julio Gonzalez, Alberto Sanchez and José Gutierrez-Solana amongst others. Yet, the most internationally acclaimed piece was Picasso’s Guernica, commissioned by the Government as a main artistic appeal.

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The above text comes from the model kit of the Spanish pavillion 1937 which is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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Experimental Jetset for SM

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Here is a short  text on this design studio.

Experimental Jetset is very much rooted in the classic designs and must be influenced by Gerstner and Crouwel, but the result is totally original. Bright, youthful and different. The Stedelijk Museum used their designs for a short while when they were located at the CS location during the renovation of the museum at the Paulus Potterstraat. The result is breathtaking and personally i wished they would have been chosen to design the Stedelijk Museum publications after the reopening of the museum. As it is now the cooperation ended in 2008. But lets hope the future brings new chances for a renewed cooperation:

1. Stedelijk Museum Open …

Sheet of postage stamps Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam / Post NL (Dutch Mail) We were asked by Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and PostNL (Dutch Mail) to design a sheet of stamps to celebrate the re-opening of …

 

2. About

… in New York, for inclusion in the MoMA’s permanent collection. Other institutes and archives that feature EJ material include MoMA’s Art Library, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), SFMOMA (San Francisco), Art …

 

3. Whitney Graphic Identity

…  identity of the Stedelijk Museum CS (SMCS), back in 2004, we didn’t only design the sign system (a modular system of over 2000 plastic A4-sized document holders), but were also responsible for printin …

 

4. Interview / Confessions

… , a poster that Wim Crouwel designed in 1970 for the Stedelijk Museum, for an exhibition on concrete poetry – he also designed a really beautiful catalogue for that same exhibition, in collaboration wi …

 

5. Crouwel 80

Invitation card Stedelijk Museum Friday November 21, 2008, marked the 80th birthday of design legend Wim Crouwel. There were a couple of events scheduled in the weeks surrounding this date, and one …

 

6. D&AD Lecture

…  like the paradoxical quality of that. 5. What has been your favourite project to date and why? The graphic identity and sign system that we designed in 2004 for SMCS (Stedelijk Museum CS). We loved th …

 

7. Scale Models

… in production, but the stamps were. 10. 20/20 Vision title walls (2004) Models for 20/20 Vision, a group exhibition that took place at Stedelijk Museum CS (SMCS) in 2005. Basically two cardboard sta …

 

8. DTC / Gilgamesj

… straight out of the Stedelijk Museum CS (SMCS) assignment, which was quite a draining experience, we decided to develop the identity for De Theatercompagnie in a few successive steps, rather than to design …

 

9. Pop On Pop Off

… ns both have a diameter of 25 mm, and the shirt is a medium Fruit of the Loom shirt. While we were working on this project, we were also heavily occupied with the design of the graphic identity of Ste …

 

10. 3 Telephone Cards

… t present at this presentation; around the time of this launch party, we were working day and night on the graphic identity of the Stedelijk Museum CS (SMCS). Thanks to Daniela Petovic (KPN) for invitin …

 

11. SMCS / Introduction

Introduction  Stedelijk Museum CS We were asked in the beginning of 2004 to create the graphic identity of the Stedelijk Museum CS, the temporary exhibition space of the Amsterdam museum of modern art. …

 

12. SMCS / Logotype

Logotype  Stedelijk Museum CS Note: this entry is part of a larger group of texts about the SMCS assignment. To read the full story about this project, start at SMCS / Introduction, and click through …

 

13. SMCS / Sign system 1

Sign System / part 1 Stedelijk Museum 2004 Note: this entry is part of a larger group of texts about the SMCS assignment. To read the full story about this project, start at SMCS / Introduction, and …

 

14. SMCS / Sign system 2

Stedelijk Museum CS Sign system / part 2 Note: this entry is part of a larger group of texts about the SMCS assignment. To read the full story about this project, start at SMCS / Introduction, and click …

 

15. SMCS / Title walls

Title walls Stedelijk Museum CS Note: this entry is part of a larger group of texts about the SMCS assignment. To read the full story about this project, start at SMCS / Introduction, and click through …

 

16. SMCS / Entrance

Entrance Stedelijk Museum CS Note: this entry is part of a larger group of texts about the SMCS assignment. To read the full story about this project, start at SMCS / Introduction, and click through …

 

17. SMCS / Banners

Banners  Stedelijk Museum CS Note: this entry is part of a larger group of texts about the SMCS assignment. To read the full story about this project, start at SMCS / Introduction, and click through all …

 

18. SMCS / Sandberg wing

Window display Stedelijk Museum 2004 Note: this entry is part of a larger group of texts about the SMCS assignment. To read the full story about this project, start at SMCS / Introduction, and click …

 

19. SMCS / Bulletin 1

Stedelijk Museum Bulletin 1 Stedelijk Museum CS Note: this entry is part of a larger group of texts about the SMCS assignment. To read the full story about this project, start at SMCS / Introduction, …

 

20. SMCS / Bulletin 2

Stedelijk Museum Bulletin 2 Stedelijk Museum CS Note: this entry is part of a larger group of texts about the SMCS assignment. To read the full story about this project, start at SMCS / Introduction, …

An independent graphic design studio, Experimental Jetset is made up of only three people, Marieke Stolk, Danny van den Dungen and Erwin Brinkers. All three members are graduates of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, located in Amsterdam, and have been collaborating since right after their graduation. While their influences are wide-ranging and varied, their aesthetic is closely related to that of the Modernist movement. The resemblance is reinforced by their use of Helvetica, implemented on nearly every one of their projects, as well as their often monochromatic color palette.  

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Art & Project final season 1998

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People following this blog know that i have acquired a large collection with Bulletins and invitations of the Art & Project gallery. Geert van Beijeren and Adriaan van Ravesteijn have published in nearly 30 years numerous publications. Bulletins, Catalogues, invitations, multiples and letters. Here is the final announcement of all their activities. In dutch they announce the ending of their gallery activities by the end of August 1998. This final announcement is now for sale at www.ftn-books.com

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Piet Dirkx weekly

This time the invitation card Piet made for his Warande exhibition. He used part of the BIOTOOP project from the Gemeentemuseum and reinstalled it at the Warande venue /Turnhout in 1996

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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

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Jo Niemeyer (1946)

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For many of us Jo Niemeyer is not the most common name in constructivist art. However Niemeyer has a loyal following of admirers in Germany and Finland. ( the 1984 Helsinki book is available at www.ftn-books.com).

Working with the primary colors that Piet Mondriaan used too in his STIJL period the compositions look at first glance not that original, but study them closely and you will notice a much more complex composition  with mouvement on the works by Niemeyer. making these stand out on their own. Here is the text i found on Wikipedia on the artist.

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Jo Niemeyer was born in 1946 in the German village Alf. He comes from a long-time artist family. His mother was a textile designer and worked in Saabrücken at the former State School for Art and Crafts, where she was in charge of a handloom weaving factory. His father began to paint at a relatively young age, in abstract and concrete art. Unfortunately, his paintings were considered to be degenerate and most of his works were destroyed or lost during WWII.

After three years of studying photography and graphic art, Niemeyer executed his first geometrical painting in 1966. He travelled in several countries, including the United States and Canada, and in Scandinavia where he was particularly fascinated by nature. In 1967, he pursued his training in industrial design at the Finnish Institute for Art “Atheneum”. He decided in 1970 to quit his job as professional photographer to become a full-time independent artist.

In Finland, he met artist colleagues Lars-Gunnar Nordstrom and Matti Kujasalo, the former director of the Finnish Academy of Art in Helsinki. In the 80s, Kujasalo asked Niemeyer to lecture about different print techniques in the graphic art department. During this time, Niemeyer built up his knowledge of Finnish architecture. It was also in Helsinki in the late 60s that Niemeyer met his wife, Tuula Partanen. in 1972 she founded Edition Partanen which specialised in silkscreen prints and publication of graphic and art portfolios. The studio was established in South Germany with a showroom in Zurich, Switzerland. Edition Partanen collaborated with artists such as Rupprecht Geiger, Matti Kujasalo, Ilya Bolotowsky and Niemeyer himself.

Niemeyer began to elaborate his big scale project “20 steps around the world” which would be installed in 1997 in the City of Ropinsalmi in Finland. In this project, he explained, the earth replaced the canvas. According to him, earth is the carrier of his artistic work being integrated into the creative process only by minimal changes. In the context of this work an arbitrarily defined route around the earth is divided systematically and exactly into 20 segments which develop to a dynamic, logarithmic progression according to the ‘Golden Section’. The 20 steps are visualized by using an installation of 20 stainless-steel elements around the globe, precisely located on continents. The location of the points is achieved by using a computer and satellite navigation.

Over the years, Niemeyer has held successful one-man and group shows in Scandinavia, Italy, Switzerland, Israel, USA, England, Japan, Argentina, and Finland. His murals in public buildings can be found in countries all around the world including Switzerland and Germany, and in Scandinavia. Featured in numerous international publications and films, his works are in public and private collections and museums including in Japan, Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany and Austria. Today, Jo Niemeyer works and lives in Germany, France and Finland.

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Allessandro Mendini (continued)

 

I wrote two earlier blogs on Mendini. One in 2016 and one in February this year to commemorate his accomplishments after his death at the age of 87.

Last week i found one of his earliest dutch publications. An important one, because it preceded the commission of designing the Groninger Museum. Probably the exhibition was held to introduce Mendini to the dutch people of Groningen and prepare them for the adventurous building Mendini would design for the Groninger Museum.

This publication is from 1988 , published together with Politi editore  and it is filled with the typical Mendini designs of which elements would be used outside and within the Groninger Museum.  I love this book, which is now for sale at www.ftn-books.com

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