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Alan Charlton ( continued )

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This was a great find … among the bulletins published by Art & Project in the Seventies were 2 by Alan Charlton bulletins and both had a special drawing inside. These drawings I want to share with you. The Bulletins are numbered 81 and 101 and were published in 1974 and 1977 and are available at www.ftn-books.com

charlton bulletin 81

charlton bulletin 81 b

charlton bulletin 101 a

charlton bulletin 101 b

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A rare Wim Crouwel designed publication.

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Most of the people who admire the designs by Wim Crouwel, know that at one time he designed a series of stamps for the PTT ( the postal service in the Netherlands) The series of stamps was widely used and became famous for being functional and still having a great design.

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Because the series was widely used and succesfull, Crouwel was asked to design the book on the publication of the stamps of 1977. This has become a typical Wim Crouwel publication. The book is smaller than usual, but one can recognize the Crouwel Lay-out of the pages. The editions of these “YEARBOOKS” were small and after inquiring i heard the number of 1000 copies. Of these many will have be destroyed or were lost and this is a ncie chance to add this to your Crouwel collection. Available at www.ftn-books.com

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Two Carl Andre additions

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At the beginning of Minimalism, 3 names rose to fame almost instantly. Sol LeWitt, Donald Judd and Carl Andre. All had their one man shows at the Haags Gemeentemuseum, but i noticed that the appreciation of Andre was not as high as the appreciation of his comrades. 30 years after his last show at the Gemeentemuseum things have changed for the better for Carl Andre. There was a very large retrospective exhibition travelling the US, Germany, Spain and France and the catalogue which was published with this exhibition is by far the the most complete on Andre ever.

Perhaps it is not the best, since i value myself the 1988 by Fuchs and Gracia Lebbink to be the best of all Andre catalogues, but it is a worthy addition to any Minimal Art library and still at a very affordable price. The second addition is the ART & PROJECT Bulletin 85, which is one of the rarest of all Carl Andre publications. Both are now available at www.ftn-books.com

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Hans-Willi Notthoff (1959)

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This is one of the artists who was included within the stack of German artists books i bought recently. What characterizes Notthoff works is the bright colors that are used in all his works. Making these joyful , colorful paintings which resemble a bit the Hard Edge paintings from the early Seventies. Of course not hard edge but more Pop Art like, but still colorful compositions. Far less complicated and intriguing than the paintings by Richard Schur , which i recently acquired, but still nice and colorful abstract paintings and worthwhile to check out if you can.

Hans-Willi Notthoff

1959 in Mönchengladbach geboren
1980–1989 Studium an der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
1989 Meisterschüler
1993 Villa Romana-Preis, einjähriger Aufenthalt in Florenz
1994–1999 Lehrauftrag für Malerei und Zeichnen an der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
1995–1997 Lehrauftrag für Grundlagen der Gestaltung und Freihandzeichnen an der Universität/GH Essen
seit 2007 Dozent für Malerei und Freihandzeichen im Lernort Studio, Düsseldorf
Lebt und arbeitet in Düsseldorf

this is the publication available at www.ftn-books.com

nothoff

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Dirk de Herder ( 1914-2003)

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On the site of the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Dirk de Herder is described as the poet among dutch photographers from his age. His photographs have a dreamlike poetic quality ( see the portrait above). De Herder considered himself as a master of light. His classic black & white photographs have been popular ever since 1946, when his first book about Amsterdam was published (now a classic at photobook auctions by itself). His images of the old centre of Amsterdam and later, in the same style, Stockholm and Paris were influenced by Brassaï, with whom he corresponded, exchanged books and prints. As a photographer he was also acquinted with COBRA, whose members he regulary photographed (and published in another book). For VARA television, a Dutch broadcasting company, he photographed many celebrities for the television programguides. But his hart was always with his free work. He made many more books, ‘Never travel without a Suitcase full of Dreams’ (80 photographs, for his 80th birthday) and ‘Flashback’ (about his life), were among the last.

There are several Dirk de Herder titles vailable at www.ftn-books.com

 

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Richard Schur (1971)

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Writing a blog on Art is not only pointing into the right direction of the greatest of artists, but it certainly is my intention to introduce some lesser known artists and explain why they appeal to me personally. The artist Richard Schur was not known to me until i noticed his paintings at an auction. I was impressed in the way he made his compositions. Constructivist ones, but not in a rigid way like Mondrian did, but putting planes and surfaces ( almost rectangular) beside and on top of each other. It was a new approach tome and had rarely seen done this before ….plus i thought his paintings are very appealing. I was lucky that i could buy two of his works at auction . One will be for sale in a year, but in the meantime i will have it on my wall and try to find out why i fell in love with it. The other i plan to make it a permanent part of my collection. Visit Richard Schur’s site to see more of his painting and “meet” the artist and his works . ( https://www.sound-of-color.com )

For me, Abstraction is a place of collective 

and personal memories, experiences and emotions.

I’m a poet, a composer and an Old Master’s son. 

As a contemporary artist, tradition is my ally 

and my enemy. I’m interested in the directness 

of Expressionism, the clarity of Hard Edge 

and the precision of the Renaissance painters.

 Through a long, systematic and intuitive process, 

then, I aim to reflect the meaning of every brushstroke 

within the whole: anything matters here.

As if you could hear the sound of color, Richard Schur creates visual experiences based on the transcendental qualities of color.  Born in Munich (1971), Richard Schur studied with Jerry Zeniuk at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, and graduated as “Meisterschüler” in 2000. From 2002 to 2008 he teached painting as Assistant Professor at the  Academy of Fine Arts Munich. Recent solo exhibitions include The Sound of Color, Galerie der Moderne, Stefan Vogdt, Munich (2017), Meadows, Cross Mackenzie Gallery, Washington, DC (2016), Manhattan Stories, Galerie Postel, Hamburg (2015). While recent Group shows include Ganz Konkret, Galerie Klaus Braun, Stuttgart (2017), Wendezeiten, CCA  Andraxt Kunsthalle, Mallorca, Spain (2016), Break Ground, ART 3, Brooklyn, NY, USA (2016). His work can be found in public and private collections worldwide including Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Guangdong Museum of Art in China, CCA, Centro Cultural Andraxt, Spain, Agnes Gund Collection, New York, BMW Group Art Collection and Allianz Art Collection.

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Robert Adams (1937)

 

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When i first saw an exhibition with the photographs by Robert Adams, i searched my memory and discovered that unconsciously i had seen many of these before. Photographs in which he documented the American way of life in the West, but it was not until i visited his exhibition at the Josef Albers museum, that all fell into place. Here was a very nice number of iconic photographs brought together in one splendid exhibition.

Robert Adams (b. 1937) is a photographer who has documented the extent and the limits of our damage to the American West, recording there, in over fifty books of pictures, both reasons to despair and to hope. “The goal,” he has said, “is to face facts but to find a basis for hope. To try for alchemy.”

Adams grew up in New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Colorado, in each place enjoying the out-of-­doors, often in company with his father. At age twenty-five, as a college English teacher with summers off, he learned photography, choosing as his first subjects early prairie churches and early Hispanic art, subjects of unalloyed beauty. After spending time in Scandinavia with his Swedish wife, Kerstin, however, he realized that there were complexities in the American geography that merited exploration.

In the 1970s and ’80s Adams produced a series of books—The New WestDenverWhat We BoughtSummer Nights—that focused on expanding suburbs along Colorado’s Front Range, books that pictured heedless development but also the surviving light, scale, form, and silence of the natural world. He also examined this mixture of humanity’s imprint and nature’s resilience in the wider western landscape (From the Missouri West) and in the Los Angeles basin (Los Angeles SpringCalifornia).

FTN-books has the exhibition posters of the Josef Albers Museum available at www.ftn-books.com

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Ben Nicholson (1906-1978)

 

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There are not many photo portraits to be found of Ben Nicholson. This must have been an artist who did not searched for fame, but developed his style of painting in a very thorough way over the years. Started as many of his fellow artists in a figurative way, but influenced by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth ( who would become his second wife) he developed a very personal way of abstract painting. These are the ones i admire most of Ben Nicholson.

They have a constructivist quality and lightness in them which make these paintings very easy to like. The influence of Barbara Hepworth makes his art even more complete. Perhaps he is a little bit forgotten, but every decade a renewed interest is there, which results in a tremendous exhibition.

www.ftn-books.com has some very nice Nicholson publications available including the Willem Sandberg designed Stedelijk Museum catalogue from 1954

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Dutch Graphic Roots – Cor Rosbeek

An important site on dutch graphics and dutch designers can be found over here:

https://www.dutchgraphicroots.nl

Here is the latest example of this site. This one is on Cor Rosbeek. One of the driving forces behind Rosbeek printers.

Cor Rosbeek

 

“Impossible doesn’t exist” and “I’m not selling print, I am selling trust.” Two sayings that characterize Cor Rosbeek who, together with his brother Jean, for long years ran Rosbeek printers in Nuth. The first maxim refers to the dedication shown by this printing house since 1963 to always deliver the best of the best, the highest of high quality print, and to be willing to listen closely to graphic designers. The Rosbeek’s capability to listen to and work with designers became legendary. The second saying indicates how supple and subtle they managed to perform their intermediary role between clients and designers. Rosbeek in Nuth, in the southern province of Limburg, were not just printers, they were actively participating partners in the print production process; they were important contributors to cultural developments.

 

The jury of the Best Book Award 1990 posing on the stairs in Stedelijk Museum. Cor Rosbeek second from left

The young Cor Rosbeek never showed any ambition of becoming a printer like his father. He’d rather become a commercial representative and drive flashy cars. Art wasn’t his cup of tea either: “I didn’t have the urge to create.” But Cor at age sixteen had to cope with his father’s sudden demise. As the oldest Rosbeek son he had to jump in and continue the family business. Born in 1944, he had grown up in the family home above the printer’s shop where his father produced all sorts of commercial print for small industries and for private people living in the area of Hoensbroek. His father’s prewar dreams of becoming the chief of the in-house printing shop at Bata’s shoe factory were disturbed by WW II. The Czech-born Bata owners, of Jewish descent, escaped to England. But Cor Rosbeek the elder knew about printing and by hard work single-handedly managed to build up a small business of his own, with only his sons, Cor junior and Jean, and their younger sister helping out when it was busy. In his off time, father Rosbeek liked to make music. He could play no less than thirteen different musical instruments.

The best ever
Cor Rosbeek went to trade school. Bent over maps and atlases he fantasized about other worlds. On Saturdays he put on his fashionable shoes and went dancing: rock and roll. But he was ambitious. He wanted to surpass his father and move on to a better world, he had an open mind as well as an eye for the modern times, and he explored whatever cultural life there was in his remote corner of the Netherlands. It was only later that he fell in love with the printing profession. “From that moment on no one could stop me, I wanted to be the best.”

Interior at Rosbeek in Nuth

His first client, the paint producer Jo Eyck whose company became a part of the Sikkens group and their distributor for Limburg, had taken over his own father’s management position around the same time as Cor. Jo Eyck was fascinated by anything related to art and design and already collaborated with designers. He was a perfectionist and a demanding client. Cor Rosbeek admitted he learned much from Jo Eyck: “Everything you do, should be done well and with quality in mind. Jo always aimed for a position in the quality-conscious market of architects, project developers and their clients. I noticed this was a highly effective approach. In his Heerlen head office Jo Eyck organized exhibitions about the role of paint in art, presenting artists such as Richard Lohse, Ad Dekkers, and Peter Struycken. He collected contemporary art and bought Wijlre castle to turn it into a private museum. He had architect Wiel Arets build a glass pavilion for a part of his art collection, the Hedge House, open to the public.” A second influential contact was with interior architect Herman Zeekaf, who sold modern furniture in Heerlen. With Zeekaf, too, Cor Rosbeek developed close ties. Zeekaf designed the new building for the printing company as well as later extensions and renovations.

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The production of high-quality print in collaboration with leading designers became Rosbeek’s goal. The brothers looked at printers such as Meijer in Wormerveer and Steendrukkerij De Jong & Co in Hilversum, where graphic designers produced daring print projects including the famed Christmas editions of Drukkersweekblad en Autolijn and the Kwadraat series published by De Jong & Co. In their own region, Rosbeek acquired assignments through designers like Baer Cornet and Geert Setola from clients such as furniture producer ’t Spectrum, Océ van der Grinten copiers, Stork machines, and Randstad (temp workers). Wim Crouwel was one of the first designers coming “all the way from the West” to collaborate with Rosbeek on work commissioned by fashion importers Kreymborg. Jan Bons brought his calendar designs for Van Ommeren shipping. Others followed, bringing with them a growing number of clients, including Art Unlimited and the Rijksmuseum. These clients came from all over the Netherlands.

Many of these publications by Rosbeek are available at www.ftn-books.com

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Two Tony Cragg additions

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Recently i purchased two important Tony Cragg publications at auction. These publications are published only 2 years apart (1986 an 1988) from each other and the last is possibly the most important of both. It shows the Cragg works that were presented during the Biennale of Venezia event. the British Council presented a solo by Cragg and this publication is arguably one of the best on this artist.

Both publications are now available at www.ftn-books.com