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Allen Jones (1938) is British Pop Art

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For me Allen Jones stands for his mannequin like sculptures. Possibly the best known is a woman kneeling on all fours with on her back a glas table surface. The sculpture acting like a salon table. This use of glass and mannequin sculptures is frequently done by Jones. He made several tables and even some chairs out of these mannequins.

This is possibly the most famous part from his oeuvre, but one must not forget his paintings. Highly original Pop Art paintings and well deserving their place among the best Pop Art in the world. Jones his images are influenced by Lindner but they also have some parts of the cheesecake poses of the ones Mel Ramos produced ( tomorrows blog).

www.ftn-books.com has some Jones items available

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(Reinier) Lucassen (1939)

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Possibly the best known member of the NEW FIGURATION mouvement in the Netherlands is Lucassen. If i must describe his art, it is a mix between geometric colorfield and daily household objects like screens, plants and kitchenware, add some comics into it , stirr it and you have an early Lucassen painting .

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Later he developed this style into a very authentic and recognizable personal style. Making abstract compositions with shapes, numbers and letters. These paintings are intuitive compositions combining , more or less at random elements from his direct surroundings, but these can not be recognized as such. The compositions, titles, execution are like small poems executed on canvas.

www.ftn-books.com, has a large selection of Lucassen titles including the catalogues he made for his galerie Espace exhibitions.

 

 

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Janusz Haka (1951)

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I first heard of Janusz Haka when i received an invitation in 1980 by the Jurka gallery in Amsterdam. They held an exhibition with the polish artist Janusz Haka. Since the list of his exhibitions is a very very long one and because of his subjects his art was appreciated in many places all over the world. I would say that his art has influences of Walasse Ting and Leroy Neiman, but Haka is as original as the ones just mentioned. His style is recognizable and his paintings have in most cases an erotic element but never offend. His paintings are appreciated by both men and women and because of the many colorful elements these are joyful accessible paintings. FTN art is now selling one of these majestic large oils on paper. It is the one which was modelled after “l’origine du monde” by Manet.

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A beautiful original oil painting , signed and dated 1980 in pencil and a great early Janusz Haka to collect.

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Pieter Laurens Mol / Cervo Pendulum

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Sometimes you know a book exists, never seen it, but from stories heard and publications read there is only one conclusion…it must be out there…somewhere.

Cervo Pendulum by Pieter Laurens Mol is such a publication. I learned the book was printed by Rosbeek. At the times i visited this printer in the late Nineties i had never seen a copy. All the times i visited book fairs, markets etc….no copy found. But now finally after over 24 years  i have a copy at www.ftn-books.com available.

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This book is rare, that is for certain, but it is also important. It is one of those little artists books which is worth collecting. Printed by Rosbeek and published on the occasion of the opening of the new medical faculty building of the University of Utrecht. Edition is said to be 250 copies only and of these few will have survived. Text is in dutch and in english, which makes this important book accessible to english collectors too.  An absolute “must have” for the Pieter Laurens Mol collector and it is not very likely that it will show up again in the coming years.

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Salvatore Scarpitta (1919-2007)

 

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Lets start a five day blog session with forgotten artists and here is the first to appear in this FTN blog.

An American artist with an Italian background, but born , raised and died in New York. In between he moved to California and studied art in Rome. I tried to figure out the italian influence in his works, but can only see his American roots. If  ever there is an influence it probably is the American Pop Art scene that influenced him. What struck me in his life that he was a passionate racing driver and at one time even had his own racing team. His life and progression in art develop a little like the Italian multi talented artist Carlo Mollino, who was also a passionate racing driver, but where Mollino convinces with his aesthetics, Scarpitta is a far more robust and less subtile artist. Still his works stand out from his contemporaries with the frequent use of wood, steel and bandaged objects.

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He fascinates…and deserves to be known by far more people . www.ftn-books.com has a few titles on Scarpitta available.

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You want to learn the story of Salvatore Scarpitta as a racing driver? you will find it over here:

https://www.classicdriver.com/en/article/classic-life/monuments-man-dirt-track-racer-tale-salvatore-scarpitta

 

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Maarten Ploeg ( 1958-2004 )

A month ago i was contacted by Ryu Tajiri ( the widow of Maarten Ploeg ) with a question regarding 2 paintings that were possibly in the collection of our family. The first was one of my very first acquisitions “OK hoofd” which i bought after seen it in the “Keus van de Kunstenaar” show at the Gemeentemuseum. The second one was a much smaller painting which landed in the collection of my parents, after they had traded in a much larger work which they could not hang in their small house. I know that Maarten Ploeg was married to a daughter of Shinkichi Tajiri, but what i did not know is that there has been a small but excellent publications on the collectors of Maarten Ploeg works. If you search you will find the book “PLOEG IS OK” , but it will not be an easy search since i only have one copy which was presented to me by Ryu and i could not find a second one on the internet.

Ryu contacted me because she was trying to trace several paintings by Maarten Ploeg that were sold by Rob Jurka . I could help her with 2, because they are still in my collection.

There are not many publications on Ploeg. There is the Metropolis M publication, De Keus van de Kunstenaar and the Ploeg is OK, one but to my knowledge that is all…. except…….there will be a large publication of over 500 pages published by te end of the year. Crowdfunding is now ended and the project can be executed. As i read the publication will be 500 pages and an edition of only 350 copies. Interested ? do not hesitate to fill in the form at the Maarten Ploeg homepage :

http://www.maartenploeg.nl

Maarten Ploeg was a great artist and one of the most original multi talents that emerged in the Eighties and the PLOEG + WERK book will prove his importance for Modern Art.

There is one publication on Maarten Ploeg available at www.ftn-books.com

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Fernand Leger…wegbereider ( 1957)

If there is one book book from the Fifties published by the Stedelijk Museum and designed by Willem Sandberg, it is the catalogue no. 158…Fernand Leger / Wegbereider. The typography and book design is typical Sandberg and “stunning” and to mark the end of January this book is for a limited time (until the 5th of February) for sale for only $ 25.00 when you use the discount code “Sandbergforonly25”

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More Leger and Stedelijk Museum publications available at www.ftn-books.com

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Jasper Johns (1930)

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Another great artist who surfaced in the Sixties was Jasper Johns. Starting his career at the end of the Fifties , he soon became one of the best known and expensive artists from his generation. At one time one of his flag paintings was the first to fetch an incredible 10 Million dollars at auction, making it the most expensive painting by a living artist.

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Now we are accustomed to these crazy prices collectors are paying for art, but at that time is was unbelievable that a living artist could fetch such a price. Because of his popularity Johns soon had an exhibitions in the Netherlands at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. A special print exhibition and this exhibition was for me personally the perfect one.

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It was one of the first exhibitions i ever visited in the Stedelijk. I had an interest in graphic art and , young as i was,  a rookie in the world of art, i had no idea of prices. I thought i could afford a small print. But no way, these were far too expensive for a young starting collector. What remains?   … i still have the catalogue for sale at www.ftn-books.com and cherish it together with my personal copy. Book design was done by Wim Crouwel and it is available at www.ftn-books.com together with other Jasper Johns titles.

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Willem Hussem and Carel Visser … an (unusual) cooperation

Thursday is bookmarket day and sometimes you are lucky and you encounter a rare publication. Last Thursday there was one. I found an extremely nice publication published by Stedelijk Museum Het Prinsenhof in Delft on the occasion of a WillMe Hussem Carel Visser exhibition. My guess it must have been in 1967 because an inlay with actual prices of the works in the exhibition s included with the mention that the works are from 1966-1967.

Willem Hussem died in 1974 and the works that are included were probably from his best years. Carel Visser started at that time his career and stayed true to iron, the material he kept using for all the decades to come. Both these artists became famous in their own way. The Delft catalogue has a simple layout, where the first  part is used to cite some of the Haiku’s Willem Hussem used to write in those years. The second part is for Carel Visser’s works. I tried to find another copy on the internet, but could not find one. Conclusion www.ftn-books.com is probably the only internet store that has this rare title available

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Jan Cremer (1940)

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I only met him once. It was at the time we had a meeting and discussed an exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum . We all sat down at the Library and together with all the staff involved we discussed the event. Across the room there were Jan Cremer and Babette. I remember that Babette had a clear vision of what had to be done to make the exhibition a success, but this was of course not the only time Jan Cremer and the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag had plans. There has always been a connection between Jan Cremer and Den Haag. The first is that he studied at the academy, buying his paint on the Hoefkade and exchanging his paintings for tubes of paint.

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One of these paintings is for sale at FTN art and secondly because he was one of the youngest, possibly the youngest artist that belonged to the Posthoorngroep and exhibited at the location of the Posthoorn. Others like Hussem and Nanninga were more important at that time , but the young Cremer soon found his place among them . His “barbaric” art was young and new and he had a good nose for publicitiy. His 1 million Gulden painting was discussed in practically all the newspapers in the early sixties, never found a buyer, but made his name as one of the young promessing artists. Later his name would be on everybody’s lips because of the controversial book  “Ik Jan Cremer” , which was an artistic and commercial success.

But never forget that Cremer is in the first place a painter, which he still proves everyday at 77. He still is the young man he once was, but with one difference …his painting has matured. www.ftn-books has some titles available on Jan Cremer.