The Erwin Olaf exhibitions at the Gemeentemuseum/ Fotomuseum are now closed for some months and what remains i sthe memory of a highly successful exhibitions with evn for me had some new elements in it which i did not have seen before. I had seen the cabinet with the peeping holes, but the Video wall with some 20 nude people who crouched and erecetd themselves was impressing. The catalogue however did not do justice to the exhibition. Too large, too expensive and the lesser known moving images from the video walls were missing. Still a great exhibition to remember and for those collectors interested i secured some of the materials that were published to promote the exhibition .
These are available at www.ftn-books.com together with some other nice Erwin Olaf publications
francesca Woodman is from the Robert Mapplethorpe and Erwin Olaf generation of photographers, but her approach is totally different. This is not so much a form of staged photography , but more a search… a search for the surreal. This is the photographer who impressed me so much some 20 years ago that i started take an interest in photography by the artist of her generation.
One of her most impiortant photographs is one which was taken at a very young age. At the age of 13 she took the photograph below. A selfportrait while turning her head away from the lens.
Francesca Woodman produced universally commanding and profound images from the age of thirteen. Born into a family of artists, ‘art’ was her first language. She experienced early exposure to a plethora of exemplary creative people along with countless potential historical, literary, and theoretical influences. Woodman worked with traditional photographic techniques but was consistently performative and experimental in her practice. Many of her works are multi-media, including drawings, selected objects, and sculptures within her photographs. Settings may vary from confined interiors to the expansive outdoors, but Woodman herself is always there. Typically the sole subject, and often naked, she can be found caught entwined within a landscape or edging out of the photographic frame. Interested in the limits of representation, the artist’s body is habitually cropped, endlessly concealed, and never wholly captured. Woodman was acutely aware of the evanescent nature of life and of living close to death. She positions the self as too limitless to be contained, and thus reveals singular identity as an elusive and fragmentary notion.
www.ftn-books.com has the very rare PHOTOGRAPHIES book for sale.
“Holland zonder Haast” is a series of photo books by famous dutch photographers who documented the Netherlands in the Fifties and Sixties and published by Uitgeverij VOETNOOT. The title in dutch means ” The Netherlands without rush”.
Time passed more slowly in those decades and there was more time available to simply enjoy family, friends and have some pleasure in your free time. No internet, not so many cars and less pressure on life made these times perhaps a better time to live in. The series is done by the best in dutch photography. There were 7 volumes done by Jan Blazer, Emmy Andriesse, Kees Scherer, Henk Jonker, Ad Windig, Maria Austria and Sem Presser. All of them have been sold out since these books were almost published 20 years ago, but fortunately i have some titles available at www.ftn-books.com
The first book i acquired by Uwe Ommer was ” BLACK LADIES”. On the cover a beautiful photo of an even more beautiful young woman. Her face sparkles with joy. Later i realized that his subjects were mainly African woman, but what makes them for us from Europe so appealing is that these woman present themselves as confident, westernized woman of the world .
Make Up, Hair do , even their clothes are in many cases not typically African. With beautiful woman thes photobooks are real page turners and do not disappoint. Benedikt Taschen realized the qualities of Ommer and launched his photographs in his books on photography, making these photographs available to almost anybody. Their price at that time a low euro 9,90, but times have changed and these one time cheap books are now searched and collected worldwide and at a much higher price level. www.ftn-books.com
I always have considered Paul-Armand Gette because of his avant garde art of a much younger age, but it appears he is already 92 years of age.
Like his contemporary Herman De Vries, Paul-Armand Gette studied science before dedicating himself to experimental poetry, art and the publishing of magazines and books. References to the insect world and a fascination for collecting botanical data are a constant in his poetic and visual practice. At the end of the 1940’s, Gette began to paint and ten years later he realises his first ‘sculptures’ ( ‘cristallisations verbales’). He also starts with ‘lettrist’ compositions on paper and canvas, for which he makes use of recuperated wood and lead type. In the mid-1960’s, Gette moves to Paris. In 1965, his book Pteres appears, with letter prints of discarded letters. It is the beginning of a work in which the artist’s book will play a central role. Also in 1965, Gette comes in contact with Paul De Vree. He publishes his poetic and artistic work in magazines such as Phases and OU-Cinquième Saison and is at that time working on the launch of the magazine ETER in Paris. But he does not limit himself to paper. In 1966, he experiments with an environment containing mobile sculptural elements. A year later, he organises a multimedia event in the Kunsthalle Lund, that he describes as poésie action / art total and which includes La Monte Young, Ben Vautier and Robert Filliou (all artists with an affiliation to Fluxus). www.ftn-books.com has 5 nice Gette pubications available.
Two days ago i was so lucky to have a camera ( phone) at hand. We were planning to have a little boat ride in the evening, but…..suddenly it started to rain and we decided not to go. However, 10 minutes later it stopped raining and while we were having a cup of coffee we decided it was still worth it to go to Vlietlanden for a 2 hour trip. We left at 18.45 hr. and were returning at aprox 20.10 when we passed this windmill just near our home. I asked for my telephone and took this photograph. 5 seconds sooner and it would not have had the effect it has now. 5 seconds later and we would have been blinded by the light of the sun. But with this result i am so pleased. I have not done anything with the photograph, because i think it is 100% ok, but 24 hrs later Google send me the same photograph which they had worked over with some filters and this is the result they produced ( second photograph).
The moment i saw it it reminded me of the Mondrian. Molen bij Avond i know so well from the years i worked at the Gemeentemuseum. There is 100 years between them, but these pictures show that there is still a very scenic the Netherlands to be found near the largest cities of this country. I have many of Mondrian’s publications available at www.ftn-books.com
Paul de Nooijer , filmaker and photograph announced his retirement in 2012. He did not want to repeat himself. So he focussed on his cooperation with his son Menno de Nooijer who is an artist too. De Nooijer is/was a pioneer in dutch staged photography and he even made some video clips for MTV. You can consider his photography and films like short stories in images in which he often uses stop-motion techniques.
This medium is hard to translate into a printed publication, but some efforts have been made and these are available at www.ftn-books.com
Emmy Andriesse was married to another famous dutch graphic designer. Dick Elffers was her husband and together they formed a formidable and important artistic couple. Where Elffers excelled in design and typography,
Emmy Andriesse found her artistic goal in photography. Het photographs belong to the best dutch photography has produced in the 20th century. People were her main subjects, but beside her portraits and scene photographs she proved to be an excellent landscape photographer too. At one time she travelled to Arles to photograph what van Gogh must have seen in his days and these photographs belong to the best ones she ever has made.
Book available at www.ftn-books.com. Het photographs have a social element which was rare and give an extra depth to the scenes she photgraphs.
Without a doubt Desiree Dolron is one of the stars of dutch photography from the last 2 decades. Dolron works like a painter in her compositions in which “light” and “shades” are key factors.
These pictures are very pleasing to look at, although they also have drama within their composition. Dolron is now well known all over the world.
At one time i owned a small photograph by Dolron. The print was published inan edition of 300 copies and distributed by the RABO bank. It was a very affordable print, but when i noticed a few years later that these prints were being sold at ridiculous prices a decided to sell it and i have never regretted it. Her photographs are impressive and beuatiful but when you own one and look at it for 5 years i lost interest in it. The photograph is what it is, an extremely nice photo, but for me personally without any extra depth.
Parkett is 33 years of publishing beautiful groundbreaking and highly influential articles on art and artists has now finally a digital presence on the internet. This magazine was and still is the ultimate in publications on contemporary art. Each magazine had multiple articles on artists and contained at leat one , but in many casess more than one artists contributions.
The site which you now can visist to know more on PARKETT and its 33 year history can be visited at www.parkettart.com
and for those seeeking to complete theur Parkett collection know that www.ftn-books.com has several volumes in its inventory.
Artist/ Author: Oliver Boberg
Title : Memorial
Publisher: Oliver Boberg
Measurements: Frame measures 51 x 42 cm. original C print is 35 x 25 cm.
signed by Oliver Boberg in pen and numbered 14/20 from an edition of 20