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Stedelijk Museum ….an eight week job

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Many of you know that http://www.ftn-books.com has one of the largest inventories with Stedelijk Museum oublications. Publications from as early as the Twenties from last century. The last eight weeks i made an effort to include the many publications i have in stock but did not add to my inventory until now. I have include over 1000 Stedelijk Museum publications which makes my inventory one of the largest “searchable” collections of available Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam publications. Over 900 different itesm are now available at http://www.ftn-books..com

visit http://www.ftn-books.com and search for “stedelijk” to discover many of the beautiful publications from this iconic museum.

 

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Ørnulf Ranheimsæter (1909-2007)

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Ørnulf Ranheimsæter was a Norwegian illustrator, graphical artist and essayist.

He was born in Skien, and educated at the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry, where he also later worked as instructor and eventually professor. He is known for his many book designs, and received the Bokkunstprisen award in 1967 and 1987. He was awarded the Fritt Ord Honorary Award in 1998.

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Why this rather obscure , lesser know Norwegian artist?.

The best reason is he illustrated DEN HELIGE NATTEN by Hjalmar Gullberg.  A short story on the Holy Night ( containing 4 original prints). The most appropriate story for today. ( the book is available at www.ftn-books.com)

Merry Christmas!

wilfried

 

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Christopher Williams (1956)

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Last month i sold one of the two available copies of the Boijmans Christopher Williams catalogue and I started to study it more closely when I started packing it. I liked these photographs and started to read about Christopher Williams.

Christopher Williams grew up surrounded by the film and television industries, which would inform his future artistic production. His father worked in Hollywood as a special effects artist. As a child, Williams met filmmaker Oskar Fischinger in the German émigré’s home studio, where he first saw flip books and abstract animated films. In the late 1970s, he studied at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) under the first wave of West Coast Conceptual artists, including John Baldessari, Michael Asher, and Douglas Huebler. He went on to become one of his generation’s leading Conceptualists, exploring ideas and their political implications through the structures of contemporary photographic practice. He is currently professor of photography at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, one of Germany’s oldest art schools, which educated such artists as Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, and Sigmar Polke.

 

Deeply invested in the histories of photography and film, Williams has produced a concise body of work that furthers a critique of late capitalist society and the ways that it is supported and ruled by marketing and media images. The works in MoMA’s collection belong to his major photographic project For Example: Dix-huit leçons sur la société industrielle (For Example: Eighteen Lectures on Industrial Society) (2003-ongoing). The project takes its title from French sociologist Raymond Aron’s 1962 book which compares modes of production in Fordist capitalism (a model based on industrialized mass production and consumption) and the Soviet planned economy (a model based on a centralized system of state ownership). Williams puts photography itself at the core of the project, featuring numerous images of precision optics—including sectioned cameras, lenses, analogue darkrooms, and light meters—isolated against pristine backgrounds, like fetish objects. Taken together, these pictures of cameras and photographic accoutrements suggest a series of lessons covering the conditions of the spread of advertising and the modernizing impulses of industrial society in the aftermath of the Cold War.

For Example: Dix-huit leçons sur la société industrielle also includes pictures of tires, chocolate bars, apples, and female models—emblems of the consumer culture of mass-media society—reflecting Williams’s fascination with Pop art and German painting of the early 1960s, which often pictured these items with ironic and critical overtones. This ambivalence is also reflected in his pictures, which emulate regular advertisements but include tiny yet deliberate imperfections, such as the moles and laughing lines on a model’s face, which are not retouched or airbrushed as in a regular ad. Employing a film director’s approach, Williams has spent the past 35 years pursuing an artistic practice that examines the theoretical and political history of photographic technology in the larger political terrain.

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Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg (8)

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Recognised for developing the first American style to depart from Abstract Expressionism, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg came together as collaborators and lovers in the mid ’50s. Though the two are widely considered as the founding fathers of the pop art movement, their relationship was ignored due to the rampant homophobia during this time. With many believing the two to be just friends, their intense partnership is often overlooked as being a pivotal factor in their art-making. After a passionate six years, Johns and Rauschenberg broke up. The distraught revolutionaries both left New York City, changed their pictorial styles and cut off all contact with each other for over ten years.    A nice selection of both artists is available at http://www.ftn-books.com

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Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst (7)

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Following a relationship with art patron Peggy Guggenheim, Max Ernst went on to marry his fourth wife, Dorothea Tanning. The couple – who famously fell in love over a game of chess – is credited as pioneering the Surrealist movement. Despite this successful accomplishment, Manning insisted that the two “Never, never talked art. Never.” Married in a double ceremony in Hollywood with Man Ray and Juliet Browner, the pair enjoyed surrounding themselves with other artists. Often, they would entertain the likes of Henri Cartier-Bresson in their home in France, seemingly thriving among fellow creatives. Dipping between Surrealism, Dadaism and everything in between, the pair continued their separate artistic practices and maintained a healthy marriage until Ernst’s death in 1976.

There are several Max Ernst publications available at www.ftn-books.com

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Man Ray and Lee Miller (5)

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Although Man Ray insisted that he didn’t take student apprentices, the successful model Lee Miller relocated to Paris for a chance at working with the iconic artist. She became his photographic assistant, his muse and, later, his lover. The romance was short and sweet, but the two-year relationship was a productive one. Before finding herself as a photographer and becoming an active member of the Surrealist movement, Miller discovered the solarisation technique Man Ray would later trademark. She is also credited for many of the artist’s photographs taken between 1929 and 1932, as she stepped in while he worked on his paintings.

The following titles are available at www.ftn-books.com

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Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe (4)

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Alfred Stieglitz met Georgia O’Keeffe at a time when he was already at the top of his game. Twenty years her senior, the photographer and gallerist was more than just a partner for the younger artist – he also served as her mentor. He was the first to exhibit her abstract drawings and helped nurture her into the respected painter she would grow to become. O’Keeffe’s talents eventually led her to New Mexico, and the couple’s relationship consisted of little more than love letters sent back and forth until his death. The ultimate testament to the power of long distance relationships, each of the 20,000 letters has since been collected for the book “My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O’Keefe and Alfred Stieglitz”. Maybe it’s just us, but Noah’s 365 letters to Allie in The Notebook suddenly seem a lot less romantic.

These and other Stieglitz /O’Keeffe titles are available at www.ftn-books.com 

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Gilbert & George (3)

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Gilbert Proesch and George Passmore

Just like a scene from your favourite rom-com, Gilbert and George first locked eyes in the halls of Central Saint Martins in 1967, where the two studied sculpture. Dubbing the encounter as love at first sight, the duo collaborated on both 3D as well as 2D works – although they would continue to refer to all artworks as sculpture. Exploring themes of religion, sexuality and identity across a wide range of media, Gilbert and George have stayed relevant beyond the confines of the elitist art. They married in 2008, having spent over 4 decades together in the art world that they collectively rebel against.

www.ftn-books.com has many Gilbert & George titles available

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Dr. Erich Salomon ( 1886-1944)

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Erich Salomon (28 April 1886 – 7 July 1944) was a German-born news photographer known for his pictures in the diplomatic and legal professions and the innovative methods he used to acquire them.

Erich Salomon memorial Born in Berlin, Salomon studied law, engineering, and zoology up to World War I. After the war, he worked in the promotion department of the Ullstein publishing empire designing their billboard advertisements. He first picked up a camera in 1927, when he was 41, to document some legal disputes and soon after hid an Ermanox camera usable in dim light in his bowler hat. By cutting a hole in the hat for the lens, Salomon snapped a photo of a police killer on trial in a Berlin criminal court.

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Beginning in 1928, Salomon worked for Ullstein’s Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung as a photographer. With his multilingual ability and clever concealment, his reputation soared among the people of Europe. When the Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed in 1928, Salomon walked into the signing room and took the vacant seat of the Polish delegate, and took several photos. He is one of only two known persons to have photographed a session of the U.S. Supreme Court.[1]

After Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany, Salomon fled to the Netherlands with his wife and continued his photographic career in The Hague. Salomon declined an invitation from Life Magazine to move to the United States. He and his family were trapped in the Low Countries after Germany invaded in 1940. Salomon and his family were held in the Westerbork transit camp, then for almost five months in Theresienstadt concentration camp and were deported from there to the Theresienstadt Family Camp in May 1944. He died in Auschwitz on 7 July 1944.

The Dr. Erich Salomon Award is a lifetime achievement award for photojournalists given by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Fotografie (other languages) (German society for photography). http://www.ftn-books.com has the Stedelijk Museum catalogue from 1981 available.

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Pretty Dutch / 2007

I have seen thousands of art book covers during this last year and here is the one that I think struck me most. It is a publication by the Princessehof from 2007 in which their collection is presented in the very best way possible. Photography of the collection by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and then there is this cover……..

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Photography by Fritz Kok and catalogue design by Ben Lambers

printed by Die Keure

an excellent threesome making a great publication now available at www.ftn-books.com