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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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Daniel Spoerri ( 1971 poster)

Just leaving the path of Crouwel /Sandberg designed posters for this Daniel Spoerri designed extraordinary poster for his 1971 exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum. In the early Seventies the Stedelijk Museum commissioned some of the exhibiting artist to design their own publicity posters . Tinguely was one of them and so was Daniel Spoerri, who made one of the very best Seventies posters ever. Just for your self…..

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Together with the exhibition, 2 publications were published , both designed by Wim Crouwel. All three items are now availablel at www.ftn-books.com

 

 

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Theo van Hoytema (1863-1917)

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Born in DEN HAAG too, van Hoytema was one of the first artists I encountered in the collection of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. A bird artis “pur sang” who is considered to be one of the founding members of the Art Nouveau movement in the Netherlands.

I have lost my interest in the artist and the Art Nouveau period, because I shifted my interest towards modern art, but the fact remains that the artists and his illustrated books and calendars are still very popular among collectors worldwide. In the time i worked at the Gemeentemuseum I had a yearly contact with Mrs. Schoonderbeek who published through the years all Hoytema material including a famous yearly calendar. Edition run ….over 100.000 each year and this made it possible for her to publish van Hoytema until some 20 years when she had to stop. Now i have found a delightful book on van Hoytema and his calendar and it shows exactly why his calendars stayed popular through the years.

The book is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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Anton Pieck in fashion again.

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People from my generation remember the many Post and Christmas cards by Anton Pieck each family received . I even remember my parents chosing a stork with baby in his beak as a birth announcement. Pieck was huge….Piewck was popular and …Pieck stood for the most famous fairy tale park in the Netherlands…..de Efteling….

But after i few decades people got tired of the romantic scenes, populated by Dickens figures. Yes, the “DE EFTELING” attraction park was still there, but only because it had grown into a full blown entertainment park and the fairy tale forrest was almost forgotten.

But some 15 years ago , because some originals fetched excellent prices at auction, people started to notice Anton Pieck again. All because they recognized the quality of his great illustrations and drawings of town scenes and landscapes. There was of course a small  Anton Pieck Museum, but the Frans Hals Museum / de Hallen in Harlem was the first to dedicate a retrospective to Anton Pieck, the artists, in 2008.  A popular well attended exhibition which published a great catalogue together with the exhibition. ( now available at http://www.ftn-books. com) and these days i am selling Anton Pieck books all over the world and people collect and appreciate them. Anton Pieck is in fashion again.

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Happy New Year…and a healthy 2021

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Dear Reader,

Thanks for your interest in this continuing daily blog. It has been been a year filled with changes and I truly hope next year will be a more normal year and of course a healthy one for you and all your loved ones.

What way to have a better start of the blogs remembering the New Years wishes Willem Sandberg made during his directorship at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Each year until the early Sixties he made a yearly New Years wish for the Stedelijk Museum. Recognizable, highly original and in a way only Sandberg could design and make them. I encountered these New Years wishes in a biography which was published in 2004 and written by Ank Leeuw Marcar. In the centre of the book all Sandberg New Years Wishes are assembled. ( available at http://www.ftn-books.com).

To finish ….My best wishes for you and your loved ones and have a wonderful 2021.

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Antoon Molkenboer (1872-1960)

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This man looks old and old-fashioned, but he witnessed the rise of many modern art artists. But old fashioned as he was, he stayed true to his designs which were rooted in the “Fin du Siecle ” period from the last century. His fame has grown by the end of 1930 which resulted in many commissions for music and theatre performances. Look at his designs and you see the influence Jugendstil has had on them, but what struck me most that he almost copied the great designs by Klimt and Mucha.

Interested in this copycat? the best publication on Molkenboer was written by an ex colleague of mine …Magda Kyrova . A nice publication which rediscovers this artist and which is available at http://www.ftn-books.com

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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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Carroll Dunham (1949)

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Perhaps Carroll Dunham is best known as the father of Lena Dunham, but one look at his works and you will think the same as I did when I first saw his work…..” this is a great artist”

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I love the comic aspects in his works in a way i also like the Al Copley paintings.

 

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He was Initially inspired by Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism, and Surrealism, at the very beginnings of his career, Carroll Dunham painted abstract geometric compositions on a wooden surface. His characteristic was the using of exotic veneers, such was elm, oak, rosewood or pin. Respecting the natural pattern of the surface, he was creating vibrant compositions. Spurred on by the revival of interest in Surrealism in the 1970s, Dunham began to make abstract, biomorphic paintings reminiscent of the work of Arshile Gorky and André Masson, executed with a comic twist enhanced by lurid colours and the suggestion of contemporary psychedelia. Recognizable cartoonish details from his early artistic beginnings turned into the larger formats of bodily shapes resembling lips or teeth recently became more figurative, displaying striking male and female caricatures placed in familiar, but at the same time fictional surroundings.

http://www.ftn-books.com has the catalogue raisonne of his prints available.

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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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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