The first time i met Gachnang was during an exibition at the Haags Gemeentemuseum when he visited his friend Rudi Fuchs , who was at that time the director of the Gemeentemuseum. I remembered an unpleasant person, but Rudi wanted the publications by Gachnang to be sold at the shop of the Gemeentemuseum and i was critical about them. It was not that i was not convinced of the art within these publications, but the art by Gachnang was so personal and i thought “strange” that i did not see any selling possibilities for them. Years later, i started to encounter his works in museums and found them far more accessible than i first had thought they were. ALL Gachnang publication have a certain quality and belong to the best publications on art in the last 3 decades of the 20th century and some of them are available at www.ftn-books.com
“En toen de stijl” is the new publication by Joost Swarte . Book is published in cooperation between the publisher LEOPOLD and the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. Personally i think this is the best publication by Swarte from the last 10 years. It brings the story of de STIJL mouvement in illustrations of the famous members of the DE STIJL group. Illustrations on Mondrian, van Doesburg, Huszar, Zwart, Oud, Torres Garcia, Verzuu, Bauhaus, van der Leck and Rietveld tell the story on de STIJL. Perfect publication and published with isbn.9789025872380
and the invitation to the launch of the book is available at www.ftn-books.comand when you look closely at the illustration on Ko Verzuu, you see the manufacture of the ADO/ BESTELDIENST which is also available at www.ftn-books.com
It is over 35 years now that i know Arja van den Berg and followed her progress in art. She stayed true to all subjects close to her. Kitchen, fruits, dogs, cats and the occasional portraits complete her oeuvre. Painting, graphics and ceramics make her work diversified as much as possible, but subjects are always found “close by” in her daily life and studio. The books and prints that www.ftn-books.com has available of her show this on every page. Somewhat romantic, very skill full and highly accessible works, make her art timeless.
Perhaps a little bit forgotten, but still a very important sculptor is Richard Deacon. His works can be found in the Bonnefanten Museum and the Caldic collection ( all great sculptors can be found there;-)) and in the MUHKA, but you really have to search on the internet to find Deacon’s larger works on show. The constructions he makes are not intuitive , but constructed of little parts and pieces, screwed and bolted to each other making a construction typical Deacon. This is not an easy on the eye sort of art, but when you take your time , see the work interact with its surrounding, you must recognize that these are great sculptures. Deacon’s books are to be found at www.ftn-books.com
Two reasons to write a new blog on Eja Siepman van den Berg. The first and most important reason is that Eja won the pertigious price for sculpture : the WILHELMINA RING Sculpture prize
Eja Siepman van den Berg is laureate of the 2017 Wilhelmina Ring Sculpture Prize
The Wilhelmina Ring is a biennial oeuvre award, awarded to leading Dutch sculptors; it is one of the most important art prizes in the Netherlands.
Eja Siepman van den Berg is the 2017 laureate of the Wilhelmina Ring, consisting of a ring designed for the occasion, of a commissioned sculpture for the municipal park and an accompanying exhibition at Museum CODA, both in the city of Apeldoorn.
With this award, Eja Siepman van den Berg finds herself in the company of esteemed winners such as Joost Beljon, Joep van Lieshout, Jan van Munster, Carel Visser, Hans van Houwelingen, and Auke de Vries, among others
The second is that she recently launched a completely new which you can visit over here: http://www.ejasiepmanvandenberg.com
The sixties were the time that Pop Art was introduced in Europe and one of the venues where a large exhibition was held was the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Of course the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam has had its Pop Art and Warhol exhibitions in those days, but what makes the Stockholm exhibition stand out, was the catalogue which was published with the Andy Warhol exhibition in 1968. Not a small booklet , designed by Wim Crouwel of 40+ pages, but a large catalogue containing approx. 500 pages filled with art and photography. . A true documentary publication with the most important works by Warhol and over 300 photographs with documentary photographs on Warhol and his circle of friends. the Factory photography was done by Billy Name. Spontaneous and random photography, giving great insight in the world of Warhol and his Friends in the surroundings of the Factory. This is one of the most important Andy Warhol catalogues ever published and now available at www.ftn-books.com
A little anecdote….the first time i saw the publications of Emmett Williams was in the early eighties in the Gemeentemuseum. It was a very nice publication, but at that time i did not see the qualities of his works and publications. When a few years later too many of the edition was unsold , we decided to put them in a “sale” for 2 guilders each. Even at that price they were very hard to sell and now 30 years later… I was offered a small collection of Emmett Williams books and bought them back at 30x the price of 2 guilders, a price well worth the books ,because these are very special books. The VOYAGE is published in only 1000 copies and works like a classic “flip book”. These books are absolute “must have’s” for serious collectors. They are becoming more rare every year and as an artist Emmett Williams will become one of the most important artists from the Fluxus mouvement.