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El Kazovskij (1948-2008)

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Born in Russia, but living most of her life in Hungary, El Kazovskije has hada special role in Hugarian art. The art of Hungary from the second half of last century is mostly known for constructivist art, but El kazovskije had a totally differen t approach to art . Designing costumes and making performances made him a much more complete artist than the artists from his generation.

El Kazovsky was born under the name of Elena Kazovskaya in Leningrad, Russia to Irina Putolova, an art historian, and Yefim Kazovsky, a physicist. He moved to Hungary in 1965, at the age of 15, and graduated in 1977 with a degree in painting from the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts. El Kazovsky’s masters were György Kádár and Ignác Kokas.

El Kazovsky was open about being transgender – born biologically as a female and self-defining as an androphile man.

His art cannot be broken down into periods; all of his expressive paintings reveal the same mythological world that he created. Several recurring figures appear in many of his paintings, such as the long nosed dog or the ballet dancer figure. Besides paintings, his work includes stage designs, performances and installations.

http://www.ftn-books.com has a rare studio Galeria catalogue from 1979 on the artist available

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Ravelli pottery 1944-1977

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There was a time you could find Ravelli pottery on Bric a Brac markets all over the Netherlands. Not any longer since these Ravelli items have becom highly collectable items with a loyal following of collectors. Started in 1944 and finishing in 1977 these Ravelli items were designed and made by Jaap Ravelli. Who worked all these years in his studio helped by some assistants.

All items were signed, so there can be no mistake about a Ravelli item. In 1989 J.M. de Koning took the initiative to make a first book on these collectibles and it was a great effort. Later other publications were published but tghis first book from 1989 set a standard for Ravelli publications. In it some history and many items from the studio. This book is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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Maddy Arkesteyn (1966-2012)

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A promising career was ended much too soon because of a deadly disease which ended her life in 2012. But Maddy Arkesteyn has left us some impressive works in public collections and an excellent catalogue which was published by Centrum Beeldendende Kunst in 1994. This catalogue shows that Arkesteyn needed space for her works. These are not intimate little paintings but large installations in which she uses all materials that are nearby or at hand. Educated in Maastricht at the Academie Voor Beeldende Kunst and finishing her educations at the Ateliers ’63 in 1989-1991.

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After de Boterhal an an exhibition in Ateliers Ville de Marseille. Only local exhibitions as theone in Dordrecht at Pictura.

Possibly the final interview she gave can be found at this address:

Interview July 2012

In this interview she tells what drives her to make the art she does.

www.ftn-books.com has the CBK title available.

 

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Harke Kazemier and ATELIERLOG

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Just a site this time and an absolute tip for people who are interested in artist and their creative process. Artist are all photographed in their studios, which gives a great inside where and how art is created. The list contains numerous names of great artists and over the years has grown into one of the great sites to find information on art and their artists. Harke Kazemier, an artists himself has composed and edited this list from 2005 onwards.

example: Jan Cremer in his studio, 2008

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Here is the link which directs you to the blog he wrote on Piet Dirkx.  There are a few hundred names on the list and many you will recognize. Just wander around and be amazed by the many entries written on the artists and when you search for more information on the artists check with http://www.ftn-books.com for publications available

http://atelierlog.blogspot.com/search/label/Piet%20Dirkx%20%281953%29

 

 

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Parade , 1952 by Charles and Ray Eames

A few weeks ago my American friend David, wrote in a Facebook post that he truly enjoyed the classic PARADE movie by Charles and Ray Eames. Although i am a great fan of the Eames couple. I never had heard of these stop motion/animated movies and immediately opened the link . Ok…. it is not the greatest of stop motion movies that ihave seen, but it is charming and one can see that the Eames couple is trying to find a way to make this work. Music is typical for the US,  a de Sousa march is backing up the movements of the figures, making this PARADE a highly enjoyable short movie”

Parade was filmed by Charles and Ray in 1952. It is a live-action pageant of mechanical toys, animals, puppets, cars, lead soldiers, and dolls–all set into motion, with colorful toy buildings and photographic and painted images of city streets used as backdrops. Hugh De Pree, the former CEO of @hermanmiller, recalls spending the night at the Eames Office, helping Charles, Ray, and Billy Wilder, wind up toys for the film until 3 AM.

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Lotti van der Gaag, Kees van Bohemen & Bram Bogart

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Three famous names in the dutch and Belgian art scene, but never named in relation to each other except for this one occasion in 1956. In March/April of this year these 3 artists were presented in an exhibition at the “galerie Colette Allendy” in Paris. Lotti van der Gaag and Kees van Bohemen knew each other from Den Haag , but Bram Bogart had left Delft/Den Haag years before and was at that time working and living in Paris. In 1960 he would return to Brussels , but in 1956 they met and were exhibiting at this little known Parisian galerie. I want to share this rare item i have on this exhibition and which is now for sale at www.ftn-books.com. It is a leporello like folder with 6 small pages and portraits of the artists. This is a truly scarce item and for collectors a one time only offering.

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Carel Kneulman (1915-2008)

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A few days ago I wrote a blog on Aat Veldhoen and illustrated it with a photograph of Jasper Grootveld selling Rotaprints by Veldhoen. In the photograph, the dutch will recognize the “classic” Philips logo on the wall of Atheneum bookstore and “HET LIEVERDJE” the iconic statue.

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The Provo movement gathered at this place and the statue is still a symbol of the roaring PROVO Sixties in Amsterdam. The statue was made by Carel Kneulman, one of the leading Amsterdam artists who made a name for himself with sculptures. Forget HET LEIVERDJE and look at his other works you can see a sculptor influenced by Moore and Brancusi and making far better sculptures than the one at the Spui square. It took until his 80th birthday until he received full recognition for his art. At that time he finally received a retrospective at the Stedelijk Museum, but a few years earlier a nice exhibition was being held at the Museum Fodor ( 1990) which exquisite catalogue is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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Josef Felix Müller (1955)

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A typical Swiss artist who is rooted in the German and Swiss sculpture and graphic arts scenes. Looking at his graphic art you can go back decades and decades and see what kind of art he must have seen in his youth. These influences are evident and are translated into a kind of personal art I like very much.

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Bold, rough and poetic all combined at the same time. An interesting interview with Josef Felix Müller can be found with this link:

Click to access mueller_butter-milk-soap_1990.pdf

Of course http://www.ftn-books.com has some nice Josef Felix Müller publications available

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Ossip ( 1952 )….continued

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Readers of this blog know of my admiration for Ossip. It started when i first saw one of his small figures at the Artoteek and wanted to own it for my collection. Far too expensive it was, but when i left the Gemeentemuseum and started FTN books. The museum and my colleagues presented me with the same sculpture i had seen at the Artoteek. It sparked the interest in Ossip and his art and since i have visited numerous times his studio and made frequent purchases.

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Ossip name was becoming more and more familiar among collectors and it meant that prices for his works were on the rise.

But in a period of over 15 years i have bought frequently and managed to collect some very nice works through galleries and auctions. It is time to contact him once again and see for myself what kind of works he is making this time, because every time i visit his studio he amazes me with the progress and inventions he makes with his figures and mobiles. Some very nice Ossip publications are available at www.ftn-books.com

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Riki Mijling (1954)

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Two reasons for writring a blog on Riki Mijling. First reason is i admire her works since i first saw them at the ART AMSTERDAM fair in 2005(?). I . am fond of Concrete and minimal art and in her art i find a twist that fascinates me. Yesterday at the local bookmarket i bought a small artist book by Riki Mijling. Published ia a very small signed and numbered edition of only 20 copies. The reason i noticed it was a ribbed card board cover which was etched by the artist rM ’00. So her innitals and signatue are appearing twice in this very limited edition which is now for sale at www.ftn-books.com

Here follows the biography which can be found on the Riki Mijling site:

Dutch sculptor Riki Mijling (1954, Nijmegen, the Netherlands) works in a rich tradition of non-objective, post-minimalist sculpture. The twentieth century art genealogy shows a forceful line of abstract-geometry, with pioneers such as Kasimir Malevitjs, Vladimir Tatlin, Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg. 

Developments in art since the mid-1960s show how artists expanded on this legacy, on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. In the United States artists like Carl Andre, Donald Judd and Robert Morris burst onto the scene, causing a landslide with their minimalist approaches, a radical simplification of forms and dissolving ‘meaning’ in the traditional sense. 

And in the Netherlands too, artists sought for new forms of expressiveness, for a formal and linguistic reduction, no-longer connected to representation and story-telling.  With her sculpture––and her works on paper too––Mijling expands on this rich tradition of essentialism, developing a characteristic and unique visual language. 

Mijling pairs a reductionist approach with a warm, ‘charged’ character of her sculptures in waxed steel, Cor-Ten steel, glass and stone. It distinguishes Mijling from so many contemporaries and admired forerunners, and raises the question whether the concept of ‘minimalism’ is, in Mijling’s case, still applicable.

​The non-referential, archetypical forms of Riki Mijling’s sculptures lead back to basic elements, to universal significance of timeless forms. Unmistakably ‘Mijling’ is a quest for an ideal line, for pure form and a new experience of space, of the balance between matter and non-matter.