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Susana Solano (1946)

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Susana Solano’s creative structure has taken shape all throughout her career like one of the metallic meshes that are a constant feature of her works. It has shaped a map of communicating vessels in which material, space, senses and life experience make up a fluid continuum. Susana Solano’s works, regardless of the materials used and their size, correspond to an underlying idea of witnessing existence through its materialization as a memory of her emotional relationships with spaces, shapes and people. For this reason, every sculpture absorbs and expresses personal experiences that radiate out over the setting and transform them, as if it were a cosmic game.

Jack Shainman Gallery, West 20th St Susana Solano A Meitat De Cami-Halfway There-1My ideal space is a unique space, empty of stories, with which I could fall in love. A space unknown to me, an atmosphere of thought. I want now to concentrate on a life in which there is nothing and to work with the minimum possible.

–       Solano, Susana. Susana Solano: Dibuixos, Escultures, Fotografies, Instal·lacions : Muecas. Barcelona: Museu D’Art Contemporani De Barcelona, 1999.

Solano is best known for her abstract sculptures made from a range of materials that includes iron, steel, lead, glass, rattan and wire mesh. She belongs to a generation of pioneering female sculptors who expanded a realm conventionally dominated by men. Within the traditions of post-minimalism, Solano’s work conveys a connection to personal memory, domestic space, and the natural world. With the artist’s hand leaving traces of her process, the rigidity of the materials is counterbalanced with the personal. Her approach is one that channels architectural forms and consideration of space with a delicate quality that balances the natural and the industrial.

Susana Solano lives and works in Barcelona. Her group exhibitions include Skulptur Projekte Münster and Documenta 8 in Kassel, Germany (1987), São Paulo Biennial (1987), the Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (1988), the Carnegie International (1988), and the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid (2007). She has also had solo exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (1989-90), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1991), the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (1992 and 2003), Whitechapel Gallery, London (1993), the Museu d’art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) (1999), and Museo Casa de la Moneda, Madrid (2012-13). Her work is included in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, among others.

www.ftn-books.com has one Solano title avaialble.

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Christian Boltanski (1944-1921)

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For me personally Boltanski stands for “remembering” and expressing this in gloomy art. The dark side is always present in his art and publications. Now Boltanski is dead and he leaves us with some of the greatest art from the last 50 years.

Christian Boltanski was born in 1944 in Paris and died in 2021 in Paris. In the 1960s he began to develop a “personal ethnology” marked, among others, by the influence of Claude Lévi-Strauss and Harald Szeemann. At the same time, drawing on museology, Boltanski exhibited inventories of items of anonymous owners. It is often the case in Boltanski’s work that objects (photos, pieces of clothing, bells, flowers…) give voice to absent subjects and are an invitation to the viewer to meditate and contemplate.

Since his first exhibition at LeRanelagh cinema in 1968 Boltanski’s work has been shown in numerous countries. Recent solo shows have been at Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2019); Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo, Japan (2019); The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan and the National Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2019); The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2018); The Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China (2018); the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2017); Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Italy (2017); The Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey, Mexico (2016); Instituto Valenciano Arte Moderno (IVAM), Spain (2016); Mac’s Grand Hornu, Belgium (2015); and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile (2014).

Boltanski was recognized with several awards over his lifetime, including the Praemium Imperiale Award (2006) and the Kaiser Ring Award (2001). He participated in Documenta (1977 and 1972) and numerous Venice Biennales (2011, 1995, 1993, 1980, and 1975).

www.ftn-books.com  has a large selection of Boltanski titles available

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Rini Hurkmans

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From the beginning of her career, Rini Hurkmans is concerned with topics such as absence, loss, disruption, alienation and the related concepts of safety, security, identity and compassion.
This can be perceived in the photo series Pietà, in the films Dear Son, The Flavor of Salt and Don Quixote but also in the sculptures The White Shroud and The Inner Garden.
Life, art and politics are intertwined in a continuous dialogue and each specific period requires its own thoughts, strategies and forms. Hurkmans initiated the conceptual artwork Flag of Compassion in 2002 out of the desire to go beyond the framework of cultural consensus and consumption. Since 2008, she is an advisor to the Unda Foundation, the foundation that manages the artwork and also organizes a series of

Making Waves events around themes related to Flag of Compassion. By engaging with the Flag, it is investigated how a work of art can activate ethical questions in society and how it can function both within the arts and in society. Hurkmans is the driving force behind the book Compassion. A Paradox in Art and Society (Valiz, 2017) in which Flag of Compassion is discussed as a case study.
She is currently conducting further research into the concept of loss in relation to ethics and politics and is developing new work based on her working period as Artist in Residence at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome in 2019. Her research into the press photo she bought in 1992, and which inspires her work ever since, of the moment Michelangelo’s Pietà was attacked in 1972, serves as the starting point for the work in progress.

www.ftn-books.com has one interesting Rini Hurkmans title available

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Pino Pascali (1935-1968)

 

Schermafbeelding 2021-07-07 om 16.53.36Pascali has become a legend over the last decade or so. He counts many admirers and many consider his art timeless and as contemporary as his present ” brothers in arms”.

Pino Pascali was born on October 19, 1935 in Bari, Italy.In 1955, Pascali left the science-oriented school that he attended in Bari, and went to a secondary school specialized in the arts in Naples. Later, in 1956, he enrolled at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, on the scenic design course held by Peppino Piccolo with the help of his assistant Fabio Vergoz.He also studied under the guidance of Toti Scialoja, whose open teaching approach encouraged students to experiment with diverse mediums and forms. In the context of the Accademia, Pascali met fellow Arte Povera artist Jannis Kounellis. Pascali also took part in a number of collective shows for young artists: 1956, the Painting Exhibition at the Istituto Tommaseo di Tivoli; 1956, Second Exhibition “Pennello d’argento” at the Circolo Culturale dell Vittorie in Rome; 1959, Scenic Design Show, at the 2nd Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto. Before Pascali graduated in 1959 he worked as an assistant scenic designer in many RAI productions and additionally collaborated with the Studio Saraceni, Lodolofilm and Incom as a set designer, graphic design, scriptwriter, and creative writer for television advertising, making sketches, creating characters and shorts for the ads.

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In the early 1960s, Pascali exhibited his sculptures in a number of art exhibitions. In 1965 Pascali exhibited at Galleria La Tartaruga. In January 1968, he had an exhibition at the Galleria Ars Intermedia in Cologne, Germany.

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Pascali died at the age of thirty-two on September 11, 1968 in Rome, Italy, following a tragic motorcycle accident. His short career has served as an important contribution to post-war art.

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Mario Molinari (1930-2001)

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Lifelike figures with abstract element. This is is how Mario Molinari presented his art at galerie d’Eendt in 1964. Later he became known for his colorful constructivist sculptures which can be seen at the Fondazione in Torino, but the start was more realistic. Clearly influenced by African art his sculptures do not look modern.

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An in teresting period and a catalogue which is hard to find ( available at http://www.ftn-books.com). Next time when near Torino start looking for these colorful sculptures. They are not to be missed.

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Leo Vroegindeweij (1955)

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The first time i encountered the name of Vroegindeweij was at the time i started to take an interest in the students who visited the”Ateliers 63″ academy. Leo Vroegindewij was a student at Ateliers 63 in the years 1976-1978 and finshed his studies around the time i started my publishing years at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. It is also the years i took an interest in the Art & Project gallery which was one of the f

irst to show the works by Leo Vroegindeweij. I like his sculkptures however they are not very suited for the living room and really need space and only galleries and museum s can presdent them in a proper way and for me that is the reason i never considered buying a work by Vroegindeweij. They need “room to move” and it is hard to realize such space in a family home. Still, his works must be admired and whenever a small one comes to the market i promissed myself to reconsider buying one.

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Jan Meijer / Jurriaan Schrofer/ Ed van der Elsken

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Another artist i had no memory of. I had heard the name before, but coould not place his works in any context. I must have seen his work at some time, but no recollection at all.

So why this blog on Jan Meijer. The artist is perhaps the least interesting in this blog. Still Meijer’s lyrical abstract works are well worth looking at and deserve much more recognition.

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But…..the true reason i write this blog is the Jan Meijer catalogue which was published in 1957 for the Galerie Dina Vierny exhibition. A typical 50’s publication with a colored cover, BUT, what makes it stand out ……..it is designed by Jurriaan Schrofer and photographs by Ed van der Elsken. It is one of those rare occasions that these great Fifties artists come together. Perhaps they needed to make some money, perhaps they were friends and have known each other from their Paris time. I do not know, but ik know that this is an extremely scarce publication, well worth collecting and to dream away and try imagining how life must have been in Paris in the mid Fifties.

the catalogue is available at http://www.ftn-books.com

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Herzl Emanuel (1914-2002)

Schermafbeelding 2021-03-23 om 15.56.51As a teenager, Herzl Emanuel studied art at the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, New York. Emanuel quithigh school in 1931, and, with the assistance of several patrons who recognized his talent, went to Paris, hoping to study with Emile-Antoine Bourdelle. Although the French master died with Charles Despiau and Fernand Léger and attended lectures given by André Lhote. He was soon joined by Hananiah Harari, then a student at Syracuse University, with whom he shared a studio and later accompanied to Palestine. In Paris, the two young men were intrigued by contemporary art. They felt its validity and power without fully understanding why Picasso, Matisse, and others could so successfully do such violence to the figure.(1) Believing the answer to their questions lay deep in the history of art, Emanuel and Harari spent a year drawing from the collections at the Louvre. Beginning with Hittite and Egyptian art, they worked their way chronologically to the nineteenth century, seeking to understand the structure and logic of the art of the past. In the Louvre, Emanuel says, we learned the grammar of art. We learned its syntax, its alphabet, until contemporary art represented no mystery. We learned its rationale, where it came from, the basic language. We saw its connection with the art of the past.”(2) Although in Paris whenAbstraction-Création wasbeing formed, Emanuel and Harari saw such publications but paid little attention to the theories or the movements germinating around them.

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As fascism threatened Europe, Emanuel and Harari left for Palestine where they worked on a kibbutz for over a year. Although the kibbutz regimen left little time for art, the experience enriched them philosophically. After a brief stay in Jerusalem, Emanuel returned to the United States and in 1936 joined the sculpture division of the New York Federal Art Project.(3) During the mid 1930s, Emanuel was sympathetic with leftist political causes. By participating in the WPA, he said, ​we felt we were working directly for society.”

When war came, Emanuel went to work for a shipyard, and afterwards made his living doing display work. Later he worked as an illustrator. During the mid 1950s he taught illustration, sculpture, and a foundation course at the School of Visual Arts in New York. After six years, he gave up his teaching position to return to Europe. In Rome, he set up a studio that he still maintains.

Throughout his career, Emanuel’s art has been centered in a deeply felt humanism. Art for him offers a way to come to terms with the human condition. Though he still finds inspiration in Romanesque and Italian Renaissance art, it was Picasso’s Guernica that had the most dramatic impact in his life. Calling it the most significant work of art of the twentieth century, Emanuel has sought to achieve in his own work a fusion of abstracted form with tragic content that parallels Picasso’s powerful statement. Since the 1930s, his sculpture has evolved from an Analytical Cubist format to an Expressionism in which the human form is distorted to convey the human condition. Yet by intertwining limbs and connecting gazes in multifiguralcompositions, he offers up human relationships as notes of hope that temper the effects of a tragic existence. www.ftn-books.com has the Kuhlik 1972 catalogue now available

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Frans de Wit (1942-2004)/ Vierkant eiland in de plas

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Frans de Wit deserves to be known better. Not only for his land art , but his sculptures were well ahead of their time. de Wit was well known in Rotterdam and surroundings , but hardly known outside Rotterdam. He deservedly was commissioned the VIERKANT EILAND IN DE PLAS , which wasd executed on the lowest spot in the Netherland well below sea level. A large project and just recently i learned of its existence. For those living in the neighborhood or visiting Rotterdam. The location is 1.5 kilometers east of the Kralingseplas. realized in a Nineties development and commissioned by CBK Rotterdam.

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I think it is an important art work and certainly one of the most important works Frans de Wit realized. The special publication on Vierkant eiland inde plas is available at www.ftn-books.com

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Reinhoud (1928-2007)

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This an artist for the future and at this time still affordable and a great investment.

Reinhoud D’haese’s works were primarily surrealist outputs depicting small-scale figures performing various activities; Le Contramaitre is just one of the many quirky figures created and exhibited.

Initially, his preferred material was copper, but he eventually went on to explore and create with a variety of other materials throughout his career, namely pewter and glass. D’haese met Pierre Alechinsky in the early 50’s and subsequently displayed a lot of his works . Both had an iconic exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, which catalogue is still one of my personal favorites.

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What makes the works special for me  and it is the reason i think his art will be of great artistic and financial valu in the future is that Reinhoud walks the road between surrealism and abstraction, making his art related to Alechinsky but also to Andre Breton.

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His saculptures are unique creatures and put together are part of the typical Reinhold world.

http://www.ftn-books.com has some nice Reinhoud publuications available