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Uwe Loesch (1943)

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I did not realize that many of the posters for the Ruhrlandmuseum in Essen were designed by Uwe Loesch. For me Loesch has the same graphic qualities as i find with the designs by Wim Crouwel. His  posters are of a rare quality, inventive and timeless.

 

www.ftn-books.com has two three Loesch publications and send to Ben Bos former founding member of Total design

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Joost Swarte …. a collectable cover (continued)

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Two years ago i received a Xmas present from wife. It was the book on the covers Joost Swarte made for the ” THE NEW YORKER ” , beautiful and highly original, typical Joost Swarte covers. SOme 100 pages filled with his covers. NOwe i have found on the bookmarket an original THE NEW YORKER with a Swarte cover. It is the June 9 &16 , 2014 issue. One of my personal favorites. It is now for sale at www.ftn-books.com

Swarte New yorker

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Annie Newnham ….an artist book

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Thursday is bookmarket day and on this weekly visit i try to find some special items which will better my inventory.

Last visit i encountered this very nice artist book . The books contains 9 great original lino cuts and the artist was not known to me, but the quality of the design and lino cuts made me buy the book. I am impressed….a beautiful publication with an excellent design by Dennis Hall. Story is grate but the linocuts are the main attraction of this publication.

Newnham studied at the Royal Academie of Arts and has since build a reputation as an illustrator. Works are sold regularly at auction , but i could not find any results of this 46 page publication which contains 9 original lino cuts and was published in 1982 by the Inky Parrot Press in a numbered and signed edition of 225 copies. The atmosphere makes me think of the DIE BRÜCKE group of german artists whit dark blacks and atmospheric scenes. I only can highly recommend this publication to all collectors of artist books.

 

Here is a short biography on Newnham:

Annie Newnham sees the human body as every artist’s starting point – her own with oils, where she is well known. Catch it unawares, off guard. The awkward angle as much as the careful pose. These became mantras among her students after 20 years of adult teaching in Oxfordshire.

She spent an entire year at the Royal Academy Schools drawing from life. After being awarded the Alma Tadema prize and a Leverhulme, she went abroad, her sketchbook always handy, to meet other forms and contexts. Later her work moved into lino, which she has made a vibrant medium for illustration work.

A number of her life drawings, along with other sketches plus some lino prints, will be available to buy. The fixed display includes posters, artist’s proofs and worksheets, and illustrated books from publishers such as the Folio Society and Inky Parrot Press.

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Rik van Iersel (1961)

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If i look at the long list of most influential and important artists in the the Netherlands, Rik van Iersel is among the first 100 for the last 15 years or so, but the last few years it looks like he is loosing more and more his higher positions on the list.

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Still for me personally , i think his importance is still growing. His art ” language” is inspired by his surroundings and his paintings read like comic books. The style is a form of abstract figuration which can be compared with the spontanuous figures that populate the works by Jean Michel Basquiat. He does not belong to the FIGURATION LIBRE….no he is Rik van Iersel and on my personal list to acquire for our collection when there is a chance to buy at auction. van Ierel is “self taught” and where others persued a career in illustration and comic boooks. His career focusses on painting and graphic art.

After so many years he is established. His works being sold at gallery Willy Schoots and “one man” shows at some of the main stream museums like the Bommel van Dam museum. ( catalogue available at www.ftn-books.com)

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Jan Vercruysse (1948-2018)

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Inspired by yesterdays blog on Niek Kemps, this one is about Jan Vercruysse, who , together with Kemps, were presenting their art on the Venice Biennale in 1993. The Belgian conceptual art scene lost one of his most important members in 2018 when Vercruysse died unexpectedly. He refused to participate in the DOCUMENTA IX, because he had completely different ideas how art should be presented. Art was made into a spectacle by Jan Hoet and vercruysse thought different about presenting his art.

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He was the complete the opposite of Jan Hoet, who thought art was a spectacle, where Vercruysse stood for a much more contemplative form of art.  This is reflected in his art which dooes not impress by its colors or forms , but intrigues and makes you study the setting and objects. Both the catalogues http://www.FTN-books.com has available show this in an excellent way.

 

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Betsabee Romero (1963)

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Cars and Tyres. These are the two elements that appear in Romero’s art practically all the time. Covered tyres, ripped tyres, flat tyres……..

This art reminded me of a story my wife told me. The first time she visited New York she was at the Museum of Modern Art and visited a room filled with tyres, she turned around …..she could not understand how this could be art. Since a lot has she changed and we both visited many museum and galleries and even the most extreme art is appreciated. I wonder if she returned to MOMA if she would think the same about the art presented to her. This not an easy form of art which can be consumed like fast food. You have to study the artist a little and when you finally see her art for real it impresses.

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Her work can be seen as her response to the issues and problems that she witnesses in the world around her> She succeeds impressively in interweaving reality at the local level with reflections on global developments. The CARS AND TRACES catalogue is now available at www.ftn-books.com

betsabee romero

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Gary Hume (1962)

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The first Gary Hume original i ever saw was the Momart Xmas special he made in 2000. Momart published FUZZY SNOWMAN in an unknown sized edition. But I immediately recognized the quality of the multiple and the artist. Since i have been following his career.

“The snowman is an image to which Gary Hume often returns. His screen print Snowman of 1996 presents a bold orange and brown snowman ‘aglow against a soft sunset pink’. The painting Snowman of 1996 was a brown and red snowman against a rich blue background. Fuzzy Snowman [the present work] is icier with two white circles on a cool blue ground. It is a do-it-yourself artwork with a fuzzy ground an detachable felt pieces. For Hume the snowman is a self-portrait. It is seen from behind, looking toward the horizon and wholly dependent on the season. … With thanks to Honey Luard at White Cube … [and] Mandy Chubb at Fuzzy-felt.”

Publications on Hume are scarce and now i finally have the most important one added to my inventory. It is the Matthew Mark gallery publication which was made for his Kestner show in 2004.

It took me over 15 years to finally add this one , but this is well worth collecting and still at a reasonable price available.

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Gustave Loiseau (1865-1935)

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For me Gustave Loiseau represents the generation just after the great impressionists and Neo impressionists. Influenced by these great artists ,but eventually developing this into a style of his own. Just a similar path that Maximilien Luce also walked.

They were contemporaries of each other and both had a liking of landscapes but they also opened their artistic eyes for the rise of industry and painted these new elements in the landscapes. It was as early as the beginning of the Seventies that I took an interest in art and visited for the first times auction by Christie’s and Sotheby’s and these artist were showing up, because of the artistic and commercial value they represented. Peresonally i like Luce better because of his wider approach to painting nearly all kinds of subjects, but Loiseau is the more poetic one.

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There are not many publiucations on Loiseau , but the above is one that is available at www.ftn-books.com

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Giovanni Nicolai ( continued )

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With a unregular frequency of once a year i receive an overview of some of the new works by Giovanni Nicolai. He certainly is rooted in classical Italian art from the middle ages until more recent art. Just look at the two paintings below and i saw an immediate resemblance between the two female figures.

Giovanni was one of my first customers who had an interest in Massimo Rao and bought one of my special publications i had in stock on the artist. Since, we have a regular contact in which he sends me by mail pictures of his latest works. Of course there are more than the 4 paintings i have depicted with this blog. But these are now available at reasonable prices. So if interested do not hesitate to contact me and receive your best offer Giovanni and I can give you on this original Italian art. ftnbooksandart@gmail.com

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van Gogh and Ruscha by David B.

It was a few days ago that David B. published on Facebook some photographs he had taken. Without knowing  where these were taken I immediately ralized that these could have been made some 50 even 120 years ago.

I refer to the Hollywood sign paintings by Ed Ruscha and the landscapes around Arles by Vincent van Gogh.

Without knowing, we have learned to look at objects, landscapes and forms like we are our own artists and  these observations must have influenced us in the way we look at the world around us and take and create our own art with the many pictures we nowadays can take with camera’s and phones. It even proves that art is important for those who have an open mind towards it. Learning from the art and artists they have encountered in museums and galeries, to create their own interprations of the world around them.

http://www.ftn-books.com has some very nice Ruscha and van Gogh titles available.