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Anselm Kiefer (1945)

It is 31 years ago that i saw a  work by Kiefer for the first time I and was really impressed . I remember the occasion….the occasion the Anselm Kiefer exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Grey, sombre , large paintings with scenes that reminded of war, devastation and ruins .  Later i learned that the German history and the Holocaust were main themes Kiefer always used in his works. The history of Germany being one of the main subjects in his extremely large paintings. The Stedelijk Museum bought one of the paintings for its collection. “Innenraum” is a large painting ( 280 x 311 cm.)  , but small compared to other Kiefer works.

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The exhibition was a great succes and since i  encountered several other Kiefers in museums. One stands out, impressive and it’s size is overwhelming. ( almost 10 meters in length) and is a must see whenever you visit the North of Spain.

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Anselm Kiefer

Only with Wind, Time, and Sound (Nur mit Wind, mit Zeit und mit Klang), 1997

Acrylic and emulsion on canvas

473 x 944 x 22 cm

Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

 ( the following text comes from the Art Story site)

It is the Anselm Kiefer’s monumental, often confrontational canvases were groundbreaking at a time when painting was considered all but dead as a medium. The artist is most known for his subject matter dealing with German history and myth, particularly as it relates to the Holocaust. These works forced his contemporaries to deal with Germany’s past in an era when acknowledgment of Nazism was taboo. Kiefer incorporates heavy impasto and uncommon materials into his pieces, such as lead, glass shards, dried flowers, and strands of hay, many of which reference various aspects of history and myth, German and otherwise. Influenced by his contemporaries Joseph Beuys and Georg Baselitz, as well as by postwar tendencies in Abstract Expressionism and Conceptual art, Kiefer is considered part of the Neo-Expressionist movement, which diverged from Minimalism and abstraction to develop new representational and symbolic languages.

Of course there are some nice publications available at www.ftn-books.com including the Anselm Kiefer / Stedelijk Museum catalogue from 1986
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Ren Hang (1987-2017)

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It is sad to learn that the Chinese photographer Ren Hang ended his life yesterday at the age of only 29 years.

A very promising young photographer, a talent like Araki and Ryan McGinley, who dared to be different in his approach to contemporary (nude) photography. As FOAM remembered in a short blog. Provoking and poetic at the same time and totally different from his Chinese colleagues. A talent which can be recognized immediately.

The exhibition in the FOAM museum in Amsterdam is well worth visiting and lasts until the 12th of March

https://www.foam.org/nl/museum/programma/ren-hang

and to get a great overview of his works, please visit chose the year and click on the photograph for some highly original and great photographs by Ren Hang.

http://renhang.orghttp://renhang.org

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Jacques Monory (1924)

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Monory

Jacques Monory is “world famous” in France, but outside France he is hardly known by anybody. Not many works are to be found outside France and if one is encountered it rarely is in relation with the Figuration Narrative of which mouvement he can be considered as one of the founders. The works that can be found outside France are almost always in relation with international Pop Art scene. In the seventies Monory had a nice exhibition in the Stedelijk Museun. In which he presented paintings with the subject New York….title of the exhibition VELVET JUNGLE / N.Y. a Wim Crouwel designed catalogue. ( catalogue is available at www.ftn-books.com ) But despite his commercial focus on France , time acknowledges the talents and qualities of Monory and his works are now presented all over the world. Recent auction results prove the importance of this typical French artist who was frequently neglected in the last 40 years, but now finds his way to the collections of to the true connaisseur.

Here is a recent list of exhibitions during the last 14 years ( not complete )

  • 2003 : « Extraits », Ludwig Museum de Koblenz, Allemagne
  • 2003 : « Nocturne » espace Paul-Rebeyrolle, Eymoutiers
  • 2004 : « J’ai vécu une autre vie », fondation Jean-Marc et Claudine Salomon, Alex
  • 2005 : « Couleurs », peintures, galerie Laurent Strouk, Paris
  • 2005 : « Détour » ouverture-inauguration du musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne (MAC/VAL), Vitry-sur-Seine
  • 2008 : « Roman-Photo », Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris
  • 2009 : « Tigre », Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence
  • 2010 : « Évasion », Forteresse de Salses (Cycle Casanova Forever FRAC Pyrénées-Orientales)
  • 2011 : « Jacques Monory photographe  galerie RueVisconti, Paris
  • 2012 : Galerie Iufm Confluence(s), université Lyon1 et galerie Anne-Marie et Roland Pallade, Lyon
  • 2013 : Galerie Nathalie Clouard, Rennes
  • 2013 : « Jean-François Lyotard and Jacques Monory: Screens », Space Studios, Londres
  • 2014 : « Memento Mori », galerie Sonia Zannettacci [note 7], Genève
  • 2014 : « Jacques Monory », L’Aspirateur, lieu d’art contemporain, Narbonne.
  • 2015 : « Jacques Monory », Capucins de Landerneau, Fonds Hélène et Édouard Leclerc pour la culture.
  • 2015 : « Mon cinéma », Fondation Stampfli, Sitgès (Barcelone).
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Eduardo Paolozzi- Stedelijk Museum catalogue nr. 442

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There are multiple reasons to like the publication no 442. of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Published in 1968 on the occasion of the Eduardo Paolozzi exhibition this is a 100% original work of art . A serigraphie by Paolozzi in his typical Pop Art style. Folded as issued and when folded out an impressive large work of art. Design?….by Wim Crouwel who used the backside of the serigraphie for all the information on Paolozzi. A great Pop Art work of art and available at www.ftn-books.com

 

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Lucebert (1924-1994)

Everywhere i come across Lucebert (Lubertus Jacobus Swaanswijk) nowadays. Re-editions of his poems, paintings at auction and exhibitions in galleries and museums. There is a huge interest in his works since 20 years or so, but before that period he was hardly known  as a painter , but nowadays he is considered as one of the leading dutch artists from the 20th century . In his early years he was very much influenced by Cobra , but soon he developed his personal style which for me is a crossing between Cobra and Art Brut. He became known for his poems, but when you ask about Lucebert nowadays, people think of him first and foremost as a painter and because of this interest it is harder and harder to find the early publications on his paintings and etchings. There are some by Nouvelles Images, but the most important ones come from the pubvlications series of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Publications in which original etchings were bound and therefore are highly collectable ( and expensive) publications. www.ftn-books.com has a nice selection of classic and collectable Lucebert publications.

for more information on Lucebert visit http://lucebertstichting.nl