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Naar een Nieuwe Abstractie, 1966

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Mid Sixties , right after the start of the Zero/NUL mouvement a new group of young abstract artists emerged in the Netherlands. These artist were presenting their abstract art in a way that was “new” to the dutch art world. Concrete, Abstract geometric art, inspired by German and US artist but definitely in a style of their own. These artist were presented in a 1966 exhibition at the Waag museum in Nijmegen and this has now become one of the starting points of Abstract Geometric art in the Netherlands. A small but historically important catalogue . Cover by Frank Gribling makes this a highly collectable publication and now available at www.ftn-books.com

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Lovely Linda …my dearest wife……this is dedicated to you

Dearest Linda, A very personal blog this time. A blog for the woman I love and have shared my life with for the last 18 years. A joyful and fantastic life in which our love grew and bettered by the year. Supported by friends and family “we” have become practically all we had hoped for. We now have certainly become the “WE” entity we visioned almost two decades ago.

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Today is your birthday and the beginning of a new year in your life. Let us make it one of the best years of our lives. ……….I love you.

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Readers and visitors of the FTN blog and www.ftn-books.com site know that the art is by Jan Peter Muilwijk and Piet Dirkx

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Leonard Forslund (1959)

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One of the advantages you have when you buy art books is  that you frequently encounter artists and their publications you have never heard of and Leonard Forslund was one of them, Intrigued by his “contour” paintings i learned that he has been active for quite some time now and has deservedly acquired a good reputation in the art world.

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Leonard Forslund (b. 1959) is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Since his breakthrough in the mid-80’s, he has exhibited widely in Denmark, Sweden and other countries. Forslund works with a new definition of painting. His subject matter frequently includes recognizable objects or photographic material isolated against a monochromatic surface. This focus triggers the meanings. A stark contrast emerges between the recognizable, evocative element and the alienation the spectator feels when experiencing an abrupt lack of perspective and context. The artist often makes a virtue out of bringing together several perspectives – scientific, personal, spatial or historical/political – on a single plane, rendering the painting ambiguous and enabling new connections of meaning to emerge across the given elements. Forslund challenges the spectator’s self-image, in the redefinition of his or her own point of view and way of thinking. Leonard Forslund lives and work in Copenhagen.

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This 1989 publication is now available at http://www.ftn-books.com

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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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Imca Schoots (1973)

 

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To be honest….i had never noticed the works by Imca SCHOOTS. I did visit the UNSEEN photographic fair in 2017, where the book that is mentioned in this blog was presented, but possibly was lost with so many excellent photographs that these photographs by Schoots did not stand out for me……..but……………………………………………

now that i have this beautiful publication YOU AIN’t SEEN ME by Imca Schoots in my inventory and published by Lecturis, one can do nothing else than admire her photographs. The quality of the photo’s is certainly enhanced by one of the best designed books that i have held in the past years. The design was done by Eva van der Schans and the outstanding printing by Lecturis . Edition run of only 600 copies and only one copy available. If you like books or Books and photographs this book must not be missed since it is one of the best art book publications i encountered in recent years….Highest recommendation.

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Jacob Jongert (1883-1942)

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Jac ( Jacob ) Jongert is one of the classic dutch designers. It is highly likely that you once have seen a design of his , since his van NELLE box has grown into a world famous design object from the Twenties/Thirties.

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It has been one of those iconic design objects executed in a style which have been of great influence to designers in the following decades. Look at the second poster and you will recognize that this typography and design elements must have influenced the POP ART designs from the Sixties.

But beside the avant garde designs there are so much more beautiful designs by Jongert and for those interested in Jongert and his design career i truly recommend the book which has been published in 2009 for the Jongert  special exhibition at the Boymans van Beuningen Museum. A book which shows why Jongert is important as a designer and what is more . The book itself is one of the best and most beautiful published books which i encountered in recent years. This book is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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Jan van Toorn ….STADsMARKERING, Groningen 950 jaar

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I am always keen on the special publications published by government and museums. Here is one by the Groninger Municipality, who commissioned Jan van Toorn for a special publication to celebrate 950 years Groningen. Size , design and printing are all of the best quality and even the included map looks special. The book comes from the former library of Total design and is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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Berggruen collection

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If there is one collection I have to mention, being important for all Impressionist and Neoimpressionist lovers around the world, it most certainly is the Berggruen collection. Literally every important artist from these periods is present within this impressive collection. No just one work of art but multiple makes this collection as important as many of the collections that were formed with tax money, and gifts over the centuries. This collection was formed over a period of Seventy years and holds over 165 masterpieces .

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Berggruen started to collect in 1939 after he fled Germany in 1936 and managed to obtain only the very best and in most cases extremely rare and highly collectable works of art. The collection was made a gift to Germany and is now housed in the Berggruen Museum in Berlin, but before it had a place of its own, it travelled the world and many have had the occasion to see for themselves the beauty of this impressive collection. http://www.ftn-books.com has now the catalogue for the Geneva location available. The exhibition was held in Geneva at the ~Musee d’Art et d’Histoire in 1988.

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Almir Mavignier (1925-2018)

The HOCHSCHUKLE FÜR GESTALTUNG has become over the years a legendary institution and one of its many well-known students was the Brazilian born Almir Mavignier. He attended the school in 1953 and has become part of art history since.

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Friend of Max Bill, witnessing the very early beginnings of the ZERO movement and later becoming one of the most appreciated Poster designers from the 3 decades to follow. He himself was working as a constructivist/minimal artist and that meant he was interested in all artists who were working along the guidelines of the movements. Because of this interest and the resulting friendships, he had a chance to design the posters for many of the artists he met. To name a few….Calderara, Arp, Morellet and Soto….and all of these artists I personally admire very much. This makes the book I now can offer on http://www.ftn-books.com very special for me personally too. A great publication of the Gewerbe Museum Hamburg in cooperation with the German Poster Museum. Great poster designs by Mavignier. btw. …. the site on Mavignier is well worth visiting and can be found here: https://www.mavignier.com

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the Stedelijk Museum Bulletins

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Art & Project was not the only art gallery who published a regular bulletin in the Netherlands. In 3 consecutive decades, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam published their Bulletin series on a regular basis. Their Bulletins were more informative and less a small piece of art. I thought they were less interesting, but now some 15 years later I have become to appreciate these Bulletin publications. Great design, very informative and always “up to date”. Over the decades some very important and highly collectable Bulletins have been published. The series consists over 400 bulletin publications among which are some true classics which are available at ww.ftn-books.com. My thought about the Bulletin series has changed over the years and I think these publications are from an art point of view important. They show the exhibitions which were held over the years and include some of the best art ever. For me the following Bulletins can not be missed in any serious art book collection: Ben, Memphis, Keith Haring on the Velum, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt on his drawings. This is to name just a few……..