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Ed van der Elsken and Vali Myers

Vali Myers by Ed van der Elsken

A few years ago i wrote a blog on Vali Myers. She was the” Muse” of Ed van der Elsken for many years and his series with her as a subject is a classic amonglast-century photographs. A few years ago the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam organized an exhibition on Ed van der Elsken and his works. The series with Vali Myeres stood out and was used in the publication to illustrate his Parisian years. The book is now available at www.ftn-books.com and for those interested in Vali Myers the invitation card for a book presentation on her is still available.

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Seth Siegelaub (1941-2013)

Seth Siegelaub

Siegelaub ran his own gallery, Seth Siegelaub Contemporary Art in Manhattan from 1964 to 1966. As an independent curator, he played a vital role in the emergence of Conceptual art between 1966 and 1972, working with artists such as Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, and Lawrence Weiner. Among his groundbreaking projects were The Xerox Book (1968) and July/August Exhibition (1970), which explored the phenomenon of the “group exhibition” in its most radical form: a book or a journal. In 1972, he turned away from the New York art scene and moved to Paris, where he worked as a publisher. Siegelaub began collecting and researching textiles and books about textiles in the early 1980s. He moved to Amsterdam and founded the Center for Social Research on Old Textiles, which conducts research into the social history of textiles. At the turn of the 21st century he started the Stichting Egress Foundation in Amsterdam to bring together his varied range of projects: contemporary art, textile history, and time and causality research.

Siegelaub was certainly one of the leading forces in Conceptual Art and the Stedelijk Museum exhibition from 2016 proves the importance of Siegelaub. The catalogue with the exhibition was designed by Irma Boom and is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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Jiří Hastík (1945)

Jiri Hastik

Born 17. 12. 1945 in Uherské Hradiště. Painter, draughtsman, graphic designer, artist of compositions in the field of applied art and large- scale works, theoretician, exhibition curator and writer. As a curator he has prepared and introduced dozens of exhibitions and is the author of a number of professional texts. Studied at Slovak Technical University in Bratislava, field of architecture (1964–1966); Department of Art Theory and Education at the Philosophical Faculty of Palacky University in Olomouc (1970–1975, V. Zykmund, F. Dvořák, Z. Kudělka, I. Hlobil, A. Nádvorníková), where he received the doctor degree in the field of philosophy in 1983. He has exhibited in solo shows since 1981 (CZ, A, D), collectively since 1970 (CZ, PL, D, A, NL, I, E, SK, LT, LV, EST, V, USA). Represented in collections at: Muzeum umění Olomouc, Galerie výtvarného umění in Ostrava

www,ftn-books.com has currently one Hastik title available.

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Wim Gijzen (1941-2022)

Wim Gijzen

Wim Gijzen (Rotterdam, 1941) has been working on his diverse, but consistent oeuvre since the 1960s. In 1965, he stood out with his submission of three paintings for the Salon van de Maassteden in the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. However, he has always identified a conceptual artist. In the years that followed, Gijzen made a.o. mural objects, special works, videos, and photography, in which the Dutch landscape was a recurring theme. At this time, he also created his iconic photomontage of a meadow with grazing cows on the Schouwburgplein, a square in the centre of Rotterdam (1969). From 1975, he concentrated on drawings and paintings. His entire oeuvre is characterized by the de- and reconstruction of recognizable scenes. Traditional still-lives and landscapes are cut up and reinterpreted, to form new, abstract images. His approach is reminiscent of the cubist still-lives of Picasso and Braque, that show different facets of one and the same scene. Gijzen however, does not show the cut-up fragments, but presents a new image that bridges the figurative and the abstract. In this way, he confronts the viewer with his or her subconscious orientation on the horizon, vanishing points and recognizable elements in an image.

The above title is available at www.ftn-books.com

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Gunter Damisch (1958-2016)

Gunter Damisch

This influential proponent of the Neue Wilde style is one of Austria’s most significant contemporary artists. The Neue Wilde were Austrian and German artists of the 1980s whose work was marked by a free and spontaneous style; other proponents in Austria include Herbert Brandl, Hubert Scheibl and Hubert Schmalix.

Damisch studied painting and graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna from 1978 –1983 where his teachers were Maximilian Melcher and Arnulf Rainer. He was also a member of the punk band Molto Brutto during this time. After completing his studies, he began exhibiting his work in Austria and Germany. From 1981 onwards, he worked on sculptures in wood and assemblages, from 1985 on ceramics, followed by his first bronzes in 1990. Damisch worked in a broad range of media in his studios in Vienna and the Mostviertel, with his oeuvre encompassing drawings, prints, serigraphy, sculptures and photography as well as large-scale paintings.

His art features strong colouring and is highly abstract, with sweeping brushstrokes and a furious and intense painting style on the mainly large-format works.

He was awarded many prizes, among which the Max Weiler Prize (1985), the Karl Rössing prize (1991), the Anton Faistauer prize awarded by the province of Salzburg (1996), and the Lower Austrian culture prize (2011).

Damisch was a visiting lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna from 1992 before later becoming a regular professor.

www.ftn-books.com has the1991 Folkwang Essen catalogue available. The publication has an original lithograph used as cover which was printed by Atlas.

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Magritte (continued)

Rene Magritte

I have always been a great fan of Rene Magrite and now I even have become more of a fan. This is because this book I now have for sale gives great insight in his personnel documents that are the fundament of his larger works on paper and canvas. The book is published by Galerie Christine and Isy Brachot. Longtime gallerist who have represented Magritte during his life and after his death. The book is a beautiful publication and an absolute must for all Magritte admirers. The book is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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Roberto Grippa (1921-1972)

Roberto Crippa

Italian painter and sculptor. Born at Monza, Milan. Studied at the Brera Academy, Milan, under Carpi and Carrà. First one-man exhibition at the Galleria Bergamini, Milan, 1947. After a brief period of geometrical abstraction, collaborated with Fontana in the Spazialismo movement and signed the Spazialismo manifestos of 1950-3; friendships also with Dova, Peverelli, Donati.
Pioneered action painting in Italy with his calligraphic spiral paintings, ca.1949-52. Partly through contacts with the Surrealists Lam, Matta and Brauner, Crippa turned in the mid 1950s to painting totem-like personages, and from 1956 also made cast iron sculptures of these. In 1958 he began to make collage-reliefs incorporating wood, newspaper, etc., evoking imaginary landscapes or figures; his later collage-paintings tended to become more brilliant in colour. A champion at aerial acrobatics, he was killed in a plane crash at Bresso, Milan.

http://www.ftn-books.com has a few Crippa items available.

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John Bellany (1942-2013)

John Bellany

Bellany was born in the fishing village of Port Seton, near Edinburgh. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art and at the Royal College of Art, London. His work of the 1960s and 1970s dealt with original sin, guilt, sex and death. His characteristic paintings are large compositions featuring his own personal symbolism, often derived from the sea and from religion, two elements that dominated his childhood. The flawed nature of humanity was usually central to his paintings. Bellany became seriously ill in the 1980s and underwent a liver transplant operation in 1988, after which his work became more optimistic in mood.

www.ftn-books.com has the Fischer art limited exhibition catalogue from 1986 available

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Christo Valley Curtian (1970-1972)

A b log on Valley Curtain by Christo because I realized that at this time I have some highly collectible Valley Curtian items collected and now available at http://www.ftn-books.com. The unwrapping itself above is like almost all Chriso’s unwrapping almost poetical.

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Visible Language

Visible Language is certainly the oldest , but possibly also the most important design journal.

The journal was founded with the primary tenet of the journal being that reading and writing together form a new, separate, and autonomous language system. The journal has evolved to focus on research in visual communication. The journal has covered the subject of concrete poetry, the Fluxus art movement, painted text, textual criticism, the abstraction of symbols, articulatory synthesis and text, and the evolution of the page from print to on-screen display. Guest editor-authors have included Colin BanksJohn CageAdrian FrutigerDick HigginsRichard KostelanetzCraig Saper, and George Steiner.

The journal was edited for 26 years (1987–2012) by Sharon Poggenpohl of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute of Design, with administrative offices at the Rhode Island School of Design. It is currently edited by Mike Zender of the University of Cincinnati, which publishes and provides administrative offices for the journal.

http://www.ftn-books has collected a nice selection of this journal over the years. All are available at http://www.ftn-books.com. (This is only a selection)