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Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Beyeler (2010)

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This is the exhibituion i remember most of all the exhibitions we visited during the last decade. It was a “one of a kind” event, which will never be repeated at such a scale. The exhibition covered over 100 Basquiat paintings and certainly not the smallest of them all. The entire FONDATION BEYELER  ( except the Giacometti/Monet room) was devoted to one of the greatest of all painters from the 20th Century. At the time i had the foresight to take some extra Beyeler publicity folders with me and now i have decided to sell 3 of those to collectors. For this original publicity folder please take a look at www.ftn-books.com

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Karel F. Treebus (1938)

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He is an important dutch Typographer, but is not that known outside the Netherlands, but because Treebus has witnessed the transsition from lead printing into the digital age of printing it is nice to see how this process has taken effect in the designs of Treebus. Treebus has made numerous designs in those 32 years he was sdesigning papers, letters and forms for the STAATSDRUKKERIJ /Uitgeverij.

Treebus is one of those people that has influenced 3 genarations of designers, because his designs used by many over a period of 40 years

www.ftn-books.com has an excellent monographic book on Treebus available.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Max Ernst (1891-1976)

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Without any focus on Ernst i have maneged to collect many titles on this artist. The first time i noticed hsi name is when i was very much interested in the the Fantastic / HET FANTASTICHE in de Kunst ( book availabel at www.ftn-books.com

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Max Ernst, in full Maximilian Maria Ernst, (born April 2, 1891, Brühl, Germany—died April 1, 1976, Paris, France), German painter and sculptor who was one of the leading advocates of irrationality in art and an originator of the Automatism movement of Surrealism. He became a naturalized citizen of both the United States (1948) and France (1958).

Here is the excellent entry from the Encyclopedea Britannica

Ernst’s early interests were psychiatry and philosophy, but he abandoned his studies at the University of Bonn for painting. After serving in the German army during World War I, Ernst was converted to Dada, a nihilistic art movement, and formed a group of Dada artists in Cologne. With the artist-poet Jean Arp, he edited journals and created a scandal by staging a Dada exhibit in a public restroom. More important, however, were his Dada collages and photomontages, such as Here Everything Is Still Floating (1920), a startlingly illogical composition made from cutout photographs of insects, fish, and anatomical drawings ingeniously arranged to suggest the multiple identity of the things depicted.

In 1922 Ernst moved to Paris, where two years later he became a founding member of the Surrealists, a group of artists and writers whose work grew out of fantasies evoked from the unconscious. To stimulate the flow of imagery from his unconscious mind, Ernst began in 1925 to use the techniques of frottage (pencil rubbings of such things as wood grain, fabric, or leaves) and decalcomania (the technique of transferring paint from one surface to another by pressing the two surfaces together). Contemplating the accidental patterns and textures resulting from these techniques, he allowed free association to suggest images he subsequently used in a series of drawings (Histoire naturelle, 1926) and in many paintings, such as The Great Forest (1927) and The Temptation of St. Anthony (1945). These vast swamplike landscapes stem ultimately from the tradition of nature mysticism of the German Romantics.

In 1929 Ernst returned to collage and created The Woman with 100 Heads, his first “collage novel”—a sequence of illustrations assembled from 19th- and 20th-century reading material and a format which he is credited with having invented. Soon afterward he created the collage novels A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil (1930) and A Week of Kindness (1934).

After 1934 Ernst’s activities centred increasingly on sculpture, using improvised techniques in this medium just as he had in painting. Oedipus II (1934), for example, was cast from a stack of precariously balanced wooden pails to form a belligerent-looking phallic image.

At the outbreak of World War II, Ernst moved to the United States, where he joined his third wife, the collector and gallery owner Peggy Guggenheim (divorced 1943), and his son, the American painter Jimmy Ernst. While living on Long Island, New York, and after 1946 in Sedona, Arizona (with his fourth wife, the American painter Dorothea Tanning), he concentrated on such sculptures as The King Playing with the Queen (1944), which shows African influence. After his return to France in 1953, his work became less experimental: he spent much time perfecting his modeling technique in traditional sculptural materials.

In the meantime i have collected many Max Ernst titles at www.ftn-books.com

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A special PLAY catalogue by Swip Stolk and Frans Haks ( early dutch design 1968)

Imagine the old dutch game of ELECTRO . You habe to find the right combination between question and answer and than the light will light up when the answer is correct. This was the idea behind the play catalogue Swip Stolk designed together with Frans Haks for the ENVIRONMENT exhibition they organied in 1968 fro Studium Generale Utrecht.

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For me the importance is not the design of the the play catalogeu but the participating artists. Among them…Morellet, Megert, Struycken, Le Parc and Gerstner.

The “creme de la Creme ” all within one exhibition. This exhibition from 1968 is almost forgotten and one of the reasons is the rare catalogue which was published with this exhibition. Now i have one copy available. Text by Frans Haks, design by Swqip Stolk and produced by Jumbo. A classic among the Sixties catalogues in teh Netherlands anmd well worthdt collecting. Available at www.ftn-books.com

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Piet Dirkx weekly

The following weeks two more details of early Piet Dirkx compositions. The first is a detail of a long lath on which 13 wooden panels are placed. These panels are far from random ,because these panels are individual compositions/paintings by themselves.

These panels come from the work SHALL I COMPARE THE TO A SUMMERS DAY.

dirkx summersday

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Haags Gemeentemuseum 1971 HUIS IN – HUIS UIT

I have been working at the Haags Gemeentemuseum for nearly 25 years . I have been moving somewhere around 1.000.000+ books in all these years and never…never…. seen this title before. I am an independent antiquarian bookseller for almost 20 years now and within these years i must have seen evn more books and never encountered this title before, so i did not know it existed, but it is there and it appears to be important too, because it is one of the first exhibitions which combines fashion and interior design over the ages and shows examples of each period. For those of you who did not know it existed. Here it is how it looks. The book is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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Elvira Bach (1951)

 

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Is another colorful figure from the early days of NEUE WILDE painting. She was famous for her female figures in her paintings. Bold, proud woman that always looked very much like herself. In many cases she used self portraits in her paintings.

Now for a personal opinion….. At the time i first saw an Elvira BAch painting i was very much impressed . Colorful , proud woman, large size . all the elements i like in a painting, but where Rainer Fetting  ( Yesterday’s blog) aroused my interest agin in the Neu Wilde, Elvira BAch i find much much less interesting after 35 years. I can not predict what this will mean for the future for the value of her art, but for me Elvira Bach is not so high anymore on my wish list.

There are some catalogues on Elvira BAch available at www.ftn-books.com

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Rainer Fetting (1949)

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Rainer Fetting was one of my favorit artists in the Eighties, but i almost had forgotten him until half a year ago a beautiful and impressive painting by Fetting was auctioned at the Venduehuis. A large painting which belonged to the Hans Sonnenberg collection. A famous gallery owner who was always charmed by artists who focussed on male figures and nudes. Fetting was certaimly one of them. Fetting was considered to be part of the NEUE WILDE mouvement from the early eighties and had developed a very recognizable style of his own. Bright colors , loose in composition and technique his paintings shine after they are finished and the one from the Venduehuis is an excellent example.

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His paintings are starting to appear at auctions and i am very curious what the future will bring. My personal guess is that Fetting is such an artist who is forgotten for the last 2 decades , but in a few years will be one of the great artists from the eighties. www.ftn-books.com has some excellent catalogues on this great germna artist.

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Peter Struycken ..a leporello of 212 inches

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It is certainly the longest of all leporello items i have in my inventory and perhaps it is one of the longest ever published.

Splash was published on the occasion of the Sikkens price which was presented to Peter Struycken in 1974. On this price winning occasions, Sikkens provides for the funds to have a special publication published on the artist and Struycken made/designed this special Leporello. The leporello is available at www.ftn-books.com

Artist/ Author:  Peter Struycken

Title : Splash / Plons 1972 / 1974

Publisher: Sikkens, 1974

Number of pages:  96 pages plus cover + leperello of 212 inches  !!!!

Text / Language:  dutch and englsih

Measurements: 8.2 x 8.2  inches

Condition: nm+ for the leperello and nm for the sleeve

extra information on this item:
Rare , important and collectible . This Sikkens publication is one of the most important Struycken  publications. a true artist book and highly recommended

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Jo Baer (1929)

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There is a firm relationship between the Netherland and Jo Baer, because since the early years of her career she has had her exhibitions in Amsterdam. She is considered to be a Minimal artist, but personally i am not so certain about this. In her early days she was more related to the Hard Edge mouvement, but in later paintings a great emptiness fills the canvasses only enhanced by a painted frame or a simple scarce geometrical object making these paintings as typical Minimal paintings and in the last 2 decades she turns again completely and produces lyrical abstract expressionist paintings. When you look at these 3 stages of her career you can destinguish 3 completely different styles and approaches to painting, but with one constant…the artist Jo Baer

www.ftn-books has some of the dutch Jo Baer publications available