I love the works by Victor Pasmore (1908-1998)

 

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Victor Pasmore (1908 – 1998) was born in Chelsham, Surrey, the son of a well-known physician and mental specialist and an amateur painter. He was educated at Harrow School where he first became seriously interested in painting. Following the sudden death of his father he had to abandon his studies at the Central School of Arts and Crafts where he had studied under A. S. Hartrick, an artist who had worked in France and who knew van Gogh. Pasmore, who had expected to go Oxford and then on to The Slade School of Art, now had to find employment as a clerk in the Public Health Department in London instead, a job he held until 1937.

During this time he joined the London Artists’ Association and had his first solo exhibition at their Cooling Galleries on Bond Street in 1933. In 1937 Pasmore left the Public Health Department and formed an independent art school with fellow artists Claude Rogers, Graham Bell and William Coldstream in Fitzroy Street. The school’s first show in 1938 coincided with its move to 316 Euston Road which led to the art critic Raymond Mortimer to identify them as the Euston Road Group. Pasmore himself moved to a studio at 8 Fitzroy Street, formerly occupied by Sickert and Whistler, and spent his time teaching and painting.

Pasmore abandoned visual representation and developed a purely abstract style in 1947. His work, often in collage and construction of reliefs, pioneered the use of new materials and was sometimes on a large architectural scale. He held his first abstract solo exhibition at the Redfern Gallery, London, in 1948. Herbert Read, an important art critic of the time, described Pasmore’s new style as ‘The most revolutionary event in post-war British art’. In the summer of 1950 he visited St Ives where he became associated with Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth and joined the Penwyth Society, the local exhibiting group. www.ftn-books.com has some nice Pasmore titles available.

Charlotte Salomon (1917-1943)….Leben oder Theater

 

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An important blog on an important subject. The Joods Historisch Museum in Amsterdam shows the complete set of “LEBEN ODER THEATER” the magnificent works by Charlotte Salomon . It is the equivalent of a written diary of her life in Auschwitz before she was murdered. The complete original set is now on show at the Joods Historisch Museum until the 25th of March 2018, but…. not only the complete set is on show, there is another way of viewing the set…..for those who are interested and live to far away you can view the complete set at :

https://charlotte.jck.nl/section

This is what makes the internet worthwhile, so visit this site and convince yourself why this is not only a historical important work, but also a great work of art by a gifted artist.

www.ftn-books.com has the very rare first dutch publication on Charlotte Salomon availablel at http://www.ftn-books.com

Sigurður Guðmundsson / Gudmundsson(1942)…humor in art

My admiration for Gudmundsson started when i first saw his “paper boat” in an edition of only 20 copies. The reason i was attracted to this work was because the same boat was depicted in a painting by Massimo Rao and for years both works were combined in my living room.

Now i have only the boat nearby and it has not lost its appeal in 20+ years. The edition was bought after i had traded in a Pieter Laurens Mol which was not the right piece of art in the right place and so the Gudmundsson was bought to make the Rao more complete and it stayed in my collection. It has pure humor and because of its presentation in a show case it still has a lot of style. This edition is only 20 copies and it was bought at DE EXPEDITIE in Amsterdam and is of course sold out now for decades , but i know of a special edition of a unique life size large paper boat which is/was in the collection of the AMC Amsterdam which is even more unique than the smaller i have on my windowsill.

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For some nice Gudmundsson publications please visit www.ftn-books.com

 

Barnett Newman (1905-1970)

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Possibly, the Stedelijk Museum had the most important Barnett Newman painting in their collection until……Who’s afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III was destroyed by a mentally unstable artist . The painting was cut several times, over almost its total length of 5 meters with a Stanley knife. Destroying the painting completely.

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There was an attempt to restore the painting by Goldreyer, but the result was just an overpainted painting without any nuances in the monochrome colors. This restoration resulted in a lawsuit in which there had to be decided who was responsible. Goldreyer claimed 250 million with the Amsterdam Municipality. The result Goldreyer had to be compensated and the Stedelijk Museum “lost” its beautiful iconic colourfield painting because of the bad restoration. The last few years the painting Who’s afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III is on and off on show again in the Stedelijk, but unfortunately the restoration has devalued it tremendously in a financial and artistic way. www.ftn-books.com has the Stedelijk Museum catalogue ( a.o. Newman titles ) for the Barnett Newman exhibition for sale.

There is an article on Newman and its destruction in the Stedelijk by the New York times over here:

Dieter Hiesserer (1939) / Batman’s car.

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One of last weeks blogs was on the Pop Art scene in Europe and there is one German artist who must be mentioned, because he was one of the most important Pop Art artists in Germany…his name Dieter Hiesserer and because he also held exhibitions in Amsterdam his works were known by dutch collectors and included in one of the most iconic company collections in the world. Hiesserer’s works were included in the Peter Stuyvesant collection. In the tobacco factory of Peter Stuyvesant, the employees were confronted with really great modern art. In many cases , large sized paintings which were bought for the Peter Stuyvesant collection. Willem Sandberg was one of the directors who advised the company and by the end of the sixties several paintings by Hiesserer were added to the collection. Among them “Batman’s car”. It is about 10 years ago that this collection was sold at auction by Sotheby’s Amsterdam and later by AAG after Sotheby’s left from Amsterdam. It was a 3 part auction and because of the size of the paintings and an economic crisis it was hard to sell some of these important paintings for reasonable prices. The lots were all sold without a reserve price. I was behind my computer following this auction on line , when this great painting , “Batman’s Car” was on the block and bidding stopped at euro 200,–. I could not believe my eyes and i made the following bid……… and became the final bidder for this great Pop Art painting. Batman’s Car has been in our collection for almost 10 years , but now it is time to part from it. I do not have the place anymore to present it properly. Therefore it is now for sale and should you be interested…do not hesitate to contact me. Price on Application.

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dieter_Hiesserer

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A very special Piet Mondrian publication (1938)

 

Schermafbeelding 2017-10-04 om 16.01.16A Stedelijk Museum publication from 1938. Publishing date well before WWII and extremely rare. One of the first publications containing an article by Piet Mondriaan ( Mondrian) and it is more than likely the only one on the market at this moment. What makes this publication valuable is not only its rarity , but also the art historical value of the articles by Mondriaan, Kandinsky and Gorin. You can find this publication at http://www.ftn-books.com.

here is its description and the photographs:

https://ftn-books.com/products/piet-mondriaan-stedelijk-museum-tentoonstelling-abstracte-kunst-1938-nm

Johannes Itten (1888-1967)… Art & Color

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Johannes Itten. Not many know him, but through the years he has been acknowledged as being one of the teachers who developed  the most important “color theory” in art.

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Johannes Itten (11 November 1888 – 25 March 1967) was a Swiss expressionist painter, designer, teacher, writer and theorist associated with the Bauhaus (Staatliches Bauhaus) school. Together with German-American painter Lyonel Feininger and German sculptor Gerhard Marcks, under the direction of German architect Walter Gropius, Itten was part of the core of the Weimar Bauhaus.

But for me there is more about Itten. In 1957 the Stedelijk Museum devoted an exhibition to Itten. The catalogue of the exhibition was designed by Willem Sandberg , who made it one of the most iconic Stedelijk Museum catalogues from the 50’s. This catalogue is still available at www.ftn-books.com. But there si more on Itten and the Stedelijk Museum to be told, because Itten also designed one of the velums ( ceiling coverings) for the Stedelijk. It is rarely on show, but there is a nice publication on the project also available at www.ftn-books.com