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Wim Crouwel designed series for Museum Fodor

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Around 1972 , Wim Crouwel started to use a computer design inspired layout for the Museum Fodor publications.  A bright orange/red color with in the background a pattern of fine white dot. Just below the middle a tin white line. Fodor in Pink. On the left half the exhibition in info and in Most cases above the white line the artist name. Over 40 publications have appreared within these series and nearly all belong to the very best of Crouwel designs from the Seventies. http://www.ftn-books.com has many of these publications available. This is a typical connoiseurs choice, not expensive and with all the qualities of a Seventies Crouwel designed publication.

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Stedelijk Museum “on line” visits

Blog readers know of the large collection i have for sale on the Stedelijk Museum, its artists and its exhibitions ( http://www.ftn-books.com), but it is hard to grow this collection . No book markets, no museum visits and the only thing i could do is to photograph and describe my stock and add this to my inventory. It has now grown over by 1100 entries and i am convinced it is one of the largest collections for sale on the Stedelijk Museum and itss history. But to bridge the time between closure and reopening its collections to visitors, they made available some interesting virtual visits to the museum and its collections. Guided by curators and director Rein Wolfs , you can now make a virtual visit. One of the best i think is the one Rein Wolfs hosts. It shows the direction into which the Stedelijk is developing for the next decade or so. Interesting…. yes…., but i do hope they still will keep their focus on their history and great collection, they build over the years.

 

 

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Posters by Willem Sandberg and Wim Crouwel…part 10

This time a double bill of Renato Guttuso and Alan Davie. Two exhibions both held at the Stedelijk Museum at the end of 1962. It is rumored that this poster was designed by Sandberg , but the execution of it done by ten Have. Still i love this poster .. The red and green indicate the hand of Sandberg and the simplicity of it makes this a highly important historical poster for the Stedelijk Museum. Both poster and catalogues of the exhibitions are available at www.ftn-books.com

 

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Posters by Willem Sandberg and Wim Crouwel…part 3

In this blog it is time to show the combination of the 1973 Tinguely poster and the Wim Crouwel designed catalogue which he designed for this 1973 exhibition.

The poster is an original design by Jean Tingeuly, where as the catalogue, which was published for this exhibition, was designed by Wim Crouwel. It is just functional where the poster is full of life and design elements . I like both very much but these are worlds apart from each other. It is up to you which is the better graphic design.

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Both publications are available at www.ftn-books.com

 

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Posters by Willem Sandberg and Wim Crouwel…part 1

Last month i was able to acquire a small collection of Stedelijk Museum posters by Willem Sandberg and Wim Crouwel and because of my large collection of Stedelijk Museum material and the historical importance of these publications, i have decided to devote some of the blogs to the relation between the posters and the catalogues published with the exhibitions listed on the poster.

To start…. this very nice Sandberg designed poster he made for the Hunziker /van der Gaag exhibition. January ? Feruary 1962.

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Both female artists and both belonging to the COBRA mouvement.

Books and poster are available at http://www.ftn-boooks.com

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Erwin Olaf and Eduard Manet… an analogy

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A few weeks ago i decided to sell my pristine copy of the Borek Sipek / Erwin Olaf catalogue they made together with Irma Boom for the STIJL VORMT FUNCTIE exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in 1991. This is probably one of the catalogues i cherish the most, but since i have decided to sell part of my private library and only keep these books that are related to our personal collection it is now for sale. What struck me most were of course the photographs by Erwin Olaf. These are timeless and highly original in their approach of the subject…..except…. he must have been inspired by at least one painting of the impressionist period. The Eduard Manet / The bar at the Folies Bergere painting is certainly a source of inspiration for the photo het took in the early Nineties. The book is now for sale at www.ftn-books.com

 

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George Hendrik Breitner (1857-1923)…continued

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Over 3 years ago I wrote a short blog on Breitner in which i wrote about his models and his Japanese Kimono painting. This blog is on another aspect of his artist life.

Breitner is known to have been one of the very first artists who used photography as a means for composing his paintings. The photographs he made were for him like sketches he made in the streets. These early days of photography everything was different…ni camera phones but large camera’s with sensitive plates, but the result was not only historically of importance but showed great artistry.

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This quality is now recognized of one of the very important aspects of his artist life and many of his photographs are now in public collections being a part of the heritage of the complete artist George Hendrik Breitner was. He was one of the very first street photographers in the world.

www.ftn-books.com has some Breitner photography books available.

 

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Gilbert & George…the N…. Sh.. pictures

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Why abbreviations for this blog title. It is because of Facebook and Pinterest censorship. They do not allow to show some more explicit great modern art because of the subject. However i must ask your attention for this great catalogue for one of the most controversial exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

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There is a life long friendship between Rudi Fuchs and Gilbert & George so it was the most natural venue for Gilbert & George to present this controversial series. Amsterdam, a liberal city had no problems with it . SO the show was held in 1996 and the catalogue published with it is one of the most collectable catalogues by this artists duo.

Rudi Fuchs wrote in his foreword:

Seeing these moving works for the first time, seeing their melancholy and sadness, I was reminded of paintings from long ago, for example Massaccio, of THE EXPULSION FROM PARADISE, Adam with his arm around Eve who was weeping, the two of them utterly lonely, going into the misery of human life. 

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This tells it all….controversial but beautiful and impressive

This catalogue is still available at www.ftn-books.com

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the 500 first Stedelijk Museum publications…A very important list

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Last Thursday i encountered finally one of the list I was hoping to find for a long time. The list is made in the beginning of the Eighties when interest rose in acquiring and collecting the Stedelijk Museum publications. Since the start in the Mid ’30s from last century, over 1100 publications have been published by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and this list contains the numbers and titles of the first 500 numbered publications. Willem Sandberg, Piet Zwart and Wim Crouwel, 3 of the greatest of Dutch designers all can be found on this list and i noticed of the 500 titles on it I have over 400 currently available at http://www.ftn-books.com

Beside the one on the list, there are of course many others published by the Stedelijk Museum FTN books has available. Take a look, save and share this very important document. the list is in PDF format and can be downloaded with the link below:

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Hildo Krop (continued)

Almost a year ago i published my first blog on Hildo Krop, who’s work you can encounter all over the streets and bridges of Amsterdam. You can read it here:

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I recently discovered that he also made some special covers for the “Kroniek van Kunst en Kultuur” which was published in the late Forties from last century. The woodcuts he made for the cover of this magazine have all a  very strong appealing composition. Dark and much influenced by his German counterparts these covers are wonderful prints. The best is of course that these were taken from the original woodblocks and therefore true original woodblock prints by Hildo krop.

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this “Kroniek van Kunst en Kultuur” is now available at http://www.ftn-books.com