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Iris van Dongen (1975)

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About the same time the Hadassah Emmerich exhibition was held at the GEM museum, Roel Arkesteijn curated another iconic exhibition. It was the NOX NOCTIS exhibition by Iris van Dongen. van Dongen has become a force in modern dutch painting. Her symbolic/dark paintings remind me of the best by Gustav Klimt, but they are certainly not copies.

These are highly original works of art that would grace any modern art collection. A nice insight movie by HOLLANDSE MEESTERS show van Dongen at work in her studio:

And for the iconic Nox Noctis catalogue please visit http://www.ftn-books.com

 

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Hadassah Emmerich (1974)

 

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The first time i heard about the artist Hadassah Emmerich was at the time she had an exhibition at GEM. Curated by Roel Arkesteijn this exhibition was one of the first at the GEM museum. The Neighbor of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and dedicated to contemporary art. I think her paintings are overwhelming, extremely attractive, but far too exuberant to add to any private collection beside a museum collection. Still i admire her paintings, because there is no artist alike and her works are highly original.

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In her paintings, work on paper and painterly installations Hadassah Emmerich interweaves varied themes such as identity and the body, representations of the exotic and the dialogue between abstraction and figuration.
Emmerich selects material from a variety of sources including vintage photography books, texts, advertising and art historical reference books, which are fused together through a process of photomontage which is then transferred onto the canvas using a combination of painting and printing.
Negotiating a universe where tropical colors merge effortlessly with cold grey tones, where graphic silhouettes inhabit ephemeral spaces and where references to modernist painting are incorporated into urban space, Emmerich creates a fictionalized narrative in which ‘multiculturalism’ is questioned in a painterly sense.
Displaying monumental and immersive qualities, the viewer is confronted with a visceral immediacy, urging to engage conceptually as well as physically. In continuing the legacy of female ‘pop’ artists such as Evelyn Axell or Angela Garcia, Emmerich pursues a practice that combines a bold visual language with an investigation into the undercurrent of visual culture.

http://www.ftn-books.com has the GEM publication on Hadassah Emmerich now available now available.

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Bruno Perrament ( 1962)

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Over 1200 blogs now and this is a first. I could not find a single portrait of Bruno Perrament. A french contemporary artist who had one of his first important shows at the GEM museum in Den Haag. A very nice exhibition curated by Roel Arkesteijn. With the exhibition a great Perrament publication was published at that time. The publication is now available at http://www.ftn-books.com .Perrament was and is one of my favorite new contemporary artists and when i look at his works some 15 years later. I must confess that i am still a fan. The way he mixes abstraction with realistic scenes and landscapes makes his work stand out from many of his contemporaries. Intriguing, sexy and impressive are his larger paintings. If you are looking for a great introduction to his work , the UPON THE RIVERS catalogue is a great starting point.

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Raymond Pettibon…. Brush Life (2002)

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In 2002 Raymond Pettibon made the opening exhibition for the GEM museum. The exhibition was curated by Roel Arkesteijn. Pettibon worked day and night to include over 600 drawings and designs, but he finished in time to make it a memorable exhibition. After the opening he had time to make and finish 3 comic books, which were printed ( copied ) and stapled “in house” by Chantal Sieuw. These 3 titles are since their publication date highly sought after and collectable Pettibon books , because the edition was only 100 copies for each title these are rare editions to any art collection.

The edition is numbered xx/100

The Brush Life blog is the third and final in the series on Pettibon’s GEM publications and because of its autobiographical character it is by far the most important one and has become rare and expensive. For more information please contact me . POA.

Artist / Author : Raymond Pettibon

Title : Brush Life

publisher : GEM, 2002

Number of pages : 28

Text language : English

Measurements: 8.7 x 5.6 inches

Condition: MINT

Highly recommended and collectable publication published on the occasion of the 2002 Pettibon opening exhibition of the GEM museum. Edition of only 100 copies. all numbered in red ink.

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Raymond Pettibon…First Person Show

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In 2002 Raymond Pettibon made the opening exhibition for the GEM museum. The exhibition was curated by Roel Arkesteijn. Pettibon worked day and night to include over 600 drawings and designs, but he finished in time to make it a memorable exhibition. After the opening he had time to make and finish 3 comic books, which were printed ( copied ) and stapled in house by Chantal Sieuw. These 3 titles are since their publication highly collectable Pettibon books , because the edition was only 100 copies for each title.

The edition is numbered xx/100

The First Person show is the second Pettibon  title to be discussed in this blog.

Artist / Author : Raymond Pettibon

Title : First Person Show

publisher : GEM, 2002

Number of pages : 28

Text language : English

Measurements: 8.7 x 5.6 inches

Condition: MINT

Highly recommended and collectable publication published on the occasion of the 2002 Pettibon opening exhibition of the GEM museum. Edition of only 100 copies. all numbered in red ink.

www.ftn-boooks.com is the only internet store that offeres this rare Pettibon publication

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Raymond Pettibon – Over Easy

In 2002 Raymond Pettibon made the opening exhibition for the GEM museum. The exhibition was curated by Roel Arkesteijn. Pettibon worked day and night to include over 600 drawings and designs, but he finished in time to make it a memorable exhibition. After the opening he had time to make and finish 3 comic books, which were printed ( copied ) and stapled in house by Chantal Sieuw. These 3 titles are since highly collectable Pettibon books , because the edition was only 100 copies for each title.

The Over Easy title is the first to be discussed in this blog.

Artist / Author : Raymond Pettibon

Title : Over Easy

publisher : GEM, 2002

Number of pages : 28

Text language : English

Measurements: 8.7 x 5.6 inches

Condition: MINT

Pettibon had strict demands regarding the way these books were published . As designed  and prescribed by Pettibon these were copied and stapled editions and each copy was numbered in pencil ( xxx/100 ).

At the time of the exhibition these special editions were not popular at all. They sold at only euro 20,00 for each copy but only a dozen or so were sold. ………One year later…. everything was sold out and these books were offered and sold on eBay for prices of around USD 350.00 each. It appeared Pettibon had a very loyal following of collectors who were buying these rarities for their collection. Since that date Pettibon has published many more “comics” / art books, but this Over Easy remains one of the very special ones which was specially made for the opening of GEM in 2002 and can be seen as one of the highlights from the first decade in this new millennium

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