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Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst (7)

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Following a relationship with art patron Peggy Guggenheim, Max Ernst went on to marry his fourth wife, Dorothea Tanning. The couple – who famously fell in love over a game of chess – is credited as pioneering the Surrealist movement. Despite this successful accomplishment, Manning insisted that the two “Never, never talked art. Never.” Married in a double ceremony in Hollywood with Man Ray and Juliet Browner, the pair enjoyed surrounding themselves with other artists. Often, they would entertain the likes of Henri Cartier-Bresson in their home in France, seemingly thriving among fellow creatives. Dipping between Surrealism, Dadaism and everything in between, the pair continued their separate artistic practices and maintained a healthy marriage until Ernst’s death in 1976.

There are several Max Ernst publications available at www.ftn-books.com

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Gilbert & George (3)

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Gilbert Proesch and George Passmore

Just like a scene from your favourite rom-com, Gilbert and George first locked eyes in the halls of Central Saint Martins in 1967, where the two studied sculpture. Dubbing the encounter as love at first sight, the duo collaborated on both 3D as well as 2D works – although they would continue to refer to all artworks as sculpture. Exploring themes of religion, sexuality and identity across a wide range of media, Gilbert and George have stayed relevant beyond the confines of the elitist art. They married in 2008, having spent over 4 decades together in the art world that they collectively rebel against.

www.ftn-books.com has many Gilbert & George titles available

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Katharina Duwe and Johannes Duwe (1)

Because of the publication KUNST IM LANDTAG: PAARE on Katharina and Johannes Duwe I was inspired to devote a series of blogs to famous artist couples. Here is the first one. Not so famous this couple, but at the time of the publication ( available at http://www.ftn-books.com) presented as an artist couple at the DER LANDTAG venue. Of these two i have a personal preference….of these two i like Katharina over Johannes, but both have their own qualities.

Johannes Duwe was born in 1956 and was primarily inspired by the 1970s. Conceptualism is often perceived as a response to Minimalism, and the dominant art movement of the 1970s, challenging the boundaries of art with its revolutionary features. The movements that ensued were all representative of a strong desire to progress and consolidate the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous 1960s. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, featuring some of its most essential aspects, but going further in creating mysterious and experimental artistic journeys, while Land Art brought creation to the outsides, initiating early philosophies of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given a second chance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism almost two decades, the genre regained its distinction through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The cosmopolitan and refined position that New York city held in the 1960s remained just as influential in the 1970s. With multiple international renowned artists gravitating the galleries and downtown scene, the city once again strengthened its reputation as the artistic hub of the era. Across the globe, numerous movements defined the 1970s. Amongst others, feminism and the new radical philosophies it occasioned strongly influenced the visual culture. Photorealism, which had emerged in the 1960s, also received critical and commercial success. The critical, prominent artistic pillars of New York city started to embrace painters and sculptors from Latin America.

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Jan Wawrzyniak (1971)

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To be homnest, …..i did not know of Jan Wawrzyniak, but because of a recent auction i searched for his name, because i was very much attracted to a black/white/grey painting by this artist. It appeared that he always uses these three colors and combines these into abstract constructivist paintings. Sometinmes vague, sometimes hard edged, but always a sense of organic too. Great art and happy to have bought this.

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Jan Wawrzyniak lives in Berlin

Solo Exhibitions

Forms of Aporia. Kajetan Berlin

2018

Drawn by the other. Galerie m Bochum

2017

last day … of may. M6 Annette Tietenberg Braunschweig

2016

Niche. Galerie m Bochum

2015

Unfinished. Curated by Erich Franz. Kunstverein Lippstadt

2014

Broken and Lost | Drawing. Curated by Alexander Klar. Museum Wiesbaden

Continued Drawing. Galerie m Bochum

2012

​​Zeichnerische Aporien. Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern

​​2010

New pictorial spaces. Galerie m Bochum

​​​2009

Jan Wawrzyniak. Lippische Gesellschaft für Kunst Detmold​

Gezeichnete Bilder. Kunstmuseum Ahlen

​​2008

Gezeichnete Bilder. Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern
Zeichnerische Aporien. Curated by Carmen Schliebe. Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk Cottbus

​2007

Gezeichnete Bilder. Curated by Kai Uwe Schierz. Kunsthalle Erfurt
​2006

Fragil. Galerie m Bochum

​​2002

Stille Räume. Morat-Institut für Kunst und Kulturwissenschaft Freiburg
Stille Räume. Brühler Kunstverein
​2000

Ebenen + Pfade. Kunstraum MI Posselt Bonn

​Group Exhibitions

2019

Galerie m 3. Mai 1969 – 3. Mai 2019. Galerie m Bochum

2018

Form follows Fiction. Kajetan Berlin

No More Books! Intersexualitat Textual. Curated by Vicente da Palma. Art i Pensament Contemporani L’Hospitalet Barcelona

Ansichtssache. Curated by Eveline Weber. Kunstraum Alexander Bürkle Freiburg

Kunst und Kohle: Schwarz. Curated by Friederike Wappler. Kunstsammlungen der Ruhr-Univeristät – Museum unter Tage Bochum

2017

The Flying Field. Autowerkstatt Wilhelmsaue Berlin

2015

Weltsichten. 400 Jahre Landschaft in der Kunst. Kunsthalle Rostock  ​

Land in Sicht. Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst Bremen

2014   ​

Blank_Space. Galerie m Bochum

Entgrenzung. Positionen zur Zeichnung. Curated by Kornelia Röder. Künstlerhaus Schloss Plüschow

Weltsichten. Het landschap verbeeld in zees eeuwen kunst. Bonnenfantenmuseum Maastricht

2013   ​

We fragment, collect and narrate. Curated by Sayoko Nakahara. Cultuurcentrum Mechelen

Noch nie gesehen. Neue Schenkungen und Ankäufe für die grafische Sammlung. Kunstmuseum Bonn

​2012

Weltsichten. Landschaft in der Kunst seit dem 17. Jahrhundert. Kunstmuseum  Dieselkraftwerk Cottbus

Weltsichten. Landschaft in der Kunst seit dem 17. Jahrhundert. Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz

Aufbruch. Malerei und realer Raum. Kunsthalle Rostock

Aufbruch. Malerei und realer Raum. Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg

Aufbruch. Malerei und realer Raum. Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern​

Aufbruch. Malerei und realer Raum. Akademie der Künste Berlin​​

Junge Akademie. Akademie der Künste Berlin
​2011

Aufbruch. Malerei und realer Raum. Stiftung Situation Kunst Bochum

Saxonia Paper. Kunsthalle Leipzig
Shelter: Art Against Trafficking Women and Sexual Exploitation. Peter Freeman Inc. New York​

Shelter: Art Against Trafficking Women and Sexual Exploitation. Galerie Urs Meile Luzern​

Shelter: Art Against Trafficking Women and Sexual Exploitation. Künstlerhaus Schloss Plüschow

Weltsichten. Landschaft in der Kunst seit dem 17. Jahrhundert. Museum Wiesbaden

Weltsichten. Landschaft in der Kunst seit dem 17. Jahrhundert. Kunsthalle Kiel

​2010

Weltsichten. Landschaft in der Kunst seit dem 17. Jahrhundert. Stiftung Situation Kunst Bochum​
2009

Blattgold. Zeitgenössische Grafik. Ausstellung des Kunstfonds im Sächsischen Staatsministerium der Finanzen. Dresden
2008

Nur der Schein trügt nicht. Das Sehen als interaktiver Prozess. Stiftung Situation Kunst Bochum​

​2004

Bochum sammelt II: Landschaftsbilder. Museum Bochum
1996

Von Schlachten – vom Schlachten. Kunstsammlung der Städtischen Museen Jena

​1993

Goethe-Institut Tel Aviv

1992

Frontiera. Forum junger Kunst in Europa. Curated by Matthias Flügge. Bolzano

Public Collections

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Kunstmuseum Ahlen

Lindenau-Museum Altenburg

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (nbk)

Stiftung Situation Kunst Bochum

Kunstmuseum Bonn

Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland ​

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern

Kolumba Kunstmuseum des Erzbistums Köln

Museum Morsbroich Leverkusen

Muzeum Sztuki Lodz

Kunstsammlung des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt Magdeburg

​Westfälisches Landesmuseum Münster

Kunstsammlungen Neubrandenburg

Museum Wiesbaden

 

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Chris Evans (1967)

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This article on Chris Evans comes from FRIEZE. He is one of the younger artists to feature in this daily FTN blog.

Artistic processes that involve commissioning others to produce work have often been fraught with unease. From the confused parameters of collaborative authorship to the unforeseen conflicts of interest that frequently arise, it is often difficult to sidestep the undercurrents of exploitation that vex this field of practice. One might imagine that in order to work with or within the corporate sector, an artist might need a degree of brashness and swagger. We might assume that he or she is intent on agitating, exposing or critiquing institutional structures. But what if, as in the work of British artist Chris Evans, this could be a far more generous proposition than preconceptions might suggest? ‘Clerk of Mind’ – Evans’s first solo exhibition in Ireland – highlighted the artist’s role as facilitator and translator between seemingly incongruous specialist fields, including international political relations and high-end jewellery design.

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Sensitively curated by Kate Strain, the show comprised the reconfiguration of three existing artworks never presented together before. Plans are currently underway for Project Arts Centre to commission new work by Evans in response to the Irish context. Probing the vehicle of co-authorship, CLODS, Diplomatic Letters (2012–ongoing) is a series of drawings of invasive plant species, sketched by invited members of the international diplomatic community, which were subsequently photographed by Evans, inverted and then printed as silver bromides. The tentative, almost courteous quality of the diplomats’ lines contrasted robustly with Evans’s cement and marble sculptural clods, and the slippery strips of PVC matting arranged across floor-level, custom-made platforms. Punctured with boreholes, the clods seemed to memorialize the negative space left behind when weeds are pulled from the ground. As co-authored works, these art objects are remnants of exchanges that remain partially hidden – an aesthetic in keeping with the wider curatorial approach at Project, which often presents the residual artefacts of earlier interventions in the gallery or elsewhere. In a similar vein, the textual remains of corporate negotiations featured in Evans’s concurrent exhibition ‘Untitled (Drippy Etiquette)’ at Piper Keys, London, which presented correspondence relating to the proposed rebranding of a dwindling socialist newspaper.

A Needle Walks into a Haystack (2014), named after the main exhibition at last year’s Liverpool Biennial, for which it was commissioned, comprises a vitrine housing a jemonite base and a dazzling, jewel-encrusted ring, crafted at Evans’s invitation, by high-end jewellers Boodles. The impish features of a golden ‘flowergirl’ are discernible amidst the ring’s glittering frondescence. Given that companies like Boodles might typically sponsor biennials or similar events, Evans proposed an alternative form of exchange, probing the space where art meets patronage. His design brief requested the creation of a piece of jewellery in response to the biennial’s press release – a rather excessive promotional statement including the key words ‘intimate’ and ‘domesticity’ – upon which the jewellers based their response, as explained in the literature accompanying ‘Clerk of Mind’. Mindful of their existing clientele and general perceptions of luxury brands, Boodles carefully scrutinized the terminology used to define the parameters of the commission. Treating the ring as an ‘artwork’ necessitated a contractual agreement outlining its shared ownership, the fact that it cannot be sold as a piece of jewellery and future transportation arrangements, to be implemented by Boodles’ own couriers.

As overseer of this kind of co-production, Evans acts as functionary (or ‘clerk’) – tracking the thoughts and intentions of his collaborators, while administering the practical arrangements and textual material which support the process. The artist has stated that he harbours no intention to critique particular groups, institutions or procedures; instead he hopes to forge relationships built on trust with figures whom he perceives to be especially misunderstood by the art world. Though the artworks are ultimately credited to Evans, the fact that he makes very visible the cooperative processes that lead to their production is an attempt to invalidate Romantic claims about the artist as ‘lone producer’ or ‘creative genius’. Conversely, Evans focuses on the capacity of artists to engage with a range of institutional, commercial and bureaucratic frameworks in a continuous process of reciprocal exchange. http://www.ftn-books.com has one Evans title available. The “Goofy Audit” is a future classic.

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Jacob Jongert (1883-1942)

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Jac ( Jacob ) Jongert is one of the classic dutch designers. It is highly likely that you once have seen a design of his , since his van NELLE box has grown into a world famous design object from the Twenties/Thirties.

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It has been one of those iconic design objects executed in a style which have been of great influence to designers in the following decades. Look at the second poster and you will recognize that this typography and design elements must have influenced the POP ART designs from the Sixties.

But beside the avant garde designs there are so much more beautiful designs by Jongert and for those interested in Jongert and his design career i truly recommend the book which has been published in 2009 for the Jongert  special exhibition at the Boymans van Beuningen Museum. A book which shows why Jongert is important as a designer and what is more . The book itself is one of the best and most beautiful published books which i encountered in recent years. This book is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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Over 200 different Art & Project items in store

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It has been almost a decade to collect as many as the 210 different Art & Project items that i currently have for sale. It started when i bought a “lot” of museum catalogues at auction and among theme were some Bulletins by this worldwide known and respected dutch gallery. Not the most famous ones , but still a nice selection with Richard Long and Hamish Fulton. I got focussed on these publications and found some rare ones at reasonable prices in a time that nobody was interested. But the big breakthrough came when i finally was lucky enough to encounter 2 nice collections. One at a local book dealer who wanted a fair price for a selection of 30 Bulletins and the second time was at auction where a lot was not sold and i decided to buy it in the aftersale of the auction house.This last one added over 80 different Art & Project items to my collection and inventory. Just have a look at http://www.ftn-books.com and search for “art & project” and you will be pleasantly surprised with the large selection that i was able to collect for FTN books.

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Josée Pittiloud (1952)

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A rare occasion that i could not find a portrait photograph of Josée Pittiloud. Suisse born in Sion in 1952 his/her art is modern, timeless and of a rare quality. It is the kind of art i personally like and collect if possible. Trying to find books on this artist is near impossible , except for the Pro Helvetia publication  from 1990 that i have now available at http://www.ftn-books.com

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If you have a photograph and can help me to place it above this blog, please sent it to wvdelshout@ziggo.nl

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Marie Hanlon (1948)

 

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Sometimes you must consider yourself very lucky. I have been writing on art and artists for almost 5 years now and during this period I have written blogs on many known and lesser-known artists. In the meantime selecting with these blogs those publications that are available through FTN-Books. In this way promoting the art, books and publications I am selling.

It must have been a month ago that I received an email by an artist I did not know. She introduced herself, spoke of the great selection of books I am selling and wanted very much to introduce her works. Her name …MARIE HANLON…. and she asked if I would like to take a look at her site….and so I did.

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I am always intrigued by artists who I do not know, so I searched for her on the internet and found that she makes the kind of art I am fond of. It is a mix between minimal, constructivist, hard edge and even surrealistic art at some times. We wrote and agreed that it would be nice to make her works known with the help of the ftn-books.com site and ftn blogs and now I am proud to announce that her publications are available at http://www.ftn-books.com and that she made an artist selection of 4 drawings that are exclusively available through FTN ART at special introductory prices.

 

In future blogs, new material will be proposed to my readers, but in the meantime here is a short biography on Marie and the link to her site so you can find out yourself why I was fascinated by her work. https://www.mariehanlon.com/

and for information on the books and art by Marie Hanlon please contact me at ftnbooksandart@gmail.com

Marie was born in Kilkenny and studied History of European Painting and English at University College Dublin, at the National College of Art & Design/Dublin and has worked as a professional artist since 1990.

Known mainly as an abstract artist of finely made small and medium-sized works, Marie’s output in recent years encompasses a broader range of media. Through her collaboration with contemporary composers, she has developed new work, especially in video and installation.

 

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Oey Tjeng Sit (1917-1987)

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I thought i had, but i just discovered that i had not written a blog on Oey Tjeng Sit before and there is now every reason to write a blog on this self taught artist, because i recently added a wonderful multiple to the collection of http://www.ftn-books.com. It is the Loerakker multiple on the occasion of the presentation of the monograph on the artist.

Amsterdam based pharmacist-artist Oey Tjeng Sit (1917-1987) invited visitors of an art fair to throw paper balls toward tin cans, decided to set fire to cages filled with balls of newspapers, or to fill warehouses with the same second hand paper material. He liked to add bizar titles to his works such as ‘Bicycling against the wind one might forget the invention of the wheel’, ‘An artist who is fashionable is a victim of good taste’ or ‘The only thing I know is that I trust blindly a feeling that promises me secrets.’
Oey Tjeng Sit, whose name means Yellow Clear Solid was born in Purwokerto (Java) at the foot of the Klud Volcano, that erupted just at the time of Oey’s birth. Born in the Year of the Dragon he found himself released of the duty to take care of his parents; that is why – after visiting high school in Bandung – he traveled to the Netherlands in 1938 in order to study pharmacy. Twenty years later he opened Apotheek Oey (Oey Pharmacy) at the Prinsengracht opposite the Anne Frank House. He took away the pills and potions out of the window display and started a small art gallery there. One of his nicknames was a ‘Dragon Man with a Dada Passion’ who showed the art work of colleagues and friends which gave him another epitheton: ‘the nestor of Amsterdam window art’. Oey’s work as an autodidact is characterized by a wide artistic range of disciplines: after a period of surrealistic drawings and paintings he started making wood and linoleum cuts, collages, assemblages and editing books through his own editorial ‘The Finger Press’.
In his collages, often together with Chinese ink and brush, as well as in his installations he used frequently news papers, of which he wanted to extend their short life, tied as they are to daily actuality. The newspaper was a source for many questions for Oey ‘Can we measure the weight of printed news?’ and ‘What contains more wood than newspaper letters?’ ‘If there is an order, then is it a temporary one.’

Oeys oeuvre – light-hearted, playful with a subtle feeling for the hidden esthetic quality of daily life – can be a long lasting confirmation of these words.

Beside the multiple i have more collectable books by the artist in my inventory