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Sigurdur Gudmundsson (1942)

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Gudmundsson has a loyal following in the Netherland. That must be because he has been present in multiple group exhibitions and solo exhibitions in both museums and art galleries. The Stedelijk Museum presented this artist on several occasions and the catalogues’/ artist books published with these are in high demand. The “Circles” book for instance has been sdold out with me for over 5 years and i have not found another copy at a reasonable price. The same with ” Situations” sold out and nowhere to be found anymore.

Gudmundssons works fascinate. These are symbiosis of IN SITU and performance. Making this a true conceptual artis whose works have been spread all over the world.

Gudmundsson studied in the Netherlands at ao Ateliers 63 and after that study settled in the Netherlands and launched his career in the 1960s as a member of the legendary Icelandic SÚM group. His public sculptures can now be found widely, including in Rotterdam, Groningen and Den Haag in the Netherlands. He later became a teacher at the AKI in Enschede. He is now living in China, the artist prides himself of having been a foreigner for the past 50 years and i am curious to learn how this does influence his works. www.ftn-books.com has still some nice Gudmundsson titles available.

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A very special M.C. ESCHER book by the Fung Ping Shan Museum from 1994.

 

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It was 5 years ago that i discovered an Escher title that i never had encountered before.

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This can be explained easily, because the publications was initiated by the Fung Ping Shan museum, which is now not only a museum but also a University and Art gallery in Hong Kong. Publication by this museum are rare and it is even more exceptional to encounter one of their publications in Europe. This is one of the smaller museums in the world and i do not know how they managed to get an Escher exhibition, but i suspect it was bought from Cordon Art. Cordon Art is the sole owner of the reproduction rights of the works by M.C Escher and probably has still the largest collection of original works by the artist. It was 1994 that this book was published and what strikes me most is that the reproduction and print quality is the best that was possible in those days. The book outshines other Escher publications from that era and is possibly the best that was published on the artist in the nineties. Escher is always present in the inventory of www.ftn-books.com , but this one is rare and probably a one time offer .

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Ren Hang (1987-2017)

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It is sad to learn that the Chinese photographer Ren Hang ended his life yesterday at the age of only 29 years.

A very promising young photographer, a talent like Araki and Ryan McGinley, who dared to be different in his approach to contemporary (nude) photography. As FOAM remembered in a short blog. Provoking and poetic at the same time and totally different from his Chinese colleagues. A talent which can be recognized immediately.

The exhibition in the FOAM museum in Amsterdam is well worth visiting and lasts until the 12th of March

https://www.foam.org/nl/museum/programma/ren-hang

and to get a great overview of his works, please visit chose the year and click on the photograph for some highly original and great photographs by Ren Hang.

http://renhang.orghttp://renhang.org

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Walasse Ting ( 1929-2010)

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The first time i saw the work by Walasse Ting, was at gallery Nouvelles Images in the mid eighties and i was blown away with the large standing ladies with parrots. Extreme sized acrylic paintings on paper. with and impressive signature stamp by Ting. This was totally new for me and since, i have been following Walasse Ting. About 5 years later a publishing firm in Amsterdam ( Art Unlimited) began to publish on a very large scale the works by Ting. They were published as postcards, calendars, posters and limited editions. This meant there was no longer any exclusivity any more and the images began to loose their appeal to me. Still the craftsmanship of Ting stayed intact, but because of the sheer number of publications there was no attraction any more. Now it is 25 years later and i wished i had been following Ting a little closer , because what i have learned during this years is that there is another Walasse Ting too. An expressionist painter who has been highly important for modern art and made many collectable and beautiful paintings before his time as a “commercial” artist. Still his chineese ladies are very pleasing on the eye and a little more bold….. the ladies from the “red mouth” series are attractive pin ups treated the Walasse Ting way.

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But as a whole Ting is a true modern artist who deserves to be recognized for his entire oeuvre and not only for his Ladies/parrots paintings.

www.ftn-books.com has some nice publications by Ting