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Posters by Willem Sandberg and Wim Crouwel…part 12

Another great set andn this time both poster and catalogue look almost identical (1970). Both are great simplistic in their designs , but strong in their appearance and they immediately draw your attention.

The Concrete poetry is one of my personal favorit publications and i like the poster as well. Both are availabel at www.ftn-books.com

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Leonardo Delfino ( 1928)

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If an artist has not acquired the fame he deserves it is hard to make his name more known at the end of his career. This is why i support any initiative to help the artist. Leonardo Delfino is such an artist. He rose to sdome fame at the end of the Fifties amnd early Sixties ( this is the period i last discussed in an earlier blog) and had an important exhibition at galerie Delta in 1971 ( catalogue available at http://www.ftn-books.com), but after some dutch and french exhibitions it was quiet, with hardly any exhibitions outside Italy and France. Born in Torino he soon went to France to help his career further on, but is stayed relatively quiet with hardly any exhibitions being held. This doe not mean his work is not interesting. His scupltures are timeless abstract colums or pieces of raising /concrete. I thinh he uses the same procedure to create his sculptures as Mmark Boyle does. Using the original to cast a raisin copy from it.

look for Delfino on the internet and there is hardly any information, but there is a facebook site worth visiting at: https://www.facebook.com/Delfinoproject

Some early Delfino publications are available at www.ftn-books.com

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Concrete art …some recent finds

I am always on the look out for these little , thin,  even small sized books which are published in very limited editions. And lucky i was….

Last Thursday i bought some small books by artist which are among my favorites. The books are all published in the Seventies and the Eighties and are outright RARE. Sure you can find still copies if you really search well but i will predict that within 10 years none of these can be found anymore. Two reasons….. the artists who contributed to these books/projects grow more important by the year and secondly….the edition size is small, yes very small, in most of the cases not more than 500 copies of which probably many will have become displaced, destroyed or lost.

Now is the time to pick up these books at www.ftn-books and expand your collection with these titles that will not be available in the years to come.

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Fritz Glarner and Haus Konstruktiv

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In my last blog on the Haus Konstruktiv i ended with ( to be continued ) and that was not without reason. When i visited this museum in Zurich, I mentioned that i was disappointed but that is only part of the story, because i was also very surprised by an unexpected beautiful reconstruction of the Fritz Glarner office he made for the Rockefellers. They were admirers and according to the thank you note they sent were very happy with the result and…..i can fully understand why. Floor, walls and ceiling are covered with Glarner designs and the large table in the middle with the chairs makes the room complete and one of the most beautiful reconstructions i ver have seen. This room only is worth the visit of the Haus Konstruktiv….don’t miss it when you are in Zurich.

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There are some Fritz Glarner publications available at www.ftn-books.com

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Otto Hamer (1938)…The Killing of Desire

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Never heard of the artist before, but what a great find this is. People following the blog know that concrete and constructivist artists are among my favorites. Last week i visited the bookmarket and found an intriguing title ” OTTO HAMER : Mijnheer I.KAA EN DE KUNST” leafing through the book i noticed immediately why his art fascinates me personally . The repetitions of form(s), the use of bright colors and the feel for composition “hit” me. The book itself was a surprise too. Beautiful lay-out, excellent print quality . Designed by Otto Hamer himself together with Aernout Tas this is a highly  accomplished book. To give an impression of Hamer’s work here is the Youtube video i found:

There is not much info to be found on the artist, but i found an article in dutch:

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and some photo material of his studio and works. In the coming months i will try to find more information, but for the meantime you can start with the sites supplied.

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Haus Konstruktiv – Zurich- Suisse

Museum Haus Konstruktiv – the Foundation for Constructive and Concrete Art

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It was 2 months ago that i visited the museum HAUS KONSTRUKTIV. At first a little disappointed but the Graevenitz exhibition made the visit worthwhile . Personally i think it is importnat that such a small part of the modern art scene has an excellent platform in which special exhibitions can be held.

The Haus Konstruktiv is located in one of the most distinctive icons of Zurich’s industrial architecture, providing a space for concrete art.

The museum is dedicated to the exploration of concrete, constructive and conceptual art. The Museum Haus Konstruktiv focuses on making it part of a living dialog with international trends in contemporary art.

Over the five floors of the former Selnau electricity sub-station, visitors discover works of art in the context of their historical background through temporary exhibitions and collection presentations.  Also on permanent display are treasures from the museum’s own collection, the legendary “Rockefeller Dining Room” by the Swiss artist Fritz Glarner. Beside the special exhibitions the Haus Konstruktiv has an excellent exhibition program of which some publications are available at www.ftn-books.com

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( to be continued )

 

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SOTO and galerie Denise Rene

One of my favorite galleries of all time is the galerie Denise Rene in Paris and not only because the artists they represent are the ones i like most, but also because of their publications which in many cases contain something extra. Like this SOTO catalogue from 1970 which i acquired last week. The blue, silver and yellow squares within the catalogue are all executed in silkscreen prints and which combinations forms an abstract composition within the catalogue, which makes this catalogue some kind of an artist book and not an ordinary catalogue. This catalogue is now available at www.ftn-books.com. As for the other Denise Rene catalogues search for Denise Rene and find some other great catalogues by this famous gallery in Paris.