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Siep van den Berg….the follow up

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The painting by Siep van den Berg now is a part of our collection which started some 12 years ago when i first encountered a sketchbook by Siep at auction. Complete sketchbooks by an artist were a rare find at auction in  those days and i decided if i had a chance to buy some of these sketchbooks as an investment i would do so. The first auction i bid for a sketchbook i was successful at a much too high  price, but i still cherish this one because it was specially made for Niesje (his wife) and contains over 20 drawing/collages and is one of the best i have ever seen by this artists. The next auction i was successful with another 3 sketchbooks and i decided to make these drawings separately available through eBay, Catawiki and Kunstveiling. After these auctions other people became interested and these books were sold at much higher prices. But since i have sold over 100 drawings/sketches/collages at reasonable prices making these great drawings available for even the smallest of collectors. I still have some 100 drawings left so check regularly the Kunstveiling pages for any new ones. The small drawings come from a sketchbook which was made in and titled “Andelaroch (Fr)” and dated July 1990. This sketchbook contains all sorts of drawings. Collages mix with Constructivist drawings and even a rare realistic drawing is included.  I just counted the remaining contents of the sketchbook and there are still over 60 drawings which will become available in the next years.

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Siep van den Berg … a painting

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My blog readers know of my admiration for Siep van den Berg. A dutch constructivist painter who was at the end of his life recognized as one of the most important dutch modern painters from last century. A true constructivist with some side steps in which he searched for the perfect landscape, still life or portrait, but the main part of his sketchbooks is filled with sketches of possible constructivist compositions ( see tomorrows blog) but in the end, out of hundreds of sketches he choose the best one and painted. First the sketch, after the sketch the alterations with small pieces of paper cut from the edge of the sheet and then he filled in the colors and noted his findings on the sketch. Followed by painting the canvas. One of the ultimate paintings i now have acquired for our collection. It was one of the highligjts of the Siep van den berg exhibition at the Genootschap Pictura in Groningen :…yes and here it is presented in landscape mode.

So my previous post on this painting has to be altered in a small way. I am getting convince more and more it has to be presented horizontally. Like this.

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This and other Siep van den bBerg publications and original works are available at www.ftn-books.com and ftn-art

 

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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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Cor van Dijk (1952)

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It took me along time to fianally appreciate the sculptures by van Dijk. At first i thought them to be too much copies of Judd sculptures, but i discovered them to be completely different. Why….surface , composition and construction differ from the one by Donald Judd. Still i consider his sculptures to be Minimal art and not constructivist.

 

He was  born in 1952 in Pernis, is a Dutch artist. The steel sculptures of Cor van Dijk are characterised by clear lines and geometric shapes. From first stages of their design, the material used for these works – steel – and their realisation are inextricably linked. To create his work, the artist uses separate sheets of solid steel, which he joins together with extreme precision. Van Dijk bases the dimensions of his sculptures on the standard gauge of the sheet metal. As a result, the mill scale found on the rolled steel is left intact in the finished works.

Viewing Van Dijk’s sculptures, one’s eyes constantly move across their surface and one’s attention keeps shifting from areas of open space to sections that take up space. The seams between the different segments play a key role in the works, since they lend a sense of scale to the mass of steel and define its different volumes. The artist strives to show interior space – its layout, possible compartments, the spaces between the segments and the massive quality of the steel itself. The different dimensions all interact with one another. Ultimately, this is also what gives the sculptures their specific presence: the precise handling of volumes and the perfect connection of individual sections in space. Each newly-realised concept is intended to bring even greater clarity to the context of the preceding work – while also pointing ahead, suggesting new concepts that are still waiting to be developed.

Van Dijk’s most recent sculptures comprise a single segment. The location of the open space and its dimensions determine the scale of the work as a whole. The result is an object in which mass (matter) and open space interact more intensively than ever before. In technical terms, the steel used for the sculptures shows no traces of machining or processing. Thanks to their mass, the open space and the interaction of these two elements, these tranquil objects seem to speak directly to the viewer.

www.ftn-books.com has the monograph on van Dijk now for sale

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Ko Oosterkerk ( 1928-2012)

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Jacobus Willem (Ko) Oosterkerk. It has not been recently that Ko Oosterkerk was admired for his black and white , highly abstract etchings. Almost in a contstructivist way he builds his compositions, but always was free, where the constructivist set their limitations.

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A few years ago (2016) there was an exhibition at the Kampen Museum, which showed all the qualities of his work through the years. Just have a look at all these wonderful works by searching with Google and you will be amazed how timeless these works are. I leafed through the van Abbemuseum catalogue from 1975 and noticed the quality of all his works. I can highly recommend this artist who is on the verge of becoming much more popular, but now still is very affordable.

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Jo Niemeyer (1946)

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For many of us Jo Niemeyer is not the most common name in constructivist art. However Niemeyer has a loyal following of admirers in Germany and Finland. ( the 1984 Helsinki book is available at http://www.ftn-books.com).

Working with the primary colors that Piet Mondriaan used too in his STIJL period the compositions look at first glance not that original, but study them closely and you will notice a much more complex composition  with mouvement on the works by Niemeyer. making these stand out on their own. Here is the text i found on Wikipedia on the artist.

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Jo Niemeyer was born in 1946 in the German village Alf. He comes from a long-time artist family. His mother was a textile designer and worked in Saabrücken at the former State School for Art and Crafts, where she was in charge of a handloom weaving factory. His father began to paint at a relatively young age, in abstract and concrete art. Unfortunately, his paintings were considered to be degenerate and most of his works were destroyed or lost during WWII.

After three years of studying photography and graphic art, Niemeyer executed his first geometrical painting in 1966. He travelled in several countries, including the United States and Canada, and in Scandinavia where he was particularly fascinated by nature. In 1967, he pursued his training in industrial design at the Finnish Institute for Art “Atheneum”. He decided in 1970 to quit his job as professional photographer to become a full-time independent artist.

In Finland, he met artist colleagues Lars-Gunnar Nordstrom and Matti Kujasalo, the former director of the Finnish Academy of Art in Helsinki. In the 80s, Kujasalo asked Niemeyer to lecture about different print techniques in the graphic art department. During this time, Niemeyer built up his knowledge of Finnish architecture. It was also in Helsinki in the late 60s that Niemeyer met his wife, Tuula Partanen. in 1972 she founded Edition Partanen which specialised in silkscreen prints and publication of graphic and art portfolios. The studio was established in South Germany with a showroom in Zurich, Switzerland. Edition Partanen collaborated with artists such as Rupprecht Geiger, Matti Kujasalo, Ilya Bolotowsky and Niemeyer himself.

Niemeyer began to elaborate his big scale project “20 steps around the world” which would be installed in 1997 in the City of Ropinsalmi in Finland. In this project, he explained, the earth replaced the canvas. According to him, earth is the carrier of his artistic work being integrated into the creative process only by minimal changes. In the context of this work an arbitrarily defined route around the earth is divided systematically and exactly into 20 segments which develop to a dynamic, logarithmic progression according to the ‘Golden Section’. The 20 steps are visualized by using an installation of 20 stainless-steel elements around the globe, precisely located on continents. The location of the points is achieved by using a computer and satellite navigation.

Over the years, Niemeyer has held successful one-man and group shows in Scandinavia, Italy, Switzerland, Israel, USA, England, Japan, Argentina, and Finland. His murals in public buildings can be found in countries all around the world including Switzerland and Germany, and in Scandinavia. Featured in numerous international publications and films, his works are in public and private collections and museums including in Japan, Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany and Austria. Today, Jo Niemeyer works and lives in Germany, France and Finland.

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Richard Schur (1971)

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Writing a blog on Art is not only pointing into the right direction of the greatest of artists, but it certainly is my intention to introduce some lesser known artists and explain why they appeal to me personally. The artist Richard Schur was not known to me until i noticed his paintings at an auction. I was impressed in the way he made his compositions. Constructivist ones, but not in a rigid way like Mondrian did, but putting planes and surfaces ( almost rectangular) beside and on top of each other. It was a new approach tome and had rarely seen done this before ….plus i thought his paintings are very appealing. I was lucky that i could buy two of his works at auction . One will be for sale in a year, but in the meantime i will have it on my wall and try to find out why i fell in love with it. The other i plan to make it a permanent part of my collection. Visit Richard Schur’s site to see more of his painting and “meet” the artist and his works . ( https://www.sound-of-color.com )

For me, Abstraction is a place of collective 

and personal memories, experiences and emotions.

I’m a poet, a composer and an Old Master’s son. 

As a contemporary artist, tradition is my ally 

and my enemy. I’m interested in the directness 

of Expressionism, the clarity of Hard Edge 

and the precision of the Renaissance painters.

 Through a long, systematic and intuitive process, 

then, I aim to reflect the meaning of every brushstroke 

within the whole: anything matters here.

As if you could hear the sound of color, Richard Schur creates visual experiences based on the transcendental qualities of color.  Born in Munich (1971), Richard Schur studied with Jerry Zeniuk at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, and graduated as “Meisterschüler” in 2000. From 2002 to 2008 he teached painting as Assistant Professor at the  Academy of Fine Arts Munich. Recent solo exhibitions include The Sound of Color, Galerie der Moderne, Stefan Vogdt, Munich (2017), Meadows, Cross Mackenzie Gallery, Washington, DC (2016), Manhattan Stories, Galerie Postel, Hamburg (2015). While recent Group shows include Ganz Konkret, Galerie Klaus Braun, Stuttgart (2017), Wendezeiten, CCA  Andraxt Kunsthalle, Mallorca, Spain (2016), Break Ground, ART 3, Brooklyn, NY, USA (2016). His work can be found in public and private collections worldwide including Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Guangdong Museum of Art in China, CCA, Centro Cultural Andraxt, Spain, Agnes Gund Collection, New York, BMW Group Art Collection and Allianz Art Collection.

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Ben Nicholson (1906-1978)

 

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There are not many photo portraits to be found of Ben Nicholson. This must have been an artist who did not searched for fame, but developed his style of painting in a very thorough way over the years. Started as many of his fellow artists in a figurative way, but influenced by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth ( who would become his second wife) he developed a very personal way of abstract painting. These are the ones i admire most of Ben Nicholson.

They have a constructivist quality and lightness in them which make these paintings very easy to like. The influence of Barbara Hepworth makes his art even more complete. Perhaps he is a little bit forgotten, but every decade a renewed interest is there, which results in a tremendous exhibition.

www.ftn-books.com has some very nice Nicholson publications available including the Willem Sandberg designed Stedelijk Museum catalogue from 1954

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Charles Bézie (1934)

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In some way the french have a special approach to contructivist art. Their art is in many cases much “lighter” than their counterparts in Germany or the US. There are of course Francois Morellet and Aurelie Nemours and for me Charles Bezie is also one of the great ones in France.

Here is a short extract from an interview which can be found on the Charles Bézie site at http://www.charles-bezie.fr

Since 1974, I use straight, horizontal and vertical lines and two diagonal lines. 
In the beginning, I wanted to distinguish my work from that of our great elders Malevith and Mondrian by means of eradicating the geometry by a web of fines lines. I call this my graphic period. 
During the years that followed, my work passed through several phases where the line thickened becoming even a strip and resulted in a sign which i called the “Quadrille” . 
In 1995, I abandoned oblique lines. 
Since that date my work has become the research of rhythms obtained from numbers, irregular rhythms with “Gradations” where squares see their surface divided by strokes and regular rhythms with “Cadences” where rows of squares are only underlined on the top and bottom. 
The year 2003 annonces the beginning of the “Suite Fibonacci”. This XIII century Italian mathematician from whom we retain the recurrent series of numbers which constitute themselves by the simple addition of the two precedent numbers and also because the quotients between the two adjacent numbers all approach the number 1.618, the famous “golden number”. 
My actual project is to continue working from numbers for as long at it gives a sense to my pictorial conception.

C.B. 2007

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Blinky Palermo (1943-1977)

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Decades ahead of his time, the art of Blink Palermo has proven to be “classic”. The use of color and the forms he useed makes him stand out from his contemporary artists and in the decades after his death this art form developed into an art that i personally am a great fan of. Look at Piet Dirkx, Richter, Forg and many others who must be inspired by Blinky Palermo. His works are a combinaton of Constructivist and Minimal paintingsPalermo was born as Peter Schwarze, but took the name Blinky Palermo as an artist name at the time he studied with Joseph Beuys at the Dusseldorfer Kunstakademie. In 1973 he moved to New York where he stayed and worked until his death in 1977.

In the short time Blinky Palermo lived and worked as an artist he did not receive the recognition he deserved, but soon after his deat . Retrospective exhibition were being held and showed the importance of Palermo. Some of these publications are available at www.ftn-books.com

among these venues are Moma, Hirschhorn, Mocba, Lacma and Serpentine galeries. These are not the least venues to be presented as an artist and i predict that the works by Blinky Palermo prove to be highly original and groundbreaking in the years to come.