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Conroy Maddox (1912-2005)

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It was a few months ago that i sold a book on Conroy Maddox and the next day i started to look into his career. This was because galerie d”eendt published the book and i ahve always admired the program by d’Eendt.

Conroy Maddox  was an English surrealist painter, collagist, writer and lecturer; and a key figure in the Birmingham Surrealist movement.

He was born in Ledbury, Herefordshire, and discovered surrealism in 1935, spending the rest of his life exploring its potential through his paintings, collages, photographs, objects and texts. Inspired by artists such as Max Ernst, Oscar Domínguez and Salvador Dalí, he rejected academic painting in favour of techniques that expressed the surrealistic spirit of rebellion. Maddox officially joined the British Surrealist Group in 1938.

His creations soon began not only to challenge the conventional view of reality, but also to push pictorial expression to the limits of consciousness. He was even implicated in both scandal and controversy when, during World War II, Scotland Yard suspected him of fifth columnist sabotage and mounted a surprise raid to seize works thought to contain coded messages to the enemy.

Following the war he moved to Balsall Heath and began his most active period. In 1948, he married Nan Burton. They had a daughter and a son together, but had the marriage dissolved in 1955. He died in London, aged 92.

The one copy of the d’Eendt catalogue that remains is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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Horst Antes (1936)

 

Schermafbeelding 2021-05-04 om 15.04.17I never had many titles on Horst Antes until i recently bought a small collections from the heirs of gallery d’Eendt.

galerie d’Eendt has had many exhibitions with works by Horst Antes and published some great graphic works by the artist over a period of over 20 years. Personally i would say his works are not “My cup of tea”, but…..undoubtedly his work is original and so typically Seventies that it has become important and shows the way art was developing. On one side there is complete abstraction with MINIMALISM and on the other side there is dreamy almost abstract characters who populate paintings and present a world completely different from the real world. In the Netherland i consider Jan Snoeck to be part of this movement of artist and when you look at both these artists their works , you see why i think these are artistically related.

Horst Antes (born 28 October 1936 Heppenheim, Germany) is a German artist and sculptor.

After his Abitur, he studied from 1957 to 1959 under the important woodcutter HAP Grieshaber at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste (today known as the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe) in Karlsruhe. In 1959, the artist’s work was honoured with two prizes, art prize of the city of Hanover and the Pankofer prize on the occasion of the German Youth Art prize.

In his early paintings, Antes sought a path somewhere between figurative painting and the L’Art Informel. One of his most important role models was Willem de Kooning. Around 1960 Antes discovered his ‘Kopffüßler’ (literal translation: Head-Footer), a form which preoccupied the artist in numerous variations and artistic techniques. By 1963 his ‘Kopffüßler’ was fully developed in its stylistic and contextual premises and became also compulsory for his sculptural work, which began the same year.[1] The artist was given several scholarships and awards in the 1960s, including the Villa-Romana-Prize in Florence in 1962 and the Villa Massimo scholarship in Rome in 1963. Three years later, aged only 29, Antes accepted a teaching post at the Akademie in Karlsruhe. This was followed by a post as a professor also in Karlsruhe which he held from 1967 to 1973, as well as a one-year guest-professorship at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Berlin. The artist resumed teaching at the Akademie in Karlsruhe in 1984 and continued teaching there for another 16 years. The regional capital awarded him the Hans-Molfenter-prize in 1989.

Since 1990 Antes has been living and working in Karlsruhe, Florence and Berlin. His oeuvre includes not only paintings and graphic art, but also sculptures in public spaces. His works are exhibited throughout the world and are represented in all the most important German collections, et al. at the Kunsthall Hamburg, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, the Nationalgalerie Berlin, and the Museum of Modern Art.

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Mario Molinari (1930-2001)

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Lifelike figures with abstract element. This is is how Mario Molinari presented his art at galerie d’Eendt in 1964. Later he became known for his colorful constructivist sculptures which can be seen at the Fondazione in Torino, but the start was more realistic. Clearly influenced by African art his sculptures do not look modern.

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An in teresting period and a catalogue which is hard to find ( available at http://www.ftn-books.com). Next time when near Torino start looking for these colorful sculptures. They are not to be missed.

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Piet Dirkx “Zonder plan wel met Systeem”

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This is the subtitle for the Piet Dirkx/ Henk Visch exhibition at the gallery Ferdinand van Dieten-d’Eendt in 2008. A small gallery and now stopped, because of the changing art market, but this exhibition was a great one for this small gallery. The invitation is still one of the best Piet designed for one of his exhibitions.

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