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the Drawings of Roy Lichtenstein (1987)

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I like this title. It was published at the end of the EIghties which finally recognized the historical importance of Pop Art in art. before , in th early Sixties pop art exhibitions were held all over the world including many impotant ones exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Among them a highly important Lichtenstein exhibition, but the difference with the 1987 exhibition at the MOMA museum is that in 1967 in Amsterdam it was NEW and MODERN and in 1987 in New York is was “established” art. A difference of 20 years and now another 33 years later . The quality of the works by Roy Lichtenstein is once again underlined with this exquiste catalogue on his drawings. It shows the metaculous preparation in drawing for all larger works he would create after.

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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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Paul Citroen (1896-1983)

 

Schermafbeelding 2020-02-28 om 14.30.03At one time , many years ago, i was living in Wassenaar. Me and my ex wife had a small apartment in a newly build apartment building and just around the corner there was a “classic” dutch house. I learned that Paul Citroen , the dutch Bauhaus artist lived there. I know the drawings by Citroen, because i had seen them at Pulchri Studio, but what i learned many years later was that he was influenced by Bauhaus and was one of the great collage artists. I

t was an aspect of his work that i had never known before but was very appealing to me. It was the extra layer i was looking for in his art. Where his drawinsg and photographs were very personal and recognizable, his collages were inspired by his fellow artists at the Bauhaus. Since i i always remember Paul Citroen when i pass his old house and remember the great art he stands for.

I recently added an intriguing book from 1957 in which drawings and photographs by and on Paul Citroen are depicted.

citroen by citroen

 

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Edmond Baudoin (1942)

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For me personally, Bauoin is one of my comic heroes. Of course there are Herge and Franquin and many others from the golden age of European Comics that deserve your admiration, but from the later generations there are only a few artists that will be historically important. Jean Giraud, Druillet and Tardi have all proven to be important, but for me there is another artist, a comic hero, who belongs in this row of great names. One that is lesser known but somebody who moves on the crossroads of comic and graphic novel.

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Edmond Baudoin is that artist. Left school at the age of 16 and has been drawing and writing comics since. The style….realistic…the stories poetic and taken from his personal life.

http://www.ftn-books has the LE PORTRAIT book by Baudoin now available.

baudoin portrait

 

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Arie van Geest …naar Beckmann, 1999

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Recently i had the chance to acquire another Arie van Geest watercolor for the FTN art collection. The moment i saw it i was impressed and decided to make a bid. The watercolor is from the 17th of August of 1999 and fits perfect between the painting and another drawing i have in my inventory by Arie van Geest. I have grown fond of his art over the years. His earliest more abstract , fantasy like drawings are wonderful and his later paintings keep impressing and this drawing is one of the nicest i have seen by his hand. Both other drawings i have purchased i will keep for a later blog , but in case you are interested in purchasing do not hesitate to contact me at wvdelshout@ziggo.nl

Title of this drawing/watercolor is ” NAAR BECKMANN #, size paper 30 x 22 inches / ca. 75 x 55 cm.

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Jacques Tardi (1946)

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One of the iconic creators of great (french) comics is undoubtedly Jacques Tardi. Tardi managed to find the balance between classic comics/BD ( Bandes dessinee), graphic novel and Art. His series on Adele Blanc-Sec are among the very best in comic art from the last half century, but beside the series of ordinary BD’s he produced some great adaptations of “classic” french literature. Tardi successfully adapted novels by controversial writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline and crime novelist Léo Malet. In Malet’s case, Tardi adapted his detective hero Nestor Burma into a series of critically acclaimed graphic novels, though he also wrote and drew original stories of his own.

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With a style of comic art, highly recognizable and very much a style of his own, Tardi crossed the border into the world of art and his pages of comics are now sold in galeries all over the world. http://www.ftn-books.com has some very nice Tardi publications available.

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Hannah van Bart (1963)

 

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Lets keep it simple today. Pictures tell a better story in this case. Here is Hannah van Bart, a great dutch artist who’s works i encountered for the first time at the time she had her exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum den Haag (Schijngestalten/illuminations ) this book is now available at http://www.ftn-books.com

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In september next an exhibition will open at the Marianne Boesky Gallery

Amsterdam-based artist Hannah van Bart (b. 1963) paints portraits, still lifes and landscapes. She brings together figures, interiors and exteriors as if to suggest there are no distinctions between the subjects. Figures or anthropomorphized figures appear and reappear in van Bart’s paintings, and her style is marked by distinctive outlines, repeated patterning, and layered brushwork in matte palettes. In September of 201

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Giovanni Nicolai (continued)

Here is a recent update on Giovanni Nicolai, as i understand he has several exhibitions coming up and as soon as i know the dates i will let you know, but first here are some photographs that i recently received from him. The flat one is the one he was working on a couple of weeks ago, but the one that surprised and fascinated me was this portrait.

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For more information on Giovanni Nicolai do not hesitate to contact me ….and there are some nice draewings for sale at http://www.ftn.blog.com on the FTN art section.nicolai side

I have added another painting by Giobanni to this post which he send me recently. here is the message he send me:

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Hi Wilfred, I would like to attach some photos of my latest oil paintings on canvas, these photos could be useful to attach to the drawing previously sent, tell me what you think, a greeting from the magical Italy. the first horizontal painting with the female figure is entitled “Contessa Milano” 70X70 cm

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Luc Claus (1930-2006)

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Claus was a very gifted Flemmish artist who had one specialty… he made almost exclusivily drawings and within these drawings he rarely used color. This made his work highly recognizable and because of the size of the drawings , some very nice publications were published. These artist books have now become very desirable and highly collectable books and http://www.ftn-books.com is lucky to have several titles available.

Claus was a master in creating an empty space with just a single form within. One of his favourites was a head on a rectangular plinth. With this drawing he creates an image of a sculpture but which was `ctually just a 2d drawing. Claus left about 30 sketchbooks in which it is made clear how he searched for abstraction.

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Hanns Schimanski (1949)

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It takes some time to discover the qualities within the works of Hanns Schimanski but his touch and art language are truly original. His works remind me the most of Jurgen Partenheimer his drawings, but his approach is totally different. he composes a drawing/painting and if necessary then folds and/ or “cuts” it visually in pieces and makes changes and reorganizes the parts and folds into a new work.

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Trained as an agronomist engineer, Hanns Schimansky decides in 1979 to devote his career to art and solely to drawing. In his scriptural drawings, he invites us to feel the rhythm of the world by capturing and prolonging the un seizable intensity of the instant, convoking and provoking chance, opposing a voluntary slowing down of the breathtakingly speed of our media-centered world. Geometric forms or interlacing lines, enhanced by the folded paper, create a dynamic writing specific to Schimansky. His works are filled with movements that inhabit us such as waves and winds. The œuvre of Hanns Schimansky is composed as much of sonorities as it is of silences. The rustles of the paper folded and unfolded, the ink-pen scratching the paper, the dot repeated forever with precision, the line sliding in variable rhythms are all sounds which contribute to the harmony of the artist’s drawings.

His works have been shown in Europe at the Gemeentemuseum of The Hague, at the Staatliche Kunsthalle in Karlsruhe, at the Museum of Art and History of Neuchâtel in Switzerland, as well as the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin in Germany. Schimansky’s drawings have integrated public collections such as the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo, the Berlinische Galerie, the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Berlin of the Museum of Art and History of Neuchâtel.

www.ftn-books.com has some Schimanski titles available.

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