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Josep Vallribera (1937)

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Vallribera in his art, books and of course his personal history has its roots strongly planted in the Spanish soil. Influences of Miro, Chilida and Tapies one can recognize in his works , but his abstract art is also personal and original . Vallribera is known in his own country, but throughout his career he mainly was presented in Germany where he had multiple gallery and museum presentations. The book that is now for sale at www.ftn-books.com was published by the gallery Carinthia and gives an almost perfect overview of Vallribera and his art.

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Jean Villeri (1896-1982)

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One of the nicest things of writing a daily blog is that you keep discovering “unknown” artist. One of these artists is Jean Villeri. I found a signed book on the bookmarket ( now for sale at http://www.ftn-boks.com) . An artist who lived through some very important periods, post impressionism was one of them and from his earliest beginning he started as a post impressionist painter. He met and was influenced by Bonnard, he later became an abstract painter/sculptor. The result …in the end his works were presented and collected by french museums and his art was sold at galleries in France. He has had some some exhibitions outside France, but his main public were the french gallery public. The book/catalogue that is now for sale is for his 1963 Galerie Blumenthal exhibition and shows in an excellent way his strength as an artist.

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Piet Dirkx weekly

1986, Piet Dirkx was introduced by galerie A at the KUNSTRAI

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Piet Dirkx weekly

Piet Dirkx invitation for the 1990 Städtische Galerie Nordhorn exhibition.

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The Living Room (1981-1993)

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The gallery was founded by Bart van de Ven and Peer Veneman. In the beginning of its existence the gallery revolved around a tight-knit group of artists who worked closely together, both professionally and socially. A group of young Dutch artists in the postmodern 1980s, including Rob Scholte, Henk Visch and Fortuijn O’Brien, were part of the scene around the gallery and they became very well known. At that time, they stood at the center of the Dutch art world.

The Living Room was launched in a small third-floor apartment in East Amsterdam in 1981 by art history student Bart van de Ven and artist Peer Veneman. The gallery’s focus was on painting and sculpture, most often from a select group of Dutch artists working in the typically anti-academic, ‘wild’ style of the early 1980s. After moving to Amsterdam’s city centre in 1983, and up until its closure in 1993, the activity of the gallery became increasingly formalised. The gallery’s production of catalogues and its participation in several international art fairs, underlined The Living Room’s professional acclaim and secured their influence well beyond the borders of the Netherlands.

The Living Room is now closed for a very long time, But when you look at their list of exhibitions you realize that here is a “classic” among dutch galleries and their publications are well worth collecting. Some of these are available at www.ftn-books.com

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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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(Reinier) Lucassen (1939)

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Possibly the best known member of the NEW FIGURATION mouvement in the Netherlands is Lucassen. If i must describe his art, it is a mix between geometric colorfield and daily household objects like screens, plants and kitchenware, add some comics into it , stirr it and you have an early Lucassen painting .

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Later he developed this style into a very authentic and recognizable personal style. Making abstract compositions with shapes, numbers and letters. These paintings are intuitive compositions combining , more or less at random elements from his direct surroundings, but these can not be recognized as such. The compositions, titles, execution are like small poems executed on canvas.

www.ftn-books.com, has a large selection of Lucassen titles including the catalogues he made for his galerie Espace exhibitions.

 

 

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John van ‘t Slot ( 1949)

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We have met, but mr.van ‘t Slot does not remember and neither do i have any remembrance of our meeting, because it was at the beginning of my career with the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and i was a rookie in the art world. Exhibitions were held with promising artists and John van ‘t Slot was one them. Gerrit Jan de Rook curated the cycle of exhibitions called KEUS VAN DE KUNSTENAAR. Three of these were held in the early eighties with artists like Maarten Ploeg, Piet Dieleman, Panamarenko, Piet Dirkx and of course John van ‘t Slot. My first impression…. his works looked strange with horses and figures in a landscape , but over the years they grow upon you and eventually you admire these paintings and in the end i was fortunate to finally acquire a large early painting for FTN art which is now up for sale.

Van ‘t Slot is part of a mouvement called in the Netherlands the NIEUWE WILDEN. The same as their counterparts in Germany DIE NEUE WILDEN. In the eighties he was one of the artists that emerged and rose above others. Together with Rene Daniels and Marlene Dumas he was one of the chosen artists for the exhibition STOP MAKING SENSE, which showed the highlights in painting in the eighties and was presented in the Dordrechts Museum

www.ftn-books.com has excellent publications on John van ‘t Slot

and please take a look at the impressive painting by John van ‘t Slot FTN art has for sale.

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Mathias Fels (1922-2009)… galeriste extraordinaire

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One of the great gallery owners of our town was Mathias Fels. Her started the gallery in 1955 and the gallery has since become one of the leading galleries in the world. With the death of Mathias Fels the gallery stopped, but until that date they organized some very important exhibitions and with these exhibitions catalogues were published using special designs, papers and in many cases special covers . The covers in some cases being original lithographs. As one of the leading art scene figures, Fels has become an icon for many gallery owners and together with gallery Denise Rene in Paris he always had a keen eye to present new modern artists in his gallery.

www.ftn-books.com has some beautiful and important Fels publications available.

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You can find an excellent interview( in french)  with Fels at:

http://www.visuelimage.com/ch/fels/

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Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003) and Den Haag

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I know the Haags Gemeentemuseum has no sculpture by Lynn Chadwick, but what i did not know  is that there is a sculpture of a sitting couple on the Circusplein by Chadwick and when i read more about Chadwick i noticed that the gallery Nieuwenhuizen Segaar /had an exhibition in 1988 ( catalogue available at www.ftn-books.com) . So during a 40 year period there was a regular contact between the dutch art scene and Lynn Chadwick.

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Chadwick was an English artist known for his innovative bronze and steel sculptures of abstracted and expressive figures and animals. Chadwick’s method is considered unique in his choice not to sketch his sculpture beforehand, preferring instead to improvise and weld metal without a specific plan in place. He was born on November 24, 1914 in the London suburb of Barnes and studied as an apprentice architect under Roger Thomas, who would encourage him towards sculpture. Chadwick’s earliest sculptures were fragile mobiles constructed with balsa wood, copper, and brass, not unlike those of Alexander Calder. In 1950, he had his first major exhibition of his mobiles at Gimpel Fils gallery, which led to significant critical attention. The artist was then chosen to represent Britain at the 1956 Venice Biennale and was awarded its International Sculpture Prize, becoming its then-youngest recipient. He debuted his first steel sculpture, Two Winged Figures, for an outdoor show in 1962, and his works from this period are noted from their combination of abstract detail and natural forms. He was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1964 and a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in 1993. He died on April 25, 2003 in Gloucestershire, England.