Recently i acquired a highly important early Ossip (Snoek) work for my collection. The work is titled Cirkel 1 from 1978 and consists of multiple layers of papers ( including musical notes in the corners) and it shows the very early beginnings of his search for the ultimate work by Ossip. It has everything. Composition, technique, mouvement, color and this typical use of multiple layers of paper, making this an important and valuable Ossip. Cirkel 1 is now for sale at the art section of this blog.
Just because personally i think that Ossip is one of the most important contemporary artists in the Netherlands and because he has an exhibition currently at galerie Ramakers, i want to share the documentary that was broadcasted yesterday on dutch television. It shows Ossip (Snoeck) and his father Jan Snoeck at work in their studios. They both have a very personal and authentic approach to their art and the universe Ossip creates and has created with his “sculptures”
Just take a look and see that i added this beautiful hypnotizing Ossip to FTN collection about 2 months ago at http://www.ftn-blog.com. It comes from the the Vescom collection . A collection which was created over the last 3 decades and was sold at auction in Amsterdam. I was lucky to buy this “JONGEN” by Ossip together with 2 works by Joris Geurts ( in another blog later). This “Jongen” is one of the more “static” works . It has the same qualities as the works he presented in his exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag . Most of the works i know of have moving parts but this late Nineties /early 2000 work was made when composition and image were the typical Ossip elements within a work of art. I know that there exists also a larger version of ” JONGEN” which is depicted in the Ossip monograph , but this version measures 112 x 89 cm. and is signed and dated Ossip, 23-11-2003 and now available at http://www.ftn.blog.com
There different artists, 3 different backgrounds, 3 different era’s, but somehow their works have a resemblance with each other. The source is with all three an old photographs, which is worked over in a way the scene becomes surreal.
Above are some of the examples i found in my inventory of http://www.ftn-books.com , which has pubications of all three artists available.
From left to right: Ossip, Julie Winter and right Chezhin.
Chronologically and artistically there is for me no doubt who is the most original of these three……by far it is my friend OSSIP, who’s art is still developing . His “sculptures”are literally on the move nowadays.
Ossip Zadkine is perhaps one of the most famous artists in the Netherlands without people knowing him by name. Zadkine made the sculpture ” DE VERWOESTE STAD” which symbolizes the destruction of the heart of Rotterdam after the bombardment of it in the early stages of WWII ( 14 mei, 1940) .
The sculpture was revealed in 1953 and financed by DE BIJENKORF on the condition that it always must be on the same spot within the centre. The human figure has a hole where the heart should be making it the perfect image for a destroyed city centre.
Since the revealing of this statue Ossip Zadkine received on several occasions exhibitions of his works in the large museums in the Netherlands , but for many his claim to fame here is this ” DE VERWOESTE STAD”
Is it sculpture, it it photography, is it drawing, is it painting , kinetic or is it……..? I really can not determine exactly what it is , but i like it very much. Ossip is one of the artists i collect and admire. I will write a blog on him in a few months after i have visited his studio again, but in the meantime you can have an idea of his work when you look at the pictures with this blog and please do not hesitate to put you comments underneath it.
It took us two months to finally visit the recently opened museum Voorlinden. Why so long….because we agreed to visit this together with friends and have dinner afterwards. The visit was postponed because of other obligations a few weeks earlier, but finally yesterday 11/11 the visit was there. It was late in the afternoon and still quite busy. Both parkings were more than half filled with cars and people were walking the park. We were early and walked around the museum building and saw the plants and garden layout by Piet Oudolf and both of us imagined how this must look like when early summer has arrived. A colorful “painting” of plants which can be admired from within the building, because one of the qualities of the architecture is that the “outside” is brought into the building by huge windows which show the garden by Oudolf as a work of art on its own.
What about the collection and the special exhibition? The museum feels more like an experience than a thoroughly prepared exhibition which teaches the visitor some aspects of art. Every museum room is such an experience. The Mueck and the Serra are excellent examples of this approach. You can compare yourself with the giant figures by Mueck and the Serra is one of the very best and impressive”mazes” he ever has made. It is like a smalle MATTER OF TIME ( see earlier post) Even the special exhibition with the works by Ellsworth Kelly feels like an experience. These works are extremely large and because of their sheer size you can only look at them thoroughly when you take your distance from them. Still it is almost unbelievable to see so many impressive and beautiful Kelly paintings in one exhibition and it will be a very long time before these will be brought together again.
It was a nice visit. The building is impressive and the architecture is almost as good as the Beyeler Museum in Basel. The Landscape is a highlight, the collection is worth visiting, The Kelly’s are a dream, but i am very curious about the future. This is at the moment one of the very best museums in the Netherlands, situated in arguably the best location and surroundings. Wim Pijbes the former director of the Rijksmuseum made the transfer to this museum, but resigned within 3 months. So this makes me curious what the next exhibitions will be without the guidance of Pijbes. Joop van Caldenborgh , the initiator of the museum , has a very large modern art collection, but it would be nice to not only show the established names, but to show the “young” in Modern art in relation to this establishment. I am hoping for exhibitions on Sol LeWitt and Anish Kapoor ( both in the Caldic collection), but also for lesser names like Ossip and Broszat . This is a quality museum and one of the very best museums in Europe supported by the Caldic collection…one of the most important private collections in the world
Conclusion: A Must visit …and do not skip this one when you come to the Netherlands.
This morning i was surprised to see an annual report on online Art dealing by Saatchi. According to Saatchi there is a tremendous growth in on online art business, but you have to be careful which artists to pick to make a sound investment. I must say…..works by some of these artists really look good and prices are still on the verge of affordable ( $ 1000-$5000) . But what struck me most is that Saatchi is creating a market for artist who THEY represent. This is only a very small percentage of artists in the world who are creating their works but, do not have the representation nor the time and money to wait before a sale is realized.
My advise to build a small collection, is to find the artist(s) you really like, visit his or her studio, start building a relation as a collector with the artist and follow him/her over the years and when you have some money to spare buy directly from the artist and support them in every other way you can, by introducing them to friends/ collectors and keeping contact to follow him/her. This way you are helping the artist to build a following of supporters and you will support them with your appreciation and your purchase(s) over the years. This is much nicer than to make an online purchase and have the work send to your home address in a “beautiful “crate and not having seen where it comes from. To appreciate a work in the best way, is to see where it was created and to meet the person that created it. It makes the picture complete and the art you look at has not become a piece of decoration but a true work of art that you chose by yourself by having a choice from many other works that were created over a much longer period than the new ” last years models” which are presented by online galleries.
This is the way i have been collecting all of my life. For those who want to know which artists belong to the core of our collection. Here are the pics. Look at them and when you want to have more info do not hesitate to contact me at www.ftn-books.com or
Artist/ Author: Oliver Boberg
Title : Memorial
Publisher: Oliver Boberg
Measurements: Frame measures 51 x 42 cm. original C print is 35 x 25 cm.
signed by Oliver Boberg in pen and numbered 14/20 from an edition of 20