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Ad Reinhardt, van Abbemuseum 1972

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Jan Leering, director at that the time of this exhibition , had an admiration for Ad Reinhardt and presented and purchased for the collection of the van Abbemuseum some important works by Reinhardt. The result of this admiration was a very important exhibition in 1972/1973 with the works by Reinhardt and an exhibition catalogue designed by Jan van Toorn. This catalogue is now available at www.ftn-books.com and it is one hard to find . Condition is still good+  of this important catalogue and it shows perfectly why Reinhardt is considered as one of the greatest painters from the US. Impressive , timeless paintings by a gifted artist. A nice extra is that the catalogue comes with hand out “invitation”

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Bruno Perrament ( 1962)

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Over 1200 blogs now and this is a first. I could not find a single portrait of Bruno Perrament. A french contemporary artist who had one of his first important shows at the GEM museum in Den Haag. A very nice exhibition curated by Roel Arkesteijn. With the exhibition a great Perrament publication was published at that time. The publication is now available at www.ftn-books.com .Perrament was and is one of my favorite new contemporary artists and when i look at his works some 15 years later. I must confess that i am still a fan. The way he mixes abstraction with realistic scenes and landscapes makes his work stand out from many of his contemporaries. Intriguing, sexy and impressive are his larger paintings. If you are looking for a great introduction to his work , the UPON THE RIVERS catalogue is a great starting point.

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Key Hiraga (1936-2000)

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Rooted in Pop Art and Hippie art, this symbiosis of these influences in the art of Key Hiraga created an original approach to subject and painting itself. These paintings are one of a kind and can be immediately recognized for being done by Hiraga.

As with many of the artists from the final years of the Sixties and early Seventies these works are almost forgotten, but now and then they surface again. For instance there is a dutch artist belonging to the same category…. Jakob Zekveld. Color schemes are almost the same but compositions are totally different.  here is one by Zekveld.

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Although i have never seen his works in agllery nor museum, i am a fan , because his works are original and filled with symbolism and never bore. the following publication on Hiraga is available at www.ftn-books.com

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Paul Van Biervliet

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I bought the book , because it looked to me as a very nice publication on a Belgian artist, but surprisingly the paintings and drawings within the book i found fascinating enough to read the book. It appeared that van Biervliet his works have been on show at the Muhka and that one of his first exhibitions was at the gallery that was one of the very first to present the works by Luc Tuymans.  I can not explain why the artist attracted me with his art.

Some of the early paintings reminded me of the golden ones by Rajlich or maybe it was the resemblance i noticed with some of the drawings by Marcel van Eeden i do not know, but what i do know is that Van Biervliet is original in his art  and because of the architectural compositions his art in not too abstract, which can be one of the reasons for many to appreciate it. The book on Paul van Biervliet is available at www.ftn-books.com

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Willem Adams (1937)

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It came as a small surprise….. because i found a publication on this painter ( available at www.ftn-books.com) that i re-discovered this painter. A cross between Constructivists art and abstract expressionism, makes his work stand out.

You can find traces of de Kooning, van Velde and even Paul Klee in his paintings , but the result is still original and makes his works having a signature of their own. Adams had his educaztion with Jan Gregoor and belonged together with Arie Berkulin to the “Mei 65” group. The group had a very short life span, but made some impression in the art world in the Sixties, but looking with a fresh eye to this group , one notices that it was important.

Now that i look again at his paintings i find them fresh and still up to date.

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Jaap Wagemaker (1906-1972)

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Jaap Wagemaker, fascinated by Cobra, but never wanted to connect to the mouvement. Instead he searched for his won style. Influenced by and admiring Burri he discovered an interest in Oceanic art too. This influences he mixed into a style of his own. Building layers of paint and other materials into 3D paintings. Giving them a feel of assemblages, using materials that only few had used before. Bolts, paper, sand, wood everything could have a place in the paintings as long as it had an abstract function. This is how his painting became recognizable and in the last decade or so, his paintings are sought after and fetch prices higher than average.

Now that Zero is hardly affordable and kinetic goes the same way. It is time to focus on something different. I am sure that Minimal will fill this void, but this kind of material painting comes in a close second. Jaap Wagemaker publications are available at www.ftn-books.com including the impressive one Wim Crouwel designed for the Jaap Wagemaker exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum.

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Tim Ayres (1965)

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A great artist with an even better designed catalogue by Rutger Fuchs. In the spirit of the art of Tim Ayres this Rutger Fuchs designed catalogue shows the best Ayres has produced. It was an exhibition at the galerie Markus Richter/ Berlin in 2000 and the first copy i encountered .Bright contrasting colors and lettering across front and back made this catalogue, from a design point of view, stand out for me and without any hesitation  i bought it. Leafing through it i found Ayres his art fascinating and since i have searched for this artist on the internet . This is a catalogue to admire and cherish. available at www.ftn-books.com 

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André Masson (1896-1987)

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I remember a magnificent Masson exhibition at the old venue of the Musee de l’art Moderne / avenue Wilson in Paris. It was at the time i was living for 9 months in Paris and visited that museum frequently. They had the Brancusi Studio , which is now opposite the Centre Pompidou. I remember  the Masson exhibition being different . I expected a kind of surrealism like the paintings by Dali and Magritte, instead i found paintings which were far more abstract and reminded me more like the ones i had seen by Miro. Here follows a short biography i copied from Wikipedia.

His early works display an interest in cubism. He later became associated with surrealism, and he was one of the most enthusiastic employers of automatic drawing, making a number of automatic works in pen and ink. Masson experimented with altered states of consciousness with artists such as Antonin Artaud, Michel Leiris, Joan Miró, Georges Bataille, Jean Dubuffet and Georges Malkine, who were neighbors of his studio in Paris.

From around 1926 he experimented by throwing sand and glue onto canvas and making oil paintings based around the shapes that formed. By the end of the 1920s, however, he was finding automatic drawing rather restricting, and he left the surrealist movement and turned instead to a more structured style, often producing works with a violent or erotic theme, and making a number of paintings in reaction to the Spanish Civil War (he associated once more with the surrealists at the end of the 1930s).

Under the German occupation of France during World War II, his work was condemned by the Nazis as degenerate. With the assistance of Varian Fry in Marseille, Masson escaped the Nazi regime on a ship to the French island of Martinique from where he went on to the United States. Upon arrival in New York City customs officials inspecting Masson’s luggage found a cache of his erotic drawings. Living in New Preston, Connecticut his work became an important influence on American abstract expressionists, such as Jackson Pollock. Following the war, he returned to France and settled in Aix-en-Provence where he painted a number of landscapes.

Masson drew the cover of the first issue of Georges Bataille’s review, Acéphale, in 1936, and participated in all its issues until 1939. His brother-in-law, the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, was the last private owner of Gustave Courbet’s provocative painting L’Origine du monde (The Origin of the World); Lacan asked Masson to paint a surrealist variant.

www.ftn-books.comhas a few important Masson titles available

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Hans-Willi Notthoff (1959)

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This is one of the artists who was included within the stack of German artists books i bought recently. What characterizes Notthoff works is the bright colors that are used in all his works. Making these joyful , colorful paintings which resemble a bit the Hard Edge paintings from the early Seventies. Of course not hard edge but more Pop Art like, but still colorful compositions. Far less complicated and intriguing than the paintings by Richard Schur , which i recently acquired, but still nice and colorful abstract paintings and worthwhile to check out if you can.

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1959 in Mönchengladbach geboren
1980–1989 Studium an der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
1989 Meisterschüler
1993 Villa Romana-Preis, einjähriger Aufenthalt in Florenz
1994–1999 Lehrauftrag für Malerei und Zeichnen an der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
1995–1997 Lehrauftrag für Grundlagen der Gestaltung und Freihandzeichnen an der Universität/GH Essen
seit 2007 Dozent für Malerei und Freihandzeichen im Lernort Studio, Düsseldorf
Lebt und arbeitet in Düsseldorf

this is the publication available at www.ftn-books.com

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Pat Andrea in the USA?

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I still have not found why there is such a raise in interest in Pat Andrea from the US.

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Last week i sold 2 of the best publications on this gifted dutch artist . Both to US collectors and galeries. They must know what they were doing , since these were not cheap publications, but the very best and rare books on Pat Andrea ever published. There was the Gemeentemuseum Catalogues with its main theme of Alice in Wonderland and ….The Schiedam catalogue of the 1994 retrospective on the artist. Arguably this is the better book of both, because paintings are depicted at a slightly bigger size and in many cases spread over 2 pages. Both highly collectable and better still….i have the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam catalogue available beside some other very nice and highly collectable Pat Andrea publications.