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Atta Kim (1956)

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I am fascinated by the art of young Korean artists and this resulted a few years ago in a purchase of a large painting by Jungwook Kim which is still hanging left from my desk and is a constant pleasure to look at and admire. Another Korean artist is Atta Kim. A Korean photographer who’s photographs are almost in every case presented as a project.

THe only book i have by Atta Kim is ON AIR but this publication has every quality to become a classic in the world of photography books. His works have a dreamlike quality and fit perfectly in the art which come from South Korea these days. On “you tube” there is a short film on this book and you can have a very n ice impression of a Atta Kim publication when you watch this 3 minute video.

The ON AIR book is available www.ftn-books.com

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Jacques Monory (1924) and the color BLUE

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Here is the first few lines of the text i found on Wikipedia. Berside i noticeed the high age of the artist i also noticed that the color Blue was present in his works during his entire career.

Jacques Monory, June 25, 1924 (age 94) Cachan, France Nationality French Education École nationale supérieure des arts appliqués et des métiers d’art Known for Painter, filmmaker Movement Narrative Figuration Spouse(s) Paule Monory Website www.jacquesmonory.com Jacques Monory (25 June 1924) is a French painter and filmmaker whose work, highly influenced by photography and cinema, is an allegory of the contemporary world with a focus on the violence of everyday reality. His canvases evoke a heavy atmosphere, pulling subject matter from modern civilization through the lens of his signature monochrome color blue.

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If you look at the catalogue which was published for his Stedelijk Museum exhibition in 1972, You will notice 2 things. First there is the excellent design by Wim Crouwel, but secondly the use of Blue for the cover and the photographic scene on the front. A lesser known catalogue , but certainly an excellent designed Crouwel one and available at www.ftn-books.com. Monory is still not very well known, but i am convinced of his importance and will look forward to more exhibitions of this fascinating artist.

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A new OSSIP addition from 2003.

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Ossip / JONGEN, 2003

Just take a look and see that i added this beautiful hypnotizing Ossip to FTN collection about 2 months ago at 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 www.ftn.blog.com

at : https://ftn-blog.com/product/ossip-jongen-2003-112-x-89-cm-excellent-condition/

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Andre de Dienes (1913-1985)

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Dienes began work as a professional photographer for the Communist newspaper L’Humanité, and was employed by the Associated Press until 1936, when the Parisian couturier Captain Molyneux noted his work and urged him to become a fashion photographer.

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In 1938 the editor of Esquire, Arnold Gingrich offered him work in New York City, and helped fund Dienes’ passage to the United States. Once in the United States Dienes worked for Vogue and Life magazines as well as Esquire.

When not working as a fashion photographer Dienes travelled the USA photographing Native American culture, including the Apache, Hopi, and Navajo reservations and their inhabitants. Dissatisfied with his life as a fashion photographer in New York, Dienes moved to California in 1944, where he began to specialize in nudes and landscapes.

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As well as Monroe, Dienes also photographed such notable actors as Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Ingrid Bergman, Ronald Reagan, Jane Russell, Anita Ekberg and Fred Astaire.

De Dienes married twice, and died of cancer on April 11, 1985, in Hollywood.

( the above text comes from Wikipedia)

One of the lesser known nude photography publications in which  de Dienes made several contributions is available at www.ftn-books.com

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Gianni Versace (1946-1997)

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This is not a blog on Versace, but  a blog on Fashion house catalogues in general. The great fashion houses like Chanel , Hermes and certainly Versace, invite the best photographers  to photograph top fashion models by the best photographers in the business. A very “organic” combination was Karl Lagerfeld who photographed Claudia Schiffer in the time he was responsible for all fashion designs.

A lesser known combination is Bruce Weber who photographed at least 3 catalogues for Gianni And Donatella Versace of which the most important one is the 1997 catalogue which was published shortly before he was assassinated. Another Bruce Weber one was the 1996/97 one. He was invited to photograph the COLLEZIONE AUTUNNO INVERNO 1996/97 for which he did the main part of the male models, together with Richard Avedon who did the female models. A classic in the publishing history of fashion catalogues. www.ftn-books.com has bought a small collection of these Versace catalogues which is now for sale.

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Paul Kooiker (1964)….continued

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A few years ago i devoted a blog to Paul Kooiker of whom i have several publications available. Among these is the Hotel New York publication,  but this time i publish this blog to announce the sale of an original photograph by Paul Kooiker.

Kooiker is one of the leading photographers in the Netherlands these days and it is a rare opportunity to sell anoriginal signed photograph. One from the series i keep for my own collection but the one below is for sale:

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It is a great Paul Kooiker photograph. The setting and the models are typical for Kooiker and used in many series oof which some of the books are available at www.ftn-books.com

 

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Pierre et Gilles … not always controversial, but fortunately they still are.

Pierre Commoy and Gilles Blanchard, also known as Pierre et Gilles, are French artists and romantic partners. They have been producing works together since 1976, creating a world where painting and photography meet. Their art is peopled by their friends and family, anonymous and famous, who appear in sophisticated life-size sets the artists build in their studio. They meticulously apply paint to the photographs once printed on canvas. Accomplished image creators, Pierre and Gilles have built up an extraordinary contemporary iconography on the frontier between art history and popular culture.

Pierre et Gilles have sometimes attracted controversy. For example, in 2012 there was a public outcry in Austria when their work entitled Vive la France was displayed on large street posters.

 

It depicts three naked French footballers with their genitals fully revealed: the first black, the second Arab/Muslim and the third white, to represent the multi-ethnic composition of modern French society. The ensuing controversy led to an act of self-censorship by the artists, who decided that the largest street posters should be changed, and instead use coloured ribbons to hide the players’ genitals. Personally i understand that this self censorship is the right thing to do when one choses to show these photographs in public places, however sex, gay subjects and male nudity are frequently present in their photographs making it difficult to avoid these photographs because these are such an integral part of their oeuvre. Are these typically 80’s /90’s photographs?….i do not think so. These are “classic” highly creative and original photographs with one signature, as if they were made by one and the same person. Pierre et Gilles is not two, but artistically one person/artist. www.ftn-books.com has a number of Pierre et Gilles publications available.

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Rosalind Fox Solomon (1930)

 

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Sometimes you can not place it immediately, but because i value some publishers more than others, my eye was caught by a book titled Chapalingas by Steidl publishers. Because i know they have an excellent portfolio of publications and produce the best possible (quality) books i started to leaf through it. The photographer was Rosalind Solomon. Years ago i  had read that she photographed the youth in Belfast and at a time went back to one of the concentration camps, but i had forgotten her name….until yesterday i encountered the Steidl publication “Chapalingas” by her and was blown away by her photographs.

here follows a short biography on Solomon.

Rosalind Fox Solomon (b. 1930), an American artist based in New York City, is celebrated for her portraits and for her connection to human suffering, ritual, survival, and struggle.  Fox Solomon’s work flows back and forth between the personal and the universal.  Her talent lies in her capacity to interpret and photograph both the social elements of the places she travels to, and the obsessions and anxieties that travel with her.  Her primary medium has been photography.  In the 1980s, she also produced the installations, Adios and Catacombs.  Since the 1990s, she has continued making images.  Additionally, she has performed her own texts and poetry on video.  Bruce Silverstein exhibited her audiovisual installation, Scintillation, in her 2016 solo show Got to Go, which also featured 30 prints of varied sizes, hung in erratic salon style.  For the past 45 years, Fox Solomon has created challenging bodies of work, shown in nearly 30 solo exhibitions and 100 group exhibitions, and in the collections of over 50 museums worldwide.

Born in Highland Park, Illinois, Fox Solomon graduated from Goucher College.  She married, moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and raised two children.  She began photographing in 1968, continuing to live and work in the South until she moved in 1977 to Washington, D.C.  Solomon studied privately with Lisette Model during visits to New York City.

In the 1970’s, Fox Solomon began her work with dolls and manikins, portraits and ritual.  She made her first portraits of the ill during a yearlong project in a Chattanooga hospital.  In Guatemala, she photographed shamans as well as secular and religious ritual.  She also worked on a series of southern portraits, which include President Jimmy Carter and William Eggleston.  From 1977–79, Fox Solomon continued photographing artists and politicians, among them Louise Nevelson, Eva Le Gallienne, William Christenberry, and Tony Smith.  Her project, Outside the White House, was completed during two years in Washington, D. C., when her husband was Administrator of the General Services Administration.

John Szarkowski included her work in the 1978 exhibition Mirrors and Windows at the Museum of Modern Art, and exhibited examples from her Dolls and Manikins series in the show Photography for Collectors. Szarkowski also selected 50 of Fox Solomon’s prints for MoMA’s permanent collection.  Her pictures have appeared over the years in group exhibitions at MoMA: American Children, American Politicians, Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography and The Original Copy: Sculpture in Photography 1839 to Today.  In 1986, MoMA mounted a solo exhibition of Fox Solomon’s work, Rosalind Solomon, Ritual.  Most recently, MoMA included her work in the anthology Photography at MoMA: 1960—Now, and curator Peter Eleey devoted a room to a selection of her work at MoMA PS1 in the Greater New York 2015 exhibition.

In the 1980’s, she photographed in Ancash, a region in the Peruvian Andes.  The remnants of a catastrophic earthquake became a metaphor for the upheaval she was experiencing in her own life.  A Guggenheim Fellowship supported this work, which was recognized as an historic document of a forgotten area when it was exhibited at el Museo de Arte de Lima in 1996.  She continued her work in the area, over the next 20 years.  During the 1980’s, Solomon also spent six months in India, as a Fellow of the American Institute of Indian Studies.  In Kolkata, she photographed sculptures of mother goddess figures that radiate female power.  She also photographed Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Ganesh Pyne, and Satyajit Ray.

Along the Road, made in 1985, is one of several single-edition handmade books by Fox Solomon.  It includes photographs, drawings, texts and a Tibetan Buddhist woman’s apron.

In 1987, hundreds of young men and women dying with AIDS were demonized by society; often ostracized even by their own families.  Fox Solomon felt affinity with them.  Her own son was living with a progressive kidney disease.  She began making portraits of individuals with AIDS, hoping that her pictures might help to remove the stigma attached to those with HIV who were sick and dying.

Tom Sokolowski, director of New York University’s Grey Gallery of Art, heard about her project.  He had seen her pictures at MoMA, and asked her whether she could complete the work and make prints for an exhibition to open in May 1988.  Ten months later, sixty-five of the resulting pictures were mounted for the exhibit, Portraits in the Time of AIDS at the Grey Gallery.  Twenty-six of the original large-scale prints were shown again in 2013 at Bruce Silverstein gallery in New York City, and again in the Salon d’Honneur of the Grand Palais at Paris Photo in 2015.

As ethnic violence increased throughout the world, Fox Solomon went to Poland to revisit the Holocaust and photograph the people she encountered.  She photographed Belfast children of The Troubles; the wounded of Belgrade, Hanoi and Phnom Penh; and the oppressed and the privileged of South Africa.  For respite and contrast, she photographed New Orleans Mardi Gras.  In 2006, Steidl published her book, Polish Shadow.

The book CHAPALINGAS  is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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Kyungwoo Chun (1969)

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I had never hear before of this Korean born artist, but since we have a Korean painting by Jungwook Kim in our collection i have become interested in Korean Modern Art. Last week i encountered this publication on our local bookmarket and immediately my interest was raised . Intriguing portraits of blurred persons create a fairy tale like atmosphere. I find this photographs of high quality and if i triggered your interest pleasde visit his site at: www.kyungwoochun.de

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Born in Korea, now based in Germany, Kyungwoo Chun is known for his softly controlled treatment of his subjects. Much of Chun’s photographic work is deeply figural and plays with the standards of traditional portraiture. Since his first solo show in 1994, Chun has exhibited heavily in his home country, as well as across Europe and beyond. Chun also works in performance and video. Much of his highly interactive performance work engages directly with public space and site-specificity, and uses the viewers as crucial elements in the work, whether they are writing text, folding paper airplanes, or simply touching it. In Versus (2011), Chun installed a curving, minimalist bench in the heart of Times Square, then filled the structure with two facing rows of people. For the run of the piece, opposing participants gently leaned on one another, in a partial-hug of an embrace. Video functions in several ways for Chun. At times, the moving camera does the same as stills, blurring figural forms into abstracted color and shapes. At others, the videos serve as essential documentation of performances that are only activated by an audience of participants who drive the work. Chun’s work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Museum of Photography in Seoul, the Center for Contemporary Art in Aarhus, the Kunstverein Ruhr in Essen, and the Museum of Fine Art Houston.

www.ftn-books.com has one book on this artist available

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Margriet Smulders (1955) … intrigues

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I know the work of Margriet Smulders from the time she had her first exhibition at gallery Nouvelles Images in Den Haag and from this very start it intrigued me . I was not the kind of admirer of her work who wanted to buy a work for my collection, but still i admired her craftsmanship and excellent feel for composition. She mainly depicts and arranges flowers , which gives a very classic feel almost like you are looking at a 17th century painting, however these are not paintings but highly detailed photographs using glass and mirror surfaces to arrange the flowers which gives the perfect reflection.

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She has developed this technique into perfection and now has made herself a name outside the Netherlands too. Her compositions are printed on extremely large sizes. Making them at first glans from a distance completely abstract, but study them in detail and they reveal the objects that form together the composition. They still intrigue every time i encounter them. Galleries, Art fairs …no exception, they are recognizable and executed with great knowledge of material and composition, but for me they are too artificial and that is why i’m holding back and will not one to my colection. But this is personal and i can really understand why others want these colorful works by Margriet Smulders. For more information visit her website at www.margrietsmulders.nl and www.ftn-books.com for some publications on her works.

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