If ever there was an obscure magazine in the Netherlands it was de Angst. Only a few volumes were published and the one depicted in this blog is one of them. It is from June 1983, was published in an edition size of only 100 copies. Printed/stencilled contents, hand bound signed in the plate by the authors Edzard Diderik, Martin Bril, Dirk van Weelden and Rob Scholte, who also made the original etching which was used as cover.
The etchinh was colored by hand and the design was later used for one of his editions and a painting with the same name. In the magazine contributions a.o. by members of the ( Amsterdam) punk/avant garde scene which were finding their way into the multiple disciplines of Contemporary Art. There are contributions by Scholte, Maarten Ploeg and Peter Klashorst, who all made a serious art career. This rare magazine is now available at www.ftn-books.com
A month ago i was contacted by Ryu Tajiri ( the widow of Maarten Ploeg ) with a question regarding 2 paintings that were possibly in the collection of our family. The first was one of my very first acquisitions “OK hoofd” which i bought after seen it in the “Keus van de Kunstenaar” show at the Gemeentemuseum. The second one was a much smaller painting which landed in the collection of my parents, after they had traded in a much larger work which they could not hang in their small house. I know that Maarten Ploeg was married to a daughter of Shinkichi Tajiri, but what i did not know is that there has been a small but excellent publications on the collectors of Maarten Ploeg works. If you search you will find the book “PLOEG IS OK” , but it will not be an easy search since i only have one copy which was presented to me by Ryu and i could not find a second one on the internet.
Ryu contacted me because she was trying to trace several paintings by Maarten Ploeg that were sold by Rob Jurka . I could help her with 2, because they are still in my collection.
There are not many publications on Ploeg. There is the Metropolis M publication, De Keus van de Kunstenaar and the Ploeg is OK, one but to my knowledge that is all…. except…….there will be a large publication of over 500 pages published by te end of the year. Crowdfunding is now ended and the project can be executed. As i read the publication will be 500 pages and an edition of only 350 copies. Interested ? do not hesitate to fill in the form at the Maarten Ploeg homepage :
Maarten Ploeg was a great artist and one of the most original multi talents that emerged in the Eighties and the PLOEG + WERK book will prove his importance for Modern Art.