Martial Raysse, 82 years of age and still going strong, but his works have definitely changed. They have become Mythological inspired and stand far from the Pop Art he made in the sixties when his works and art became known together with other beginning artists.
In October 1960 he founded together with Yves Klein, Arman, Spoerri, Tinguely and Villegle de artist group NOUVEAUX REALISTES . They tried to approach reality in a new and avant garde way and were seen as the french equivalent of the Pop Art mouvement. Martial Raysse worked like Warhol with silkscreens contrasting colors and added Neon to his paintings, making them instantly recognizable and appealing.
Another aspect of his art was that his paintings were not flat, but had in many cases a 3D addition. A rope, box or the mentioned neon gives the painting literally several layers. His 60’s adn early Seventies are among the best Pop Art paintings produced and fetch extremely high prices at auction. recently one of his paintings fetched a staggering 4 Million.
At a more affordable level the excellent Stedelijk Museum catalogue designed by Wim Crouwel is available at http://www.ftn-books.com . It has a special Raysse designed cover and even the use of colors ( out and inside ) is typical Raysse. Available at www.ftn-books.com
According to my information the first large scale Pop Art exhibitions in the Netherlands took place in 1964. With it was the famous Wim Crouwel designed catalogue published with the upper right corner “folded”.
A spectacular cover and an example for many other designers to follow this and being inspired by this cover for the years to come. Since, other exhibition followed of which many publications are available at www.ftn-books.com. One other has certainly to be mentioned because it followed in the year after the Stedelijk Museum exhibition took place. In this case POP ART was combined with the French/Belgium wave which followed in the steps of Pop Art, Le NOUVEAU REALISME.
This way the United States Pop Art mouvement was combined with the European Pop Art artist like Martial Raysse.
Since other Pop Art exhibitions took place all over Europe, but the Netherlands and Belgium stayed interested in this fascinating art. I remember recent exhibitions in Schiedam, Nijmegen, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Brussels and the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag all being successful, making Pop Art an established art form…Pop Art is here to stay.
Yesterday, i dedicated my blog to the Tinguely exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum and promised to blog on the correspondence for the DYLABY ( Dynamisch Labyrinth) exhibition. Possibly the most important exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum in the 60’s.
but this extremely large and complex exhibition required thorough preparation. In the current Tinguely exhibition there is a showcase in which the letters from the invited artists are presented and because i have a great admiration for Tinguely and Sandberg , i had to photograph the correspondence for my own archives. Because the light above and the glass in between make it hard to make a good quality photograph, there is a shadow cast on the paper, but still text and names can be read and i think it is nice for all interested to read about the invitations and preparations for the DYLABY exhibition. Let me know what you think about them!
DYLABY stands for Dynamisch Labyrint. It was one of the iconic sixties exhibitions (1962) in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam . A melting pot of modern art with some of the greatest names. Tinguely, Niki de Saint Phalle, Robert Rauschenberg and Martial Raysse. Planned “chaos”, but once you take a closer look and study the plan which came with the exhibition catalogue, you can clearly see that everything is planned. It now is over fifty years ago, but what still remains is the catalogue…. not only a souvenir, but an important art historic document, because of the event DYLABY was but also for its appearance. A complete inside in the exhibition.
…..and the series of photographs by Ed van der Elsken is one of the best he ever shot.
Artist/ Author: Robert Rauschenberg, Raysse, Niki de Saint Phalle, Daniel Spoerri, Jean Tinguely, Per Olaf Ultvedt Title : DYLABY ( Dynamisch Labyrint ) Publisher: Stedelijk Museum, 1962 Number of pages: 24 pages plus 4 page cover/ foldout page and separate plan of the exhibition Text / Language: dutch and english Measurements: 10.2 x 7.5 inches Condition: near mint extra information on this item: This DYLABY catalogue belongs to the top 3 of most wanted and searched Stedelijk Museum catalogues, but there is more this copy because it still holds the separate plan for the exhibition ( see picture). Catalogue photo’s by Ed van der Elsken which makes it even more special. This same catalogue is now in the permanent exhibition on the works by Jean Tinguely in the Tinguely Museum. Published with no.314
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