A few weeks ago i decided to sell my pristine copy of the Borek Sipek / Erwin Olaf catalogue they made together with Irma Boom for the STIJL VORMT FUNCTIE exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in 1991. This is probably one of the catalogues i cherish the most, but since i have decided to sell part of my private library and only keep these books that are related to our personal collection it is now for sale. What struck me most were of course the photographs by Erwin Olaf. These are timeless and highly original in their approach of the subject…..except…. he must have been inspired by at least one painting of the impressionist period. The Eduard Manet / The bar at the Folies Bergere painting is certainly a source of inspiration for the photo het took in the early Nineties. The book is now for sale at www.ftn-books.com
Over a year ago i devoted a blog to Joel Peter Witkin and Erwin Olaf and it has been too long since i wrote about Erwin Olaf, but this time it is worth writing about him because in recent months i was able to add some highly collectable Olaf publications to my inventory. Erwin Olaf publications are harder and harder to find and get more scarce every month, but sometimes you get lucky and you encounter a small collection. So in recent months i was able to add some great posters and rare publications. The Erwin Olaf poster for the Anjer Fonds was specially designed by Anthon Beeke and this makes it twice as special. The same is applicable to the Sipek book. Sipek a great artist, who’s works are photographed by Erwin Olaf… again two for the price of one. available at www.ftn-books.com
Architect, designer and glass artist. Bořek Šípek sipek was one of the leading artist in the eighties and influenced many young artist . Named the father of Neo Baroque and together with the designers of Memphis Bořek Šípek he first became famous for his glass designs. He was presented in the Netherlands by galerie Steltman and it was at one of the first exhibitions held in the gallery that i met the artist. The interior furniture in the Steltman gallery , (Spuistraat location), was specially commissioned by Steltman and some of those were produced in a very small limited editions. This was the start of the exhibitions by Steltman resulting in many more exhibitions and over 200 signed and numbered editions. On more than one occasion Sipek worked together with Erwin Olaf who at that time started to make a name as a photographer and this friendship resulted in some remarkable books.
Some of the books on Sipek are available at www.ftn-books.com. For some very special Sipek/signed items contact me, because i have some glass works and the very special Kronos set for sale.
A few days ago while i was photographing one of the pieces that is for sale i noticed the little edition size of one of the Sipek’s i have in my collection. Only 125 copies were made / signed and sold of this beautiful and symbolic Borek Sipek. A bronze holder is placed between 2 glass elements and makes the perfect divider between the two.
It stands over 40 cm. in height and on top there is a Venetian glass. A rare beauty which fits perfect in the editions Sipek made in the early nineties . Because of the exhibitions which were held at gallery Steltman ,. Sipek developed a loyal and strong following so many of the rare Sipek pieces were sold in the Netherlands. Since this is published in an edition it is less expensive, but still is a highly original and collectable Borek Sipek “glass”.
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