There was a time that Den Haag had multiple important art galeries, but it now looks like practically all have disappeared. I do not why , but many have stopped their business. One of them must have been Roger Verstraten , since it was about 8 years ago that I encountered at the local book market a box containing all kinds of small publications on Gerard Verdijk. Being a collector of his works I bought the box and many have since become part of my personal library, but one publication was present with multiple copies in the box and 2 of these were signed by Gerard. I did not discover this until recently I leafed through them and noticed that, besides my own personal copy, another one was signed and dedicated to Roger Verstraten. The little book ” VERGETEN DAT JE HET VERGAT ” was published on the occasion of the Artoteek exhibition in 2000.
The second signed copy of this book, which was published in an edition of only 750 copies, is now available at http://www.ftn-books.com
As promissed a few eeks ago , i want to share another painting which Josephine Sloet has made during her last stay in France. An arguably even more intriguing painting the teh MEETING OF LEAVES that i showed a few weeks ago.
title : green happy, rain falling, time passing
size: 80 x 65 cm.
technique : acrylic on canvas
This painting is now for sale. for more information inquire at email@example.com
Readers of this blog know of my admiration for Gerard Verdijk. It is a pleasure to know and announce that once again there is a large exhibition being held at a major dutch museum. This time the Kunstmuseum Den Haag ( Gemeentemuseum Den Haag ) has an exhibition which opens on the 29th of February and will close on the 13th of April.
( the invitation depicts ” fetish + tabou” from 2000 )
Yesterday i visited the studio of Josephine Sloet to talk about the last couple of months and the future. She has had a very productive period while staying in France during last summer and i took the opportunity to photograph 2 of the completed 9 paintings and beside the already finished series of paintings, she told me that she has plans to make a series of smaller drawings in the coming months. I will make another appointment in the near future to photograph the other paintings made during last summer, but the 2 i have already photographed will be presented in the next couple of weeks. here is the first one:
title: Meeting of Leaves
size: 101 x 81 cm.
technique: acrylic on canvas
an impressive painting in a handy size.
for more information inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org
In my last meeting with Josephine she spoke of spending the summer at Marcillac-St.Quentin. She explained that she had had hardly any time to start or finish new work, but planned to paint again in her Marcillac-St.Quentin studio. 2 paintings were ready to be shipped over there, but first she had to attend the opening of a new exhibition , which starts at the beginning of May. After the opening she would leave for France. I am really looking forward to see her new paintings since it has been a while i saw new work. The splendid and ultimate monograph on Gerard Verdijk took all her time. Still i now want to focus on one painting that i have in my personal collection for almost a year now. It comes from the former Hans Bronsgeest collection and it is hung opposite Horizontal/Vertical by Gerard Verdijk.
Both paintings blend with our interior . One is from 1994 the other from 1993 and in many ways these paintings are related to each other. It feels like both artist have used the same color scheme in those days and these canvasses are fully abstract. “Infinity” is “just arround the corner” in both paintings and their colors match too.
As promissed a few weeks ago, i have now added some of Gerard Verdijk’s paintings that are for sale from this date on at http://www.ftn-blog.com / Ftn-art
These pages are developed in cooperation with Josephine Sloet who helped me select the works that she considers important and which are available. Many of those are also depicted in the epic book on Gerard Verdijk///THE MOUNTAIN OF EINSTEIN, which is also available at www.ftn-books.com.
It took a few meetings and some fine tuning but now , after a month of preparations, the page with Josephine Sloet paintings is now “live” at ftn-blog.com/josephine-sloet/
These paintings that are presented are all for sale and come from different periods from her career. One of my personal favorites is the TIME MOVING painting. It is a large, bold work of art and not for the faint of hearted, because it stands out and dominates its surroundings and beside that you can not avoid it since it is a very large work of art. It measures an impressive 206 x 206 cm.
A beautiful and impressive painting by Josephine Sloet. For more inquiries on this and other paintings by Josephine Sloet offered by FTN-art, please inquire at email@example.com
About a week ago i announced the cooperation with Josephine Sloet and at that same day we met and had our first ever meeting, we thought it an excellent idea to devote a separate section of FTN-blog to Gerard Verdijk of whom a selection of works will be presented that will be for sale through FTN-art / FTN-blog. We will be making a first selection when we meet again at the beginning of January, so expect some Verdijk works by the end of February . The selection of paintings and/or drawings which will become available will be presented after the site of Josephine Sloet has gone “live” and all works presented will be for sale . For any inquiries please refer to firstname.lastname@example.org
A great announcemet to end this year filled with art and art publications and i am really looking forward to continue and offer you more art and artist publications in the year to come.
I have a long time admiration for both Gerard Verdijk and Josephine Sloet and now after a decade of collecting both artists i am proud to announce a cooperation with Josephine. On a regular basis, new works by Josephine Sloet will be presented on the pages of ftn-blog.com where a special section will be devoted to new and older works by Josephine Sloet that are for sale. Paintings, drawings and if possible photographs….all will be presented and all works listed are for sale through FTN-books/ FTN-art / FTN-blog. For more information, prices and viewing appointments please contact me at email@example.com
We plan to have the first works with descriptions available through FTN-blog by the end of January 2019
Finally, after a period of over 7 years , the long awaited publication on Gerard Verdijk and his art was presented last month in Amsterdam. After hard work and contributions by many a true MAGNUS OPUS has been published on the art and life of Gerard Verdijk. To give an impression….. it is thick and heavy, a publication with approximately 1000 photographs on Verdijk and his works. 382 pages, size is 12 x 12 inches and the weight…. a heavy 3.1 kg.
But what is more important, this publication has hardly any faults and is an absolute must for the art lover and collector. Edition size is only 700 copies of this 1st and only printing. The MOUNTAIN OF EINSTEIN is a book to hold, collect and cherish and can be ordered as long as it is available for only euro 99,00 ( excl. postage) at :
www.ftn-books.com or you can place your order with Josephine Sloet at : firstname.lastname@example.org.
btw. More news on Josephine Sloet and her art in the next couple of days.
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