Posted on Leave a comment

Balthus ( 1908-2001 )

Schermafbeelding 2020-12-06 om 13.32.23

Balthus was the older brother of Pierre Klossowski, but beside the style which is almost identical, their subject and approach to painting are too. Where Balthus uses voyeurism in many of his paintings, Pierre Klossowski is more outspoken in his approach to sexuality.

I have always thought they were the same artist until i discoverd an exhibition where the were presented next to eachother and explained that these were brothers,

Schermafbeelding 2020-12-06 om 13.31.23

Balthus (1908-2001) was a Polish-French artist who rejected the usual conventions of the art world and did not want to be associated with any of the art movements. His paintings often portray young girls in erotic and voyeuristic poses, but beside this his painting have a dreamlike composition. Figures are frozen in their action and the use of colors is warm and comforting. 

He is viewed as one of the great masters of twentieth-century art, and is certainly one of the truly singular painters of his time. In his complex and multifaceted oeuvre, admired by some and spurned by others, he pursued an artistic approach that embodied an alternative, and a challenge, to modern avant-gardes. In his opposition to prevailing views, he refers to a whole range of art-historical traditions and precursors. Yet in his eccentric detachment from modernism, he developed his own specific avant-garde attitude, which now appears almost postmodern and contemporary.

These are paintings to savour, but are rarely encountered outside France. His paintings are spread all over the world, but if you ask me which public collection has them, thre is only one that comes to mind. It is the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Beyler collection in Riehen, so when you find a Balthus painting, to your tme with it and savour the moment.

The above publications are available at www.ftn-books.com

Posted on Leave a comment

Melle (1908-1976)

Schermafbeelding 2020-10-26 om 14.35.15

Melle Johannes Oldeboerrigter in short MELLE, was born on 27 May 1908 in Wittenburg, a residential neighbourhood adjacent to Amsterdam’s harbour area. He was the youngest of three and the only son. His parents, who were forty-three and thirty-seven when Melle was born, had each been through a lot by then. His father, Hendericus Oldeboerrigter, was born on 31 January 1865 in the village of Nijega in Friesland. At age 12, he signed on to work on a sailing vessel and advanced from junior seaman to boatswain. Raised Catholic, he soon became a socialist and was politically active in the seamen’s league, an organization that subscribed to the ideals of the social-anarchist Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis. Tnis is in short a “dry” biography, but it misses the reason why Melle has become famous in the Netherlands. Melle was the first to combine surrealistic scenes , combining genitals with fantasy figures into, considered by many, controversial paintings. Melle is important and had some followers who stillpaint in the tradition he started. I will give you only one example….Hans Kanters …on both artist http://www.ftn-books.com has some publications available.

left Melle….right Kanters

Posted on Leave a comment

Mark Kadota (1951)

Schermafbeelding 2020-08-21 om 14.26.04

A video, performing, sculptor and painter, artist Mark Kadota splits his time between his homes in Hawaii and the Netherlands. “Living in two very different places allows a unique observation of each place with a new and fresh view.It also lets me get a different perspective of each place,” he says. Kadota’s art covers visual recording and performing arts in the broadest spectrum. He has been on exhibit in galleries throughout the world and his collections are to be seen in several museums in Europe and Hawaii.His video artworks have been shown at the Beijing and London Olympic exhibition halls and have been acquired by Stedelijk museum in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherands. Appointed the honorary city artist for Honolulu USA he is presently finishing a commission for the renovation of the Honolulu city hall

In his Dutch landscape series Kadota updates the concept of documenting landscapes void of any human content in an effort to find spaces of refuge in an age of overpopulation. His main motivation is to create artwork of universal languages, searching for common truths that unite rather than separate. His artwork, at its best, mirrors society and our interior selves, raises questions, and presents communication and reflection. He makes his messages human, poetic, inclusive, humorous, accessible and comprehensible to everyone. As a conceptual artist, Kadota uses both traditional and non-traditional media to explore idea which he expands upon using video, painting, photography, installations, performance, movement, music, poetry, kinetic stage sets, sculpture, ceramics and film. Like many artists he tends to work in series. Kadota cites “I explore the concept through the series of work till I exhaust the idea. Usually I move to the next concept and at times return to former concepts with newfound ideas.”

kadota

Posted on Leave a comment

Esther Tielemans (1976)

Schermafbeelding 2020-08-03 om 15.14.06

Her first major exhibition was at the Stedelijk Museum, but her best publication by far is the one which was made for her exhibition at the Museum Bommel van Dam in 2011.

(available at www.ftn-books.com) Great publication, designed by Adriaan Mellegers and printed by one of the very best printers in the business, Lecturis. Tielemans works differ in size. From intimate small sculptures to a room filled with installed sculptures altering and reconstructing the room in a fascinating way.

Her work is now part of the exhibition Momentum at the Voorlinden Museum.
Our world is poised on the brink of a tipping point as well. We must make choices regarding climate and migration, issues that are impacting our lives more and more intensely.

Schermafbeelding 2020-08-03 om 15.14.57

Momentum brings together more than thirty works that embody this tension. This selection from our collection unites new and established names working in a wide range of media. Together they offer insights into the personal and collective challenges of our time. With works from artists including Anish Kapoor, Rineke Dijkstra, Jacco Olivier, Esther Tielemans, Ryan Gander, Gabriel Rico and Mona Hatoum.

new scenes

Posted on Leave a comment

Kenny Scharf ( 1958)

 

Schermafbeelding 2020-11-18 om 16.53.14.pngOver the years I have seen many Wim Crouwel designed catalogues. But one is definitely in my personal top 10 of Crowel designed catalogues.

It is the 1966 ANDRÉ VOLTEN catalogue he made for the Voltens Stedelijk Museum exhibition. Just some features of this great catalogue. The size. It has never been better than the size of the catalogues he designed in the early Sixties. The back has that typical Crouwel designed element. The lettering. Just look at the E of Andre. is has a hardly noticable accent aigu making it the perfect É. And than there is this graphical element taken from a Volten sculpture . It is there , but it also underlines is a very subtle way the name of Volten.

Than there is the inside cover. A shiny silver  . Just that one page but a very very powerful elemnt in the catalogue. All pages have a tranquility with lots of space, making the catalogue breath. Photography is top with a brilliant Volten portrait in his studio at work…… a lovely and highly collectable catalogue and still for sale at www.ftn-books.com

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Posted on Leave a comment

Gerard Verdijk and Peter Stuyvesant

Schermafbeelding 2020-07-23 om 15.25.33

Readers of this blog know of my admiration for Gerard Verdijk and did not hesitate a single secoond when in 2011 a very large painting by Verdijk was put up for auction and did not receive its first bid. It appeared to be the winning bid and since the moment this painting entered our home it has been on display in our living room. The painting was part of the Peter Stuyvesant collection but a decade ago the staff of the Turmac Tobacco company and the founders of the Stuyvesant foundation decided to sell their collection. This collection is very well documented  and from its earliest of beginnings the best dutch designers made the catalogues which documented their additions. I knew almost for certain that our paintings was in one of these publications but i never found the right one, but…..i now have it and i am very pleased that our painting is prominently present in a beautiful large catalogue, designed by Anton Beeke …and the title of it is “GROOT” in de collectie Peter Stuyvesant.

stuyvesan beren b

Published in 1997, the new additions were curated by the former director of the Stedelijk Museum, Wim Beeren.( see photo above this blog) An interesting final addition which almost completes all Peter Stuyvesant publications. This one is not for sale but there are others which are available at http://www.ftn-books.com.

Posted on Leave a comment

Stedelijk Museum “on line” visits

Blog readers know of the large collection i have for sale on the Stedelijk Museum, its artists and its exhibitions ( http://www.ftn-books.com), but it is hard to grow this collection . No book markets, no museum visits and the only thing i could do is to photograph and describe my stock and add this to my inventory. It has now grown over by 1100 entries and i am convinced it is one of the largest collections for sale on the Stedelijk Museum and itss history. But to bridge the time between closure and reopening its collections to visitors, they made available some interesting virtual visits to the museum and its collections. Guided by curators and director Rein Wolfs , you can now make a virtual visit. One of the best i think is the one Rein Wolfs hosts. It shows the direction into which the Stedelijk is developing for the next decade or so. Interesting…. yes…., but i do hope they still will keep their focus on their history and great collection, they build over the years.

 

 

Posted on Leave a comment

Posters by Willem Sandberg and Wim Crouwel…part 11

One of the most iconic sets is the catalogue and poster for the 1965 Raysse exhibition. Pure french Pop Art whith a poster that shows the neon elements for which aysse became famous. Both poster and book belong to the best Crouwel has designed in the Sixties for the Stedelijk …..

and this time they have many design elements in common.

Both are available at www.ftn-books.com

 

Posted on Leave a comment

Stedelijk Museum Schiedam and COBRA

Schermafbeelding 2020-10-26 om 14.14.32

Most art lovers abroad do not know that within a distance of 10km of the Boymans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam, another great museum can be found. The museum itself much …much smaller…. but for its collection it deserves to be mentioned beside the Boymans. the STEDELIJK MUSEUM SCHIEDAM has had its collecting focus during the last 30 years on Cobra and The INFORMELEN and Zero art and build a collection which must be visited.

Situated in an old building in the center of Schiedam it is now being renovated to present its Cobra collection in the best way possible. So make a mental note when you are visiting Rotterdam. Take the tram to Schiedam and visit its collection when it opens again after the renovation. The following Stedelijk Museum Schiedam books are available at http://www.ftn-books.com

cobra schiedam

 

Posted on Leave a comment

Seet van Hout (1957)

 

Schermafbeelding 2020-10-22 om 16.51.10

Threads, rags and tissues, these combined are part of the installations and “paintings” by Seet van Hout. These works are far more complex than one would think when seen for the first time. Hard labour, sewing, broidering and painting the tissues that brought all together, make a new work of art. In many cases a very large work which needs enough space to be admired. Nature and abstract forms are used for the composition and because of the method of “contruction” it must take some time before the work is finished. I noticed that her works are in the largest public and corporate collections, but because of theiir size you seldom come accross one which is for show…. a pity because thes colorful works must be admired by many than the occasional spectator.

 

Public collections

ABN AMRO, Den Haag/NL
Achmea Kunstcollectie, Zeist/NL
Aegon, Den Haag/NL
Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam/NL
Bibliotheca Alexandria/EG
Brecht collection
CODA, Apeldoorn/NL
Collection Rabobank/NL
European Patent Office, Den Haag/NL
Gelderland Art Collection/NL
Hogeschool Windesheim, Zwolle/NL
Ministerie van Buitenlandse zaken, Den Haag/NL
MS Eurodam, Holland America Line
Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen/NL
Museum of the Kyoto Institute of Technology/JP
Nederlanse Waterschapsbank, Den Haag/NL
NOG collection / SNS Reaal Fonds/NL
Provincie Gelderland, Amhem/NL
Sanders collection/NL
Sparkasse Emmerich/DE
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam/NL
Stichting Pensionenfonds huisartsen, Utrecht/NL
Theodoor Gilissen Bank, Amsterdam/NL
UMC collection Utrecht/NL
Universiteit Twente, Enschede/NL
Waterschap Vechtstromen, Almelo/NL

seet van hout

the above title is available at http://www.ftn-books.com