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Natasja Kensmil (1973)

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Natasja Kensmil is one of those talents that emerged in the last 10 years and proved tobe highly important for modern art. Her art is personal and her style can not be compared to anyone else’s. If any….. i immediately though of Basquiat, but these paintings and drawings by Kensmil practically all tell a story or contain a message for the viewer. Her series of REGENTEN PORTRAITS  is a tribute to women who held a position in boards and committees who took care of the old and sick. It was not possible for women to hold a position within a company or government , but these woman made charity in these years possible and took care of the old and sick in society.Schermafbeelding 2021-08-16 om 14.07.56

Another multi panelled work is the “HUWELIJKS PORTRET VAN JOHANDE WITT AND WENDELA BICKER “. Natasja Kensmill forces us to look at our (not so nice) history and beside the importance of the art itself it makes us aware of the message too.

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The book i now have for sale at http://www.ftn-books.com is different. Personal, horror like drawings bound and published by Boekhandel Broekhuis in 2003. Edition of only 500 copies, this book already shows the attraction of Kensmil’s drawing. They attract and repel at the same time. This is the kind of art one must admire and i will be on thelook out for work by Kensmil for our collection.

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Koen Wessing (1942-2011)

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Koen Wessing was and remains on of the Netherlands most important icons photo journalism. Wessing started as freelance photographer in 1963. In his early years he became renowned for picturing the May protest of 1968 in Paris, the occupation of the Maagdenhuis of the University in Amsterdam in 1969, and later the military coup in Chili in 1973. Later Wessing produced more uniquely powerful work in Ireland, Guinea-Bissau in West Africa, Nicaragua, El Salvador, China and Kosovo.

Seen retrospectively, his work from South America probably received the most attention throughout the years. His images of the 1973 coup in Chile against the progressive government of Salvador Allende, as well the insurrection in Nicaragua and his reportage of the massacre during the funeral of Archbishop Romero in El Salvador, were all striking and alarming. His engaged work in these countries made him an internationally renowned photographer.

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Regrettably, Koen Wessing was never able to see the finished exhibition as he passed away in Amsterdam in the morning of February 2, 2011. Until the last moment he had been involved in the preparation of the exhibition. Knowing that the show was going to happen gave him a lot of strength during the last period of his life.

www.ftn-books.com has the Stedelijk Museum catalogue on Koen Wessing now available.

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Eric Bainbridge (1955)

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One of the painters i discovered in the early Eighties was Eric Bainbridge , who exhibition was held in 1989 at the Stedelijk Museum. It waas an absolute eye opening exhibition and since i cherish the catalogue ( also available at www.ftn-books.com).

Initially recognized in the 1980s for his object-based works covered in synthetic fur, Eric Bainbridge has evolved an extensive sculptural practice addressing existential themes on an everyday level through playful assemblages. Constructed out of commonplace objects and inexpensive building materials, his pieces continuously re-contextualize Modernist principles through a reconsideration of the found object using DIY home-repair and improvement supplies as well as kitschy consumer products. Carefully staged, Bainbridge’s assemblages investigate the domestic and the everyday whilst reflexively engaging with traditional sculptural concerns.

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Eric Bainbridge was born in Consett, County Durham, UK in 1955. He studied at Newcastle Polytechnic and completed a Masters in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London in 1981. Bainbridge has exhibited Internationally in significant group and solo exhibitions and is considered an influential figure to a younger generation of established British artists. Throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s he showed in important group exhibitions such as “Material Culture” at the Hayward Gallery, London and solo exhibitions including “View Points” The Walker Art Centre, Minnieapolis, “Eric Bainbridge” at The ICA, Boston, “Style, Space, Elegance” at The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Bainbridge was included in “Modern British Sculpture” at the Royal Academy, London – the most significant exhibition on British Sculpture in recent years, curated by Penelope Curtis and Keith Wilson

 

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Posters by Willem Sandberg and Wim Crouwel…part 8

Roger Bissiere held an exhibition in 1958 at the Stedelijk Museum. Catalogue and poster were designed by Willem Sandberg. In 1966 it was again time for Bissiere to show his latest works. This time Wim Crouwel designed both catalogue and poster. With the poster he was inspired by the one Sandberg had designed before. The poster is almost classic Sandberg in its approach. Colors, graphic design. red lettering all strongly influenced by Sandberg. But the catalogue!…there it was ….a typical Crouwel design…., size, binding, colors every aspect oozes Crouwel. Here are both and both are available at www.ftn-books.com.

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Ad Petersen and Anthon Beeke

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Here is one of the most cherished titles i now also can offer on http://www.ftn-books.com. I now have two sopies of which one becomes for sale. This is special for me. It shows the importance of Ad Petersen as a curator for the Stedelijk Museum and it shows the many contacts he had with world famous artists. He kept and collected the envelopes of the artists he corresponded with and among them many were art themselves, being true ” Mail art”. Studio Anthon Beeke recognized this and published together with Anthon Beeke and Ad Petersen a selection of over 60 envelopes and published these in the book  EEN KLEINE VISUELE KEITELING. The design of the book and the collection of envelopes is sublime. Making this one of the most cherished books in my personal collection.

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Another Willem Sandberg combination

Today another combination. The year 10 years later. More experiments were done and the result is two different approaches to the design by Willem Sandberg . One with torn out letters and the other with layers of art combined into a designed poster. Both fascinating and available at www.ftn-books.com.

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another combination…This time Sandberg 1949

A few weeks ago i started to persent the combination of catalogue and poster published with an exhibition. The initial blogs were on publications designed by Wim Crouwel, but to day and tomorrw i will show you 2 combinations by another great…WILLEM SANDBERG

The first is for the Andre Bauchant ehibition in 1949.

 

This is almost 1 on 1. You of color and background are the same. The fonts however are different.

Both are available at http://www.ftn-books.com

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Vormen van de Kleur ( 1966 )

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As promissed, some of the combinations that were published for the Stedelijk Museum exhibitions. I can show these because i recently acquired a great set of Crouwel designed posters. These combined with the other publications of the Stedelijk Museum that i have for sale at http://www.ftn-books.com makes some great visual presentations in my blogs. Today the VORMEN VAN DE KLEUR. The first large scale presentation of Colorfield and minimal art in the Netherlands. The catlogue was published in a Crouwel designed portfolio including 4 silkscreen prints of which one by Ellsworth Kelley and the poster has the same great color scheme. Minimal and colorfield combined into a great poster by Wim Crouwel. Both are now available at www.ftn-books.com.

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Op Losse Schroeven by Wim Crouwel

Yesterdays blog was on the “OP LOSSE SCHROEVEN” exhibition. A breathtraking and important exhibition on Conceptual Art at the Stedelijk Museum. Poster and catalogue design by Wim Crouwel and while preparing the blog i found a page in the book  IN AND OUT of AMSTERDAM ( also available at www.ftn-books.com ) which explains the story of the exhibition and even mentiones the poster by Wim Crouwel.

Here is the page from the book:

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Stedelijk Museum…Op losse schroeven, 1969

Another iconic exhibition for the Stedelijk Museum was the ” OP LOSSE SCHROEVEN” exhibition.

It was one of the experimental exhibitions in the Sixties which made the Stedelijk Museum being recognized as one of the most important modern art museum in the world.

I recently purchased another small set of WIM CROUWEL designed posters for the Stedelijk Museum and i will now have the oppertunity to present the combination of the poster with catalogue is this blog. The first…..OP LOSSE SCHROEVEN from 1969. Perhaps this is one of the rarest of them all. ( both available at www.ftn-books.com )