The importance of Ama Kaag for dutch art is not that great. She deserves to be remembered for her sculptures and Photo journalism, but for me she stands for a “groupie” like admiration for Armando. A few months ago i bought a large colection of Armando signed and dedicated books all signed for Ama Kaag and it appeared that Ama Kaag travelled Europe and the Netehrlands to follow Armando and his eattended his exhibitions all over Europe. Armando signing these and commented that Ama Kaag was always present at the opening. This collection is now for sqale at www.ftn-books.com
Looking for more infor on ZERO/NUL i stumbled upon this nice site . Site is in German and English and one can open and enlarge some very nice ZERO publications. For some real authentic ZERO publications please find what is available at www.ftn-books.com, but for those only wanting a short “fix” this is perfect.
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
The first artists that i thought of when i first saw the works by Jan Hendriks was Klaus Staudt, but also in a distance you can experience some of the influences that Jan Schoonhoven had on art. Stil the works by Hendriks are not to be missed and must be valued on their own appearance and qualities. I like his works very much and noticed on a site when i did somne research on Hendriks that prices are still within reach of most people. The reason of writing this blog is that i recently acquired a small catalogue which shows a totally different aspect of his works.
The HOCHSCHUKLE FÜR GESTALTUNG has become over the years a legendary institution and one of its many well-known students was the Brazilian born Almir Mavignier. He attended the school in 1953 and has become part of art history since.
Friend of Max Bill, witnessing the very early beginnings of the ZERO movement and later becoming one of the most appreciated Poster designers from the 3 decades to follow. He himself was working as a constructivist/minimal artist and that meant he was interested in all artists who were working along the guidelines of the movements. Because of this interest and the resulting friendships, he had a chance to design the posters for many of the artists he met. To name a few….Calderara, Arp, Morellet and Soto….and all of these artists I personally admire very much. This makes the book I now can offer on http://www.ftn-books.com very special for me personally too. A great publication of the Gewerbe Museum Hamburg in cooperation with the German Poster Museum. Great poster designs by Mavignier. btw. …. the site on Mavignier is well worth visiting and can be found here: https://www.mavignier.com
This can not be coincidence…. On the left there is the NUL exhibition catalogue for the Peeters, Armando, Schoonhoven exhibition and on the right there is the Al Held catalogue from 1966 , designed by Wim Crouwel for the Held exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. The white fond and the strong circle part on the back must have impressed Crouwel, since he used almost exactly the same layout as the ZERO/NUL catalogue which was published 2 years earlier for the Haags Gemeentemuseum exhibition.
http://www.ftn-books.com has both catalogues available and of course the special stitched multiple by Henk Peeters which was published shortly before his death.
It was a few months ago that i was fortunate to buy a small collection of ARMANDO books. Only 25 cm’s of books, but among the 16 books , 6 were signed by the master himself. Since his death , Armando paintings, drawings and etchings have become highly collectable items and the books are no exception. Publications that are in most cases of a very high quality and the ARMANDO signature makes them even more wanted and collectable. ww.ftn-books.com has them now for sale, so please take a look at them at my site and search for the many Armando items i have for sale.
Camargo was an almost forgotten sculptor until there was a sudden raise of interest in Brazilian art in the Nineties. This meant that his works were considered to be important for the development in Modern Art and sculpture in Brasil. When you look at the studio pictures in the books that is for sale at http://www.ftn-books.com, you will soon conclude that Camargo was inspired by Brancusi and Chillida, but still there is so much of his own .
Where Brancusi was inspired by nature, Camargo is much more inspired by the minimal forms. It has been over 20 years now that the last show took place in Europe. Time again to present Camargo again and put his works into context with European and minimal sculptors.
One of the reasons why i started this blog is to introduce artists and their works to a larger audience and here is one of these artists. Erik Oldenhof has had a lng time careeer now and his abstract art leans towords Zero and more abstract painting. However his technique reminds me of Jakob Gasteiger who molds his paint after he has applied it to the canvas. This is what Oldenhof must also do when i look at his paintings. There is a growing interest in his works, but still they can be bought at fairly reasonable prices at galleries and art loan institutions and whenever you find a painting by Oldenhof put up for auction they can be outright cheap. Still this stands in no relation with the artistic values. Oldenhof his paintings have a personality of their own and will not bore for a long time to come.
It was in the mid eighties that i first heard of Gilberto Zorio. An Italian artist rooted in the Arte Povera mouvement. At that time we had a book distributor at the Gemeentemuseum who had this impressive catalogue on Zorio. I bought it for the bookshop, but i must have been the only one who admired it, because years later we still had the book andeventually it was sold with a huge discount. Times have changed, Zorio has now become one of the great names in the Arte Povera and his works fetch high prices at auction. It is not the easiest from of art Zorio makes, but his often huge installations always fascinate me.
Zorio’s artwork shows his fascination with natural processes, alchemical transformation, and the release of energy. His sculptures, paintings, and performances are often read as metaphors for revolutionary human action, transformation, and creativity. He is known for his use of materials including: incandescent electric light tubes, steel, pitch, motifs, and processes through the use of evaporation and oxidation.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
btw. It was the silver one with the red lettering we were stuck with, but i have it now once again available at www.ft-books.com
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