Going back in time: Daniel Gould’s 3D List, Art in Amsterdam #15

The transition from one web master to another has not gone smoothly...Then there is the matter of Gmail doing something that shouldn't have been done, but was. As a result, the 3D List: Week #26 is now on the blogspot, but it is the first draft. Something not meant to be seen. Damn! Anyway, by the time you read this that aspect should be history. Hopefully. 

In the meantime, two shows had red dots last week that were worth making note of the fact. Not enough to make one want to shout from the roof tops but enough to say the recovery is now underway. Hopefully. Where have I heard the word before...? Both Friday and Saturday are busy days for the devoted gallery bums this week...but DO bring money...Please... 


Bits & Pieces:

Museum Review: Hermitage - Amsterdam

What You Missed Last Week;

What Is Happening This Week:


Well, the teaser sent last Thursday said that there may or may not be photographs on List: #25. And that is the way it worked out. The photos WERE on the blogspot, but NOT on the list itself. To see last week's photos by Dixie Solleveld---taken at the opening for Jeroen Henneman at Galerie SLEWE---look again at List #25 and scroll to the very end. Presto!  Three photos of work by Henneman. Hopefully, this week everything will be as it should be. Call it growing pains.

Marina Abramovic, a sometime Amsterdam artist, is profiled in an article titled, "Sets for the Artist Marina Abramovic's Dramatic Life," by Elain Louis. She opens a major retrospective show at NYC's MOMA this month. www.nytimes.com/2010/03/04/garden/04location.html 

Laser 3.14 says "Now A Heart Grows Inside of Tin Man." At Koningensweg 49). Sounds like a new romance beginning for Amsterdam's street philosopher.

There is a new technique called "ink on paper." What? you say, there is nothing new about that! At two openings, last week, 3D looked for the description of the technique and in both cases it said "ink on paper" though it looked like a laser copy print. In both cases I asked the artist and gallery holder for a further description. And indeed it is a "digital process" as one artist described it. Well, a "digital process" is a "printing" process much like a laser copy is. It sounds much like "Inkjet" which is a more straight forward and accurate description of the technique.

The Amsterdam Historical Museum will show "The Beanery," by Edward Kienholz (1927-1994) from the 20th March until the 29th August. It is a marvelous piece  ---especially for children---and would be best described as an installation which measures 14 meters long, 4 meters wide and 3 meters high. Check out the song titles on the juke box. They are all tongue-in-check, play on words or just jokes. https://www.amsterdammuseum.nl/ 

...AHM has also announced that it has made its collection of 70,000 pieces available via the Internet. https://www.amsterdammuseum.nl/

A 3D List reader, Johan R., brought this to my attention. The artist Marian SmitsKovacs has established a web-site/home page which features a new drawing everyday. Clever idea. The work appears to be figurative conceptual and sometimes with a touch of the abstract. https://bit.ly/2uUaF4S


"Matisse to Malevich," at the Hermitage - Amsterdam (Amstel 51) 

The show is as much about a collector as it is about the artists involved. Sergey Shchukin (1854-1936) was originally regarded as an eccentric in the Moscow art world "for instead of collecting the sort of things popular amongst Russians at the turn of the century, [he] concentrated on contemporary French paintings." This collector was strongly attracted to the early work of Henri Matisse and purchased 37 paintings from the master "among them many works now considered milestones in the history of art." Prior to his discovery of Matisse he had collected the Impressionist: Monet , Cézanne and Gauguin.

Matisse had another affect on the life of this collector; it was he who introduced Shchukin to Picasso and it was at the beginning of the latter's career. "Picasso seemed to Shchukin to be the complete opposite of Matisse, not only in terms of their artistic forms but in their temperament and emotions. Matisse brought joy and calm...Picasso's paintings opened up a vision of hell, eternal longing and inescapable tragedy, but they also offered a catharsis, purification through compassion." He would end up buying 51 works by him.

In retrospect this is surprising since, at first, he had only bought a work by the artist "for the sake of the completeness of my collection." Friends had persuaded him to buy a painting that was being offered "cheaply." He remarks that his lack of appreciation led him "not to hang it on the wall for a long time...At last I put it up not far from the main door, in a dark corridor, where there were no other paintings. Everyday I had to go along this dark corridor to get the dining room for lunch...I was forced to glance at it occasionally. After a time this became a habit...About a month went by and I started to realize that when I did not look at the painting I did not feel right...that there as something missing...And at the same time I started to look at it not only as I went down to dine but at other times too. Then one day I was horrified, feeling that this painting, for all that is was without subject, had some iron core, some hardness and strength.  I then bought a second paint by Picasso. I now felt I could not live without him...and I started to buy painting after painting, not looking at any other artist." Nikolay Preobrazhensky, author of this reminiscence, added "Shchukin did not say that he felt any admiration for [Picasso's] works or that he was better than all the other artists, no, he said that Picasso mastered him, as if it were some kind of hypnosis or magic." 

So, what you see in this exhibition is the story of a collector who was confronted with a new movement in art and embraced it with not only passion and enthusiasm, but with every intention of making it available to the public. He made out his will in 1907 bequeathing his collection to Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery which had a department for Western style art. The Hermitage would later become the depository for the collection and it now is judged to have one of the best collections of Picassos in the world though, "admittedly, a little lacking in variation, since it encompasses only the early years of the artist's career, but this is compensated for by the extremely high quality of the collection overall." And I might add a masterful survey of those early years. Unfortunately, both 1914 (the beginning of World War I) and the Russian Revolution of 1917 would put an end to the collecting careers of the Russians.

The show, itself, is a selection of works from both Shchukin's collection and another important collector of the period, Ivan Morozov (1871-1921).  The Impressionist of the late 19th century made a break with the academic traditions of European art; but they did remain representational. At the very beginning of the 20th century new movements were initiated. The Fauves took from the Impressionist the concepts of color. Others looked to the abstraction of forms in the compositions of Cézanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh and further developed these concepts. 

"The Red Room," (200x250 cms.,) by Matisse began its life as "Harmony in Blue" and was purchased by Shchukin, with that in mind, in 1908. Later that year it morph into something completely different, but the collector welcomed it with open arms. Today, we see it as a masterpiece but how was it perceived at the time?  And even now, it can be described as having a naïve style though painted by someone with an academic knowledge of technique. There is even something "crude" about its technique. Of course, the end result is a masterpiece so all the other factors are not relevant. The bright red hues were a departure from the subdued reds of the 19th century. There is even an illusion to Van Gogh's paintings of his bedroom in Arles especially the chair in the lower left hand corner. 

Matisse's "Still Life with Blue Table Cloth" is a most unusual painting for the time or, for that matter, for today. The composition is in a sense unbalanced with a segmented white/gold border along the right side. To say it projects itself doesn't really make the point. It is more of a visual "scream." In the same large gallery are three nudes by Picasso, in the Cubist style, that are from the perspective of "geometric distortions and architectural structure" to quote the liner notes on the wall. These paintings "represent a parody of the popular salon paintings of the period." Two paintings by Kees van Dongen stand out; especially "Lucia and her Partner," which is a true masterpiece of the artist. The colors, the abstraction and the fact that it is still a portrait of a man and woman.

Wassily Kandinsky, the only Russian represented, is the show stealer. He trained as a lawyer and musician and took art lessons on the side. His early representational paintings are very colorful and also have a naïve quality. It is not easy to see how he got from this "point A"---representational---to his "point B"---abstract---in a matter of two or three years. We see in this show, "'Winter Landscape' (1909), perhaps his last representational work." It looks like a pointillist had painted it using a wide brush. The composition is such that it is filled with tension in that it is difficult to focus on any one part. And then when you cast your eye on "Noah's Flood"---or what is now known as "Composition VI" (200x300 cms., 1913)---you marvel at the transition of this seminal artist into both the avant-garde and the Modern Art school of the early 20th century.

Kandinsky came to believe that there were three forms to abstract art: "impression, or the processing of observations and effects; 2. improvisation, which appeared suddenly and unconsciously; 3. composition, the highest synthesis of consciousness, intuition, experience and emotion. The artist regarded himself as a medium who channeled the form of an art work from a higher place."

Be sure not to miss the small upstairs' galleries that flank the main gallery. There are signs to indicate that the show goes on, but they are not all the prevalent and easily missed. And it would be a shame to miss the five Matisses in one of the galleries, one more breathtaking than the next. The Luxembourg Garden" (1901) stands out because of the composition, colors and brushstrokes. However, to then compare it to "Woman on a Terrace" (1906) with its simple almost minalistic style it is difficult to say which is the greater work. Next to this room there is a selection of bronze work by the same artist and in an impressionistic style.

Louis Valtat (1889-1952) is represented by a brilliant work titled, "Violet Cliffs," (1900). André Derain's "The Grove" (1912) is an excellent example of the abstract/cubist joining the representational. This is even more evident because it is all but colorless. Shades of gray with muted hues of green is it for color. Hanging next to it, "The Port" (1905) is the opposite. Colorful and with simple but static forms. Also, there are two more rooms with smaller Picassos. The famous "The Absinthe Drinker" (1901), a much reproduced work, is a surprise because it is much different painting than the one seen in reproduction. The brush strokes are vague and the imagery almost out of focus. It is more moody. 

Nearly all the works that are hanging have a short paragraph description of the painting. These liner notes are invaluable for a further appreciation for what you see and educate us to other merits of the work aside from the stirctly visual aspect, that is: what you see before your eyes. In essence, this exhibition is an in depth look into a twelve year period during which art took on a whole new character and direction. It's a show that you can only repeat by visiting the Hermitage - St. Petersburg. One final note. 3D has now seen the exhibition three times over a week. And, I have seen something new with each visit. Until 17th September, 2010. http://www.hermitage.nl/  (The entrance fee is 15 euro, but please note that children up to the age of 16 are allowed in FREE. Special rates for groups; and tours for groups in the following languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Turkish, Arabic and Berber. Book tours at: rondleidingen@hermitage.nl

Next week:  the catalog.




Next door to the Hermitage is "Amsterdam Outsider Art Gallery" (Nieuw Keizersgracht 11). It specializes in mentally impaired people who are artists. The current show features the work of Jescikia van Overveld who is a true naïve. Her compositons, colors and the perspective elements all come from her own private world. The technique is crude but in a delightful and childish way. The scenes are mostly what she sees around her like the neighborhood "Albert Heijen." (80x100 cms., @ 500 euro.)  

Also showing is Jeannie van Dijk with small shadow boxes which have been inspired by popular songs from the last 40 years:  Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," Don McLean's "Vincent, Starry, Starry Night," Led Zeppellin's "Stairway to Heaven," et al. They are delighful and well imagined. From 40 to 100 euro...Sonja Rikken is described by the gallery holder as not mentally impaired but an "eccentric." She takes a note from a William Hogarth engraving that illustrates 50 or more faces. But she presents her faces in a German expressionistic form and style but at the same time mysteriously. There may be as many as six, seven or more faces in each composition, but you are required to study each work closely to perceive them. (60x90 cms., acrylic @ 450 euro.)

Dutch Design Hotel Artemis (John M. Keynesplein 2) presents "LIGHT" which is appropriate since "Artemis" is the "goddess of light and life." Various styles of lighting are on display. Jesse Asjes, of JSSSJS Product Design, shows hanging lamps that wear a "skirt." Well, sort of. Indeed, fabric in the shape of a skirt is wrapped at the "waist" around the light bulb holder and hangs down about one meter. The fabric comes in solid colors and two colors...Peter Traag makes something called "The Strip Light." It is made from a single piece of flat sheet of a pvc/cotton laminate which has been cut and then a zipper is added. By zipping up the parts "the light constructs it own distinctive shape."..."Dum By Dumoffice" is a design studio showing its PLEAT series of lights. Indeed the fabric that envelopes the light bulb looks like a pleated skirt. Inside hoops adjust the contours into an interesting configuration...Sanne Paul hangs several pieces that are nearly completely black photographs. In fact, hanging next to one is a flash light. Better to see it with. Once there is light you perceive the subtle imagery. Other examples of her work require less effort and is more accessible. The subject matter is unusual along with the compositions. (40x40 cms., @ 380 euro.)

Jeroen Molenaar does it two ways. He designs and makes light objects---that are untilitarian---which are geometric linear forms. Some hang on the wall and others sit on a table. He also paints abstract/expressionistic paintings with linear nuances. The compositions are well balanced...

Josien van Barlo paints geometric abstractions based on the circle and arcs with muted colors. A trip-tych on display is like a musical stanza in the sense that notes flow across the page of sheet music. Her designs are always minimalistic with beautiful color balance. (See photo; 70x50 cms. 3xs @ 1,799 euro.)...

Klaas Bennergard is a graphic artist by training and profession who has crossed into the world of "art." But he says his present work "is a series of paintings displaying part of my ongoing exploration of mixing graphic design, photography and vector artwork with abstract textures, materials and interesting finishes." (100x90 cms., @ 599 euro.)

"Crystalarts," aka Diana Hendstede, works only in the colors of white and gold mixed with "rock crystals." The imagery is a swirl developing from a central vortex. (90x70 cms., @ 1,400 euro)...A four meter long by 150 cms., high white sheet of paper is accented with 20 "birds" that have been 2/3 cut-out from the paper and folded perpendicularly against it. 

The result of Frederike Top's creation is a dramatic minimal work...Just the thing for a young child's room is produced by the Funny-Farm family. They make clocks with cartoonish animal faces. (34 euro). Another item, from them, is a black "bean-bag cor" which is an object about 200 cms., long with two white circles. There is something whimsical to it. 

As always the food was a distraction from the art.  Sushi rolls done with smoked duck breast; fish cakes with fresh carrotts; and a guacamole on toasted bread that was scrumptious. Until 2nd June. http://www.artemisamsterdam.com/


Art Affairs (Veemkade 354) is exhibiting three artists that all work on paper and in b/w as well as share ateliers next door to each other in Jersey City (New Jersey, USofA).  Michael Gitlin does black blotches on paper but that doesn't begin to explain these organic forms that have no discernable pattern but with a sometimes disconcerting balance. There is depth that is achieved from terpentine which has been absorbed into the paper and giving off a biege feel of color (97x127 cms., @ 4,500 euro.)...

Aharon Gluska has an unusual technique. In fact, when asked to describe it he invariably replies: "It's time consuming!" At first glance---even a second or third---these "drawings" appear to be photographs of desert scenes. Even when you get your nose to the piece you would swear they are photos, but, alas, there are really drawings. When you come to understand that fact your appreciation for this "time consuming" effort is multipied. (28x36 cms., mixed media @ 2,000 euro.)...

Joeph Lemay calls his style "Superimposed text." What you get is b/w work in sharp contrast to the white paper. But this is intensified by the fact that the black is either Arabic and/or Hebrew script. The flow of the script gives each piece a natural rhythm. (92x59 cms., ink on paper Ed. 5 @ 900 euro; trip tych, 255x350 cms., unique @ 7,500 euro.)  Until 30th April. http://www.artaffairs.net/  

3D expected to have tears in his eyes when he viewed this show after he read the invite from CARHARTT STORE (Hartenstraat 18). "Salvaging Detroit City" is the title for a show which developed into a nostalgia trip for me. The exhibition features photographs and a video detailing what is left of what was once both a large an important world city. Since 1960 over half of the 2,000,000 popluation has left the town. Grand buildings and factories have fallen into disrepair. Some were Art Deco designs and built during the 20s when the city thrived. It was the auto capital of the world; and, at the time, there was speculation that it would become the financial capital of the world pushing both New York and London from the contested perch. Then, 1929. The Wall Street Crash. Ten years of depression followed. And, in a sense, the city never recovered. After World War II, the factories, big and small moved to the suburbs. The race riot of 1967 sent the whites scurring for the "burbs." And nothing has been the same since.

Daniel Seybold's photographs captures what remains of the Vanity Ballroom. It was a "Mayan Aztec Art Deco Ballroom" with a dance floor built on springs to lessen the stress on the dancers' legs. My parents often reminisced to dancing to the Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and other Big Bands there. A brilliant photo for its light and composition is one taken at the United Artists Theater (see photo). 3D saw there, on stage/live, Bob Hope and Lucille Ball, when they were on a promotional tour for a film they had made together. Seybold said that it took him five years to get permission to enter the space. And when the day finally came, it was overcast and gloomy. Inside, the theater it was dark too dark to take any photos. Suddenly the clouds opened and through a gap in the roof came a beam of light which illuminated the space almost supernaturally.                                                          

A ten minute films follows the Dutch artist Diederick Kraaijeveld through the city as he searches out old wood which he inturn uses in his art work. The film feautres the exteriors of the buildings that are present in the photographs which are all interiors. Detroit was never a beautiful city nor even an attractive one, but there were a few edifices that stood out. Today, many like the Lee Plaza Hotel (neé: Detroit Plaza) stand empty. During the great depression my father had been a bellboy there when there were no jobs in the factories. But, I digress...Kraaijveld takes the old wood and uses it as "inlay" for represenational wood objects. The "Dollar Bill" is a remarkable piece if only because there is the illusion of it being "folding money" (see photo). (124x52 cms., wood @ 7,000 euro). Then there is his "Pick-up Truck," a 1956 Ford F-100. He has used the wood remnants in a remarkable fashion to create a nearly 3D illusion to the real thing. Sorry, forgot to check the prices on the photos. Until 2nd April. https://bit.ly/2Nxq1E0                                                             



At Wetering Galerie (Lijnbaansgracht 288) are the works of Alfred Eikelenboom. Perhaps it is more accurate to refer to the work as "objects." In the front gallery there are two examples. One is on a platform measuring 100x80x150 cms., and atop it sits a pyramid, a large ball and a circular pipe like object. All are in a deep shade of red. The other object is, well, very hard to describe...Better for you to go see for yourself. In the adjacent gallery, there is an "installation" that consist of a monochromatic wall painting that is five meters long. Sitting before it is the other section and resting on the floor. Two large balls shaped objects held in a holder top the table like structure. 

On the walls is a trip-tych consisting of what looks like table tops (120x150 cms.,) and are described as "paintings." But that's not really accurate because the imagery goes far beyond the painted surface. There are about 50 circular holes cut into each of the "table tops" and into these holes are placed a white circled section of wood which also has a smaller hole drilled into it filled with a blue circle---which relates to the color of the table top. Yeah, you gotta see it! The prices range from 12,000 to 20,000 euro. Until 10th April. https://bit.ly/2KZbO69 

Reuten Galerie Amsterdam (Prinsengracht 510-s) hangs the 3D "paintings" of Henriette van t Hoog'. I qualifiy paintings because they are not paintings in the sense we generally think paintings to be. Hmmm. What she does is to take a piece of metal, zinc, and shape it into geometric forms and then to paint the suface areas in monochromatic colors. The paint is bright with neon like colors: Crimson red, canary yellow, pink, gold and silver. Because of the way some cling to the wall, the color on the backside of the objects is reflected onto the wall itself. (44x31x11 cms., acrylic on zinc @ 1,900 euro; 18.5x25x8 cms., @ 1,200 euro.).

Michael Wright shares the wall space with his photos taken in Hutong, China. His focus is on the mundane elements of city' life: a stoop, a cluttered and abandon room; a table in a resturant. But what makes it all interesting are the touches of color and the abstraction of the forms. (71x90 cms., Lamda print on aluminium @ 1,600 euro.) Until 18th April. https://www.reutengalerie.com/

Teiji Hayama (Japan, lives in Switzerland) is at Willem Kerseboom Gallery (Leidsegracht 38) and is a painter as is implied in every sense of the word. He gives meticulous attention to such features as the hands and face, but in a way that is almost disquieting. Nothing is overt. His subject matter, in this show, is the same young girl who is probably older than she first appears. In each canvas she looks us directly in the eye with large and innocent almond shaped optical orbs. The poses often reflect those seen in Renaissance paintings. In fact, in "Eden" she has a halo; and is holding a tree branch with an apple attached; but incongrousiously she is decorated with a contemporary style tatoo. In other paintings she wears a veil while posing nude. "Venus" is a composition loaded with tension. Certain elements of the compositon demand your attention from, again, the model's innocence to the provocative aspects of her developed breast hiding discreetly under a silky fabric. (40x30 cms., oil on handmade paper @ 1,300 euro; 80x60 cms., oil on canvas @ 2,200 euro; 110x90 cms., oil on canvas @ 2,900 euro.) Until ___?___. https://bit.ly/2zLE86v 

"FIRST LIGHT: Photography & Astronomy" is the title for the exhibition at Huis Marseille Museum for Photography (Keizersgracht 401). This is a show of many different elements: it is historical, scientific, educational and, at times, visually exciting...Oh, nearly forgot, the photo by Henk Tas is a humorous footnote to the show. It is a conceptual collage photo of a white hat pictured with a quarter moon photo. The rest of the pictures are all real even when they look like something from a Star Wars or Star Trek film. Large photos taken from the Hubble Space Telescope of distant nebulae, galaxies and clusters of galaxies are breathtaking to look at. One photo shows a cluster of ten million stars. What can not be fully appreciated by the general public is the dimensions of the scenes. Some are probably four, five or maybe even a thousand light years across. That's the distance that light travels in one year. To put it into perspective, in one second light will circle the earth seven times. Another ironic aspect to these photos is that we are seeing them in the best possible light...Pardon the pun. But it is true. You need the distances of a billion or more light years to take it all in. 

Maurice Loewy was responsible for a portfolio of 25 b/w photographs taken of the moon between the years 1896 to 1910. What comes as a surprise is how detailed they are. There are also videos of man's first visit to the desolate satellite. Even more interesting are flatscreens showing film of comets and solar coronas and flares projecting from the sun's surface. In the basement of the museum there is a separate exhibition devoted only to our solar system. Both films and photos tell the visual story of the planets that circle our sun.

Perhaps the correct note to end this review on is a quotation from Albert Einstein: "Not only is the univeristy a queer space it is queerer than we could ever imagine." This becomes apparent in this show. Until 30th May. http://www.huismarseille.nl/                                                  


At TORCH (Lauriergracht 94) is the photo work of Eelco Brand in a show titled "matérialisastions virtuelle." Photographs are sometimes only a means to an end. In this exhibit, Brand uses the technique of photography plus PhotoShop for whimsical purposes (like a stack of eating plates in motion) to imagined scenes that have a haunting visual effect like the moon over a landscape of "bushes." Others are straight forward like a meandering river through a forest. A video transfers a room into a motion study with the table, chairs, cabinets parading across the scene. Fun! His work is very stylized and it is the artist's own style and it's impressive. 3D found a "checklist" but there were NO prices. Until 24th April. http://www.torchgallery.com/ 

Erik van der Weijde has titled his exhibition at TEN HAAF PROJECTS (Laurierstraat 248) as "This Is Not My Son." Well, 3D has no idea whose son it is, but some are female and they can't be his son either. Can she? But, again, I digress...Van der Weijde is whimsical, mysterious, humorous and devilish; and sometimes all of these elements are present in one photograph. Cool. There is a photo of a young boy with a Mickey Mouse mask; a pussy cat on a chair; a woman bending over and all we see of her is her rather large derriérre. Other photos are portraits: a young mother with child; a young girl dressed as a beauty pageant contestant; an old woman in a wheel chair with Spiderman standing behind her. (50x65 cms., ink on paper, Ed. 5 @ 950 euro.)  Until 10th April. http://www.tenhaafprojects.com/ 

At RudolfV (Kerkstraat 427) is the work of Sylvie Louvet who composes sculpture work in mosaic tile. There is a playful element to the forms and the geometric abstraction is well conceived and nicely balanced. A trip-tych stands out (See photo at the top of the list)...Rick Paauw is in the back gallery with beautiful conceptual anatomical line drawings with a splash of color here and there. The compostions are staggered thus creating an unbalanced feel which results in a natural tension (70x50, frame included @ 350 euro)...Frank Boogaard does bronze work that could be desrcibed as a straight line in motion. Some pieces look like a ribbon caught in the wind and moving in several directions all at once. Graceful swirls in bronze that makes more twist and turns than a road through the Swiss Alps...Marzena Gregier hangs photographs that are unusual in both composition and colors. The imagery is secondary. Each example is an individual  presentation that excites the eye (40x60 cms., @ 350 euro; 50x70 cms., @ 450 euro.)...In the front gallery is the work of Fabrizio Bianchini a realism painter that focuses on ordinary people. Three red dots at opening. Until 10th April. https://bit.ly/2mdb7ay 

"g_i_s_t galerie" opened their new location (Bloemgracht 82) with an exhibition feautring a Swiss duo, Beat Klein and Hendrikje Kühne. The pair make elaborate collages of several hundred separate elements. The scenes that result are captivating not only because of the final composition, but the dichotomy of its parts. In a sense it would be accurate to describe these works as conceptual interpretations of Bruegel the Elder's paintings. That is, the minute detail is amazing much as it is in a Breugel's work. Also on show is a "hedge" that could be called an "installation" which is made of 20 individual stands and each a collage. The total lenght is three meters and it stands about 50-60 cms., high. It is for sale individually, but it would be a shame to not sell it as one piece. (50x70 cms., @ 2,500 euro; 70x100 cms., @ 3,500 euro; "The Hedge," one section @ 1,200 euro or 3D recommends making an offer for all 20). Five red dots at opening. Also work by Stephan van den Burg, Koen Doodeman and Tom Zummer (USofA) with his amazing b/w drawings which are more black than white. Until 10th April. http://www.gistgalerie.nl/ 


Fernando Madera is showing drawings at FW:BK (Zwanenburgwal 186). They are East Indian ink drawings and washes, mostly of men. There is a series of A5 drawings that are "framed" in a wooden box (20x15x10 cms). They actually "hang" inside the "box" to a nice effect. Two very large drawings standout because of the style. One is made up of lines in geometric formations which sometimes "frame" a face also made of a series of lines, much like hatching in early engravings. (The price range is 175 to 800 euro; the two large drawings at 2,800 and 3,200 euro each.) Until 4th April. http://www.fwbk.nl/ 

Alphons Freijmuth is showing at Galerie Josine Bokhoven (Prinsengracht 154) with a concentration on his sculpture work; and it comes in a variery of materials: bronze, wood and ceramic. As to the imagery it ranges from conceptual linear abstraction to figurative with a bent towards African carvings. "Wandelende Tak" is a good example of that. It stands 165 cms., high and has an organic form. Some are monochromatic and others are decorated in colors that you expect of his paintings. And there are four oil paintings to be seen. The show is basically a retrospective with work from 1986 to 2009. (Drawing, A4 @ 1,700 euro; 70x50 cms., oil @ 5,100 euro; 215x207 cms., oil @ 16,000 euro; bronze, Ed. 5, 1,900 to 3,800 euro; wood pieces @ 3,400 to 10,800 euro.)   Until 13th April. https://bit.ly/2JHGNOt  



Reminder: Yes, this is always necessary. New people click on and old people turn off their thinking cap...So, when you see (?) you must check another source like contacting the gallery to see if indeed there is anything happening. And the "*" alerts you to the fact that the times listed could also be in error.

THURSDAY:  11th March, 2010
THURSDAY:  11th March, 2010

18:00 "outLINE" (Oetewalerstraat 73)  The space has been turned into a "tea house." But it is also a festival with different events from the 5th March to the 13th. Today, entry is FREE from 18- 20:00. After 20:00 you pay 7.50 euro and get a concert by "Polaris."AT 22:00 there is "Primitive Equations djs." www.myspace.com/primitiveequations  

FRIDAY:  12th March 
FRIDAY:  12th March 

10:30-22:00 Rietveld Academie (Fred. Roeskestraat 96).  "Becoming a Nation: Undoing Equations in Contested Zones." This is a one day affair that "aims to dig deep and hard at the discourses and forces at play[in the middle east]...but perhaps not as you know it...Fly high and rattle conceptions on arts and politics." More info: http://studiumgenerale.rietveldacademie.nl/  

17-19:00 Motive Gallery (Ms van Riemsdijkweg 41a, NDSM Wharf. There is a FREE ferry behind CS). Well, it's about time that they are back. But, hey, let's hope the new space is worth the wait. The ceiling is suppose to be eight miles high...or was it eight meters? Anyway, "Close, very close," by Dominique Petitgand is the artist. http://www.motivegallery.nl/  

17:00 Chellerie (Raamgracht 58). The Dutch photographic collective "Onze //11" is showing eight photographers. Each are said to have a style of their own. No web-site on invite.

18:00 "outLINE" (see above). After 20:00, 7.50 euro. "OMFO" concert. At 22:00-01:00 "PEQ sessie."

20:00 Van Zijll Langhout (Brouwersgrcht 161). "New Art Comes," by Papa Adama, paintings. "My work talks about humanity...[I] make my art with harmony, peace and love." He left out his killer dinosaurs. https://bit.ly/2m7l7Sk  

20:00 Arti et Amicitiae (Rokin 112).  Frank Lisser, "Dagbowek van een uitzicht (2007-2010)." Plus, "The painter is a hero," Jan Wattjes, Larissa van Zanen and Ron Amir. http://www.arti.nl/

20:00 Mediamatic BANK (Vijzelstraat 68). Here it is, folks, the reeeaaaallllly Big Show titled "We love you Jerry: The Great Jerry Springer Rodeo." FREE. Hey, if it has anything to do with Jerry Springer, they should pay 3D to look at it!...But, I digress...SjocoSjon & SFFRMKRS [sic] presents an exhibition filled with interactive art installations and graphic work inspired by the Jerry Springer Show, "the most grostesque talk-show on screen, ever made." They got that right! Participants include Morcky Troubles [sic], Ottograph, him I know; Leyp, + + +. Also Deejay Cream and Melly spin the discs. Bring your boxing gloves and a helmet might be advisable as well. www.mediamatic.net/jerryspringerrodeo 

SATURDAY:  13th March
SATURDAY:  13th March

14-15:15 "outLINE (see above). Sameena Khan, a childrens' program. 5 euros per child, but "ouders/begeleiders gratis." *** 16-17:15 is a repeat of the 14:15 presentation*** 20-01:00 "PEQ Primitive Equations djs, Sluitings ceremonie."

14:00 LOODS6 (KNSM-laan143). "Dreamscape 2010 Amsterdam." A total or 39 artists showing. Curator: Jamain Brigitha. http://www.dreamamsterdam.nl/  

16:00 Galerie 59 (Van Eeghenstraat 59). Dorry Franken, drawings and lithos.

(?)16-18:00* Galerie Vriend van Bavink (_________) Peter Blom doing who knows what. This is one of those secretive galleries. http://www.vriendvanbavink.nl/

16-18:00* Galerie Alex Daniels (Weteringschaans 83). Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe do a duo artistic collaboration with model Kristen McMenamy. http://www.reflexamsterdam.com/  

17-19:00 Galerie A. Gelink (Laurierstraat 187). Kiki Lamers, paintings; and Giorgio Andreotto Caló, an installation. http://www.annetgelink.com/   

17-19:00 RON MANDOS Amstedam (Prinsengracht 282). Michaël Aerts, "An O'Neill drama, a Whistler drama," plus Maurice Braspenning, "GAP," with a book presentation. http://www.ronmandos.nl/

(?)17-19:00* Mart House (Prinsengracht529)  Lotte Geeven, drawings and installations. https://www.mediamatic.net/nl/page/121042/mart-house-gallery 

17-19:00 Galerie D. Stigter (Elandstraat 90). Rannva Kunoy and Pilvi Takala. http://www.dianastigter.nl/

17-19:00 Galerie M. van Zomeren (Prinsengrcht 276). Matt Bryans' "Hibernation." conceptual work. http://www.gmvz.com/

17-19:00 Fons Welters (Bloemstraat 140).  Maria Roosen, "Blow," glass sculpture. In PLAYSTATION: Jan Wattjes, "I as painter." https://bit.ly/2LgksNx  

(?)17-19:00 GRIMM (Keizersgracht 82). William Monk, "Winter Circus." http://www.grimmfineart.com/  

17:30 Upstream Gallery (Van Ostadestraat 294). Izaak Zwartjes, "A monumental installation" made from junk collected from the streets of Amsterdam. http://www.upstreamgallery.nl/  

19:00 Podium Mozaïek (Bos en Lommerweg 191). "Groeten uit Amsterdam West," Photos by Sandra Hoogeboom and journalist Shirley Brandeis.

SUNDAY:  14th March
SUNDAY:  14th March

14:00 Magna Plaza (NZ Voorburgwal 182, 2e floor). "what comes around goes around." A group show of seven artists. Expect figurative, abstract paintings, photography and sculpture work. http://www.magnaplaza-art.com/  

15-19:00 NP40 (Middenweg 22). Wilma Visser, wall hangings made of wood. https://bit.ly/2A09aaY 

(?)15:00* Galerie Rademakers (Prinsengracht 572). Monique Velzeboer, "Puur." http://www.galerierademakers.nl/ 

15:00 Galerie Goda (Weteringschaans 69). A total of 32 artists celebrate Bookweek, with a show titled "The Library," showing portraits of their favorite writers. Many famous names on both sides of the coin. http://www.goda.nl/

16:00 Galerie 23 (KNSM-laan 307). Gerald Chukwuma and Guy Wouete, both are African artists. http://www.galerie23.nl/

16:00 Galerie de Stoker (Witte de Withstrat 124). Thomas Schmall shows figurative and representational paintings, drawings and sketches. http://www.destoker.nl/

16-18:00 WALLS (Prinsengracht 737). "The Nature of Art," with 19 participating artists. There is a new gallery owner, Marloes van Vugt. https://bit.ly/2JFBKy5  

TUESDAY:  16th March
TUESDAY:  16th March

20:30 W139 (Warmoesstraat 139). Well, the title is a mathematical symbol that is not on the key board that 3D uses. Nor do I know its name. But the director is Darren Aronofsky and it is about "a number theoriest [who] seeks the key to everything..." he is pursued by bad guys from Wall Street and a Cabbalist. With Sean Guillette and Mark Margolis. FREE.

And exciting next few days await you. However, you will be unable to experience any of it if you don't GO! Kid you not! Do it today...tomorrow...and don't forget the day after...There's 3D trying to figure out what time it is..or is that what day? Whatever...whoever...however...and don't forget wherever...  

Photos: 1) 6 March 2010 Gallery RudolfV Openings Party Daniel Gould, 2)  3D recalls seeing Lucille Ball and Bob Hope on the stage of this theater...And it seems like only yesterday...well, it was, but lots and lots of yesterdays... Photograph by: Diederick Kraaijeveld, 3) Photograph by: Diederick Kraaijeveld, 4) "Fly me to the moon and let me play amongst the craters and wonder what spring is like on Jupiter and Mars..." 3D contemplating a voyage and wondering, "if I can go first class?", Photograph by: Piet van der Meer