Going back in time: Daniel Gould’s 3D List, Art in Amsterdam #24
Well...the art market is looking up. Last week there were four galleries with multiple red dots. That's good, very good. Better yet, it is a good beginning for the end of the season. There isn't that much left of the 2009-2010 Amsterdam Art Season, so you are advised, encouraged, prodded, etc., etc., to NOT miss an opening during the coming weeks.
Buy a masterpiece before someone beats you to it. We also have coming up, in the next few weeks, TWO art fairs. See below for more info about one that begins this weekend. The other, of course, is ArtAmsterdam, which is at the end of the month.
Bits & Pieces:
What You Missed Last Week:
What Is Happening This Week:
BITS & PIECES:
The latest gossip, on the Amsterdam Art scene, is that Diana Stigter of Galerie D. Stigter was rejected by the powers to be at ArtAmsterdam for participation in the annual art fair. She hasn't taken it sitting down. Stigter is organizing an alternative fair with her former assistant Juliette Jongman and Martin van Zomeren. Rumor has it that three non-Dutch galleries have agreed to attend. She was quoted as saying that "ArtAmsterdam is sooooo bourgeoisie." Well, it takes one to know one.
IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) has introduced a new "Industry Newsletter for Documentary Professionals." Apply for a subscription at: email@example.com
LAKMA (Latin American Art Museum; planned for the Netherlands and to be located in Amersfoort), the Matt Lamb Foundation and The Mrs Globe Netherlands Organization are inviting portrait painters for "The Global Beauty Portrait Competition." "Disciplines and styles: painting, drawing, photography, cartoonist and any other related form of art." 3D checked out their web-site: https://bit.ly/2KcGgEh, but there was no further info concerning the contest. The goal of the portrait event is to raise funds for WIN (Woman In Need Foundation). The Gausachs Foundation is sponsoring the creation of the museum...3D contacted a representative of the organization and was told that those interested can send their "motivation" to participate to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Frieze Art Fair 2010 will host 168 exhibitors at its 7th Annual event to be held between 14th to 17th October. Also, currently at http://www.frieze.com , on the "Editor's Blog," is an article on Marina Abramovic.
Pardons to those who tried to attend the new gallery, TeTo Projects. 3D listed the address as: Haarlemmerstraat 89-2. When I knocked at the door, the man who answered knew nothing about a gallery. The next day, I double checked the spelling of the street on the e-mail invite and, yeah, 3D got it right. However, there was a click on for "map." I did so and up popped "Haarlemmermeerstraat" located somewhere off the Surinamplein.
The city council, of Amsterdam, put up five million euro to sponsor the first three days of Giro d'Italia. Was that a good investment? Sounds cheap to 3D. The TV coverage was transmitted to 160 countries. If you have ever seen the cost of TV time you will have to agree that the Dutch, as always, got a very good deal.
Looking for a new "house?" Check out www.msn.com for a look at the five most expensive "homes" now on the market in the USofA. Number one, on the list, is called "The Manor," located in Holmby Hills (an LA suburb). The asking price is $150,000,000. Hey, you DO get a special room for "gift wrapping." No home should be without one. Having friends over? There is room to park 100 cars on the two hecter estate's property.
WHAT YOU MISSED LAST WEEK:
Mokum Gallery (OZ Voorburgwal 334) is hanging the work of Daniel Enkaoua who is a contemporary impressionist and paints portraits and still lifes. But he paints in a style where the imagery is NOT the relevant factor. No doubt you could recognize one of the models if they were in the same room with a work depicting their image, but that's not really the intention. His intentions appear to be to produce illusions to people---especially children---leeks or onions. And the colors? Well, in one painting there are all the colors found on a colorchart, however most are subliminal. Nice work. (10x15 cms., oil @ 3,300 EUR; 50x35 cms., oil @ 9,900 EUR; 130x100 cms., oil @ 25,000 EUR.) Seven red dots and two green dots 30 minutes into opening. Until 30th May. http://www.galeriemokum.com/
Cloete Breytenbach (S. Africa) is showing her all b/w photography at Melkweg Galerie (Marnixstraat 409, Enter @ Jo's Cafe). Her grasp of contrast is very good and her sense of composition is imaginative. But the exhibition is more about people. The title is "The Spirit of District Six" and is an historical photographic record of a suburb of Cape Town South Africa. Breytenbach captured the district as it was shortly before its destruction. She saw the beauty through the tawdriness. Sometimes the imagery is poignant like the teenager against a wall with graffiti reading: "Gestapo kids" with the swastika separating the two words. But more often than not, the photos celebrate the camaraderie of the population of the area: Young girls skipping rope; a man and woman singing; a boy and his dog. The show is more the celebration of life than it is the eventual destruction of the neighborhood. No price list. Until 30th May. No web-site address on invite.
Here is something both different and unusual especially considering the venue. "foam" (Keizersgracht 609) is exhibiting the photographic work of Hans van den Bogaard who is a documentary photographer. He was given complete access and freedom to photographically record the Vrolik Collection from the 19th century. The collection of anatomical, pathological-anatomical, zoological and teratological examples was amassed by a father and son team. At the death of the son, in 1869, it was to be put up at auction, but was saved from the hammer by a committee of Amsterdam citizens who bought it all. It is now managed by the AMC.
3D often tells people that there is a collector for everything and this exhibition exemplifies that fact more than any other you may see in your life time. There are jars filled with formaldehyde (a chemical preservative) in which a baby leopard, a human and a monkey fetus, etc., are preserved. Van den Bogaard has taken these jars, with their contents, and photographed them to make them more available to the general public. His photos reveal Siamese twins joined at the chest; the innards of a chicken; the frontal section of the human brain; and the fetus of a dolphin. The show is educational and the photography first-rate. Until 20th June. https://bit.ly/2Lavlwl
The Italian Giro bike race got its start in Amsterdam this year...That was on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. But the festivities, surrounding the event, kicked-off on Friday at De Brakke Grond/VCC (Nes 45). The Belgium cultural space mounted the b/w photos of Stephan Vanfleteren and there is a single theme: Bicycle racing. However, before you "Ho-Hum," the emphasis is not on the long lines or packs of bike racers meandering along pristine country roads, not at all. The photographer is as much interested in the spectators that line the roadways and do all the cheering; the groups and the individuals. We do get a view of the race course but it is the landscape in the background that draws our attention. There is even a photo showing what someone had written on the surface of the road: "God is terug" [God is back]. Another aspect is a series of portraits of famous Belgium bike racers. The exhibition is part of the VCC's "Vlaamse Kermis" which coincides with the 101st Giro d'Italia" which is touted to be the biggest cycle race after the Tour de France. On one wall, of the gallery, there are 25+ framed poems---in Dutch---all dedicated to the bike racing theme. Until ___?___ https://bit.ly/1Th5K2k
...And speaking of Italy, The Frozen Fountain design gallery is featuring an exhibition highlighting the best of Dutch design as shown at Milano's annual design week. As you enter the space and directly to the right you will see the work of Daphno Isaacs and Laurens Manders. They make lamps which are indeed unique and original. Think of taking a iron cooking pot and using it as a base for a lamp with adjustable wood supports. All pieces in an edition of 15 and priced between 1,295 to 1,695 EUR....The "Tegelkachel" (tile stove) is a retro design that hearkens back to before 1900; but with all the modern features and safety measures. They are designed by Dick van Hoff. (4,370 to 12,940 EUR).
There is a table which was inspired by the Audax Textile Museum - Tilberg for "The art of dining" project. Kiki andScholten & Baijings contributed something called, "Paper Table." The original prototypes were all made of paper and what we see on display are of ceramic but "not for sale." Simple, geometric abstracted designs and all in gray. Nice...Along the walls of the gallery are a series of photographs titled, "Farmers," by Louise te Poele. For the most part, these photos are not posed. The farmers are captured au naturel. The figurative imagery is further enhanced because there is an all black background. The female "farmers" are in traditional Dutch dress. (50x75 cms., Ed. 15 @ 950 EUR; 100x110 cms., Ed 10 @ 1,750 EUR.)
"Glassware of feet" is a limited series of three wine glasses in three sizes. The main receptacle is bulb shaped with a broad glass base. Damn, forgot to make note of the designer. (Small, @ 50; Medium @ 57 EUR; large @ 65 EUR.)...Piet Hein Eek shows a post Rietveld designed desk and chair. All of Rietveld's linear elements are included. The gallery's liner notes say: "Thanks to the crisis we can present you two beautiful new pieces of furniture." Left unexplained is what "crisis" and how its affect was manifested on the furniture...Christien Meindertama has a very special rug and footstool on display. Both are made from thick strains of wool from "Crossbred" sheep. (Rug, 170x230 cms., @ 3,600 EUR; Ottoman @ 1,100 EUR.)
Hans-Jürgen Simon (German) is at Galerie 59 (Van Eeghenstraat 59) with paper work and it is a WOW! Again, he works with paper. All types and forms of the material from newspaper to books or torn photographs from books and magazines. The photos he uses to make collages but not the type of collage you would expect. He partially balls up the photos and then arranges them into a composition. And everything else, in this extensive show (about 50 works), is unique and each an originally conceived piece of paper sculpture. And with the exception of two pieces, everything is in b/w. How he reconfigures the books and/or sheets of paper is unimportant since the results speak for themselves. Then there is the elements of typography which he makes use of in several different ways to, again, create unique compositions. It is both elemental to the work and irrelevant. This is Simon's second show in the Netherlands, the first was in Haarlem. Four red dots 30 minutes into opening. (36x35x3 cms., @ 450 EUR; 50x40x7 cms., @ 780 EUR; 70x100x7 cms., @ 1,800 EUR.) N.B. Galerie 59 is an SBK gallery which means you can buy or rent the works; the rental price can later be applied to actually purchasing it. Until 20th June. https://bit.ly/2OtOCLj
At AdK (Prinsengracht 534) there is a group show featuring work only in b/w and shades of gray. Frederik Roes works with black pastel chalk, ink and charcoal on paper. The work is conceptual figurative. What you see are unusual human forms and/or body poses. (21x24 cms., @ 550 EUR; 41x70 cms., @ 850 EUR.) ...Chris de Bueger works with charcoal, ink and gouache. The imagery is almost representational in that you SEEM to see a stand of trees, for example. But he plays with perspective and composition in playful ways. (30x35 cms., @ 500 EUR; 61.5x70.5 cms., @ 1,400 EUR.)
Hans Ebeling Koning uses charcoal, ink and pastel chalk. The work is representational, but as seen as an abstraction. Trees are a favorite subject, but not in the way you generally expect to see them represented. (25x25 cms., @ 450 EUR; 40x40 cms., @ 895 EUR.)...Mai van Oers works with pencil. She is a geometric abstractionist that creates what could be a representational environment. In other words, are you looking at the interior of a building with mosaic tiles on the floor with stylized "trees," along the side, bordering it? Of course, the magic of her work is that it just doesn't matter. She fills the surface area, of the paper, with convincing illusions. Nice. (30x35 cms., @ 500 EUR; 48x36 cms., @ 1,500 EUR.) Until 6th June. https://bit.ly/2LRt0qC
At Cokkie Snoei Amsterdam (Hazenstraat 11) is a group show titled, "Spring!" The artists are all of the gallery and each one has had previous exhibitions at the venue. The style of work ranges from conceptual to paintings to photography to an elaborate collage to a maquette with videos to a very kitschy mixed media piece. Truly something for everyone. Until 12th June. http://www.cokkiesnoei.com/
A solo exhibition, for Georgina Gratrix, is at TEN HAAF PROJECTS (Laurierstraat 248) and titled "EVERYTHING ECSTATIC." She is a South African artist who emulates the COBRA school---in that her work reflects watercolors done by small children---as well as, her fellow country person, Marlene Dumas. Nearly all the works are portraits. What she takes from the kids are the unusual if not weird color combinations. And from Dumas, that wash-effect which makes the identity, of those featured, in the portrait, anonymous. There is a "collage" (the price list refered to it as an "installation") of about 60 small watercolors which you might expect to see on a family's refrigerator door of their kids' work. Three red dots at opening. (50x70 cms., @ 750 EUR.) Until 19th June. https://bit.ly/2ux13gg
At "galerie jos art" (KNSM-laan 291) is the Japanese artist Hideaki Yamanobe who is a conceptual minimalistic painter whose canvases border on being monochromatic. There is also a linear abstraction element which acts as nuances. If you like the work of Robert Ryman and Agnes Martin, don't miss this exhibition. At the opening, the artist gave a demonstration of his painterly technique. (23x28 cms., acrylic @ 1,800 EUR; 60x60 cms., acrylic @ 3,800 EUR; 130x100 cms., acrylic @ 8,000 EUR; 181x212 cms., acrylic @ 18,000 EUR.) Until 20 June. https://bit.ly/2KTfwOo
Marc Mulders is back at "BORZO modern & contemporary art" (Keizersgracht 516). He is an expressionist that reins in the urge to just bombard the viewer with color. Instead, he controls his color "gun" much like a Pointillist. They tried to bring unity to the color by creating representational imagery. Mulders, however, doesn't go that far. He explores his pallet, with his brush, and collects a rainbow of colors then swirls them in a circular matter onto the canvas. The arrangement is like that of a Jackson Pollack drip-painting. In other words, the compositions are chaotic and without a discernable form. Also on display are samples of his photography that reflect an entirely different voice. Mulders also works with stained glass. The next time you visit the NieuwKerk check out the avant garde stained glass windows. It is his work. Four red dots at opening. The largest (180x220 cms.) was purchased by the North Brabant Museum. (50x60 cms., oil @ 5,250 EUR; 150x170 cms., oil @ 19,000 EUR; 180x220 cms., oil @ 24,000 EUR.) Until 29th May. https://bit.ly/2maQxaC
WALLS (Prinsengracht 737) presented 17 artists in a group show. And, no, 3D will not attempt to describe all of them, but here is an overview. Marcel Dijker is back with his images of fish done, appropriately enough, with North Sea driftwood. The "sculptures" are both imaginative and captivatng. (55 to 450 EUR.)...José van Tilburg does typography and in several original and unique ways. She cuts out pages from newspapers/magazines, stitches several together and sometimes adds a photo to compliment the composition. She is also a photographer who focuses, again, on typography. Nice. (30x30 cms., Photos, Ed 25, @ 175 EUR; Collage, 61x130 cms., @ 1,450 EUR.)...Paul Tas makes ceramic and porcelain objects with his own shade of Delft Blue. Some pieces are bottle shaped but with an unexpected "crowning" touch. The imagery is whimsical and imaginative. (Ooops, forgot to check the prices.)
Marisja van Weegberg has an unusual technique. A large work (210x100 cms.) is the human form formulated by thousands of tiny pin pricked holes. That's it. Minimalism at its best! Another piece is a study in typography using pins stuck into a window screen. (16x15 cms., @ 295; 210x100 cms., @ 5,600 EUR.)...Ingrid van der Kamp does mixed media work. Three large canvases are conceptual figurative drawings with a touch of typography and two with gold leaf. (20x20 cms., @ 290 EUR; 110x120 cms., @ 1,275 EUR.)...Varenka Pashke (S. Africa) hangs 30 pieces in various techniques: drawings, mixed media, digital prints, fabric, etc. Sometimes many of these elements are combined. There are a couple of series included. One she did for books and another reflects her impression of the Mexican Festival of Death. Another series has her painting on a collage of fabric fragments. (40x40 cms., digital print on canvas @ 100 EUR; 149x81 cms., oil on textile on wood @ 3,500 EUR.)
Felicia Scholten is a contemporary Pop School style artist. She focuses on females as subject matter and their shoes with unusual compositions. Nice colors. (50x50 cms., @ 450 EUR; 100x100 cms., @ 950 EUR.)...Barbara van den Berg does comic strip like drawings and paintings. All are with an emphasis on the figurative. Shades of the German Expressionist filter through, but without the grotesque aspects. Colorful and fun. (10x15 cms., mixed media on paper @ 95 EUR; 160x100 cms., acrylic on canvas @ 2,400 EUR.)...Robert Jan Zuur is a photographer whose imagery ranges from representational abstraction to b/w landscapes. (40x60 cms., Ed. 10 @ 500 EUR.) Until 3rd July. https://bit.ly/2LRAexM
WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK:
Reminder: Mistakes happen. 3D makes every effort to get it right, but doesn't always make the grade. So when you see (?) please realize that the source info may be WRONG. You are advised to check ahead. This is true, too, when you see "*" behind the time. It simple means that that could also be an error. This is your weekly disclaimer and has been disclaimed...whatever...
THURSDAY: 13th May, 2010
THURSDAY: 13th May, 2010
20:30 STEIM (Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134). "STEIM Hotpot Lab #5." Featuring Diemo Schwarz, Daniela De Paulis and Kaffe Matthews who discuss laptop music, interactive music systems and "Earth Moon Earth transfer." What's that? GO...and learn and it's ALL FREE. http://steim.org/
FRIDAY: 14th May
FRIDAY: 14th May
(?)17-19:00 Art Affairs (Veemkade 354). "Mapping the Art," a group show. https://bit.ly/2LfBlnI
(?)17-19:00 NIMk (Keizersgracht 264). "Lo-fi works with knotty thoughts," various video artists; plus a performance by Nina Yuen. https://bit.ly/2m4s9Hy
18:00 Kunst in de Tuin (Corn. Krusemanstraat 27-3). Jos Out's sculpture work. https://bit.ly/2OvCQ3a
18:00 Motive Gallery (Ms van Riemsdijkweg, NDSM-werf, FREE ferry from CS). Pierre Leguillon, "A Silent Show," with a performance at 18:30. Plus, Irene Kopelman, "The Levy's Flight." She will also give two lectures programs on the 15th and 22nd of May. See web-site for more info. http://www.motivegallery.nl/
SATURDAY: 15th May
SATURDAY: 15th May
15:00 Galerie Rademakers (Prinsngracht 570). Rachel Nieborg, photographs. https://bit.ly/2JvtSz2
(?)16:00* Galerie Witteveen (Keizersgracht 538). Lydia Schouten. https://bit.ly/2NR0zdF
16:00 "GALERIE bart" (Bloemgracht 2). Sabi van Hemert, sculpture/objects; Stephan J. Englisch (German), night photos. https://bit.ly/2m4yS4n
16-18:00 Eduard Planting Fine Art Photography (1e Bloemdwarsstraat 2). "The Dutch Surrealist," featuring Orna Wertman, Peter van de Wijngaart and Laura Samson Rous. https://bit.ly/2lZLxFJ
16-18:00 Galerie W. van Leeuwen (Hazenstraat 27). Brian Finke, "American Cheerleaders & Football Players," photography. http://www.woutervanleeuwen.com/
16-19:00 KunstVlaai (Westergasfabriek, at several locations throughout the Cultural Park). This fair is under the direction of Jos Houweling, who is the director of the Sandberg Institute. It is an alternative fair to ArtAmsterdam with emphasis on the young and cutting edge avant garde art spaces. There are 80 participants this year. Today, there are various special events, performances and whatnots by De Brakke Grond/VCC, PLANETART, DasArts, "outLINE," PAKT, NIMk, Mothership (Rotterdam), W139, "retort," Petersburg, etc. Most of the action you will find in the Gashouder and Zuiveringshal. Check out the web-site for more info and complete description of ALL activities. Not to be missed! It continues daily until the 23rd of May. Entry is 7 EUR. https://bit.ly/2mUdE9U
17-20:00 "VERVERS modern art gallery" (Hazenstraat 54). "The State of Being," Papa Adama, Lenneke van derGoot, Vincent Vilenbroek and "Black ink lab." https://bit.ly/2mkqkqc
17-19:00 RADA: Architecture & Art (1e Rozendwarsstraat 17). Closing party for "Laser 3.14." https://bit.ly/2AmjWZr
(?)17-19:30 Canvas International Art (Gerard Doustraat 142). Choi Soo-Whan, Park Misun and Shin Sun-Joo. https://bit.ly/2ApFogh
17:30 Chiellerie (Raamgracht 58). Anny Rose, paintings, prints and bronze work. https://bit.ly/2LGvtYT
18:00 "kunstENhuis" (Westergasfabriek). Gerda Kruimer, paintings and wall hangings. http://gerdakruimer.nl/
21:00 PUNT WG (M. v. B. Bastiaansestraat 15). Saskia de Braun and Vincent van de Wijngaard, documentary photographer, "ANAGRAM-a man in the city." http://www.projectanagram.blogspot.com, https://puntwg.nl/
21:00 SmartProjectSpace (Arie Biemondstraat 111). Eduardo Padilha's "A dog builds its den, a mouse builds its burrow." "An installation that references and replicated architectural components with elements of ceramic..." Plus, a group show of nine artists who examine song and music as social phenomenon. In addition, "Love in Uganda," a performance by Rory Pilgrim (UK). This is a response to the anti-homosexual bill trying to be passed in Uganda. https://bit.ly/2ufXTyc
SUNDAY: 16th May
SUNDAY: 16th May
12-18:00 KunstVlaai (See Saturday for more info)
16-18:00 De Service Garage (Stephenson 16). The closing party for "Amsterdam - Berlin." At 17:00 there will be a talk conducted by Jurriaan Benshop. https://bit.ly/2m7z16Y
17-19:00 VOUS ETES ICI (Lijnbaansgracht 314). "It was 20 years ago today," anniversary group exhibition. http://www.francisboeskeprojects.nl/
17-19:00 LUMEN TRAVO (Lijnbaansgracht 314.) Dianne Hagen, "Holy Canoli." https://bit.ly/2NlXt0m
17-19:00 AKINCI (Lijnbaansgracht 317). Andrei Roiter (Russia/Neth/USA). "Memory Card," paintings and objects. http://akinci.nl/
MONDAY: 17th May
MONDAY: 17th May
12-18:00 KunstVlaai (See Saturday for more info.)
TUESDAY: 18th May
TUESDAY: 18th May
12-18:00 KunstVlaai (See Saturday for more info.)
WEDNESDAY: 19th May
WEDNESDAY: 19th May
12-18:00 KunstVlaai (See Saturday for more info)
20:00 BeemsterArtCentre (Sint Nicolaasstraat 21). Lecture by Floris Schreve on modern art in Iraq. N.B. The invite made no mention of the language but it, itself, was in Dutch. https://bit.ly/2uU7R8D
Lots to do this week...So just make plans to DO IT! KunstVlaai is an exceptional way to get an extremely concise overview of both the contemporary Dutch art scene and the avant garde. Is there a difference? Hey, this is your chance to learn and form your own ideas about that and about WHAT IS ART? And, just think, you can do ALL this without leaving town. How lucky you are to live in Amsterdam. Kid you not!
Photo: "A rose, is a rose, is a rose, 3D is a rose, is a rose...but no thorns!" Hmmm. The work of art by Margriet Smulters, RON MANDOS Gallery, Photograph Piet van der Meer