Going back in time: Daniel Gould’s 3D List, Art in Amsterdam #2
The 26th November is Thanksgiving Day in the USofA. The 3D List commemorates this event with this cartoon by Pat Bagley, of the "The Salt Lake Tribune" (USA). Used without permission.
There is much happening this coming weekend and you are advised to take advantage of everything because next week is Sinterklaas and it is on a Saturday this year. You know what that means...nothing will be happening. And if you are looking for the perfect gift, let it be an art piece. It is sweeter than candy and non fattening; last longer than clothing; and says to the one receiving it---365 days a year---that you care. Nor does it cost that much. Art A Casa (Kerkstraat 411) is offering original paintings from 50 euro and the Carhartt Store (Hartenstraat 18) has silkscreens, in an edition of 40, at 45 euro. Kid you not! Even in hard economic times you can afford to buy art and support an artist. It's win-win!
This week the "3D List" goes to a "blog" address. I have been told that there will be one inconvenience. When you want more info you can no longer just click-on to the web address listed but you must "cut" and move the indicator to the "To:" section then "paste." Whew...that took four seconds. Life is hard!
Finally, the 3D List is late this week because there was so much happening last week, on the art scene, which meant a need for more writing time.
Bits & Pieces:
Museum Review: Hendrick Avercamp's, "The Little Ice Age," Rijksmuseum
Stadsarchief Amsterdam, "Amsterdam, Capital of Finance"
Art Fair Review: PAN Amsterdam
What You Missed Last Week:
What Is Happening This Week:
BITS & PIECES:
The 3D List continues its development and evolution. Because of the technical difficulties in including photographs with the written text, the list is now available as a "blogspot." You will receive each week the blogspot address that you must click on to in order to apprise it. When you do so, you will be able to check the previous list #12 which includes the photo of Elzo at his Carhartt Store exhibition (with samples of his work) and the one taken at Diana Blok's show at Melkweg Galerie (scroll down to the end of the list).
The first early supporter of Western Art was the Catholic Church. Most great art pieces from the 15th through the 19th century had religious themes and were executed by the leading artists of the day. The Modern Art of the 20th century didn't really move those in authority and the Church only repeated earlier themes in the new churches that were built; the Netherlands was a notable exception. The times are a changing. "Pope Benedict XVI sitting before Michelangelo's 'Last Judgement' in the Sistine Chapel, has called on contemporary artists to embark on a quest for beauty.' More than 250 artists, architects, musicians, writers, directors and composers from around the world, but largely from Italy, attended...The architect Daniel Libeskind called the event an 'amazing step' for the pope 'to speak of art and ugliness and what connects art to culture. It's not an everyday thing." Bill Viola said it made sense "that in a moment of crisis art becomes more important." (Int Herald Tribune, 23rd Nov.) https://www.nytimes.com/
Platform21 has announced the development of "Supermarker" which has been in the development stage for the last three and one half years. Well, 3D won't attempt to describe it in a few words but check out this address: www.platform21.nl/page/6022/en or for Dutch, same address but replace "en" with "nl."
The Rotterdam Design Prize 2009 will be warded this coming Sunday. Proceeding the ceremony there will be a discussion, at 14:00, lead by Alice Rawsthorn, design editor for the Int Herald Tribune, on the state of contemporary design. It is at Museum Boijman van Beuningen,. Tickets are 10 euro and that includes the museum's entrance fee. RSVP: https://bit.ly/2KJ9eRw
Putting fun into advertising is what The Frozen Fountain have done to promote the products they represent. Go to: www.frozenfountain.nl. Then click-on to any or all the icons you see. The "socks" one is a very good composition of representational geometric abstraction.
Eating out in Amsterdam gets better and better. This year Guide Michelin blesses the Ciel Rive and Ron Blaauw with two stars. One star goes to: La Rive, Vinkeles, Yamazato, Le Restaurant and Aan de Poel in Amstelveen. Under the rubric "BIB Gourmand there are ten restaurants. Notable exceptions are the Amstel Hotel and Beddingtons.
When 3D first came to Holland, 35 years ago, he expected winters of ice and snow. What he got instead was rain! At one point I wondered why so many 16th and 17 century Flemish and Dutch paintings I had seen, either at museums or in art books, had winter scenes. About 15 or so years ago I finally got the answer. There had been what climatologists refer to as "the mini ice age." Long and cold winters. The present exhibition at the Rijksmuseum features the work of Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634) who was a genre painter that specialized in painting those very winters. Of the twenty oils on display, the majority are winter scenes.
"Winter scene outside the walls of Kampen" (though born in Amsterdam he was raised in Kampen) is an oil on panel painted when he was in his late 20s. Your first thought, in looking at any of the works hanging, is how his detail of people, in a scene, was so much like Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1526/30-1569). And like the Flemish master, each composition can contain up to one hundred or more individuals. We see them in their finery and, in fact, one suspects that "ice skating" was more of a class thing than one involving the common person though there are a few people pictured that do resemble the working class.
"Winter landscapes with a peat boat" (1608, oil on panel) is a lesson for artists in perspective and how removing the focal point from the center of the composition enhances other aspects of the composition. Painting a peat boat reflected one of the major sources of energy for both heating one's abode and for cooking since it was used as fuel. 3D embarrassed himself by pointing out to the curator, Pieter Roelofs, privately, that someone had misspelled the word "golf." There is a painting titled "Colf players on the ice." The spelling appears the same in both the Dutch and English liner notes. He replied that it was not an error, but an early Dutch game that had little to do with "the Scottish game." Talk about "a water hazard." He went on to explain that it is believed the the game of ice hockey evolved from colf. Interestingly enough, aside from a ball and club the other similarity between "colf" and "golf" is the players clothes: wild in design and color.
Above all, Avercamp was a draughtsman; and there are twenty five drawings that attest to his skill. "A fisherman hauling in his net" is meticulous in detail. It is a pen and ink drawings with water color wash and it is not only the net which is detailed by the folds of the fisherman's trousers as well. And he could be dramatic as in the case of "Ships at sea in a storm." It is little more than a line drawings however the angry sky and swirling sea comes through in all its intensity. Also there are more than one or two social history lessons included. "Landscape with Gypsy women telling fortunes" (p&i, wc, 1618-1620) pictures a Romany tribe. I was surprised that this ethnic group of an Indian tribe had arrived in Europe so early.
It's that kind of show. Not only beautifully executed work, but you will come away with a knowledge about an important period of time. Here was one little tid-bits 3D discovered in one painting and that was graffiti written on a brick wall. Finally, it was announced at the press showing that the museum will now offer tours for the deaf with "signers" explaining the work. This is apropos since Averkamp himself was a mute and probably deaf as well. Until 15th February, 2010. https://bit.ly/1zkDwtK
There are two ways to do this exhibition. Buy the catalog first. Read through it. Go see the show. Or go see the show, buy and read the catalog and you will want to go see the show again. The catalog goes into minute detail to show how meticulous Avercamp was in creating his compositions. It also shows the many ways Avercamp paid homage to Pieter Bruegel the Elder. There is one illustration showing a "bird-trap" from each of their paintings that are nearly exactly alike.
What the catalog illuminates so well in regard to the paintings are the "parts" that made up the compositions. We learn that particular scenes within the painting where repeated in others. Not only an elaborate group scene but simple ones like the body of a horse or a man carrying reeds. These magnified details are both revealing and humorous like the ones that show a woman who has slipped and fallen on the ice. Her long skirt has been pushed up to her waist revealing her bare buttocks (she wasn't wearing underwear).
The catalog is the result of the collaboration of six experts---from different fields---under the editorial leadership of Pieter Roelofs. Chapters include "Aspects of the Costume" and "Ice and Sky, Sky and Ice: Technical Aspects," plus a detailed discussion on "The Little Ice Age: Harsh Winters between 1550-1650."
The catalog is lavishly illustrated in four colors often with six reproductions per page. Several other artist's works---contemporaries who were either influenced by or influenced Avercamp---are included.
In a sense this show---though specialized on the "winter scene" genre style---is a better overview of the 17th century than what we would expect from either a Rembrandt or Vermeer exhibition. Both of these artists were truly innovative whereas Avercamp was producing for the bourgeoisie market of the day. Title: "Hendrick Avercamp, Master of the Ice Scene." Edited by Pieter Roelofs. 224 pages. Both an English and a Dutch edition. ISBN: 978.90.8689.0590 (English); 978.90.8689.0569 (Dutch.
At Gemeente Amsterdam Stadsarchief is an exhibition titled: "Amsterdam, Capital of Finance: 400 years of financial history." First, let me point out the big negative to this exhibition: it is all in Dutch. While that is to be generally expected since many foreigners living in the city and most tourist don't have much interest in the city's history, it is nearly inexcusable for this show since large segments of it are related to the development of the United States. And since we have been commemorating the 400 year voyage of Henry Hudson to New York (nee, New Amsterdam) it is further not understandable. So your enjoyment, appreciation and understanding will be limited
Amsterdam was one of the first "money capitals" of the world. A collection of memorabilia that ranges from a box of cigars issued by "Amsterdamsche Bank" in 1915 to "piggy banks," advertising play cards, financial certificates, account books to photos of dealers at the Beurs van Berlage, and the Kas Bank illustrate the many facets of dealing in money. There are several examples of silver and gold "twee dukatons"(1676) and "gouden dukaton" (1673) on display. Also "dukaat" from the 16th century coined in Hungary, Portugal, England, France and even Friesland and Gelderland are on view. Perhaps somewhere in the Dutch liner notes is this bit of trivia: The term "dollar," as in "Yankee dollar" derived from the Dutch term, "dollard."
There is also a detailed railroad map of the late 19th century United States. Interestingly enough, the Netherlands was a major investor in the building of the American railroad system. Unfortunately, at the time, the system was over built and because of the illegal activities of the "Robber Barons" it developed into a "bubble" and when the bubble burst the Dutch investments were forever lost. A stock ticker tape machine is also on display. This was a development of Thomas A Edison who gave us also the electric light bulb and the movies. A map of lower Manhattan from 1794 is interesting.
The exhibition space itself is rather dramatic in that we see a 360 degree view of the cityscape of Amsterdam. Until 28th February. https://bit.ly/2L2SYHa
Entry fees: 5 euro, adults; 12-18 years old, 3 euro and under 12, FREE.
ART FAIR REVIEW: PAN Amsterdam (RAI)
Just after World War II, the first art fair in the Netherlands under the title "Fine Art and Antiques Fair," opened in Delft. 3D recalls attending one of the Delft Fairs in the early 80s. The space was very limited, but in a sense this created a cozy feel. The organizers were the Association of Fine Art Dealers in the Netherlands' (VHOK). In a 1987 disagreement with VHOK, six prominent art and antique dealers set up Pictura Antiquairs Nationaal which we now refer to as PAN Amsterdam. Until recently the emphasis was on antiques, but in recent years more and more contemporary art galleries have come to participate. This year it is a significant percentage and no wonder since last year 35,000 people attended the week long exhibition. And this year a record number of exhibitors are showing: 137. Another important factor about this fair is that you can buy a rare and expensive piece with confidence since every objects and art work has been inspected and authenticated by one or more of 80 experts.
3D considers this fair to be a place to go to dream. You could furnish a small mansion with the items you will see offered for sale from the furniture to the silverware and place settings for the table to the art on the wall. You can do it with 18th and 19th century items---even a fire place mantel---to designer furniture from the 20s and 30s to avant gardé art of today. There is also maps and prints, Greek, Roman, Asian and Pre-Columbian art, ethnic art as well as Japanese, Chinese and African art. This year, the 3D list will concentrate on the art. And with that said, what better gallery to begin with but Noortman Master Paintings, Amsterdam which is showing a small Paul Cézanne from 1865-1866 which was owned, in the past, by three important art dealers. If you find that too rich for your blood there is also a small Eugéne Delacroix done in 1825 and it is an early example of what 50 years later would become known as "impressionism." Also a Camille Pissaro which appears to be a study and a Kees van Dongen. No price stickers and 3D was afraid to ask.
Just across from Noortman is Saloman Lilian Amsterdam showing large winter scenes by Molenaes (1629-1673) and Izaak Ouwater (1750-1`793) who paints the Westerkerk. No prices listed.
Gallery Rob Kattenburg shows a delightful work by Gerrit Groenewegen (1754-1826) picturing several ships entering a harbor. He was the leading etcher and drawer of ships during this period. This gallery shows only seascapes with ships.
Willem Kerseboom features what you might refer to as a "take away" by Mimmo Rotella (Italy, 1918-2006). 3D describes it as a "take away" because it is a segment of a poster torn from a wall, but it appears to be a collage. Nice.(76x45 cms., @ 45,000 euro.) Xanti Schawinsky (Poland/USA) was an important Bauhaus painter who did colorful geometric abstractions to a mixed style of representational/geometric abstraction. A Herbert Zang work is a conceptual piece from fabric which is minimal and with a mysterious quality (77x80x3 cms., fabric @ 9,000 euro.)
Kunsthandel A.H. Bier (Eindhoven) has several oils by Isaac Israels (1865-1934). Also a colorful Marius Bauer watercolor. This should be interesting for those who only know the artist for his b/w North African etchings.
Nouvelles Images hangs several Lucebert drawings on paper and priced reasonably at 1,910-2,650 euro in pen & ink and crayon. Also four Lucassens from 2004-2009. Auke de Vries does whimsical objects on painted tin.
Galerie RON MANDOS shows photos by Margriet Smulders which are beautiful flower arrangements done in an avant gardé style. There are several Annemiek de Beer's egg tempera paintings on linen which are representational/expressionistic with a Japanese flavor.
Etienne Gallery (Oisterwijk) shows glass and features a chandelier by Dale Chihuly (USA) which in a word is: Spectacular. Also large paintings by Paul Balmen which are city scape. Small sculpture pieces by Rabarama standout not only because of the unusual poses but even more because of the geometric abstract paintings that cover the bodies.
Brutto Gusto (Berlin) hangs Bas Meerman's Pop School like style painting of a young black girl in a yellow dress with polka dots next to an oil by Mary Waters which is very mondern while at the same time emulating the 19th century.
Contempo Rotterdam/Eindhoven shows Juan Béjar who is sort of a contemporary Henri Rousseau. Also there are three Cole Morgans and three Jan Ros motion paintings.
Galerie Mokum has a large booth with a very good selection from the gallery's several artists. One is, however, unusual because Mireille Loup paints nearly monochromatic scenes. An Ellen de Groot portrait of a woman in blue is very special. There are also several Onno Boerwinkel's pastels on paper.
De Rijk Fine Art (Den Haag) hangs a conceptual monochromatic minimal oil by Walter Leblanc (1971). there is also a Herman Goeptart oil which is a monochromatic minimal study in white. A Lucio Fontana torn paper minimal piece is captivating and there is nothing minimal about the 58,000 euro price tag.
Jaski shows several works from the various COBRA school artist: Appel, Corneille, Brands and Lucebert. Also on exhibit are their contemporary artists Emilio Kruithof and Chris Berens.
Kunsthandel Creative B.V. has the work of Nicolaas Warb who was a minimalistic geometric abstractionist. She emulates De Stijl, the Russian avant gardé and with a touch of Piet Mondrian. Included are the works of Willy Boers, Willem Hussem and Jan Roëde.
Collectie Harms (Rolde) shows contemporary representational to hyper-realistic work by Tjalf Sparnaay and Willem van Veldhuizen.
Leslie Smith is showing 19th and 20th century European impressionism and post impressionism work, but specializes in Aboriginal painters. Take advantage of this opportunity to see that even some Aboriginal artist have gone avant gardé. You may think that you already know the style, but you will be surprised.
Gebr Douwes Fine Art hangs eight Rembrandt etching all very good impressions and an Albrecht Dürer (1471-1578) who is considered to be the father of the engraving art and the first etcher, "Nemesis of the good fortune" (32x22 cms.,) is 30,000 euro.
Galerie Majke Hüsstege 's-Hertogenbosch shows the mixed technique work of LuLuo who "weaves" material into forms. He also creates expressionistic works from material. "A Study in Red" (80x200 cms., @ 6,600 euro) is very nice. Matthias Meyer does representational expressionistic paintings in an unique style that is captivating. Mitsy Groenendijk is represented with her whimsical chimps (105x35x70 cms., @ 4,900 euro).
MK Galerie show Gerco de Ruijter photos some of which look like a study in geometric abstraction but are really and truly represenational. Tijna Mielonen does oils, epoxy on plexi glass and there is an "inner illumination." The colors glow like a neon sign.
Galerie Willy Schoots (Eindhoven) always brings exciting work to the fair. Two Allen Jones---a Pop School artist--- are on display and from 2008 plus a sculpture piece. His style has changed over the years and the colors are now neon. What remains of his earlier style is the simple line drawing. (183x183 cms., oil @ 110,000 euro.) Several Armando sculptures are also on offer. ("Komf," a bronze, Ed. 3, 74x60x54 cms., @ 15,000 euro.)
Canvas International Art is showing the inlay-wood-like work of Diederick Kraaijeveld. He uses several pieces of used and painted wood fragments to create "portraits." A series of oils by Andy Dewantoro are all done in shades of purple, Unusual and captivating. A mixed media oil by Nampyo Kim (Korea) is special for its uniqueness in combining braided fabric with the oil painting. Clever.
Witzenhausen Gallery hangs the photos of Kevin Erskijne which are offered in two sizes: 200x65 mcs., and 300x100 cms., @ 3,200 and 5,000 euro. They show a sky view landscape in surprising colors during stormy weather. Medelieine Beckhemer does difficult work to describe. She takes a "leg" and repeats the imagery several times in a 3D sort of way. Nice.
Kunsthandel Meijer (Utrecht) hangs and amazing tapestry by Richard Linder (220x120 cms., Ed. 20 @ 15,000 euro). Then there is a Josef Ongenae which is sort of a joke on a Mondrian linear abstract painting.
Kahmann Gallery is showing a selection from their collection of vintage b/w photographs...Oh, yeah, there is one exception and that is Robert van der Hilst's "Cuban Man" which is in color (131zx110 cms,., Ed. 5, 4,500 euro).
Studio2000 (Blaricum) exhibits a beautiful impressionistic paintings by William Singer which stands out because of its unusual composition (105x105 cms., oil @ 22,500 euro). An Albert Severijs painting of a tree is in an abstract/representational style and nice. There are seven Hans Kanters oils on panel. If you don't know his style, well it is a touch surrealistic with a little bit of fantasy added and always with a whimsical tilt. (19x40 cms., oil @ 21,500 euro.
BORZO brings what is left from their gallery show: "New Media: New Forms." And there are a few additions. An oil by Bart ven der Leck (1876-1958) is a beautiful, but subtle examples of his oeuvre. There is also a Wim Schiippers installation which is unusual in its style and multiple symbolism (75x145x37 cms., @ 24,000 euro.)
This year's fair's motif is in black and white zebra like stripes which sets off the hall very nicely-nicely. The fair is daily until this Sunday when it closes at18:00. The daily hours are from 11-19:00 and on Thursday (26th Nov.) until 18:00. Children up to 12 are FREE to enter. All others pay 15 euro (students and OAP, 12.50 euro). 12-18 years old 7.50 euro. Daily one-hour guided tours of the fair led by an art expert, in Dutch, is available at 5 euro. Inquire at information counter.
WHAT YOU MISSED LAST WEEK:
BeemsterArtCenter (Sint Nicolaasstraat 21) is having their third exhibition. The raison d'etre of the program is to present migrants to the Netherlands and/or refugees. Adil Elsanousi (Sudan) does colorful and busy compositions with geometric symbolism. There is also a naïve quality to the work. She studied at the Art Academy of Khartoum. A very large canvas dominates one of the gallery's walls. (40x60 cms., acrylic on paper @ 435 euro; 50x100 cms., acrylic on canvas @ 650 euro.)
Gregory Kohelet (Oezbekistan) creats work with a combination of styles and techniques and all in a single piece. Figurative expressionism is a major factor but he then adds collage pieces of b/w photographs which sometimes relate to the imagery and sometimes doesn't. Three paintings (one a triptych) are more representational in their imagery. However, the compositions and perspectives become the focal point. (40x50 cms., acrylic on canvas @ 650 euro; 70x90 cms., oil on canvas @ 1,500 euro; 90x240, triptych, oil on canvas @ 2,900 euro.) Until 18th December. No web-site on invite.
AYACS is exhibiting Josje Peters in a show titled "Inaccessibly Close." The work is figurative expressionism but that's only a short description. The style and technique she uses to achieve it is distinctive and different. The figurative aspect is more of an abstraction against the expressionistic background. The compositions are dissected in unusual ways. And the positioning of color in the compositions further adds to the work's abstraction factor. Got all that? Well, you gotta see it. (A3 & A4 drawings of mixed media on paper @ 100 euro; 30x40 cms., oil on canvas @ 750 euro; 165x140 cms., oil on canvas @ 2,500 euro.) Until 19th December.
ARTTRA (2e Boomdwarsstraat 4). is showing the Russian artist Igor Gakikowskij with his geometric objects as wall hangings. His work pays homages to the Russian constructionist of the 20s and 30s; Malevich and Rodchenko especially. A few pieces are remarkable in the way they emulate Piet Mondrian's linear abstraction in an entirely original manner. The price range is rather remarkable as well: 1,700 to 18,000 euro. Until 17th January.
Two artists are exhibiting at Van Zijl Langhout Exposities (Brouwersgracht 161). They discussed themes and ideas and then worked independently. What resulted was a black wall, a gorilla and images of video cassettes. These contrasts make this show interesting. First, there is the natural one of the contrast between b/w. Secondly, there is the contrast between imagery. Bas Louter's black gorilla, in charcoal and Conte chalk, is the focal point on the black wall and the posing pays homage to Hollywood studio stills of their stars during the 30s and 40s. (132x96 drawing @ 4,000 painted all included.)
Joep van Liefland, on the other hand, harkens back to the Pop School but without the color. He has silk screened two canvases in b/w (mistakes and all) of two VHS cassettes against a white wall; perhaps they are the cassettes to the King Kong films. He uses the inconsistancy of the technique as a statement; the two pieces are placed perpendicular to the other. (100x180 cms., and 97.5x180 cms., each 4,000 euro.) Until ___?___. https://bit.ly/2m7l7Sk
SM Bureau Amsterdam (Rozenstraat 59) is a group show under the title "Walker Evans and the Barn." In fact, Walker Evan's work is a factor in the show if not the highlight. There are a series of his Polaroid snaps that he took towards the end of his life. These are in color which, of course, is in contrast to the work we know of his which was almost always b/w. And indeed there are examples of this type as well. He takes a simple sign and makes it into a monumental expression of time and place. Cool...Keith Stern-Pirlot sort of picks-up on Evans lead with photos as well as two take-way photos mounted on cards. One is a concept for the "Munttoren." On the back is his proposal for additions to the monument. Kind of like a Christo project.
Harry Flint shows a series of photos under the title "The SAMO*Graffiti" [the * should be the "copyright" symbol, Sorry, not available on this machine]. During 1979, he photographed New York graffiti labeled SAMO that appeared through the city. Unknown to him, at the time, was the fact that the artists involved were Jean-Michel Basquiati, Al Diaz and Shannon Dawson. There are 57 examples...Alisha Margolis hangs three sort of representational/figurative expressionisitic pieces. On the floor is what might be described as a one time collage. There are perhaps 200 reproduction photos that are arranged haphazardly. The imagery ranges from pictures of Tricky Dick (Richard Nixon) to Gene Simmons of Kiss.
Wolfgang Brever hangs a wall object that consists of steel rectangular forms perforated with 100s of small holes and it is all in "dirty" blue...Brandon Lattu takes us on a filmed night trip through the streets of downtown LA. While the film is actually more of a study in contrast----lighting and the contrast of various forms of lighting---it is also a social commentary in a sense of the city itself. With one exception, there are no people on the sidewalks. A city devoid of human activity. It is titled "Film without end." One hour long looping dvds with a different dvd for each day of the week the exhibition is open. Until ___?___. https://bit.ly/2KTpEGl
CIRCLE GALLERY (Kerkstraat 67) is new and their concept is to show "Young Talent." They could not have selected a better candidate than Esther Nienhuis who first caught 3D's eye at ArtOlive. At the moment, she is concentrating on doing paintings which look like photographs from a distance even though the imagery seems to be blurred. She paints an image of what we see as we look through the windscreen of a moving automobile. So the imagery is distorted as it is under such conditions. And most of her work is b/w and shades of gray. There is one exception in this exhibit; one painting features two color objects---in red and blue---but almost subliminal. Nice work. (30x40 cms., @ 600 euro; 130x190 cms., @ 3,500 euro.)...Marije Roos is a good contrast with her large abstract/expressionistic charcoal drawings that swirl with motion. They draw you in with a mysterious magnetism. (150x190 cms., @ 1,900 euro.) Until ___?___. https://bit.ly/2m7mWPa
WALLS (Prinsengracht 737) is exhibiting 18 artists. Here is a description of a selection. Merian van Rooijen lables her technique as "Blinddruk." What we see are monochromatic forms that are embossed into the paper itself. It is the shadow that gives definition to the form. Conceptual minimalism which is simple but the specially designed aluminium frames make them both elegant and dramatic (22x62 xcms., Ed. 10 @ 650 euro)...Debbie van Eck paints confectionery items like cup cakes, party hats, ice cream sundaes; all labeled with typography like: cup cake. And there is also a series of tulips. Everything is very colorful in a delightful sort of way. They measure 20x20 cms and at 65 euro per piece will make a perfect Sinterklaas or Christmas gift...Mariska Boschman does original and unique ceramic wall hangings. Basically, one could say the works are studies in conceptual redundancy; certainly not what you might expect with ceramics. The style ranges from the minimal, the monochromatic to Delft Blue. (20x20 cms., @ 250 euro; 50x55x5 cms., @ 1,250 euro.)
Fleur Hilhorst uses the software program Photoshop to create photo collages with busy imagery that is sometimes fragmented with linear abstract lines. (90x60 cms., @ 250 euro.)...Ramon Jan Vet continues with his contemporary interpretation of the Pop School. His current work is more concentrated on the "portrait" aspect than his previous efforts. He makes use of society's icons and pokes fun at the way we sell ourselves. (30x50 cms., @ 600 euro; 120x80 cms., @ 995 euro.)....Paco Raphael Krijnen does interesting photographic/collage pieces. The imagery is busy and includes typography. But it is how he uses the collage parts in relationship to the photographs that gets your attention. "Black Beauty" is a colorful study in conceptual redundancy which is captivating in its simplicity of the representational. (200x80 cms., Ed. 5, photo/acrylaat @ 2,950 euro.)...Ria Clavaux does b/w and shades of gray landscape paintings in a minimal way. Nice effect. (40x40 cms., acrylic, crayon, charcoal @ 425; 150x50 cms., @ 1,350 euro.) Until 16th January.
WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK:
Reminder: From time to time you will notice (?). It is meant to indicate that the info could be WRONG. Also, you may see---following the time---an "*" which is a warning that the times may be inaccurate. You are advised to check it out before going.
THURSDAY: 26th November, 2010
THURSDAY: 26th November, 2010
17:30 "foam" (Keizersgracht 609). "Photography in Reverse," five photographers. www.foam.nl
18-20:00 Hotel Artemis (John M. Keynesplein 2). "99% stoer." Several artists and designers. By invite only. https://bit.ly/2BGBNFK
FRIDAY: 27th November
FRIDAY: 27th November
16:30 CBK Amsterdam (Oranje-Vrijstaatkade 142). Arie Kater (1922-1977). Drawings. www.cbkamsterdam.nl
17:00 NIMk (Keizersgracht 264). "Versions" with a continuous performance by Constant Dullart plus lots of others. It is concerned with "comment culture...commentary as a medium." That is, things like Twitter and Facebook. https://bit.ly/2m4s9Hy
18-20:00 Petersburg Project Space (Frans de Wollantstraat 84). "Peterkast #6," Maria Heijdandael, photo series, "Golden Girls."
SATURDAY: 28th November
SATURDAY: 28th November
11-18:00 Rijksakademie (Sarphatistraat 470). "OPEN 2009." This is perhaps the best "open ateliers" program in the Netherlands. Not only does it all take place in one building, but it is the creme la creme of young talent who had been selected for post graduate study at the academy. Entry is 4 euro and that includes the catalog. Also on Sunday. www.rijksakademie.nl
11-18:00 Galerie Binnen (@Gabriël Metsustraat 16). "T.K.A: Te Koop Aangeboden." There will be about 30 artists/designers works on display. No web-site on invite. Also on Sunday.
15-19:00 Casa Luna (Leliegracht 14). Four artists in "Winter Expositie." https://bit.ly/2L4RcFi
16-20:00 Lloyd Hotel (Oestelijke Handelskade 34). "2030 Amsterdam War Zone: About 30 international artists, filmmakers and journalist prepare an arts project in which they imagine what Amsterdam will look like after the ceasefire in an urban war in 2030." More info: www.mediamatic.net. The program will continue, today, at the Mediamatic address. See below at "20:00."
16-18:00 "GALLERY bart" (Bloemgracht 2). Willem Weisman's "Hermetisch." Huh? Well, he says, "I find the alchemical idea of transformation and sublimation to be similar to the process of painting in which paint is transformed in the final paintings." Sure, if you say so. https://bit.ly/2m4yS4n
17-19:00 Huis Marseille Museum (Keizersgracht 401). Edward Burtynsky's "OIL." This Canadian photographer shows his series dealing with oil's many facets that affect society. https://www.huismarseille.nl/
16-19:00 RON MANDOS gallery Amsterdam (Prinsengracht 282). Renie Spoelstra's "Black Lung," drawings. Plus Brigitte Waldach's (German) "Inland," drawings and an installation with a "soundscape" by the film composer Jörg Rausch. https://bit.ly/2N6qgWC
17-19:00 Galerie Rob Koudijs (Elandsgracht 12). Jantje Fleischhut's "Lost in Translation and Back to the Moon." New jewelery. https://bit.ly/2L7XHqQ
17-19:00 Galerie Gabriel Rolt (Elandsgracht 35). Peter Schuyff, "And the Woodwards." There will also be an after party featuring a live concert with "The Woodwards," at the Bitterzoet (Spuistraat 2), at 21:30. You must have an invite and can ask for one at the opening. Be warned: there is limted space. www.gabrielrolt.com. (P.S. check out www.bitterzoet.com for a weird and disgusting photo.)
17-19:00 Galerie W. van Leeuwen (Hazenstraat 27). "Fräulein" is the title of Ellen von Unwerth show in which she offers a personal selection from her fashion photos. http://www.woutervanleeuwen.com/
17:00 Galerie M. van Zomeren (Prinsengracht 276). "Trust Me," with 14 artists. Included are the spider woman Louise Bourgeois, René Daniëls, Marlene Dumas, Jan Fabre, Robert Mappelthorpe, et al. http://gmvz.com/
17-19:00 Steendrukkerij Amsterdam B.V. (Lauriergracht 80). Amittai Ben David, "The Berlin Burlesque artist," whatever that means.
(?)17-19:00 E. de Bruijn Projects (Rozengracht 207-A). Three artists. https://bit.ly/2N3ZFJI
(?) 17-19:00* GRIMM (Keizersgracht 82). Daniel Richter. http://grimmgallery.com/
(?) 17-19:30 Canvas International Art (Gerard Doustraat 142). Mayuka Yamamoto (Japan). "Instinctively."
20:00 Mediamatic BANK (Vijzelstraat 68). "Launch of No 2 Skin by Aynouk Tan." "'Skin' is an intimate, unique and exclusive journey to the essence of a woman...'Skin' is only available from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the 26th November 2009...'Skin' is a must...The evening includes a live performance by the Amsterdam Swedish rock band KING KONG KOBRA [sic]." www.mediamatic.net/biennale. Plus: "War Zone Amsterdam with Blitz presentations by 30 international artists and collectives." The number of seats are limited so RSVP: email@example.com
20-04:00 De Service Garage (Stephensonstraat 16) will be partying all night long like it was "1999" in celebration of their second anniversary, "Let's Take It Outside," 3D hopes not. It's nearly winter time in the city...13 artists. DJs + + + https://bit.ly/2m7z16Y
(?) P/////AKT (Zeeburgerpad 53). Dan Geesiin. https://www.pakt.nu/
SUNDAY: 29th November
SUNDAY: 29th November
11-18:00 PAN Amsterdam (RAI) The art and antique fair closes today...so you better hurry. See review above.
11-18:00 Rijksakademie (see Saturday).
11-18:00 Galerie Binnen (see Saturday)
14-17:00 PS (Leidsekade 60). "Circuit & Co," 14 artists. Huh? Where is the Big Guy goin' hang 'em all? www.psprojectspace.nl
15-18:00 KochxBos Gallery (1e Anjeliersdwarsstraat 3). A book siging for one of the gallery's Parisian artists, "Ciou." The book is "Chat Siamois," with Bianco. Buy a book and Ciou will do a drawing in it. Kid you not! Her style is fun. Check it out. https://bit.ly/2NBWmue
15:00 NP40 (Middenweg 22). Robert Simon.
15:30-17:30 Galerie Josine Bokhoven (Prinsengracht 154). Anthony Caro, sculpture; Sheila Girling, paintings.
16-18:00 G.Gallery (Singel 188). Netty Klomp, "The Power of Colour." + DJs. No web-site on invite.
16:00 "Groepsexpositie" (Herenstraat 32). Everytime 3D sees "group exposition" written in the Dutch language he sees "group sex." Hey, go ask Freud! I guess I'm the original dirty old man and now it's for real. But, I digress...Seven artists under the title "FOCUS" with discussion and interviews. No web-site on invite. For info: firstname.lastname@example.org
(?)17:00 ArtKitchen (1800 Roeden, Joris van den Berghweg 101). Hugo Kaagman, "Stencil King." https://bit.ly/2NCruKh
WEDNESDAY: 2nd December
WEDNESDAY: 2nd December
17:30 Lloyd Hotel (Oestelijke Handelskade 34). "The Extra Light Project." The video recordings of the three working-group sessions will be shown each in a separate room of the hotel. The Project "engages the social interface between art and religion by juxtaposing the creation of collective meaning and the creation of a specific visual effect." An "Installation-event of smoke and light installation, in the Noorderkerk, with the participation of 100 theologians and clergymen, will take place on the 10th of December." More later...maybe.
...And that's all folks...but it is enough. You will be kept busy this weekend and when you GO you will experience joy, satisfaction, exhilaration, surprise, and maybe a few mood shifts. This 3D can promise you because it happens every week in Surprising Amsterdam...The greatest little city in the world. And, I kid you not!