Going back in time: Daniel Gould’s 3D List, Art in Amsterdam #33
How can you not LOVE this city? Last Friday, 3D was leaving an exhibition at the South African House. As I stepped outside, guitar chords got my attention. I followed the sounds. Didn't have to go far, less than 100 meters to the bridge at Keizersgracht and Leliegracht. There sat a 1967 Chevy convertible.
Probably like the one from "American Pie," Don McLean's classic, "Drove my Chevy to the levee and the levee was dry and good ol' boys were drinking whiskey and rye..." But, I digress. These good ol' boys were drinking Dutch beer.
One guitar player stood on the trunk, another---who also sang---on the car's hood and the drummer was set up in the backseat of the car. The chords were from "Great Balls of Fire," Jerry Lee Lewis' first hit. As a teenager, 3D saw him perform it live...at 9:30 in the morning. But that's another story...
But back in A'dam...They followed with Del Shanon's "Little Runaway." 3D lingered so long----for five songs---that I had to skip an opening. Have no idea if they were being paid to play or if it was only for the fun of it. The experienced was shared with about 100 other people who just couldn't walk away from the rock and roll sounds that started a musical revolution....
And on Saturday, 3D had left the last opening at 21:45. As I crossed the Prinsengracht, I saw a parade of twenty two seated kayaks. Each had a lantern, on a pole, attached to the stern. The range in age was from young to old. It was a pretty sight. Amsterdam...How I LOVE it! Always surprising...
Bits & Pieces:
Museum Reviews: Huis Marseille Museum for Photography
What You Missed Last Week:
What Is Happening This Week:
BITS & PIECES:
The Prince Claus Awards, 2010, were announced on the 6th of September, his birth date. The theme for this year's award is "Frontiers of Reality." They considered "individuals and organizations whose exceptional performance not only challenges and changes the boundaries of our reality, but, who, in doing so, contribute to the development of society."
And...(drum roll)...The winner is: An Algerian publishing house: Barzakh Editions. It was established in 2000 by Sofiane Hadjad and Selma Hellal. The prize is worth 100,000 euro. There are also ten runners-up who will each receive 10,000 euro. The award ceremony will be at the Royal Palace on 17th December. See a complete list of the names, of the recipients, at: https://bit.ly/2LhADq4
A video artist, Julia Willms (Germany), who has been reviewed previously on the 3D List, is offering a new audio-visual installation at Frascati. Willms has collaborated with Andrea Bozic and Robert Pravda in composing an installation titled, "HOME." It can be seen at Frascati 3, FREE, from the 9th to the 11th and 15th to 18th of September as part of the "MARS LANDING" program which is a co production with Adrea Bozic and the Rathenau Institute, Amsterdam. The first week showings are in Dutch; the second week showings may or may not have English subtitles. Stay tuned for updates.
See: www.rathenau.nl or https://bit.ly/2vypgE4
ATTENTION VIDEO ARTISTS: "24hours of non-stop film/video" during "HENK 24hours Amsterdam Dance Festival." If you are interested in showing one or more of your (old) video works, contact this e-mail address: email@example.com They will even come to pick it up. No web-site on announcements. So e-mail for more info plus rules and regulations.
An article titled, "Sanctuary for the counterculture," by Randy Kennedy (www.iht.com ---4th September), says "It played an important role in nurturing at least two art movements, Minimalism and Pop'; it enshrined a new subversive generation of rock music; and it helped give birth to the counterculture itself, or at least provide it with a dazzling ideal." And what was the "It?" Hey, only a bar and restaurant. This article is about "two exhibitions the celebrate the artist haven that was Max's Kansas City...Where the New York Dolls and Charlie Rich played (in the same year!)..." 3D had dinner there back in 1970. The steak was prime quality.
Amsterdam Ensemble is "a new and dynamic chamber room ensemble...[performing] classical music, light music, folk, dance [and] film" plus "food art" and art art. https://bit.ly/2KDveIH
The GOGBOT festival, in faraway Enschede, is scheduled for the 9th-12th September. Full program at: https://2018.gogbot.nl/
Quotable quotes from around the world:
"It was mad----a credit cocaine run." Peter Mathews, an independent banking and real estate consultant, on how Anglo Irish Bank became overextended. And knowing a little about the world of high finance, 3D assumes it was more than a metaphorical statement.
"My life isn't exciting enough to broadcast where I am and what I do." Stephanie Angelucci, 30, of North Beach, Maryland, on why she does not use location applications on social net workings sites.
"They are still following me around, and it makes me feel fat." Julie Matlin, on the ads for an online dieting service she once used that keep popping up on other Web sites she visits.
"What is the benefit of freaking customers out?" Alan Pearlstein, CEO of Cross Pixel Media, on targeted advertising strategies like the one Ms. Matlin (above) complained about.
More at: www.iht.com (4th September)
The last Netherlands' coalition government bottomed-up last February. New elections where three months ago. Still NO government. But life goes on. Somehow 3D prefers the Dutch system to the American so called two party system way of doing things...or NOT doing things. Is there a solution to the non-government government situation? Simple! New elections. 3D is sure that a majority of voters have had it with these right-wing clowns trying to raise a tent for the new circus. Bring on the acrobats. They have a way of keeping things in balance.
I read that wind driven winds are sweeping through the city of Detroit. But, hey, there is not much left to burn. The elms trees disappeared 40 years ago and the houses have been doing the same over that last same number of years. Only the weeds are left to burn. How 3D loves to hate that city.
For those of you that believe in the paranormal here is the magazine for you...Actually, maybe it's not. "Skeptical Inquires, The Magazine for Science and Reason" investigates claims of all sorts from UFO to people claiming x-ray vision. The magazine is available at the Openbare Bibliotheek near the Central Station or at: www.csicop.org. In the July/August issue there is an article on "The Real 'Ghost Whisperer,'" who lives in North Royalton, Ohio (USA).
As 3D does his readings----no, not cards nor Tarot---he jots the interesting items down on whatever slips of paper he finds available. When I record the caveats under the rubric, B&Ps, I cross out the jottings so as not to repeat them. I prefix the following, with this "disclaimer," because I seem to recall I may have already included it, but, even if I did, it is worth repeating. "Religions are all alike---founded upon fables and mythologies." Said Thomas Jefferson, 3rd president of the USofA; "In no instance have...The churches been guardian of the liberties of the people." James Madison, 4th president of the USofA. And they both made these statements in the 18th century. Nothing has changed.
Another thing that made 3D take pencil to paper was something William Yeats, the Irish poet, said, "That life was a long preparation for somethings that never happens. You just got to wait it out." Or words to that effect.
How much did you pay for those True Religion jeans? Or that Burberry scarf? Probably a small fortune...well, that depends on your wallet, of course, since all things are relative. "But when it comes to designer clothes, it's pretty obvious that you are paying for the label. As a matter of fact, brand-name clothes are often marked up 500% to 1,000%." Want to learn more? Printer ink for your PC printer cost about ($) 70 cents per milliter, but The Red Cross charges only ($) 40 cents per milliter for life saving blood. See "6 outrageously overpriced products," by Investopedia at: https://www.msn.com/en-us/money
Will "deep fried beer" take the big prize at the State Fair of Texas? Mark Zable took three years to develop a recipe for deep fried beer. Kid you not! Only in Texas. They deep fry people there, too. The state leads the USA in executions. https://bit.ly/2Jn1L67
I LOVE ART, the epic journey of 3D through the Amsterdam' art scene will again be broadcast on RTV-NH the 26th of September at: 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00. This warning will be repeated on future list.
MUSEUM REVIEW: Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography (with the Fundación MAPRE and The Prince Claus Foundation)
Dayanita Singh (India) has a photojournalist background. But she has evolved into focusing on other factors of the Indian society and the country. "Go Away Closer" is a series from 2007. Nearly all the work is b/w and focuses on interiors with emphasis on the linear aspects which does much to enhance the compositions. The imagery becomes a study of linear abstraction. Another series is revealing as to the Indian society. What we generally see of that subcontinent's society is the poor, the emaciated and the homeless. Singh takes us indoors to show us the fashionable; the upper middle class. "Ladies of Calcutta" appear in their saris and posed in their drawings rooms. Each has an intimated quality as well as an elegance and all are in b/w.
There is also a series of night photos. Each taken with ambient light which give them a conceptual quality. As you meander through the museum's floors you will see work where the subject matter ranges from portraits to factories to industrial piping to nature to empty rooms. There are eight individual series on view. Outside the museum's "kitchen" is a long ledge. Sitting on it, is the displayed contents of the book "Sent A Letter." It is a fold out book, in several sections, and the paper size is about that of a postcard. It makes for an excellent overview of her work and is priced at 65 euro. Until 21st November. https://www.huismarseille.nl/
WHAT YOU MISSED LAST WEEK:
The Gallery Zone (Park Hotel, Stadhouderskade _____) along with Witzenhausen Gallery is now mounting exhibitions in their lobby four times per year. This is the second show and features the work of Nikki Nooteboom. The press release describes her work as "photographs which symbolize a dream world in which styling and makeup play a big role." Indeed, there is a dreamlike quality. In fact, while these are not obvious colored photographs they are not b/w either. The latter designation denotes strong contrast, but the contrast in these images is nearly subliminal. All five pieces hanging are portraits and all are females. They are posed and the models are dressed from simple to elaborate. One features the model bedecked in multiple strands of pearls. (4 at 100x64; and one at 150x95 @ 2,200 euro each or as a boxed set @ 1,950 euro/each. Edition 5). Until 30th November https://bit.ly/2M7EWIb and https://bit.ly/2zCqZwM
3D will prefix the review of the exhibition at Dutch Design Hotel Artemis (John M Keynesplein 2) with an apology to its chef and his staff. There is just too much writing to do for me to get into the food that was served at the opening's reception. I mean, oysters, grilled and with a great sauce; not to mention the cauliflower mash topped with butter fish and haring roe...My mouth is watering...Have you every heard of an Oreo cookie cocktail? Kid you not! You "ate" it through a straw, but, I digress, again...
Brigitte Vinken should be doing self portrait photography. She caught 3D's eye immediately. Stunningly dress, but simply. Hey, that's hard to do. As to her photography, well, just the opposite. The photos are of young male fashion model types and she focuses on their torso. Sometimes we don't see their eyes. She is strong on b/w contrast which gives the work an elegant "trashy" chic look. Nice. (80x150 cms., Ed. 1/1 @ price on request)...Malou van Breevoort deviates from the shows theme of b/w since her photos are in color. However, the coloring of these portraits (adults and children) is so minimal that it seems to be no more than an afterthought. Her style and technique projects sincerity. (80x80 cms., Ed. 8 @ 1,300 euro; 100x100 cms., Ed 8 @ 2,250 euro this is a series of four and together priced @ 8,000 euro)...Marnix Postma isn't a fashion photographer yet. At least, not professionally, but it won't be long. "Bad Ass" is the theme of his photographic work on exhibition and it could be a portfolio for him to show to prospective clients. The work is contemporary and there is a harshness to it that represents reality (120x70 cms., Ed. 7 @ 599).
And now for something completely different. Anne Makaske presents "Shades of Grey." This is a series of portraits of World War II soldiers, "...almost 65 years later, many veterans have re-established their opinion regarding their old opponent." What we see is the veteran as they are today and with a quote relating to their feelings in regard to it: "CHANCE: It felt a little like treason: to hate no more;" "SPLIT: War is political. Pain very personal;" and "INNOVATION: Politicians should reject war an an option." which is a paraphrase of Nietzsche view that "War is just another option of diplomacy." There are 40 veterans represented. Four photos form one "collage" which measures 100x100 cms., @ 400 euro.
Pepe Heykoop is showing chandeliers that have a quality reminiscent of the 19th century. That has much to do with the fact that they are fabricated with leather but with a contemporary flavor (500 euro)...Maarten Baptist is the winner of the "Red Dot Design Award, 2010." He is showing a sofa that has a unique design and looks something like a psychiatrist's couch. There is an indentation in the seat which makes you want to try it out to see if it adds to the comfort. However, there is a sign that reads: "Not For Use: Please Do Not Touch." Okay. Price on request. Well, maybe in my next life...But, wait, you say you can't afford avant garde design? Debbie Wijskamp turns waste paper into paper má-ché and fashions the pulp into several unique forms like; bowls, pitchers, plates, etc. Very nicely priced at 22.50 euro to 225 euro.
"Proper" is a collaboration between Martine van der Horst and Anke Viersma. They design and manufacture furniture, objects and interiors, both commissioned and non-commissioned. On view, here, is a series of "side tables" each about 30x30x30 cms. to 40x40x40 cms., Hard to describe what you will see since each pieces has its own unique design and configuration. One features segmented black lines running across the sides and surface area that indicated the perimeters and "400mm" is printed to help denote the size. Another has a serious of rectangles and squares that have been cut from the tables surface thus creating a "holey" effect. Nice. (450 euro.)...Geke Lensink and Jesse Visser offer an all white lacquered "cross table" measuring 280x80x77 cms and weighs only 37 kg. The end legs are in the shape of an "x." The table is covered with cups in a variety of sizes but all with basically the same shaped form. There are "cross stools" that match (45x50x45 cms. 5.5 kg). (Table @ 2,522 euro; stools 386 each; cup series 13 and 18 euro each.)....Is it a cabinet or a wheelbarrow? Well, actually, it is a cabinet which just happens to look like a wheelbarrow. However, the front wheel is that of a bicycle which raises the front to the level of the back. So it is level. Different! (3,500 euro.) Until 24th November. https://bit.ly/2BGBNFK
The South Africa House (Keizersgracht 141) is showing Su Tomesen's "Gold Digger in Joburg." The focus of the exhibition is an engrossing "24 Hour" film. No, she isn't try to out do Warhol's eight hour epic "Empire." Fortunately! While the film does cover a 24 hour period we do this Joburg' tour in a swift 24 minutes. Each segment is one minute long. This is the fourth in a series of works by Tomesen using the same format and theme. "Joburg" is of course, to the rest of the world, Johannesburg. The tour is more than a tourist view of the cityscape though there is that, too. It is a social and cultural digest of the city's population and its activities. The "5 to 6 pm" segment features a collage of three individuals screens each showing rush hour from a different perspective and in fast time. In another segment, "10 to 11 pm" we watch a woman on a street corner waiting for a "client." Sometimes there are two versions of the same time period. Fifteen people, of The Bag Factory (an artists coop), contributed to this condensed epic which is what gives it an ever changing look. Tomesen, herself, collaborated on or was the author of eight segments. It is part of a series titled: "City One Minutes."
She also hangs about 40 photographs that vary in from snapshot size to 70x70 cms. The imagery is of the street life of the city and all the gorgeous colors which reflect the culture. In another room there is a wall of newspaper promotional posters featuring the new prime minister Jacob Zuma and his "love life." Until 22nd October. Sorry, can't find the web-site address.
At VOUS ETES ICI (Lijnbaansgracht 314) is the work of Lieven Hendriks in "Sunny Spells." He has been nominated for the "Wim Izaksprijs, 2010" prize. While the work is painted it is in a sense monumental. Actually, it is conceptual linear expressionism and more. But, it is minimal. Sometimes nothing more than a meandering line which has been "drawn" by running a stylist through the wet surface paint thus exposing a lower level coat of paint. Other work has the imagery painted on the linen that gives an illusion that a bullet has been shot through it. (55x565 cms., acrylic on linen @ 3,200 euro; 140x115 cms., acrylic on liner @ 6,700 euro).
In the back gallery is the photographic work of Scarlett Hooft Graafland which depict a desert region, camels and all. She shoots with a wide angle lens and the result is a panoramic view. (28.5x120 cms., Ed. 6 @ 2,900 euro: 52x220 cms., Ed. 4 @ 6,200 euro.) And while you are there check out the gallery's office with the wall painting by Ab van Hanegem. The gallery holder told me it will stay until the end of December. 3D is campaigning to see that it stays permanently. Why not? Until 2nd October. https://bit.ly/2vwApoe
...And speaking of walls...Wait until you see the one at LUMEN TRAVO which is just through the door from the gallery above. There are nearly 200 drawings in sizes from A5 to A4 and it measures seven meters across and about three meters+ high by Jens Pfeifer. They are all figurative and with animals. But often the drawing is conceptual in nature. So the subject matter ranges from rabbits---a lot of them---to deer to the human type. Typography also plays a major role in several examples. However, the show-stoppers are her "forms" which are in glass, bronze and a velvet like material. While they resemble deer, they have but two legs. Call them whimsical "deer." (Glass @ 3,500 euro; bronze, Ed. 4 @ 4,200 euro; drawings only as a set, price on request.) Until 2nd October. https://bit.ly/2NlXt0m
Roger Cremers is the featured artist at AKINCI (Lijnbaansgracht 317). What captures attention first is a large celestial globe or is it a radio telescope? made from wood and metal. On the wall, overlooking it, there is a painting with the same theme and probably of the same piece. But it is the style that gets your attention. And, well, that's harder to explain. Perhaps contemporary impressionism says it best. However, unlike the earlier impressionist, the colors are subdued. This is also true of the 23 A4 and A3 drawings that grace another wall. The imagery and even the style is mixed in these pieces. (27.5x19.5 cms., acrylic and oil on MDF @ 1,200 euro; 60x45.5 cms., acrylic on MDF @ 1,500 euro; 160x180 cms., object of steel and mahogany & MDF @8,000 euro.)
Charlotte Schleiffert is showing in the small gallery off to the side. It is a "wall installation" that dominates a wall and is 307x309 cms. There is a wash drawing and it is flanked by 10 strip-like drawings with text. This section is topped with three 70x50 samples of wall paper patterns. Extending from this is an arm, with hand, and it is made from fabric. Also available is an unusual catalog for the artist from the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2008. (Wall installation, acrylic, pastel, pastel pencil, pencil @ 18,000 euro. Catalog: 10 euro.) Until 2nd October. http://akinci.nl/
Jan van der Pol is at Wetering Galerie (Lijnbaansgracht 288) with oils that are representational contemporary impressionism, but done with the brush strokes of an expressionist. Very good colors and interesting composition with a collage-like effect. (70x80 cms., oil @ 3,000 euro; 200x160 cms., oil @ 7,200 euro.) Until 2nd October. https://bit.ly/2KZbO69
Galerie Clement (Prinsengracht 843) is presenting a group show of three artist. Marije Bijl does figurative ink drawings with a touch of color here and there. But the style is adventurous in that the figurative element is realized conceptually. (35x25 ink @ 650; 50x75 cms., ink @ 950.)...Ben Kruisdijk pulls off a nice illusion with conceptual drawings that look like they could illustrate a children's book. But instead of being "educational" they tend to be both fun and whimsical...like in a children's book. Here's a nice touch. Nine of his drawings have been done on sheets of X-ray film. (A4 aquarelle @ 650 euro; X-ray drawings A5 and A4 @ 550 to 650 euro.) On the upper floor of the gallery is the work of Jacquem. This is the second exhibition---in as many days---where the artist has been inspired by rabbits. Jacquem has his own way of illustrating the pesky rodent. The actual form of the rabbit is there to be seen, but he fills in the lines with lots of color and in an expressionistic style. He also uses, and to good effect, typography in some works. (25x25 cms., mixed-media @ 650 euro; 40x30 cms., mixed-media @ 650 euro; 120x90 cms., mixed-media @ 2,200 euro.) Until 2nd Ocotber. https://bit.ly/2J3VcnE
Jorn Janssen is at Galerie Roger Katwijk (Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 198) with a Pop School style of work, but with a contemporary updating. The figurative imagery is cartoon-like and the colors are bright even when it is b/w. (80x125x4 lacquer paint on honeycomb cardboard paper @ 2,900 euro; 181x70x4 same techniques @ 3,900 euro.)...Showing with him is Pieter Obels sculpture work made from "cortenstaal." This is a type of steel that was developed during the 60s for a building that was commissioned by the company John Deere, the farm equipment manufacturer, for their corporate headquarters in Moline Illinois (USA). The company wanted a building that reflected their product. What is special about the steel is that it is never painted nor does it ever need painting. The rust cover is the metals protection. Obels has created free form imagery with it. One circular form is used in a continuous chain-like configuration. The pieces meander like a snake whether they are protruding from the wall or rising from the floor. He sometimes interjects a hole in the circular disc. One wall piece has 50 disc that extend nearly a meter from its anchor. (80x80x80 cms., steel @ 7,500 euro; 128x80x63 cms., steel @ 18,500 euro.) Until 2nd Ocotber. https://bit.ly/2Kr1deQ
Ian Davenport (UK) is back at SLEWE (Kerkstraat 105) with minimal "paintings." The inverted commas man that he does not actual paint the imagery, but uses a syringe, like the one found in a hospital. Imagine the bar codes on products. You know, those black bars with white space in between. Davenport takes that basic linear principle, but does it in color. Lots of color. Plus unusual color combinations. The work is either on aluminium or stainless steel; and the paint, too, is very special with gold or silver dust added to it. And, in some pieces, there are variations from the strictly linear. Towards the bottom, the paint spreads out and often with interesting patterns. Nice. (64x50 cms., mono print @ 3,000 euro; 114x140 cms., etching, Ed 25 @ 6,000 euro; 76x57.5 cms., acrylic on paper @ 9,500 euro; 114x138.5 acrylic on aluminium @ 38,000 euro.) Until 2nd October. https://www.slewe.nl/
Galerie de Expeditie (Leliegracht 47) presents the work of Pieterjan Ginckels and with something completely different. The gallery space is laid out like an installation. But all the parts are individually priced. As to what you will see: A stationary bicycle, three fans (working) which are supported by a wooden structure with lots of white electrical wires meandering across the floor. On the wall there are seven contemporary "wall hangings." Actually, they are Mylar but each one has been segmented into about 500 rectangular sections. (4+5 Aerospook, bike wheel with pencil drawings Ed. 8 @ 880 euro; "Human disco ball" Ed. 88 A 440 euro; ventoplex - a little of everything @ 7,700.) Until 16th October. https://bit.ly/2MaB2y0
Barbara Wijnveld is showing conceptual portraits at "GALERIE bart" (Bloemgracht 2). What is a conceptual portrait? Well, most of the ladies pictured have four eyes---and they are NOT wearing glasses. Better to see you with! In a couple of examples she does a linear abstract design over the image. In most pieces she lets the paint run down which creates another linear illusion. Some are very colorful and other more subdued. (60x50 cms., acrylic, pencil, ink, lacquer @ 2,300 euro; 130x160 cms., acrylic, pencil, glitter, lacquer and varnish on canvas @ 5,800 euro.) Until 9th October. https://bit.ly/2m4yS4n
"g_i_s_t galerie" (Bloemgracht 82) hangs representational photography that is surreal. Neat trick! This is the feeling you get when you gaze at Thomas Elshuis work. In one photo, there is a mountain valley that could be in Africa or Afghanistan and it is the setting for a modern city. A contemporary Shangrila. The imagery is punctuated with tree branches and birds flying. "Come & Go" is a mammoth work. Its subject matter is an apartment complex in a desert environment as seen from an overlook and intersected with struts. That's the imagery. How he develops it is another thing. Again, it is almost surreal. (150x100 cms., Ed. 5. pulls one and two @ 3,000 euro; three and four @ 3,300 euro; and five @ 3,600 euro. digital print/dia sic; 200x300 cms., Ed 3 @ 9,000 euro.)
Erik Sep is back, too, with "In de ZOOM." There are two maquettes on exhibit. Compared to his previous work these are more conceptual. Sure, you see them for what they are, but you probably won't see the same imagery in real life. Both are comments on the urban scene; its clutter and the abstraction of it. (7,000 and 11,000 euro.) Until 24th October. https://bit.ly/2ORLnfX
Claire Harvey first came to 3Ds' attention at the Rijksakademie's open ateliers a few years back. Within six months she was showing at Galerie Fons Welter's Playstation section of the space. A year or so ago, she moved into the big space. And she is back there once again. And it's a WOW! The "paintings" themselves are all b/w, as always, but each is painted on glass plates that measure about 5x3 cms., or slightly smaller or larger. All are attached to the wall with an adhesive that actually adds to the imagery's composition. But the WOW! part is in the presentation. Once you enter the large back space, of the gallery, you are in a darken room with slide projections on all the walls. The slides are from the miniatures and greatly enlarged. It is a rather dreamlike environment. Seen this way the work seems vague, but that's only the lighting. And this is her conceptual part of the show. The installation is available for sale in one of four parts or buy it all. The glass plates are priced from 800 to 1,000 euro.
In the Playstation section is an installation/sculpture work by Frank Koolen. It is an over sized piece consisting of 11 fir tree logs that have been lashed together with heavy rope into a raft like object. He has then inserted, perpendicularly, sheets of glass and metal in square and rectangular form from front to back. He also has a series of six glass vessels of different shapes that appear to being filled half way with water, but the water is on an angle as if the glass vase is at a tilt though it isn't. Follow that? Well, you gotta see it. Cool piece! (27.5x30 C-print on dibond, Ed. 3 @ 450; 34x80x25 cms., glass crystal clear plastic @ 2,500 euro; 150x800x220 cms., fir trees, brass, glass, copper & aluminum @ price on request.) Until 16th October. https://bit.ly/2LZAAPK
At Steendrukkerij Amsterdam (Laurierstraat 80) is "Tracing Tradition," by Bas Meerman. You will see 120+ watercolor gracing one wall. The imagery is from the homoerotic to Michelle Obama with the Star of David in the background. His paintings are contemporary Pop School with vibrant colors and a strip-like illustrated quality. Most are figurative or portraits. A pond scene---ala Monet, sorta---is a show stopper. (A4 mixed-media @ 1,000 euro; 80x60 cms., oil @ 3,700 euro; 130x165 cms., oil @ 6,700 euro.) Until 16th October. https://bit.ly/2NkuUAi
And just down the canal at TORCH (Lauriergracht 94) there is a duo exhibition. Hans van Houwelingen does ink drawings that look like 19th century silhouette cut-outs. There are simple figurative works that range from erotic to, well, the grim: a man hanging by a noose from a tree. But it is the technique that gets your attention and makes the work interesting...Jonas Staal is even more grim. He hangs b/w photos of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He mixes in his "private photographs." Not for everyone. Until 9th October. https://bit.ly/2L7qYSK
...And next door is Serieuze Zaken Studioos/Rob Malasch (Lauriergracht 96) with "NO PIC - NO POINT," by Frank Schallmaier and 'special friends.' (No, they weren't aliens.) The work is homoerotic collages done differently. He uses the technique of conceptual redundancy in his own special way. An example is a work with 247 penis (3D counted them). Some are real and some ain't. Each are erect and posing with an object that could be described as phallic. (150x150 cms., Ed. 3 @ 2,500 euro; the same piece at: 120x120 cms., Ed 5 @ 1,500 euro.) Until ? https://bit.ly/2mrkyDb
Cokkie Snoei Amsterdam (Hazenstraat 11) shows an artist's very personal series of work. Bert Sissingh, "Le Retour du Pére," is the third in a series in which he chronicles his mother and father. However, in this segment, we only see his ailing father since his mother has already passed away. In this group, there are nine photographs featuring his aging and in firmed father in various environments. But the imagery isn't all that depressing because of his use of "white" which has a way of lightening---or brightening---the negative. Until 10th October. http://www.cokkiesnoei.com/
Jowhara Al Saud (USA) is at Witzenhausen Gallery (Hazenstraat 60) with line drawings looking like characters from a comic strip. Simple but graphic. There is also a collage effect. She combines the two then photographs the result. (80x100 cms., C-41 print. Ed. 8. @ 3,500 euro.) Until 2nd October. https://bit.ly/2zCqZwM
A few doors down at "VERVERS modern and contemporary art gallery" is Johan Clarysee's "Why September? & Other Questions" of figurative and portrait work done with a simple and sketchy style. However, all the emotion of the time and place for the subject matter is present in the compositions. There is an ala Warhol painting that pictures Marylin Monroe (3xs) just below the image of Maggie "Iron lady" Thatcher (3xs). Sometimes the artist adds comments. An example is a woman pictured in a slip with a caption reading: "I can't believe I forgot to have children." Hey, it happens especially when there are no "accidents." (90x70 cms., @ 2,200 euro; 120x100 cms., @ 3,300 euro.) Until 18th September. https://bit.ly/2mkqkqc
Anthony Goicolea (Cuba/USA) exhibits under the title "HOME" at RON MANDOS (Prinsengracht 282). This is a show featuring the artist's family history or so said the press announcement. However, it is NOT a series of snapshots nor posed portraits. Instead we see enormous photographs that are composite compositions: the sky of New York City filled with the contrails of jet aircraft and in the foreground is a beach scene from New Zealand. Two paintings are symbolic and metaphorically related to his ancestry. We see painted images of both his mother and father in two separated works (placed next to the other); and it is only their faces which appear to be resting a the top of a stack of cement building blocks. They are in b/w and shades of gray. (90x32 pencil and acrylic on Mylar @ 8,600 euro; 107x127 cms., acrylic, pencil and spray paint on Mylar @ 18,000 euro.) 8 Red Dots at the opening, about 140,000 euro. Now that's a nice start for the new season. Until 9th October. https://bit.ly/1NONWvU
A German couple that doesn't work as a couple does so one time at the show at TEN HAAF PROJECTS (Laurierstraat 248). Matthias Hesselbacher makes collages which appear to be filled with symbolism, but who knows? Not that it really makes a difference. The compositions are unusual and hark back to the Russian Constructionist. (40x30 cms., ink, spray paint, pencil, varnish on paper @ 800 euro; 120x90 cms., ink, spray paint, staples, paper on canvas @ 800 euro.) His partner, Carola Ernst makes objects that also relate to the Russian group. She uses common material which she finds on the street and fabricates it into new forms. And not all of the object does she consider to be a sculpture piece. One example she refers to as a painting because it was an added embellishment and represents the essence of the piece. She also hangs free form abstract/expressiontic drawings done with watercolor stick, ink and pencil. The colors are vibrant and in some ways you have a sense of imagery. A small pencil drawing is a combination of expressionistic forms with a linear-like configuration. (133x143 cms., ink, pencil, varnish and watercolor @ 3,200 euro; 35x41x14 cms., wood, metal, plastic and ink @ 1,000 euro.) There is one piece---and it is very big---that they have done together. It could not be more simple in form and is in b/w. And it does dominate the space. Until 23rd October. https://bit.ly/2ux13gg
Robbert Fortgens does something very unusual. He paints conceptual and minimal oils ala Robert Ryman and then combines the painting(s) with photography. And it works very nicely. The exhibition at Galerie Jos Art (KNSM-laan 291) hangs a few examples where there are two or three oils and one photograph. The oils are generally in various shades of white; one is all black. The photos are of two types: motion photography and portrait. The subject matter ranges from dancers to what looks like a police mug shot of the bad guy. (60x61 cms., oil + photo @ 1,800 euro; 110x110 cms., oil + photo @ 3,750 euro; 160x123 cms., oil + photo @ 4,900 euro.) Until 3rd October. https://bit.ly/2KTfwOo
Galerie 'EEWAL' Amsterdam (Czaar Peterstraat 153) is showing the ceramic work of Wim Borst. Often, the first impression one has of a ceramic piece is that it is fragile. With Borst' work it is just the opposite. The pieces appear to be substantial and with a mass that we would associate with concrete. Actually, they don't weigh that much. The design combines the circular with the rectangular and the square. The resulting pieces are both minimal and monumental. (1,120 to 1,780 euro.)...Also, there are the paintings of Erna Anema. The works are minimal conceptual abstracts with generally only one color or two at the most and subdued. The forms, too, are simple. (24x30 cms., oil @ 400 euro; 30x40 cms., oil @ 500 euro; 150x95 cms., oil @ 2,400 euro.) Until 2nd October. https://bit.ly/2vrzzKd
WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK:
Reminder: From time to time---and sometimes, often---you will see (?) preceding the time of a gallery opening. It means that the info could be wrong. 3D makes every effort to check on opening' announcements since some of the reference sites I use are often in error. Last week, 3D listed an opening with both a (?) and "*" (the time could be wrong, too) and this was followed with "???????????????????. Hey, who cares anyway." 3D had gone to their web-site to check on the accuracy of the info and got a full page of gibberish and symbols. Go figure.
THURSDAY: 9th September, 2010
THURSDAY: 9th September, 2010
18-21:00 Amstelkerk (Amstelveld 10). Enrico di Tommaso, "Een Tivoliaan in Amsterda/Un Tiburtino ad Amsterdam," paintings, drawings and [photography. https://bit.ly/2vT7mvj
19:30 The Temporary Stedelijk (Stedelijk Musuem, Paulus Potterstraat 13). A lecture titled, "Theory Talks," by Marina Grzinic and Sara Cook. Entry: 5 euro. In English. RSVP at: firstname.lastname@example.org . www.stedelijk.nl Also, to quote from a flyer of the Stedelijk: "Don't miss weekly events, including special performances, guided tours, film screenings, lectures and workshops."
FRIDAY: 10th September
FRIDAY: 10th September
14:30-17:00 ARCAM (N.B. @ Carré, Grote Zaal). Debate: "Werken aan de 19e eeuw." Part of Open Monument Dag." FREE. See program at: https://bit.ly/2nnsDtj
17-19:00 AYACS (Keizersgracht 166). Samantha van den Berg and Martien van den Hoek, both with paintings, in a show titled, "see sky eat time" [sic]. https://bit.ly/2OjVnhR
17-19:00 Chellerie (Raamgracht 58). Mara Nabarro, drawings, paintings, collages on paper and canvas with various materials. This is a short show. Closes 12th September. https://bit.ly/2M7tYTw
18-22:00 "DaCostakade Open" (Da Costakade 150-154). Seems to be an atelier opening for Serge Verheugen (and others?). Anyway, expect, "Fresh music, fresh art, smoked poon (150 on offer)." Should you make a purchase of art, 25% will go to "giro 555," which is for aid to Pakistan. https://bit.ly/2vSylqy
20:00 Mediamatic BANK (Vijzelstraat 68). "Noord: Exhibition and the First Arabic Travel Guide to the Netherlands." Expect 22 Middle-Eastern, Dutch and Egyptian artists. They were invited "to explore Amsterdam-Noord." These are the survivors who found their way back. No mean feat! The rest are still trying. Where is Moses when we need him? 3D will check back in 40 years. https://bit.ly/2vC2IzX
20:30 STEIM, et al (N.B. @ Paradiso). "The night of the Unexpected." "During [the program] one is guaranteed: You will be pleasantly surprised! 'The Night' is a one night festival, highlighting the diversity and dynamics of contemporary music practices...different styles and genres from modest chamber music via Indonesian Gamelan sounds to booming noise." 15 euro entry; students, 10 euro. See complete program at: https://bit.ly/2M20mqG
21:00 W139 (Warmoesstraat 139). Jochen Schmith. https://bit.ly/2JitdRx
SATURDAY: 11th September
SATURDAY: 11th September
11-17:00 De Noorderkerk (Noordermarkt). "Music, space & architecture." A co-op concert series sponsored by ARCAM and the Music Conservatory of Amsterdam. Complete program: www.openmonumentendag.nl https://bit.ly/2nnsDtj
12-17:00 KEA KUNSTRONDE (Prinseneiland, Bickerseiland, Nieuwe Teertuinen, Haarlemmerdijk). This is an initiative that began last year with four artists. This year, there are 11 locations in the same geographical area. Along the Haarlemmerdijk shops are also participating. More info + map: https://bit.ly/2LzeE19
16-18:00 Galerie Mokum (OZ Voorburgwal 334). "Erkin," contemporary 17th realism style. Still lifes featuring Chinese porcelain. http://www.galeriemokum.com/
16:00 "Gallery nine" (Keizersgracht 552). Dov Shlein's, "Bericht Voor De Media," paintings and work on paper. https://bit.ly/2O2dGJ6
(?)16:00* "BORZO modern & contemporary art" (Keizersgracht 516). Vincent Mentzel, "Kunst voor de Camera." https://bit.ly/2maQxaC
16:00 Galerie LWW (1e Bloemdwarsstraat 5). "Beweging in Natuur," Leo van Velzen. https://bit.ly/2LSAL2G
16:00 A-Gallery (Konijnenstraat 16). Juul van den Heuvel, wall paintings. https://bit.ly/2OD4CKP
17:00 Gallery Adama(?) (Ruysdaelkade 159). An African born artist, Papa Adama, and a rising star on the Amsterdam scene, has announced "the opening of my new workshop and art gallery." No web-site on invite.
17:00 [Dé is Ka] (N.B. @ Hirsch Building, Leidseplein). "Shared experience," an exhibition featuring the work of 15 artists. Plus Inti Hernandez will present a "performance act, bringing a trace of his Cuban roots into the public art area." Ewa Karoline Perlejewska (Poland) will "provide...more insight into her artistic methods and practices." https://bit.ly/2Mf3ATS
17-19:00 Galerie Rob Koudijs (Elandsgracht 12). Francis Willemstijn and David Bielander present new jewelry designs. https://bit.ly/2LtDmQm
17-19:30 "upstream gallery" (Van Ostadestraat 294). Marc Bijl "is an...artist who switches...between anarchism, Gothic culture, art and life as he goes between the media of images, text and music." Plus an after-party at SMART Project Space. https://bit.ly/2Mc6A6Q
17-19:00 F. van Dieten (Spuistraat 270). An installation by Alison Guidry (USA) and Robert Rhee (USA). Plus a film by Mounir Fatmi. https://bit.ly/2MtlfXX
19-23:00 Kutler (Sandeijnstraat 21). "A release party..." No, someone isn't getting out of jail. This is "The Sample Session [for] a 10 inch vinyl record." Vinyl? Does that mean you should dress retro? Anyway, it's FREE. Five live performances. The record is especially priced, for the occasion, at 10 euro. Promoted by the Rietveld Academy. No-web-site addres on invite.
21:00 SMART Project Space (Arie Biemondstraat 111). "The Real The Story The Story Teller," [sic] by Stefanos Tsivopoulos (Greece). Plus "Showcasing Today's Essentials," which is a spatial installation with movable parts, choreography and a video work focusing on the relationship between the shop window, theater and avant-garde artist..." https://bit.ly/2ufXTyc
SUNDAY: 12th September
SUNDAY: 12th September
14-15:30 Stedelijjk Museum (Paulus Potterstraat 13). "Poster Making," conducted by Job Wouters. In the "Educatie Studio" of the museum. FREE. However, 3D assumes that you must pay the museum's entrance FEE. https://bit.ly/2HgDUVe
16:00 Nieuw Dakota (NDSM-werf, Ms van Riemsdijkweg 41b, FREE ferry from CS). "Highlighted," contemporary photography and video work from Finland artists. The selection comes from the collectors Pieter and Marieke Sanders. http://www.gridphotofestival.com/ https://nieuwdakota.com/
MONDAY: 13th September
MONDAY: 13th September
19:30-22:00 ARCAM (Prins Hendrikkade 600). "Finissage Fashion & Architecture Expo ARCAM Featuring the Exchange Hotel." At 20:00 hours there is a review of the exhibition. At 20:15 a series of short presentations beginning with: Arjan van der Blick (architect) talks on the connection of architecture and fashion; Berber Soepboer (fashion designer); plus: Amer Alhassan, Suzanne Oxenaar, Hermanna Prinsen and Claudia van Mastrigt. RSVP: email@example.com. More info: https://bit.ly/2nnsDtj
TUESDAY: 14th September
TUESDAY: 14th September
19:30 Boven's Veiling (N.B. new address: Kerkstraat 276). Auction: prints and pictures: old masters and 19th and 20th century prints. Catalog at: https://bit.ly/2MtuFTr
WEDNESDAY: 15th September
WEDNESDAY: 15th September
19:00 Sandberg Institute Amsterdam/De Brakke Grond (@ De Brakke Grond, Nes 45). "The Next Best Thing," is an exhibition by the design department of the Sandberg Institute Amsterdam. It is for only for five days, but includes a full program of workshops, lectures, book readings, et al over the period. See daily program at: https://bit.ly/2vUnbC2
And there you have it. A lot to do, beautiful weather to do it in and a picturesque route no matter which direction you go in. But, that's Amsterdam. So break out the money and visit a gallery near you...and they are ALL near you in this small city with a big cultural heart. 3D will see you there...
Photo: 3D supports the work of David Jablonowski at SM Bureau Amsterdam. "Damn, should have ate my spinach!", Photograph by Piet van der Meer