The 3D List: May 2nd , Amsterdam Art & Galleries

 

By: Daniel R. Gould

What should I say this week that I have left unsaid all the other 33 weeks? BUY/BUY/BUY and I don't mean as in BYE-BYE/BYE-BYE. Come on. Loosen up those purse strings. Make someone's day...especially an artist. So you have to eat at FEBO for the next three months...you know you prefer "krokets" to gourmet dinners. Now, be honest. Hmmm...what's that your hiding behind your back.

 

INDEX:

 

Bits & Pieces:

 

Museum Review:  Stedelijk Museum's Docking Stations, "PROGRAMM," Florian Pumhosl.

 

What You Missed Last Week:

 

What Is Happening This Week:

 

BITS & PIECES:

 

Mystery solved! On the "3D List: Week #39,"  June, 2007, I wrote about a beautifully restored 17th century house at Singel 265. The first time I noticed it, it appeared to be an "artistic installation," or a "set"  for a media advert or TV commercial. I concluded by saying "...or just an accidental composition of life in Amsterdam."  What I had seen were strips of red carpeting hanging in a geometric type design over the wrought iron fence; a "bakfiets"  with the wooden carry-all at the front;  two "exotic" looking trees; and a pile of trash bags---in both black and blue---topped by a large cardboard box labeled "Atlas."

 

Yesterday, I was tooling down the Singel and when I came upon the house I saw the door open and two attractive ladies, offering liquid refreshment to passers-by, standing at the stoop. I stopped and asked, "Do either of you live in this house?" One, Ingrid, answered in the affirmative. I told her that I had reviewed the house last year and explained the circumstances. Listening to the conversation was Maartin, Ingrid's partner. He explained that there had been a flood. The carpeting had been put out to dry and the pile of trash was just that, a pile of trash. Ingrid added that someone shortly thereafter stole the fancy bike. Oh, yeah, I turned down the "lemonade"  and  was then offered a glass of wine, which I accepted.

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I recently asked for unusual web-sites and this came in from a "3D List" reader in the States. Pat C.says to check out  www.colormatters.com which focuses on "color theory" and discusses how colors can define personality and a lot more. Here are some headings:   "Gagging on Green." Mondrian, for one, loathed green. "Reinventing Color - MOMA." "The Color of Spam." And this show-stopper: "Now! Is Black a color? Is White a Color? Answer to one of the most hotly debated topic about color."  Check it out...and tell them, "3D sent me!"

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Hey, to those of you who like eating out, I picked up a calling card for the "Brasserie @ De Brakke Grond." It says that, with the card, you will be given a 10% discount off the "theater menu."

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The Art Game...continued. It is said that some galleries put on phony red dots---indicating a piece has been sold---next to certain works that have not been purchased by anyone. A few of the reasons are that the artist does not want to sell it; the gallery wants to keep it; ot that it is a marketing ploy. Actually, when I have seen "NTK,"  on the name tag of a work, I have suggested to the gallery holder that they use a red dot instead because it can be a motivating factor to sell it. Selling is the idea. All is fair in love, war and the art game. But here is a flip-side of the coin. I was at one gallery, last weekend, and someone told me that eight of the ten pieces had been sold. I looked around and saw NO red dots. I then asked the gallery holder if it was true. "Yes!"  was the reply. Hmmm. What is the message? Perhaps this is reverse chic logic...what ever that is...

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And speaking of pricing...I mentioned, I think, last year, that Koch&Bos was using what, to me, was a unique pricing system on work in an edition. Say, the edition is 10; the first one is priced at 500 euro; the second is sold at 550 euro and the third at 600 euro; etc. I liked that idea. It encourages people to buy now and not think about it until they forget about thinking about it. Well, another gallery, Rademakers (Prinsengracht 570), is doing the same. Last week, was a show for a photographer (see review below) and on one piece there were two red dots. The initial price had been 5,500 euro and the next to be sold---the third red dot---would be 6,500 euro.

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3D's Cubbies (Chicago Cubs, a baseball team),  the toast of Chi-town, on the 23rd of April, won their 10,000th game since the club was organized  132 years ago. They are only the second baseball club in the major leagues consisting of 30 clubs to have done so. Hurray!!!!!! P.S. There are in first place in their division.

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How NOT to promote a newspaper. Today, I walked out of a supermarket and a young man thrust a newspaper into my hands. Before I could explain my inability to read it, he was off in another direction in hot pursuit of a pretty female potential recipient. Oh, well, I could give Het Parool to someone. Later, I happened to look at the front page and my eyes went to the date: 24th April 2008. Today is: 29th April. What's that they say about yesterday's paper is old news and no one is interested? Well, last Thursday, five days ago, is historical in the Internet age.

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MUSEUM REVIEW:

 

Stedelijk Museum's Docking Station:  "PROGRAMM,"  Florian Pumhosl. (film installation, 16mm film loop with optical sound, color, 7min 49sec).

 

Essentially, this work is about light and shadow and how the two elements affect imagery and/or symbols. He goes further, however, by turning film into something akin to still photographs. That is, he does not pan the camera but maintains the subject matter in a single framed scene that sometimes contains motion and/or changing light patterns. There is a short interlude of a simple piece played on a piano. Nice, but I wasn't sure what it had to do with anything, but it was an enjoyable break from the silence.

 

There was a takeaway six page art historian analysis of the piece. I took it and read it. All 3,500 words. On the last page there is this statement by the maker: "PROGRAMM is inspired by a single frame from a 1930s Rossi newsreel movie...[it] is an attempt to capture this image, to reconstruct it, categorize it and memorize it. The group appears in the middle of the film as a double exposure. Mario de Andrade and the General can been seen in a conversation, possibly conspiratorial; the figures could be both visitors of an exhibition or just houseguest in a garden party. Their last, more close-up appearance follows exactly the scene from the historical newsreel frame imagining what might have happened the following seconds..." Actually, this scene really didn't get my attention. In the same essay  Sol LeWitt is quoted as saying, "In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of a work...What a work looks like isn't too important." For what it is worth.... Until 1st June. www.stedelijk.nl

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While I was at the Stedelijk, I took advantage of the situation and visited  Tobias Rehberger huge installation again. Glad I did! In my original review, I mentioned how the presence of people has a direct reflection on how we perceive the overall imagery of this complicated multi-sectioned piece.That is, theater spot lights are trained on the objects, in the middle of the room,  and thus a shadow is cast on the opposite wall. The people in attendance become part of the walls imagery and composition.This time, there were NO people...just little ol' 3D. As a result, the wall itself becomes a very large and independent piece. The shadows blend in with the wall drawings. It is more visually exciting. See it when no once else is around. Until 25th May

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WHAT YOU MISSED LAST WEEK:

 

Wednesday:

Arps&Co @ Dikker and Thijs Gallery/Restaurant (Prinsengracht 444) presents the work of the Italian photographer Fernando Nocco under the title, "Iceland's Gold."  And what is the "gold": of Iceland? Water. It comes in liquid form, frozen and steamed. Nocco is a very good photographer who captures all its different manifestations beautifully. Damn, forgot to ask the prices.Until 20th July www.arpsgallery.com 

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Thursday:

 

Gallery LL (Koninginneweg 83). is showing Jeroen Buitenman and he does ladies; and he does them in several styles and manifestations. A few, on display, are portraits. "Soft Portrait"  is pastel on paper (37x50 cms., @ 1,950 euro) and stands out not only because of technique but because there is a Mona Lisa like quality of tranquility and mystery in he lady's image. There are other pieces where we see the "woman"  from the shoulders down to her feet or from the waist down to her shoes. In one, of the latter, there are daisy petals wringing her waist; in another, a flower sprouts from inside somewhere. Surreal in a sense,. "Two Seconds"  (oil, 61x40 cms., 5,250 euro) is alive with colors and motion. The skimpy clad lady has a water bowl for a head, which is titled, and a gold fish is riding the wave of the spilling water.

 

Buitenman is now, also, doing sculptures. Again, the female is his inspiration. Three on exhibit are all from the same mold. All are bronze but one is with a silver plating, another shined and the other, matte (ed. 15, 46 cms., high @ 2,500) .  The imagery is that of an invisible woman wearing a dress. That is, the dress is the essence of the form; there is no anatomy showing. Four red dots on sculpture work; four red dots on paintings, one hour into opening. Until 22nd May. www.galleryll.com 

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K*Space (Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 262) features the first European exhibition  for Shintaro Kago who is the "...top Japanese 'bizarre manga artist' (a 'kisou mangaka' as he defines himself)." Okay. so what is it? Well, for anyone into comic strip art to Japanese color wood blocks this is a must see show. His technique is very good and there is much humor. But, be warned. You may be revolted by some of the imagery which at times is grotesque and/or revolting. Then, surprise-surprise, a drawing of a young lady of 13 or 14 which is tender and sweet. The colors? Well, like 19th century Japanese wood blocks. Should you pass the shop, by  tram, check out the front window where there is a very large black ink drawing; and on the inside more wall drawings. The prices are nice too:  original prints in an edition of one @ 500 euro; on the walls are laminated reproductions @ 200-300 euro; and original manga page sheets @ 100 euro. Until 24th May. www,kspace.tv; www.viceland.nl

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Studio Apart #2 (Prinsengracht 88) opened its doors with Daan Noppen's "Opus II" and proves that it is a b/w world filled with shadows and ghost. Noppen's work recalls the best of the American Paul Strand (30-60s) b/w work in concept and execution; and walker Evans, also American, 30 to 50s, in composition. But he is his own person. Strand was a master of light and shadow and you can't fault Noppen in this area. Evans captured the whole scene and how it related with the focused subject matter. Same here. And some of the works come close to abstraction like the one shot from the floor of an alley way and pointed to the sky. Across the sky is a wisp of something. A ghost? Or an angel?  Another photo pictures two very ordinary men but hovering immediately above them are four ladies dancing in the air. One room scene photograph could be a contemporary version of Johannes Vermeer. I asked him how he got the ladies to hover?  His answer was that six of the eight photos were composites. He marries the  shots into one...and I might add, flawlessly. (96x66 cms., Ed. 5 @ 1,500 euro. considering the quality, reasonably priced.) Until __?__. www.apartmedia.nl; www.daannoppen.com

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Friday:

 

Lambieke (Kerkstraat 137) labels itself as a strip art gallery (for you American's that "strip" as in "comic strip."  I know, I know...not as sexy you say, but that's only because you haven't been paying attention to the evolution of the comic strip since you read Donald Duck and X-Man. The art has developed....but, I digress...

 

On entering the gallery space, I began, immediately, to look at the framed pieces on the wall. After the first four or five pieces, I thought I detected a strong Munch influence. As I moved down the line,  Hieronymus Bosch came to mind. Hey, what is this? Comic strips are for kids? Then someone came up to me and we began to talk about what was on the walls and I was told that the title of the show was "Inferno"  as in Dante. Oh! Finally, I approached the artist. "Yes,"  he knew Munch and liked him, but the Midieval artists were his major influence and he felt that he was paying homage to them. Live and learn, that's 3D's motto. As to what to expect, well, the preceding should give you some idea, but also expect to see very busy imagery with each sheet of paper with up to four boxes  moving the story along. (Original page: 300 euro; "Tarot Corrupt," 25 euro; silkscreen, 70x100 cms., 100 euro; "scraperboardtekiningen"  @ 395 euro. I did not understand the latter technique. It was explained to me that an artist takes a thick sheet of paper and adds a layer of plaster. Once dry, he etches by scraping on the plaster.) Until ___?____. www.lambieke.nl  

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At De Brakke Grond (Nes 45) are seven short films by Nicolas Provost (Belgium). "Plot Point,"  the most recent, is a non-movie movie. That is, it opens with ominous sounding music. The camera then focuses on an attractive lady and a few unsavory looking male characters. And very soon is becomes apparent that we are in Times Square, the heart of the Big Apple. There's the famous restaurant Sardi's, a theater district landmark; the marquees for the cinemas; and the throngs of people. The concentration then focuses on New York's "Finest,"  as the city's police officers are generally referred to; and they are all men (the film was shot in 2007). They range from the Hollywood handsome to the beer bellied fat. The final scene is like a "dance"  of about 50 police cars overhead lights flashing. There is no plot. Nothing happens. But, strangely enough, it holds your attention because the camera work and colors are engrossing. (15 minutes.)

 

"Gravity"  is a strange piece of work. It is a collection of film clips from some of Hollywood's great classics like "Vertigo," " North By Northwest" and "From Here To Eternity." Each clip features the male and female stars embracing and kissing: Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak; Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint; and the famous---and shocking for the 50s---beach scene with Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr cavorting in the pounding surf of the Pacific Ocean. But the clips are intensely edited to a one second flash and sometimes interspersed with b/w clips and presented staccato like. It is enough to make you dizzy. (6 minutes.)

 

"Induction" is the only film, of the three, that I viewed, that appeared to have a story line. But what the story is, I have no idea. The style is like one part Antoniani's "Blow Up"  added to two parts of a David Lynch film ( take your pick). I kept asking myself, what is happening and why is it happening? (10 minutes.)  FREE. Seven films total.Until 1st June. www.brakkegrond.nl; www.nicolasprovost.tk. 

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Saturday:

 

Galerie Rademakers (Prinsengracht 570) is hanging the work of the Dutch photographer Carli Hermés in an exhibition titled "elements." Immediately, once I was inside the door, I knew I had seen this photographer's work before and recently. It had made a strong impression on me the first time and, when I have been visually excited, I don't generally forget the artist's style. Finally, I saw a photo that I had remembered from before; and then it came back to me: Realism08, last January.

 

I think there had been two or three of his pieces on display. Here, it is hog-heaven: 20 photos. Like many contemporary photographers, he uses the software program PhotoShop to assist in producing the final result. But it doesn't really matter how he does it since his technique from snapping the subject matter to the staging of the situation to the "darkroom  manipulation is flawless. The new world of photography is not only fantasy but conceptual; a combination of both. Seven red dots at one hour into opening. Each in an edition of 7. All 120x90 cms., @ 5,500 euro for edition 1/7. In B&P, this week, I mention this new and novel way of pricing limited edition prints and photographs. The second one sold is @ 6,000 euro; the 3/7 @ 6,500 euro. so, hurry and save anywhere from 500 to 2,000 or more euros. The catalog is very special too. Titled "elements"  it is 30 pages. The design is avant-garde. The cover, breathtaking; and so are the photo reproductions. You say you are a student with a very low to no budget budget....well, you can hang contemporary art photography, on your wall, today. Each of these 31x24 cms., reproduction, in the catalog,  is very suitable for framing; and at 10 euro that comes out to about 50 euro cents each. Ed. 1,000. Until ___?___. www.galerierademakers.nl   

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Emilo Kruithof is back at Jaski Art Gallery (Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 29). with a new exhibition, "Show Me,"  of all new work. I'm not sure how many previous shows I have seen of his but, there has been enough that, I can perceive that, while he remains true to his original style, there is a slow evolution with additional nuances from his previous work. His imagery is like looking at a pretty lady through a fogged up window thus rendering her mysterious. He has now added a simple---and minimal---brush stroke here and there that, because of its color or depth, creates tension because it is unexpected. The result is his unique voice in portraying pretty ladies. (oils, 120x180 cms., @ 10,000 euro;  200x120 cms., @ 12,000. Silkscreens, 100x100cms., Ed. 150 @ 850 euro.)

 

The catalog:  Appropriately titled, "Show Me,"'  is a state-of-the-art avant-garde layout and design.. The typographical design, for both front and back covers, first gets your attention.Next is the protecting cover itself; a simple clear plastic casing which is functional, utilitarian and attractive. Inside, the paper is the highest quality  and the reproductions are exquisite. This is interesting, the design is by Koch&Bos which I know as an Amsterdam gallery; and, come to think of it, always produces exceptional posters, invitations and catalogs. Long live Dutch print design!!! Priced @ 20 euro about 50 pages.

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Galerie Roger Katwijk (Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 198) shows two artists. Henny van der Meer's is simple and easy to describe: take match stick size (length and diameter) metal rods and weld several hundred together in a pattern that emulates the twigs and stems on tree branches into circular configurations and so on. What could be more simple? Of course, the work is meticulous and technically demanding. (38x30x30 cms., @ 2,500; 60x50x8 cms., @ 4,700 euro;  120x120x8 cms., @ 12,000 euro.)

 

Milly Betten has an interesting technique and, I assume, that the title of the show relates to it: "Wandobjecten."  The form could not be more simple: a grid of small squares. In some pieces each square is filled with an epoxy like material with color pigmentation added to the mix. In others, there is a variety of material that fill in the squares. Various influences come to mind and Jan Schoonhoven is at the top of the list except that he did it all in white. There are also oils on canvas that follow the same grid like theme. (Mixed technique 30x30 cms @ 600 euro; oil on canvas, 65x80 cms., @ 1,900 euro.) Until 1st June. www,galerierogerkatwijk.nl 

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galerie ra (Vijzelstraat 80 hoek Prinsengracht) is exhibiting the Esther Knobel's collection. As I approached the entrance, to the gallery, the window display caught my attention. I looked at three silver broaches and thought that they were like etching on metal. Once inside, I saw, along the walls, 10 etchings. Each one had two images which were a mirror of the opposite, one like that which might be reflected in a pond. That is, one image was a simple figurative line drawing and the other was somewhat abstracted. The broaches carry over this theme in the etched imagery on the metal. (Broaches @ 140, 160, 200, 500, 800 and 960 euro; etchings @ 200; a very nice price.)  And, again, another nice catalog is available. Beautiful design and first rate layout; in both English and Hebrew. (35 euro.)

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At Fons Welter there is the work of LucyTeasdale in the PLAYSTATION section of the gallery. She uses a material called "jessmonite" to produced conceptual forms with an earthy feel and while there is nearly a perceived figurative form each one remains ambiguous as to what---if anything---it is. What is Jessmonite? Sounds like something that would make Superman cringe. I asked the MAN and he told me that it came from England; it is a new material; and he didn't really know more than that.. (51x31x25 cms., @ 2,500, all similar in size and at the same price.)

 

In the big gallery are the painted canvas work of Pere Llobera (Spanish). It is both impressionistic and conceptual. The theme of most work is a musical one. One piece, "Bob Fose's Pantheon" is a painting balanced on two stereo speakers. Next to this, is a cardboard "Fender"  guitar. A small installation, in a corner, is "Rosa Russeau"  a combination object/sculpture work and line drawings (on the wall). I talked with three or four people who asked my opinion of the work. I responded by throwing the question back at them (3D should remain non-judgemental) and, one said, it was very good painting; one pointed to the most expensive piece and said, "That's a very badly painted work!" The other two said, "That's why I asked you. I don't know what to make of it!" The point is, the work gets your attention and as to whether you like it or not...well, that is personal and strictly up to you and that what art is. Any red dots?  Not a one...but this is the show where one of the four people said he understood that eight of ten had been sold. I did ask the MAN and he verified it. (Oil, 43x39 cms., @ 2,500; oil on wood, 60x73 cms., 5,000 euro; oil + plus mixed material, 115x165 cms., @ 10,000 euro.)  Until 31st May. www.fonswelters.nl; e-mail:  mail@fonswelters.nl  

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Sunday:

 

3D attended an opening of what, I guess, is a new "gallery." it just came to my attention. It is also a shop of objects d'arte and fashionable design. I won't identify it---nor the painter---because the work I considered to be that of a competent Sunday painter; and unless it is a show that designates "Sunday Painters" I am sure that both the gallery owner and artist would consider it an insult...and that's not 3D purpose...I wanna be nice...and loved by you...just you....

 

P.S. (Leidsekade 60) showed the Bohemian artist Michal Skoda who is both a minimalist and conceptualist. He works in b/w and gray and very effectively too. Think of De Stijl and expecially Bart van der Leck's paintings filled with rectangular forms. Now erase all the color leaving only the white spaces and fill in others with black or gray and you will have a good conceptual feel for what you will see. But Skoda goes a step further by playing interesting geometric games with the rectangular forms. There are three catalogs to look at from previous shows. A very large format one illustrates his large constructions which are dimensional and in sections with an interlocking element that creates both more depth and a new perspective.  Until 31st May. www.psprojectspace.nl   

 

WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK:

 

Reminder:  The (?) means phone ahead or check the web-site if I list one (sometimes I can't find the address), but don't blame 3D if there ain't nuthin happenin' [sic]. The "*" indicates the time may be incorrect.

 

THURSDAY: 1st May 2008

THURSDAY: 1st May 2008

 

(?)17-19:00 Melkweg Gallery (Marnixstraat 409, enter Jo's Cafe). Who is there?  Don't know!  Hey, 3D ain't no mind reader. This is Amsterdam's most secretive gallery space.

 

17:30 House of Installation Art (Cruguisweg  0...here we go again. I e-mailed the first time I received an invite---which was the last time I got one---asking what kind of address number was "0?" No reply.) Hmmm. Maybe they are trying to tell 3D something. Anyway, Philip Tonda Heide's "A portion of space in the world." but where is it if it can't be identified by a number?

 

FRIDAY:  2nd May

FRIDAY:  2nd May

 

19:00 De Appel (Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 10). "Baggage 1972.2007" "Situations: Allanm Kaprov/Otobong Nkanga." "A performative screening." Got me! I don't know what that is."A series of performances." FREE...hey, that I understand. RSVP: reservation@deappel.nl

 

20:30 De Levante (Hobbemastraat 28, Zuid Bad). "Arabic Graphics: The Work of Tarek Atrissi in Exhibition."  www.delevante.org.  

 

 

SATURDAY:  3rd May

SATURDAY:  3rd May

 

16-18:00 Royal Gallery (Koningsstraat 37). Bamas N Diage, oils.

 

16-18:00 AdK Actuel Kunst (Prinsengract 534). Three painters showing.

 

16-18:00 AYACS (Keizersgracht 166).  "Supernatural,"  Bonnnie Severien. www.ayacs.nl

 

15-18:00 GALERIE bart (Bloemgracht 2). Niels Helmink's "'Shopkeppers,"  photography. www.galeriebart.nl

 

17-19:00 Ashenbach & Hofland Galleries (Bilderdijkstr. 165). Jan ven der Ploeg, wall painting; Thomas Puckey, "marmeren sculpturen." www.xs2art.com

 

17-19:00 The Living Room (Fokke Simonszstr. 10). Roeland Kneepkens, paintings. www.thelivingroomgallery.nl

 

17-19:00 Lumen Travo (Lijnbaansgr. 314). Marion Moller. www.lumentravo.nl 

 

17-19:00 VOUS ETES ICI (Lijnbaansgracht 31`4). Lieven Hendriks, "Cold Reading." www.vousetesici.nl

 

17-19:00 Van Wijngaarden & Hakkens (Lihjnbaansgr. 318). Caroline Coolen, drawings and sculpture; David Powell "Back-up paintings." www.wanwijngaardenhakkens.nl

 

17-20:00 Witzenhausen Gallery (Elandstraat. 145). Marcel van der Vlugt. www.witzenhausengallery.nl 

 

SUNDAY:  4th May

SUNDAY:  4th May

 

14:00 De Stoker (Witte de Withstraat 128).  The Rotterdam group KADK takes on the big city. There will be music by Peter Hogenboom and Killer 7...oops. That sounds violent. www.kadk.nl; www.destoker.nl  

 

__?____ The Nieuwe Anita (Frederik Hendrikstraat 111). "Ik Jan Cremer Boekenbal." The invite continues, "Need I say more." Well, 3D replies: It would help. I know his first book, "I Jan Cremer" from the mind expanding 60s; and I know his color paintings and prints, but I don't know what this is all about.

 

15-18:00 BuroDijkstra (Van Noordtkade 16b). "Korea in the House," is the result of collaboration between Albert Dijkstra and Kyung Ae Sohn, director of Gallery Skape, Seoul, Korea. The Korean curator, Yunkyong Kim, has "selected four emerging Korean artists. Minkyoung Kim, Ether, Jeong won Yoon and Yongsik Park will exhibit their amazing work."

N.B. "Exhibition  can only be visited by appointment till [sic]12th May. E-mail for appt. to: burodijkstra@gmail.com or tele. (020) 789.23.44. www.burodijkstra.com

 

TUESDAY:  6th May

TUESDAY:  6th May

 

19:30 Felix Meritis (Keizersgract ____). This is a lecture---in English---about the film industry in Nigeria which "...is a booming business." FREE.

 

WEDNESDAY:  7th May

WEDNESDAY:  7th May

 

18:00-22:00 ARTA08DAMRAI [sic] or to put it another way: Art Amsterdam '08 (@ the RAI). One of the major yearly happenings on the Amsterdam Art Scene. This year, 125 galleries; including 33 foreign galleries: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Korea and the United Kingdom. On display: paintings, photography, sculptures, installations and videos by some 750 artist.

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW! Three times a day there are FREE guided tours from the "art buying" stand of the Mondrian Foundation....A "spectacular central exhibition" of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen....Also, 19 solo presentations by various galleries. The work of five artists short listed for the Thieme Art Award (the most promising young artist---under 35---at the exhibition)...And the "striking 'Landmines exposition' of Maisenbacher Art Gallery, Berlin."

 

ALSO:  Each visitor to Art Amsterdam gets a passe-partout which gives free admission to 18 contemporary art institutes in Amsterdam. That alone justifies the 18 euro entrance fee (after 17:00, 10 euro*) or, at least, more easy to stomach. Senior citizen pass or student pass,. 10 euro; children under 12, FREE. In addition, FREE child care facilities on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (10th, 11th and 12th of May.)   Closes at 19:00 12th of May. www.artamsterdam.nl 

 

*The "after 17:00" special entry fee of 10 euro does not apply on Wednesday (opening night) 7th of May.  

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And that is and was the week that went...dear members of the 7A Club: Amsterdam's Authentic Aesthetic Art Admirers Alliance Association. Did you GO?  You won't know unless you DO. You are blessed to be in an international environment for the appreciation of art from ALL over the world....not to mention: THE PEOPLE.

 

And don't forget...3D WILL be signing autographs at Art Amsterdam...only 50 euro cents each...get them while the "stemple" pad ink is still wet...sure to be a collectors item in the year 2525...kid you not...3D guarantees it, or your money back in the year 2526.

 

...and that's 3D blasting off and into the future....

 

Copyright: Daniel R. Gould, Amsterdam, 2008