The 3D List: Amsterdam Art directory, Week 40

By Daniel R. Gould

Well, folks, this is nearly the end, my friend...the seasons over...the long lonely days of July and August with little art to see will be like cloudy days without the sun rays...Have not yet decided if there will be a list next week. It all depends on the shows this weekend...so you'll have to wait and see....
 
INDEX:
 
Bits & Pieces:
Museum Review: Hermitage Amsterdam
What You Missed Last Week:
What is Happening This Week:   
 
BITS & PIECES: 
 
Well, there have been four showings---not counting those at the MINIBOS---of "I LOVE ART." Now you can see it in the comfort of your own living room this soming Sunday. On the 28th June, RTV-NH will broadcast it at 10:00; 12:00; 14:00 and 16:00 hours. See 3D "live and in-person," sorta.
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From time-to-time, 3D receives a request from someone that wishes to be "unsubscribed." Hey, no problem, but sometimes there is. I have three e-mail addresses. And sometimes I must search all three looking for the address that is listed on the request. And more often than not, it isn't there. That's because I don't send it to them, but a friend of theirs passing it on. I mention this because last week I had a request from "Thomas V.," to unsubscribe him. He sent the request to each of my e-mail addresses. How he has ALL three is a complete mystery to me. And, even more strange, his address is not on any of my "contact" lists. Thus, it also triggered an alarm bell. As I mentioned, last December, someone hacked into my Hot Mail account---and e-mailed me to brag about it---that was Blubbery Belly. He still sends me "hate mail" which I never acknowledge because someone told me that by doing so he can then gain access into the account I reply from. So I am suspious about "Thomas V's" request. Sorry, guy, but I don't know who you are. You are not one of my contacts. I don't send the list to you. And this is the only way I 'll reply to your request. Ah, life in the Internet age. It's a weird experience.
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REGISTRATION CLOSING: Last chance to register for particiapating in the performance of "Le Madison" (1st July/W139) is the 28th June. Do it now. See: www.le-madison.net. This is your chance to be a STAR. 
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Ray Bradbury (89 years old) is the author of scores of sci-fi novels---including "Fahrenheit 451"---and can still be found hanging out, regularly, at the LA Public Library Branch in Koreatown. He is quoted in a recent article , "Science fiction hero battles to save libraries," by Jennifer Steinhauer, "The children ask me, 'How can I live forever too?' he said. I tell them: Do what you love to do and love what you do. That's the story of my life.'" Right on! www.iht.com (20th June).
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ATTENTION VIDEO ARTIST: "Motion DSP" is a software maker that is offering a $50 download for "PCs that tackles pixelated and fuzzy frames in standard definition video...The consumer program is adopted from the company's more powerful product, Ikena, which cost about $7,700." "Burnishing those grainy home videos," by Anne Eisenberg (22nd June) www.iht.com 
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Sign in the window of The Society Shop (Van Baerlestraat hoek P.C. Hoofstraat), a men's clothing store: "Does Mad Men Suit You?"
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There are two article concerning the Elgin Marbels that the Greeks want back and the UK keeps insisting: "No way, José." At www.iht.com (19th June). "Parthenon Marble I," by C. Hitchens and "Parthenon Marble II," by N. Konstandaras. 
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A poster, on the toilet door, at Stichting outLINE reads: "Read My Lips: No New Art." It looks like one from a series 3D saw at this year's edition of "artamsterdam 09."
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"Taste of Amsterdam" is a culinary happening between 25th to 28th June at the Amstelpark. Entry is 12.50 euro (presale), Amsterdam's "top" restaurants take part. 15 euro at the door and neither price includes the food. www.tasteofamsterdam.com 
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Laser 3.14 latest is: "For A World of Science and Reason." Can't find fault with that. At Paulus Potterstraat and Vanb Baerlestraat.
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MUSEUM REVIEW: 
 
Hermitage Amsterdam has opened its doors with a spectacular exhibtion titled "At the Russian Court." The Russians have a curious and unusual history. The country has never been an intregal part of Europe. Not in its history, geography or societal development. Peter the Great, the first great Tsar of all of Russia, recognized his country's isolation from the Western societies and in 1697 traveled to Amsterdam to amerce himself in Dutch culture and to learn modern technical techniques like ship building. Later, in 1816, Tsar Paul I's youngest daughter would marry Prince Willem of Orange, who was to become King Willem II. There has been a close relationship between the two countries for over 300 years with the exception of the Soviet period.
 
One of the hinderances to Russian development had been that there were no "eyes to the sea." Even today, Russia---as with the former Soviet Union---has limited access to the world's oceans. In the east, Vladivostok is heemed in by ice several months of the year. Tsar Peter wanted access to world ports, so, here in Holland, he studied shipbuilding and marveled at the fact that Amsterdam had been built on a delta and that the Dutch had constructed canals, to regulate the flow of the water, and created a foundation of sand on which to build a city. He went back to Russia and selected a site where the Neva River flowed into the Baltic Sea. He built a new capital, for his country, from scratch and called it St. Petersburg and dubbed it his "window on the west." Members of the Imperial court---which had been housed in Moscow---where commanded to build villas in the new city. The size and grandeur of each of these edifices was to be in proportion to the number of serfs under their tutelage. At court, the language was French. Russian was considered vulgar and the language of the peasants. 
 
This was the preamble to the 19th century. The press release says that this exhibition is "...a scholarly researched exploration of the opulent material culture, elaborate social hierarchy and richly layered traditions of the Tsarist court at its height in the 19th century..." which was the culmination of the many factors that Peter the Great had put into play.
 
The recently renovated and reconstructed Amstelhof---originally built in 1655 and visited by Peter---comprises 9,925 square meters; and the exhibition utilizes nearly every square meter with over 1,800 pieces each meant to convey intregal segments of life at the Court and the players. "Among the objects that will bring these subjects to life will be hundreds of exceptionally rich ball gowns and other costumes, magnificent court paintings...extraordinary items of furniture inclduing the famous Romanov throne, impressive pieces of jewelry by makers such as Fabergé, vast and valuable dinner services and the last tsarians's own grand piano." 
 
But let's take a stroll through the galleries and sketch an image of what to expect.
 
The Herenvleugel---one of the two main galleries of the museum---is the venue for a grand ball. In cirular cases (which revolve) we see the elaborately designed and lavishly ornamated costumes for both men and women. "Ceremonial Livery for a Court Moor," (c 1900) is indeed elaborate in ornamentation , design and rich in color. There are evening dresses and military dress uniforms. On the wall there is a film projected in a very unusual way. It is in context with a real ball room at the Hermitage. Ten or so years ago, a film was made, The Russian Ark, which was a continuous pan through the Winter Palace during a ball. We see segments of the film but we view the scenes as if we were on the outside of the building looking in through the windows. Cleverly designed and displayed and very effective. At the front of the gallery is a grand piano and harp both of which are magnificent creatations of several artists and craftsmen: painters, carvers, gilders and the mechanics. It was a gift from Nicholas II (the last Tsar) to his wife. 
 
In the side galleries there are beautiful water colors/gouaches over pencil sketches illustrating the "Parade of Knights" and a ball in the "New Palace, 1929." You will see the invitations and admission tickets sent to the gentry and generally written in French. There is a menu, for a lunch held during Coronation Week (1896), which features 13 courses, but it is the lavish graphics that will get your attention. Again, all in French. The "Fans of Court" are on exhibit at two different locations. They are significant in understanding the communication factor at balls. They were used much like semaphores by the military allowing the ladies to communicate across the crowded dance floor. One room has 39 fans---one about one meter across---of every description. Some where designed as a souvenier or as memorial and one is a "collection of caricatures representing Russian politicians in scenes from Chinese life."
 
There are daggers and swords made of gold and silver and decorated with precious stones. A pair of pistols made in Paris for "A sa majeste Empereur de Russie," constructed from wood, steel, silver, horn, bone, gold inlay and silver inlay (1850). A gift from the firm Devisme to Tsar Nicholas I. A small gallery displays 50 pairs of shoes that Amelia Marcos would have coveted and six pairs of formal ladies evening gloves. In an adjacent gallery are hats for both men and women; and next to that, a collection of 27 small purses made of metal filigree, metal embroidery, silk plus embroidery, etc; plus opera glasses and spectacles.
 
Then there is the jewelry room with a glass enclosed case featuring 50 assorted pieces fashioned from rare metals and jewels. The designs range from the very simple to a very large necklace with an assortment of materials and tassels. Several small galleries feature delicately designed water colors and gouaches that illustrate the exterior and interior architecture of the principle rooms of The Winter Palace. There are eight meticulous watercolors and/or gouache paintings of the Palace's interiors so meticulous that you can count the number of candles in the chandeliers that lit the great spaces with a thousand or more candles. Cityscapes of St Petersburg provide a sense of its map and geography.
 
In another room there is a collection of finely carved Meerscham pipes and most yellowed from the nicotine signifying that they had been well used. Not far from this gallery is one with a collection of 12 rifles and each a craftsman's masterpiece. And not to go unnoticed is a boxed set of six rifles and one pistol---all are miniatures---which had been a gift to Nicholas II---when he was a boy---and presented to him by Russians soldiers in Tula. They actually worked and had been used by the future tsar. There are stunning icons, crosses, chalices, insense burners, et al; and a bible, the "Evangelistary," decorated with five enamel paintings in gold relief. In a word: Beautiful. 
 
But the best for last..."The Throne Room," in the Keizersvleugel---the other main gallery---is a magnificent recreation of members of the Court attending to the Tsar and his tsariana. There is a glass enclosed case, about 25x3 meters, with life-size mannequins in ceremonial costume and dress and arranged in the order they would have been presented to the royal couple. They all face the "Russian Throne with double-header Eagle & footstool" (1797) commissioned by Tsar Paul I. What is surprising is that while the throne is elaborate and gilded with gold it is not that elaborate. In fact, in a small upper floor gallery there is the throne and footstool of the "Grand Master of the Order of the Knights Hospitalles of Malta (1798-1800)" which is more grandiose and lavish than that for the Tsar. Along the walls are a series of huge canvases (about 3.5 meters high by 2 meters wide) of the "big cheeses" at Court.
 
...And it goes on...A nice touch is that scattered about the museum are huge and beautiful bouquets of flowers some standing as high as one meter plus and as wide. There are two areas decorated with children's art work which reflect another element of this world class museum and that's the children's museum and workshop. Not to be overlooked is the bookshop. It stocks over 500 titles which range from artistic topics to Russian history to guides to Amsterdam. You can buy a candelabra---about 60-70 cms., high---that is a reproduction of those that illuminated The Winter Palace, for only 239 euro and are of silver plate. In the shop's window there is both a "fan" dress and one with a hooped skirt made from playing cards. Sorry, neither are for sale. Scarves and shawls and Russian militray hats are also avilable and for sale; plus jewelry, glass crystal, ceramic ware, etc. And, of course, postcards.
 
Entrance to the museum and current show is 15 euro. Until 31st January, 2010. www.hermitage.nl 
 
Nearly forgot...There is an extensive summer program under the title, "Language no problem" which includes both a musical program and film series. Check the web-site.
 
The Catalog:
 
Writing a review for an Hermitage Amsterdam catalog is both easy and fun because they are always very good. However, "At the Russian Court" is, in a word, exceptional.
 
The 19th century was a pivotable junction in the history of Russia. Social turmoil began as early as 1825 with the Decembrist movement by an attack of the Mounted Guards, which was put-down, but it would prove to be only the beginning of social unrest which would culminate in 1917. Attempts to placate the Russian people where examplified by the abolition of serfdom which was decreed by Tsar Alexander who also ushered in other reforms to the legal systems and for civil rights. The first essay, by Nina Tarasova, "Russia under the Romanovs," from Paul I to Nicholas II, is a very short and very readable history of the period. The essay is punctuated with numerous illustrations, photos and reproductions of art work that gave form to the period.
 
Nicholas II, declared the day his father died, "I am not ready to be Tsar. I cannot rule the Empire." And in March 1917 he would put it in writing when the 17th monarch of the House of Romanovs signed his abdication from the Russian throne.
 
"Imperial Russian Court Ceremonial," is the second essay by Georgy Vilinbakhov and Lina Tarasove. They detail life in The Winter Palace. It was not only the private "home" of the Romanovs "...but also the place where official ceremonies, parades, balls and festivities were held." These events were carefully and precisely planned. "The etiquette involved...was strictly set out and as strictly observed and there were great and small ceremonial appearances [that] differed in route and number of participants." The catalog highlights these events in numerous pictures and paintings as well as reproducing a lunch menu for a Coronation Week.
 
A photo of an "Officer's Kaftan and Waistcoat of the Preobrazhensky Life Guards (1797-1801)" is accompany, on the opposite page, with five blow-up photographs which detail certain features of the uniform. This is one of many examples where uniforms and/or ceremonial dresses, as well as, gowns have their features spotlighted. More photos show the various medals bestowed by the Tsar for any number of reasons.
 
Other chapters concern themselves with "Festivities at the Russian Court." There are also vintage b/w photos, from the period, which bring the players alive for us and as real people and not just names in a history book.
 
"St. Petersburg: Imperial City," by Alexander Solovyov, details the city's development and includes numerous architectural drawings, water colors and paintings of prominent edifices which dotted the city's map. We see illustrations of several important rooms including the "Study of ALexander II," in The Winter Palace.
 
Other topics covered: "Dining at Court," "Theater and Music," "The Church," "Whims of Fashion," "Playing Cards," "Fans," et al. If you thought reading history was boring think again. The catalog is an excellent addition to anyone's library whether its focus is on art or history.
 
The catalog is in a Dutch version and an English one. 288 pages with about 150 illustrations. Published by: Museum Shop Hermitage Amsterdam. ISBN: 978-90-78653-11-0. 34.95 euros.
 
The Restaurant: There is a large 200 seat restaurant called the NEVA which overlooks a garden. This is not a review because 3D had but a taste of what the kitchen is all about. The press was offered "lunch," but it turned-out to be more of a sampling menu of two items: lobster bisque...delicious; and a small portion of fish that was also good. What I can do is related to you some of the items on the menu. The dishes seem to be creative and very reasonably priced.
 
The lunch menu is very attractive with four sandwich selections all made with "freshly baked" Russian style bread. And all are priced at 7 euro. Here is an example of what to expect: Tuna mayonnasie, veal steak and roasted tomato all in one. Not interested in a sandwish, then try, "Vol-au-vent" filled with stroganoff ragout or salmon ragout, @ 12.50 euro. Amstel or Brand beer @ 2.30 and 2.50; St Petersburg beer, "Stephan Razin" @ 4.50 euro.
 
The dinner menu begins with three types of caviar served with the traditional side dishes and Russian Standard Platinum Wodka. Sevruga and Asetra style caviar @ 125 euro for 10 grams; and Beluga---the most famous---@ 200 euro for 10 grams. There is a half lobster offered as a starter @ 19,50 euro; wild salmon @ 21 euro. Entrees included: Roasted rib of lamb and stewed lamb (yes, both as one dish) @ 22.50 euro; and Grilled tournedos Stroganoff @ 29.50 euro...And then there are the desserts. How does this sound? White Russian: Tiramisu made with Russian Standard Vodka and chocolate liqueur @ 7 euro.
 
The menu will be ever changing: "A number of leading chefs, united in Les Patrons Cruisiniers, will create special menus inspired by the current art exhibition...The open kicthcen allows you to watch the Chef of Cuisine Linda Steen and her team at work." To book a table e-mail: reservations@neva.nl. More info: www.neva.nl  
 
The restuarant stays open until one in the morning, long after the museum has closed its doors. 3D intends to return and write a full review.
 
 
WHAT YOU MISSED LAST WEEK: 
 
Thursday: 
 
At The Prince Claus Fund Gallery (Herengracht 603) there is a photographic exhibition for the Iranian photojounalist, Keveh Golestan (1950-2003). He died in the course of action when he stepped on a landmind. He was accumstomed to be at the center of the action and snapping pictures of his country's turmoil. The show begins with the Iran Revolution which deposed the Shah (1979). Golestan's poignant b/w snaps reflect the horrors of social upheval that has engulfed the country over the years.
 
Golestan's widow introduced the show and took questions afterwards. She reflected on the present times (the recent contested election) and pointed to one photo on display, and taken in 1979 that, she said, could have been last week. Other photos documnet examples of the societal fabric such as a series picturing prostitutes taken before the revolution; and the mystic Islamic dervishes which are pure and natural examples of motion photography. The occasion was also a book presentation. The cost is 38 euro in bookstores and 25 euro at The Prins clause Gallery while the show in in progress. Until 31st August. www.princeclausefund.nl  
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WGKUNST (MvB Bastiaansestraat 28) features a conceptual installation titled Blinde Vlek Ken by Jeroen Kee. The space's whole floor has been covered wtih various types and sizes of wood, composite board, slats, planks, etc. The end result is a linear abstraction in contour. In one corner there is a collection of old hand laugage bags. Until 5th July. www.blindevlekken.nl 
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At Fonds Voor Beeldende Kunsten Vormgeving en Bouwkunst-BKVB (Brouwersgracht 276) is the work of Eylem Aladogan. In the first gallery there are two A3+ size mixed media pieces each framed in an oversized and brilliant white frame. And they get your attention. One is representational, sort of, looking like a vase containing a flower and a green onion. However, the vase is more of an abstract linear figuration. The other pieces features an overlapping artichoke with a background looking like the silky stalk ends of an ear of corn.
 
In the other gallery, there are two wall objects. One is about 100 cms., in diameter with a black rim; and, at its center, an object consisting of a collection of diamond shaped indentations tilted at different angles. Laid on this is a silvery metal piece that resembles a dead bird. The other wall object looks like arranged material with no definite form and covered with an epoxy. On the floor is an irregular star shaped object made of glass above what looks like a silk parachute. Until ___?___ www.fondsbkvb.nl  
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"Memories are made of this..." is an old song which is always current, because our daily life is punctuated by memories of all the previous days and years. The RoXY was a club which opened in 1989 and disintegrated in 1993. Its founder, Peter Giele, died suddenly. The day of his wake, a pyrotechnic apparatus of his design was the center of attraction. Howeer, the flames reached into the air conditioning ducts and raced through the building. Amsterdam watch the place burn.
 
The RoXY wasn't 3Ds' favorite disco/club. The Mazzo came first; followed by De Koer and the Richter. But it certainly had something. Provocative comes to mind.
 
It was sleezy, obscene. drastic, surprising and sometimes even fun. The photos at LUX Photo Gallery (Gebouw Het Sieraad, Postjesweg 1) , by Cleo Campert, certainly capture all these moods, descriptions and extremes. It is deja vu all over again. One photo pictures a large hand made heart which has written on it: "Love is the answer." Okay. But what was the question? Sometimes the question is more important than the answer. (50x70 cms., color photos @ 950 euro.) Until 18th July. www.luxphotogallery.com Again, the space is available to rent during the month of August.
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Galerie Paul Andriesse (Gebouw Detroit; Withoedenveen 8) is showing the work of Marien Schouten. she does ceramic sculpture and these 70+ cms., pieces resemble your everyday run-of-the-mill aliens. But unlike most ETs, the nine big ones and six smaller examples, each have their own individual characteristics. Basically, all are monochromatic with subtle nuances to the colors. Also, on-view, there is "Hek" which is a linear metal sculpture piece formed with 12 jail cell-like bars (300x230x240 cms). It probably would make a nice room divider. (Ceramic pieces: big @ 15-22,000 euro; small @ 3,250-3,750 euro.) Until 29th August. www.galeries.nl/andriesse  
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As 3D was making his way to 2X2PROJECT he saw what looked like a new gallery and there appeared to be an opening. So, I decided to check it out. It is NOT a new gallery, but basically a one night stand; actually, more accurate to say, a weekend affair so you are already too late. The artist, Annja Sijben, draws with white chalk on large sheets (150x150 cms.,) of black paper very simple figurative line drawings. These minimal forms are not just representational ones of the human anatomy but ones that sometimes resemble the posture of a contortionist. And maybe they are meant to. The person who gave the introduction talk told 3D that Sijben meditates before she draws: "She is searching for the ideal man inside herself...[and] she is in search of the universal aspects of behaviour." (@ 850 euro.) www.exima.nl   
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Almost next door, at 2X2PROJECTS (Veemkade 350), is an exhibition of three photographers titled, "Night Walkers." Ernst van Deursen turns us into voyeurs by capturing initmate or very personal moments like a couple in an explicit sexual embrace or garish portraits of "laidies of the night" sucking on their cigarettes and looking very bored...Martin Effert likes landscape subject matter but is very discriminate in his compositions and focusing. It may be the light creating the constrast or the representational against a linear aspect...Sander Meisnes shots linear forms heavy on the perspectives and with ambient light. The results are both assertive and dramatic. No price list, but the gallery holder told 3D the photos range from 300 to 5,000 euro. I guess that narrows it down. Until 22nd August. www.2x2p.com 
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At Stichting outLINE (Oetewalerstraat 73) is David Scheidler's "multiple perception." Making sounds a visual experience is what this exhibition is all about. Scheidler has created a sound installation that reflects several influences. As you enter, you see a Rube Goldberg like contraption. A "contraption" is a mechanical "machine" consisting of several pulleys and wheels and whatnots that's function is very simple like cracking walnuts. In this case, we see four record turntables but it is the way they are mounted (a long steel rods) and the way they function (a series of bicycle chains) that makes it different and classifies it as a contraption.
 
The sounds are minimalistic. To the right, there are four video screens which "illustrate"---like an oscilloscope---the sound vibration patterns. Each video screen is a different size and each projects different imagery as related to the height and width. There is also an interactive piece. You put on earphones and take into your hands a control mechanism that resembles an aircraft steering mechanism. By turning it you create a variety of sound modulations.
 
In the small alcove, to the left, there are 56 disks (about 5 cms., in diameter) attached to the wall. A projector focuses light in an alternating pattern, but both the colors and light movements are under the influence of the imagery recorded by a small video camera in a corner. Cool! Until 18th July. www.outlineamsterdam.nl  
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Saturday:
 
Saturday was a quiet day for gallery hopping. So, 3D returned to RON MANDOS (Prinsengracht 282) for the "official" opening of Arthur Kleinjan's "Insight Out," and I am glad I did because there was something I missed, well, more accurately, something I didn't understand. In the first review, 3D said he was reminded of the song, "On the Streets of New York." At the first viewing I marveled at one photo that showed about 10 New Yorkers all yawning at the same time. How was this possible? The snap didn't look posed. The assistant gallery told me that Kleinjan's methodolgy is to take a series of photos at and from a specific location and spot the same day and/or other days at the same exact time. Then with a software program he merges the images together into a single composition. There is another photo in which we see the same man dressed three different ways and photographed on three different days. Neat!
 
There is also an interesting video by Kleinjan, "Atocha," in which we see a series of people all staring at something above them. It makes us curious as to what it is that consumes their attention, but we never find out and it doesn't matter because we register on the intensity of their concentration. Until 11th July. www.ronmandos.nl 
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Chris Berens, with a show titled, "White Ones," is back at Jaski Art Gallery for what must be his third or fourth show over the last few years. From the beginning, 3D was impressed with his work. He had started his professional career as a graphic artist and had won a prestigious graphic design award from the New York Times. At the height of this career he decided he wanted to be an artist in the pure form. He isn't a painter---though painting is an element---and the work isn't really what you would call collages---though, in fact, it is made up of several images cut from paper. What he is is unique. His style is conceptual figuration. And there has been an evolvement in his style to where the imagery is more minimalistic than in the beginning.
 
The current show features a "fairy tale" look. Some pieces could be used as a book illustration for an edition of "Cinderella." As to his acceptance by the art buying audience it is apparent by his now annual appearance and the fact that the prices have tripled since his first show. (Large canvases 7,000 to 14,000 euro and one listed at: "price on request.") Until 5th July. www.jaski.nl
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Galerie Rademakers' show (Prinsengracht 570), for Ger Doornink, is a most unusual way of presentation for an exhibition. The gallery has been turned into an artist atelier. Crowded with canvases---leaning against the walls---completed and uncompleted. The place smells of oil and tepentine. As to the work, both the style and technnique is unique. The work is mixed media and each one a portrait of a lady. How the artist does it is what makes him an artist. He embellishes the imagery with different elements and materials which often distracts from the imagery and subject matter while at the same time enhancing it.
 
This event allows you an opportunity to perceive how the artist composes and teachnically executes his compositions. It is almost a step-by-step training course that begins with a simple sketch to the added nuances to finished product. Ultimately, it is a lesson that the most simple "portrait" is a product of several steps and elements. This was a special event and may or may not be there by the time you read this. See what you miss when you DON'T go. (120x150 cms., @ 3,950 euro; 190x190 cms., @ 4,950 euro.) www.galerierademakers.nl  
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Sunday:
 
The phtographer, Dixie Solleveld is showing at "Figaro," the barbershop owned by Pasquale Capone. The opening was also a celebration of the salons 45th anniversary. Over those many years there has been scores and scores of artist that have hung their work on the limited and crowded wall space. Ed van Tijn, Amsterdam's mayor during the 80s, said a few words that were interuppted often by laughter owing much to the antics and remarks by the photographer Cor Jaring, who is still smoking up a storm and drinking like a fish years after his triple by-pass operation. Pim Maas---the Dutch "Elvis" seranaded his partner, Dixie, with three of The Kings songs and to the delight of the audience.
 
As to the work, these are all color photos with a simple theme of people working at their profession and/or expressing their talent. We see the artist Jan Sierhuis staring at a ceramic plate he has made; Slyvia Willink working on the plaster cast of a bust she is doing of Anne Frank; the late Paul Huf in front of one of his nude photos; two chocolateria standing behind a table of their creations; a chef at his stove; a frame maker, et al. No matter their labor we see their dignity and pride. Good work. The reception took place outisde the shop with sun rays emulating a spotlight and punctuated with the occassional raindrop. Until __"?___. No web-site for anyone involved. So, sorry. 
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WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK:  
 
Reminder: When you see (?) it is meant to alert you to the fact that the information may not be accurate; and the "*" indicates that the times may be wrong. You are advised to click-on to the gallery's web-site.  
 
WEDNESDAY: 24th June, 2009
WEDNESDAY: 24th June, 2009
 
20:00 Mediamartic BANK (Vijzelstraat 68). "Out of Place Show," A salon with Osama Dawod (Egypt) and Donna Akrey (Cananda). A presentation in English. FREE. RSVP: www.mediamatic.net/salon_24June_09 
 
THURSDAY: 25th June
THURSDAY: 25th June
 
De nada....
 
FRIDAY: 26th June
FRIDAY: 26th June 
 
16-20:00 RETORT (Aalsmeerweg 103). "Presenttatie kunsteducatieproject," with Jantien Jongsma and Elma van Imhoff, presenting "nuit américaine II." Nine artists. www.retortproject.nl  
 
19-02:00 De Appel (@ former Shell cantine; Shell Terrain, Tolhuisweg. Take ferry from CS at "Buiksloterweg). "An exhibition and a day of lectures and performances. An intrnational group of 14 artists. More info: www.weaksignals.nl 
 
21:30 NIMk (Keizersgracht 264). A closing event to "celebrate the end of the DNK installation art exhibition." Expect new style sounds. www.dnk-amsterdam.com 
 
SATURDAY: 27th June
SATURDAY: 27th June
 
12:00 Galerie Opsteker (Noorderstraat 61). "Lumiére 2009, (photography)" www.opsteker.nl
 
15:00 Galerie Geurs (NZ Vooburgwal 371). Group show with "Amsterdam" as the theme.
 
16:00 AdK Actuele Kunst (Prinsengracht 534). Jeoroen Clausman and Els ter Horst, "Land, water, lucht..." plus a book presentation. 
 
16-19:00 Serieuze Zaken Studioos (Lauriergracht 96). Theo van den Boogaard's "The Sidekick Series and More," drawings and "hoogtepunten." Intro speech by "Tasty Tom aka Tom Kellerhuis." www.galerieserieuzezaken.com 
 
16-18:00 GALERIE bart (Bloemgracht 2). "Groupsexposite (schilderijen)" Group sex? Bring condoms. Participation required? Bring condoms just in case. Live demonstration of a perfect artistic orgy? Hmmm. Hey, 3D don't know and the Devil made "bart" do it! Five artist participate! But, how? 3D loves how Dutch can be transposed into English and ways unintended. Or is it? Hey, "bart," make my day! www.galeriebart.nl
 
18-20:00 C & H Art & Design (Jacob van Lennpstraat 32H). "Hibernation Dreams," Patricia Kaersenhout, "She paints with black pitch, uses molten wax, embroiders and makes scorch marks on canvases and paper." Artist talk: 19-20:00. Food and drinks: 20-22:00. RSVP: cosimo.hanneke.artdesign@gmail.com 
 
20:00 De Service Garage (Stephensonstraat 16). About 100 artists...kid you not...all "disciplines" This is the second part of a "road show" that began in IJmuiden a week ago. Music by Constant Dullaert & Friends. www.deservicegarage.nl  
 
SUNDAY: 28th June
SUNDAY: 28th June 
 
14-17:30 De Appel (for location see Saturday, 27/6)). At 17:30 there is the "premiere performance of Lee Scrivner's specially commissioned musical satire, 'Lord Masque-an anti-masque.'" RSVP: info@weaksignals.nl
 
15:00 Orangerie (Amstelpark) "Double Abstract," six artists. www.amstelparkart.nl 
 
15:30-17:30 Galerie Josine Bokhoven (Prinsengracht 154). Marlies Rekers, paintings and drawings. www.galeriejosinebokhoven.nl 
 
16:00 "galerie wies willemsen" (Ruysdaelkade 25). Masha Kohan, Anastasiya Ponyatovskaya and Inessa Kouteinikova, all Russians. Figurative and abstract/expressionist. www.wieswillemsen.nl  
 
16:00 Lloyd Hotel (Oostelijker Handelskade 34). Exhibition: "H2Otel Designs." Student of Artez Institute of Architecture Arnhem designed a hotelroom in a former watertower...that's where the H2O comes from. Their designs can be seen at the Lloyd. www.lloydhotel.nl (3D thinks...they never include their web-site address...so I 'm guessing.)
 
19:30-20:00 De Veemvloer (Van Diemenstraat 410). "Music For The Artistic: The End-slotfeest." The last show for the "artistic leader," Radec Vana. www.veemvloer.nl 
 
MONDAY: 29th June
MONDAY: 29th June
 
20:00 Lloyd Hotel (Address: see Sunday, 28/6). "Spinoza Redux," the last of a series of talks. Juha van't Zelfde will speak about Spinoza's views on freedom and tolerance. Dirk van Weelden (writer/philoso[pher) and Sarah van Sonsbeeck (artuist) are guest speakers. FREE. No mnetion of what language. More info: www.castrumperegrini.org/2009/06/18/spinoza-dedux-at-lloyd  
 
WEDNESDAY: 1st July
WEDNESDAY: 1st July  
 
12:30-14:00 Openbare Bibliotheek (Nicolaas Beetsstraat 86). Kristren van der Kuil presents "Kwijtoppootjer," printbook. 
 
16:00 Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Fred Roeskestraat 96). "Eindexamen 2009." This is it folks! The best group show of the year!! And 3Ds' official happening that closes out the Amsterdam Art Season 2008-2009. www.rietveldacademie.nl (3D checked out their web-site for the times from 2nd to 5th July, but none were listed. Weird.) 
 
...Your last chance for a full weekend of activities along the Amsterdam Art Scene until come September. Get your artisitc fix now. See it all while there is still a chance. aNd, oh, yeah, BUY something.
 
And there he goes...who? You don't know that yet? Hey, you ain't been paying attention....
Copyright: Daniel R. Gould, Amsterdam, 2009