The 3D List: Amsterdam Art directory, Week 41

 The 3D List: Amsterdam Art directory, Week 41

By: Daniel R. Gould

 
This is it! The Amsterdam Art Season 2008-2009 will officially come to a close this coming Sunday. This issue of the "3D List" closes out the fourth year, of providing the newsletter, with a mailing to 820 addresses. It began by being sent to four people. Actually, the numbers would be greater except for the psycho who hackeyed into my Hot Mail account and, as I result, I lost about 60 or 70 addresses. Over the time, I have had less than 25 request for those wishing to "unsubscribe." Hey, that ain't bad!   I keep hoping to expand the "services" offered, however that means money and since none has been forthcoming all expansion is on hold. 3D has tried asking for funding, but the results have been both depressing and embarrassing. Oh, well, tomorrows another day as Scarlet said after Rhett told her, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!" Hey, maybe that's the message. But as 3D is always saying, "There is NO money in art!" Pity, since people gotta live, fish gotta jump and so on and so on...
 
INDEX:
 
Bits & Pieces:
What You Missed Last Week:
What is Happening This Week:  
 
BITS & PIECES: 
 
3D needs an atelier space by 14th July.
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Frank Lloyd Wright's color scheme for the Guggenheim Museum (NYC) was originally intended to be Cherokee red. From www.nytimes.com (24th June), "Fifth Avenue Shocked: The Building Wore Red," by Christopher Gray. Gray? Hmmm.
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...And Jesus said, "Make my day!" The pastor of New Bethel Church, in Louisville Kentucky, invited his "congregation of 150 and others to wear or carry firearms into the sanctuary to 'celebrate our rights as Americans!' as a promotional flier for the 'open carry celebration' puts it. God and guns are part of the foundation of this country.' Mr [Ken] Pagano said. 'I don't see any contradiction in this. Not every Christian denomination is pacifist.'" Hey, remember Charlton Heston who played both God and Moses in the movies? He was---in real life (if there is one in Hollywood)---the president of the NRA (National Rifle Assosciation) and maybe it was Heston that made him do it! The article at www.nytimes.com (25th june) titled "Pastor Urges Flock to Bring Guns to Church," by Katerine Q. Seelye pictured the "good" reverend holding a sub-machine gun.
 
How does the rest of America feel about the "gun issue?" According to the legislative director of the NRA, Chris W. Cox, "We have a very active agenda in all 50 states. We have right-to-carry laws in 40 states. Twenty years ago, it was just six." A recent Pew Research Center poll found that 45% of the American public consider it "more important to protect the rights of gun owners" and 49% favored "to control gun ownership." Aah, America, you gotta love it or leave it! 3D left it, but don't get me wrong, I love my country, but I don't like it very much. 
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So you think you look to young to land the perfect job because the company or organization says they are looking for a "mature person." Here's where to go: www.msn.com and search, ""Hairstyles That Age You 10 Years." There are also photos: "Celebritist model best and worst looks."
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The Openbare Bibliotheek. On the 7th of July, this new edifice will celebrate its second anniversary of its opening. And, guess what, the "proud" director has yet to make it a functioning operation. Really, folks, how can you have a library without the code numbers at the end of the book stacks to indicate the order of the books? 3D does not make use of the multi-media floor, but I have been told it there is even a bigger mess in trying to find something. The working librarians have made a diagram sheet which identifies the stacks, but you must ask for it and even that does not indicate the numbers in the stacks. 
 
And the magazine section...well, same old, same old. There are NO overhead signs indicating the "News Magazine," "Sports Magazine," or "Art Magazine Section," et al sections. I mentioned, on a previous list, how last August I saw the library's director standing with two of his "assistance" watching a single man applying letters to the steps leading to the entrance. 3D went up to him and said, "I have some comments concerning the magazine section..." and he interrupted to say "We have 2,256 magazines..." Hey, I said, that's great until you want to find one! He then added, "We're working on it!" And it still isn't done. Lack of staff? Is that the excuse? Well, there is now a man outside the library, throughout the day, patrolling the perimeter to prevent you from leaving your bike in the small plaza before the building. Maybe he could do the magazine section job.
 
Recently, I was approaching one of the service desks and the man sitting there was talking with a colleague and suddenly put up his hand and extending the middle digit. I said, "Is that for me?" Hey said, "No. Its for our manager" which I took to mean Hans Van Velzen, the director. He is not only disliked by the staff but they have no respect for him. In America, they tried to impeach Bill Clinton for having sex in the White House so we should impeach Van Velzen for our inablitiy to not being able to find the dictionary that defines "sex." Or something like that.
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...And while 3D is in a bitching mood, let's talk about the post office and how TNT has blown the service element to smithereens. Recently, the Kerkstraat post office was closed along with the one on the Albert Cuypstraat. Both were large enough to have five sections providing service and often you had to "take-a-number." These two locations have been merged into one and it is now a "kiosk" on the Maria Heinekenplein (there is still no sign on the front to indicate it is a "post office"). There are only two service desk. Oh, yeah, 3D had had a post box at the Kerkstraat address for 25 years. The post boxes are now located on the Weterschaans at a copy shop. Now to do my post office business I must make two separate stops.
 
It gets better...I recently had three letters to mail and when I tried to buy three stamps I was told that the minimum number I could buy was 10. And I should not forget to mention that when I pay my post box yearly bill (it had previously been a free service) I must pay an extra 8 euro service charge. When I complained about having to pay a "service charge" for paying my bill directly to the company that had billed me, I was told that the "postbus" was a different division of the company. So what? A division of a company is still part of the company.
 
So why all these changes? Remember that parliament, to cut cost and make previous government services both more efficient and profitable, decided to privatize most notably public transportation and mailing services. The delivery of the mail was offfered to companies on a bid system. Of course, these companies DO NOT pay the same hourly rates nor provide a package of benefits to their employees as did the governmental postal service so outside companies were able to underbid the TNT. Thus, the primary income source, for TNT, was partially eliminated which forced these drastic measures of closing post offices and letting fairly paid employees go. Catch 22 all over again.
 
The Dutch learned the importance of a strong infrastructure centuries ago when they began to construct polders and regulate the water flow with dykes. There are basic infractructures that are necessary to a soceity to maintain the economy: a postal system, roadways, public transportation, etc. Play around with it, try to make money from any of them and suddenly holes pop up here and there and its the boy with his finger in the dyke all over again.
 
Where to put the blame? Easy, Ronald Reagen started it. And Maggie Thatcher jumped on the band wagon and the dominoes started to fall. Reagan economics is the main cause of the current world' financial crisis and his bogus remark that "Government is not the solution to our problems, but is the problem" is putting the peoples' backs against the wall. Reagan wasn't very bright or he would have realized the error of his statement. In a democracy, the "government" is the people. Maybe he did get it right. For a conservative, since many are financially well off and insist that all their money belongs to them, they ask "Why should I pay more taxes than the rest of the population?" Whether the rich make their money from making chewing gum, automobiles or widgets, their wealth comes from the masses. And the more the masses have to spend, the richer they become. So think about it. As it becomes more and more expensive to take a tram and to mail a letter, there is less money for chewing gum.
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Nothing to do during the summer months on Wednesday evenings? "If you knit, crochet, sew----or want to learn," every Wednesday at ABC Treehouse (Voetboogstraat 11, Spui) Stephen Akehurst ("I'd rather be knitting...") ties up all the loose ends for you. FREE. No RSVP. Bring a snack and drinks to share. 19-22:00. www.treehouse.abc.nl  
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What better way to close out the last 3D "Bits & Pieces" section, of the season, with a string of insightful (sometimes); thought provoking (from time-to-time) or unintelligible words from Amsterdam's premiere street philosopher, Laser 3.14. At the Spui, last Saturday, something was going on. Tables were set up and there were more than 30 umbrellas all with added decorations and/or paintings; and several people painting more. Scattered over the square were wood pallets with Laser's comments: "Mother There's Something Wrong With The Sky." "Aurora Switched Colours," The Ballad of Lady Infinity," "Black Is The Void Pale The Skin,"" "This Universes For Free," "Abandon Ship, Abandon Ship." Hey, now, that's not bad advise!  
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WHAT YOU MISSED LAST WEEK: 
 
Friday:
 
De Appel is at the Shell Cantine (take the ferry behind CS station to directly across the harbor and it is a two minute walk to Tolhuisweg). The shows title, "Weak Signals, Wild Cards." "The main aim of the project is to multiply the possibilities of making art by drawing attention to ordinary ways of living. The Oda Projesi lives on the potential of everyday life practices." And the person who gave the introduction speech added that "We asked the particiapants to react speculatively and imaginatively." So, you get several things. One is a large installation that utlizes both the floor and window sills of the Shell building's cantine. Ordinary objects like jars, bottles, tins, cups, et al are made "imaginative" by covering them in metal foil. Thus, they all become one while maintaining their indivduality. The windows look dirty and people have taken advantage of this by writing "words of wisdom" on them. Things like: "Object No 12 + No 14 are going to the fifth round One extra round for object No 4." Hey, don't ask 3D. At the center of this is a miniature "beach" which is a pile of sand. Bring a picnic.
 
An object of about 2.5 meters high and three meters wide is made of wood sections that are painted yellow---and arranged like semaphores and works well set against the room's wooden slat ceiling. A take-away booklet of nearly 100 pages of b/w photos is available. The theme of the book appears to be "flora." The exhibitions flier is a beautiful layout with very imaginative typography. It details the weekend of events. However, it is ONLY in English. This is a departure from de Appel's previous policy of offering both the Dutch and the English language. 3D assumes it is because of the loss of subsdies that supported de Appel's operation. Until 26th July. www.weaksignals.nl 
 
About four years or so ago, I began to receive two invitations to events at de Appel. One was generated from a list they rented from the Kamer van Koophandle and used my business name. I assumed it was to bring their program to the attention Amsterdam's business community and, perhaps, generate needed funds. About two years ago, Saskia Bos saw the writing on the wall and skittered off to the Cooper Union in the Big Appel. Anne Demesteer, formerly the director of W139, took her place and probably hoped that new initiatives could stem the tide. But that was not to be. De Appel was forced to give up its base on the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat and has become a roadshow going from one location to another as it struggles to maintain an identity.
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Saturday:
 
Sierueze Zaken Studioos (Lauriergracht 96) is hanging the work of the illustrator Theo van der Boogaard. His drawings are highly stylized and there are different series each with their own style. In the front gallery is work in which the style is reminiscent to woodcuts from 1915-1930. That is, the work is representational, however you will be excused if you see it as geometric abstractions. That's because he forms the imagery with chiselled like cuts. The contrast is both sharp and "crisp." In the back is the work that most people are more familiar with and that which is more accessable to the average person. The series is a series of his pen and ink drawings of Dutch railroad stations from the classics---Haarlem and Amsterdam CS---to the new and ultra modern like Sloterdijk. Also, there is a good selection of his colored ink drawings. (A3 b/w drawings @ 500-700; large drawings @ 1,750-2,200 euro). Until 1st August. www.galerieserieuzezaken.com  
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GALERIE bart (Bloemgracht 2) is showing five artists. The style of the work ranges from representation-conceptual to the nearly hyper-realistic with figurative abstract/expressionism in the middle. It is a very good overview of the gallery's artist. There is another feature to the show and that is the five TV monitors each presenting a five or so minute program one each for the artist on exhibit.Until 1st August. www.galeriebart.nl  
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Two artists are showing at AdK (Prinsengracht 534) in a show titled "Land, water, lucht." Jeroen Clausman exhibits a series of 14 color photographs which represent the theme of the show. (80 euro each.) Els ter Horst is a multi-talented artist. She makes objects, mixed media pieces and does book design. The styles ranges from representational to contemporary impressionism. The four objects have a whimsical edge to them. As to the book designs, well, she has been busy over the years. She has to her credit, 128 books. At the gallery's entrance is, perhaps, her most unusual. There are seven individually and uniquely designed books and they all fit into a specially made box. Each separate "book" contains one poem (in English) which was written by a New Zealand poet named Lisa Lark. (10 to 700 euro). Until 5th July. www.adkactuelekunst.nl 
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De Service Garage (Stephonsonstraat 16) had one of those mindblowing exhibitions that leave you just plan dizzy. "Quantumvis V-Lustrum" is an exhibition of 130 artists showing 275 pieces of work. It is all still a jumble in 3D's mind. And no wonder, since every style---not to mention technique---has been included. There are collages, drawings, paintings, objects, sculpture, photography, video+sounds, etc, etc. There is outstanding work, some that is only very, very good and a few that either makes you think or dismiss altogether. It was fun, to say the least. There is a complete price list readily available with names and coresponding numbers to make the buying easy. Price range from the cheap to reasonably pricey...whatever that means. Until 18th July(?)   www.deservicegarage.nl
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Sunday:
 
Galrie Josine Bokhoven's (Prinsengracht 154) final show of the year is for Marlies Rekers who hangs paintings and drawings. Some are expressionistic with rough edges, some are very colorful and tranquil and some are expressionistic with a touch of impressionism. Four figurative line drawings are just fun. (Drawings, A5 @ 200 euro; A4 acrylic on canvas @ 500 euro; 160x80 cms., acrylic on canvas @ 1,600 euro.) Until 11th August. www.galeriejosinebokhoven.nl 
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Three Russian artists are at "galerie wies willemsen" (Ruysdaelkade 25). Masha Kohan has a strong influence from the early Renaissance painters but she leaves out the background landscapes. However, there are subtle elements of symbolism in these very competent portraits. (35x35 cms., oil on canvas @ 2,800 euro; 50x70 cms., oil on canvas, @ 800 euro). Anastasiya Ponyatouskaya technique is batik. There is an element of fantasy in her imagery with women riding on sea horses or a dolphon and pussy cats behind a 19th centruy architecturally styled Russian village. Any and all her work would make for good illustrations for a children's book. (Small @ 300 euro; middle @ 450 euro; big @ 600 euro.) 
 
Inessa Kouteinikova left her home, in Moskow, for the states where she attended art school and has been living in the Neterlands for the last seven years. Thus her artistic influences range from the former Soviet Unions realisitic school to the American Pandora Box of a variety of styles and influences. She hangs only two drawings, but there is a very attractive pen & ink sketching style. The freeflowing lines are rhythmatic but manage to define well the interior of a room or three men loitering on a bench. She also is a print maker and comfortable with silkscreening and lithography. In fact, so much so, that she sometimes uses both techniques in one print. The style is best described as figurative geometric abstractions. There is another series that combines silkscreening, pencil drawing and collage which is representational expressionism. Another pleasing factor for her print work is that she does small editions. (Print, A4., Ed. 8 @ 350 euro; 40x50 cms., Ed. 10 @ 375 euro.) Until 26th July. www.wieswillemsen.nl   
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...And it was back to de Appel...There was a program of lectures and performances scheduled for this day. However, 3D made only the last performance which was the result of a commission to Lee Scrivner. And in a day when "performance" can be something "conceptual" in which you just have no idea what it is all about this was straight forword and much like a simple one act play. There were four actors on stage. One emulated an Elizabethian barb that would have traveled from village to village "performing" sonnets and what have you long, long ago. The main character, in this presentation, was a Professor Garden. He was "assisted" by two ladies who participated in various ways. This all was supported by a "jester" like character who also played a flute. Rounding out everything was a video projection of hawks soaring or with its wings in a variety of positions. And there was support from a cello player, acoustic guitarist and clarinet player. An above average performance.
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WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK: 
 
Reminder: You gotta read this because it will prevent you from wasting time. The (?) means, simply, that the info may be wrong, wrong and more wrong. And the "*" says the same about the times. So, click-on to the gallery's web-site before going.  
 
WEDNESDAY: 1st July, 2009
WEDNESDAY: 1st July, 2009 
 
16:00 Gerrit Rietveld Academy. The best show of the year. The 2009 graduating class shows off. Expect a little of everything from the simple to the provocative to the sublime. Don't miss it!!!
 
THURSDAY: 2nd July
THURSDAY: 2nd July
 
FRIDAY: 3rd July
FRIDAY: 3rd July
 
20-22:00 Arti et Amicitiae (Rokin 112). "JODI," and artist duo, Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans.
 
20:30 DasArts @ Loods6 (KNSM-laan___) Andrew Fremont-Smith's "Final Project." www.wolfstation.andharbor.com
 
SATURDAY: 4th July
SATURDAY: 4th July
 
(?)15:00 Galerie 59 (Van Eeghenstraat 59). "Work on Paper," five artists. www.de40eurogalerie.nl  
 
16:00 Galerie W. van Leeuwen (Hazenstraat 27). "Summer in the city," four photographers. www.woutervanleeuwen.com 
 
20:00 RETORT (Aalsmeerweg 103). "HYPERBOREA," Nanette Krasikamp, drawings and paintings. www.retortproject.nl  
 
20:30 DasArts (see Friday).
 
SUNDAY: 5th July
SUNDAY: 5th July  
 
(?)15:00 Galerie Geurs (NZ Voorburgwal 371). Shakiro Werleman
 
16:00 Pakhuis Wilhelmina (Veemkade 572). Barbara Damer and Koos van der Elsen. The band "Wildwest Conifern" will perform. FREE. www.wilhelminawinkel.nl  
 
16:00 WALLS (Prinsengracht 737). "Dutch Collection," 20 artists exhibit. www.walls.nl  
 
WEDNESDAY: 8th July
WEDNESDAY: 8th July  
 
20:20 Mediamatic BANK (Vijzelstraat 68). "The Third Pecha Kucha Night of 2009...This evening is a mix between speeddating and elevator pitches, filled with inspiring presentations, speakers [and] new ideas." Dutch and English. Whooa, a 7 euro entrance FEE and you gotta RSVP at: www.mediamatic.net/pecha_10 
 
THURSDAY: 9th July
THURSDAY: 9th July  
 
18-20:00 ABC Treehouse (Voetboogstraat 11). "Tibet - The Art of Peace," this exhibit is centered on the "Traditional Art of Thangka Painting,"featuring the work of Tashi Norbu. www.treehouse.abc.nl  
 
 
The rest of the summer...
 
Further happenings..."Heartelier August 2009 Amsterdam," Hey, folks, there is life on the Amsterdam art scene during the summer...and whatever this is you should check out because they offer, "Dinner: is for invited guest and can be reserved by sending mail to: greg@allmuzing.com. This "event" will take place the "last four Saturdays of August from 19:00 to ? only 400 hearts...This is all biological food, drinks, brought to you by...together with a laugh, theater, art and many more surprises." [sic]. When they speak of "a laugh" 3D certainly hopes they are not talking about the food. 3D takes his food very, very seriously. More info: www.allmuzing.com. It may or may NOT take place at this address: Wibautstraat 150.
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That's it! The Amsterdam Art Scene 2008-2009 is history!! See you in September...
 
Copyright: Daniel R. Gould, Amsterdam, 2009