The 3D list january 2008

By Daniel R. Gould

Welcome to the year 2008. Like every New Year we expect the best for it and of it. Of course, what it all comes down to is what WE, as an individual, will make of it. The year itself is only a number; it has no real significance in itself. It creates no new only records their chronological happenings. So make your new year's resolution to better yourself by eliminating bad habits or by learning something new and by contributing to the world around you. Also, remember that you are part of a community and if you are receiving a direct e-mail of the 3D List it means that 3D, himself, has determined that you indeed play a role in the art world. You may be an artist, a connoisseur of the arts, a gallery owner/worker, a museum director or any of the peripheral adjuncts that help make the art world go round.
Know your role and play it through. It will make for a successful, fulfilling and eventful 2008. Make it your best year up and until now!
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Bits and Pieces:
Museum Review: De Nieuwe Kerk, "Hidden, Afghanistan."
                         FOAM, WEEGEE - from the Berinson Collection
What You Missed LAST YEAR:
WHAT Is Happening This Week:
There is already "good news and bad news" for readers of the 3D List as of the first week of 2008.
Bads news first: the library that I have use to prepare the weekly 3D List is closed during the month of January for renovation purposes. The good news is that Claire B. gave me a PC with all the attachments. I am now in the process of trying to hook up to the internet and to figure our "Word XP professional for the home." Unfortunately, all is in Dutch. Can anyone tell me if I can change the program to English? In the meantime, I am using the new library to do the list. I am sure there will be typos, problems, mistakes and other irritating things that we will have to deal with during this stage of conversion. Wish me luck!
I have other items in my file for B&Ps, but since---due to the fact that of the holiday---I was not able to work this Monday and Tuesday, I'll save them for another time.
The newest show at De Nieuwe Kerk, "hidden Afghanistan," is another of those revealing and unexpected views into the old world that makes the new world redundant.
Afghanistan was a cross road of the old silk road. There was heavy traffic between the east, both China and India, and the west, the Greeks. And all these groups of people in turn influenced the other.
Cultures came together, exchanges were made and mergers took place politically, artistically and it is all, now, preserved historically.
The land, itself, has never been much of a country. That is, it is a collection of tribal people that share tradition and customs and little else. Certainly not a central government; and as this exhibition makes clear, its history is fragmented by several ethnic influences.
It is fascinating to be able to look back to the Bronze Age (2100-2000
BC) and marvel over the goblets and bowls made from gold. Fascinating because we thing of these people as being extremely primitive and yet there was a hierarchy that was able to demand the most precious of metals to fashion the most common utensils. We look at the intricacy of the geometric patterns and the beauty of the illustrated boars, bison and bulls that have been hammered into soft metal. They had been found in 1966 near Fullol in the north, by farmers. The latter began to chop them into pieces so that they could share the precious metal. But the government reacted quickly enough to save 12 intact examples, five gold and seven silver. However, after the 20 years of civil war, that, even now, continues to rock the nation, only three remain.
At the very beginning of the show there is a viterine containing 100 heads configured between the 4th BC through to the 7th AD. We see the similarities of style and technique as well as the changing imagery as the Greaco-Bactrain civilization developed.
In a smaller room, there is the story of discovery and of the protection of the country's artistic heritage. In another room, next to it, "Excavation in Afghanistan," outlines 20 periods over thousands of years as six video monitors illustrate various archaeological sites.
The main emphasis is on the 1st century AD. Soviet and Afghan archaeologist discovered the site of a walled city, Emshi-tepe, during the winter of 1978-1979. They found six graves of important citizens.
Just days before the completion of the excavation a seventh grave came to light. They would return in a year and more than 20,000 objects were taken away to the National Museum in Kabul. The Soviet military invasion of 1979 delayed their return and when they did go back the grave was found to have been looted.
But what was recovered is a remarkable collection of the metal finery of the period. An ornament for the neck is meticulously crafted of gold, turquoise, almandine and pyrite. A "standing ram" of gold could have come from Cartier. Belt buckles decorated with a carriage drawn by dragons made of gold, turquoise and carnelian; and the "head-dress"
ornament "tree" made from gold and pearls that makes it look like an intricate mobile which also could have come from a contemporary jewelry maker.
Than there are the several large rectangular cases, each covered with glass, with the human form outlined atop, which are filled with hundreds and hundreds of examples of objects made from gold and other precious material as body decoration or for utilitarian purposes. We see, in one,
18 examples which surround and/or decorative parts of the body: a sheath for three knifes (decorated with the swastika); a belt; a Phiale (sacrificial bowl); necklace; two shoe decorations; a dagger with its sheath and each decorated with struggling animals.
Other cases contain objects that look like buttons or big rain drops, again in gold; there is even a pair of shoe "soles" made from gold; and over a hundred "hearts" from the same material. Dionysus and Ariandne are illustrated in a pair of clasps made of turquoise and gold.
Less spectacular but still very interesting are the ivory pieces. There are 10 tableau's, each about eight by twenty centimeters, which tell the stories of rich women pampered by their servants in meticulous detail.
Others, larger, repeat the same scenarios.
Much---if not all---of this newly found trove of cultural history would have been lost had it not been for the quick thinking of a handful of Afghanistan officials who decided it prudent to hide most of it during the Taliban period of rule. It was not until 2003, more than a year after the overthrow of the Talibans, that it was revealed that 22,606 objects had survived the malicious and indiscriminate destruction by the religious fanatics. They had been hidden in a vault at a government palace. There were seven keys that were needed to unlock the vault.
Unfortunately, not all could be found but "lock-pickers" using state of the art technology was able to "break in."
This is the third showing since that new discovery. The show was previously seen in Paris and Turin.
An Afghan official said at the press conference, "Afghan is not only a country of war, terrorism and destruction, but also a land of life, art and culture." Since they have been able to preserve and protect their culture there is a real hope that they can do the same of the life.
A lavishly illustrated catalog is a text book in disguise. See the show...and buy the catalog. Check it out, then see the show AGAIN! You will be rewarded.
Under the direction of Pierre Cambon---in collaboration with Jean-Francois Jarrige---you have the opportunity to delve into the history of a region stretching from Greece to China. The emphasis, of course, is on Afghanistan, but the country has been an important player in this area of the world for several thousands of years.
The catalog includes detailed maps---several---photos of archaeological sites---many---an exquisite enlargements of pieces of jewelry, tableaus and statues on display in the exhibit. The flawlessness of the photographic technique allows you to see detail of objects that with your naked eye you missed at the first viewing.
The catalog available in Dutch, English, French and Italian. In addition, the Prince Claus Fund has made it possible to publish editions in Dari and Pasthu, Afghan languages. 34,95 euros,
ISBN: 978.90.78653.06.6.
Oh! Nearly forgot. At the middle of the Nieuwe Kerk is a long table where you can enjoy coffee, tea and Afghan delicacies while you study breathtaking beauty of the church.
The exhibition is until 20th April 2008
FOAM (Keizersgracht 607) mounts photographs from the collection of Hendtrik A. Berinson of the work of WEEGEE an American photojournalist who did crime and accident scenes in New York City during the 30s and 40s. From the linear notes, on the wall, this comment by the man himself: "I would start my tour at midnight. First, I checked the police teletype for background on what had happened. Then, into my car, I would turn on the police radio station..." and off he went. Generally, he was the first journalist on the scene.
In 1941, the PhotoLeague of New York City mounted his first exhibition titled "WEEGEE: Murder is my business." The gruesome b/w photographs have titles like: "Corpse wiothj glasses," "Dead gangster, waller in hat,"
"Murder in Hell's Kitchen," (A mid-west side neighborhood of NYC), "Off duty cop does duty. Kills gun man who tries stick up." You'll see a lot of dead bodies and "It is almost impossible to view WEEGEE's work without being emotionally affected by them." Until 5th March.
Well, not what you missed the whole year...there was a lot. But what you missed the last half of December...if you didn't go...but you may still have the chance to know...
"Pencil Therapy" was the title of the show at Studio Apart (Prinsengracht
715) for the work of Ariel Zachor a.k.a. R.E.L. I misunderstood press release. I had expected to see a panoramic drawing of people---many people---clubbing around Amsterdam. But what we get are drawings of individuals---mostly females---or small groups of two to five persons in a large format (I couldn't find the measurements anywhere but they are about one and one half by two meters). With that said, the work is good! The drawings actually look like large b/w photos. The only negative thing is in the way the have been framed using non-reflective glass which dims the nuances of the technique.
Until 22nd January.
DEZibelle performed her original compositions accompanying herself on guitar. I know that they were her lyrics and music because I made a few request and at one point she said "I only sing my songs." Fair enough since she does it well.
At Lloyds Hotel (Oostelijke Handelskade 34) there are 100 chairs on show from the collection of Gerrit Oorhuys. While all the great Dutch designers of the 20th century are represented, there are a significant number of chairs without attribution; not to mention several very unconventional types on exhibit. Unfortunately, the well illustrated four page brochure doess not list a closing date. Check:
Again, if you don't do De Chiellerie's exhibitions when I list them you will miss them. They are generally only for a week. Too bad, because often the shows are worth seeing. This was the case last December when three artist exhibited the same week. Sandra Hoogeboom is a photographers, sort of. She makes Polaroid's---mostly of females---and mounts them on a canvas. She ten creates a "veil" over the photos by using a mixture of epoxy and acrylic.
The effect is a mysterious rendering of the main subject matter and the allure is that you focus on the person's eyes. (450 to 1,500 euro, the pricing had nothing to do with the size. A few large pieces were cheaper than smaller ones, "I price my work by my feel for it!" she told me. Good, I like that approach.)
Arno Tijnagel had hung four photos of the interior of a house titled "Abandoned Series, Untitled/House #2." Three are focused on a bedroom that looked like a tornado had hit it and moved through it. Colored @ 450 euro.
A short film (14 minutes) by Marinus Groothof titled "November" was engrossing due to the cinematography, staging, acting and direction.
Unfortunately, it was in Dutch and without subtitles so I could only guess as to what it was all about.
Margot de Jager is at Galerie Clement (Prinsengracht 843) with work that is impressionistic in style and technique, but with a 21st century twist. The strong and assertive colors we associate with that late 19th century school are not in her work for the most part, but it doesn't matter because even the softness of the colors project an essence of the landscapes and trees that she focuses on as subject matter. But with that said, there are two where the colors DO project. Nice work. Until 12th January.
Upstairs, there is an unusual exhibition. Sometimes you just gotta read the information provided to know what's going on! When I entered the space I saw the walls filled with 50 cms diameter "plates." At first, I assumed, all the work was by one ceramic maker. However, I then noticed certain styles that I associate with different artist like Ronald Tolman, Cole Morgan, Hugo Kaagman, Co Westerik, et al so that got me to check out the price list and indeed it is a group show of more than 30 artists. the prices range from 540 to 3,230 euro and most---about 25---are 860 euro.
Somewhere I saw this showed described as "erotic." That's not accurate. It is true that ALL the work depicts females in the nude, but I would characterize them as pin-ups. And what separates them from other pin-ups is that the artist, Francois Gervais, decorates---maybe a better word would be "tattoos"---the bodies with what looks like calligraphy, especially Arabic.
But it isn't! He is probably walking a fine line here that is confronting the Moslems with something that at first would appear to be very provocative to them, but then saying, "Hey, you got it wrong. Don't you see." Of course, any religious fundamentalist probably wouldn't take the time to see. Until 1st January. I guess that means you missed it. It was at:
Prins aan de Gracht (Prisengracht 650) exhibited the Netherland Pop Artist Hayo Sol. He does laser copies on canvas---much like Warhol's silk screens canvases both in style and as an edition---but then he embellishes the imagery with rhinestones and paste "diamonds" and to a pleasing effect since they "decorate"the images of Marilyn Monroe, "Pearl and Purple" (90x90 cms, ed. 50 @ 1,850 euro); Marike Helwegen (mixed media, 130x100 cms @ 4,500 euro); Bardot "Sixties"(105x75 cms, ed 25 @1,750 euros.
In addition, there are several hats on display by Henri×›tte Dijkinga titled
"Chapeaux: Exclusive Hoeden." In many ways these are retro designs but considering for how long Mvr Dijkinga has been active as a hat designer I am sure that the examples on display are just part of the evolutionary process that we associate with any artist over several decades. The styles tends to be elaborate, flamboyant, with wide brims, bright colors with flourishes that are reminiscent of 50s and 60s Hollywood films. She has received an award from Coutur Krant. Oh, I nearly forgot, she will not sell you one of her hats unless she likes you! Until 26th January.
At galerie ra (lower case always) (Vijzelstraat 80) Suzanne Klemm showed her collection of jewelry that is made from a plastic base material (polyolefin) and forms them into flower like "Daisy-bells" and inside the flower's cup we can see the tentacles and/or bud. To make these pieces a broche there is a silver stick pin that looks like a bud. there are also rings on display that she fashions the plastic material around a silver core. Some are fashioned like the branches of a tree. Everything is in a brilliant white. Prices range from 105 to 2,500 euros. Until 19th January.
Ringel Goslinga last show was in the library of FOAM. He hung about 100 photos as an installation with the title "Family Tree." He continues this theme at Serieuze Zaken Studioos (Bilderdijkstraat 66). There are four groupings of photos---all b/w---and he has divided them into specific categories. His parents divorced when he was three years old, so he has a rather extended family---since both parents entered into new relationships, his father more than one or two---that is directly related to his life. Then there are the friends. He has also included some of those people who now have a professional influence on his life like staff members of FOAM.
Goslinga is definitely on to something. He is young and we have his whole life to look forward to in the future shows. I nearly forgot to mention his style other then that he shoots in b/w. his portraits are honest. The very opposite of Hollywood star stills from the 30s and 40s; we see the blemishes and, sometimes the sadness, of his subjects. Until 12th January.
This was also a book presentation: "Family Tree" published by Veenman
Publishers, 264 pages, 29.95 euros, ISBN 978.90.8690.122.7.   There is a
limited edition of 20 copies with your portrait taken by the artist (16x20 cms), signed and numbered, @ 300 euro.
Red Stamp Gallery exhibition was titled "SKINKY" by Ketra. She says, "In my work focus on its [corsets] monochromatic stylization, playing with inward and outward bending, micro and macro tensions." Indeed, her style is fetish using the imagery of a corset with it bindings and in two dimensions. The work is on black and gold or, like "Scarlet Diva," in black, red and with silver studs and black leather straps (98x98 cms, 1,530 euro). Until 26th January.
She also makes "dolls." "Bitchy Im Pelz" is a porcelain doll standing 40 cms high. It is dressed in a fetish style. With each doll there is an "identity card" with its name, age, nationality, profession and distinguishing marks. (700 euro.)
A very special catalog of the show is available at only;y 20 euro. It is 32 pages long on high quality paper with super photography and comes in a unique vinyl case. Sorry, I don't have the closing dates nor Red Stamps internet address. But you can contact Ketra:
At GALERIE bart (Bloemgracht 2) Mark Beerens' show is titled "The art of storytelling." Figurative, representational, geometric abstraction are all the terms that come to mind to describe his style. It might be accurate to say that of the six pieces, on exhibited, there is really something fro everyone. Some works are colorful and some almost monochromatic like "A New Hope;" some are colorful like "An American Dream" and some figurative like "Veri-Chippen;" and some a geometric abstractions like "Sea of Possibilies."
(All are 133.5x189 cms, @ 4,500 euro.) Until 2nd February.
galerie wies willemsen (Ruysdaelkade 25) exhibited five artist from Senegal.
Mattjieu Andr×™ C.F.F.Dolly paints on glass. He has two figurative styles: 
small heads atop oversized torsos and elongated figures. (A4, @ 250-530
Cheick N'Doye carves in stone: people (in different poses), fish, fowl and turtles. (350 euro.)
Cheick Sidiya Keita paints abstracts with a monochromatic background topped off by symbols that are linear. (750-2,000 euro.)
Djibrill Sagnamakes assemblages/objects of wood, nails, bottle caps, old scrub brushes, etc. Some are stand alone and others hang from the wall.
(500-900 euro.)
Pape Samba paints abstracts that emulate the style of {Paul Klee with their symbols and composition. (2,000-3,000.)
A full schedule, don't touch that dial...and let's play follow the leader...the leader being 3D himself, in person and stirctly confidential and off the record...on his way to:
FRIDAY: 4th January 2008
FRIDAY: 4th January 2008
De Nada...hey, that's no way to start the new year with NO openings on the first Friday...bah humbug...
SATURDAY: 5th January
SATURDAY: 5th January
15:00 Galerie 59, SBK-Zuid (Van Eengelstraaat 59). R. Ruseler
16:00 GIST Amsterdam (Veemkade 364). Three artist...and while you are in the neighborhood, just a few meters away is...see below...
16-19:00 2X2 Projects (ne×™ Carl Berg Projects), new address: Veemkade 350.
Raymond Taudin Chabot videos "are dramas without words [but] enigmatic fables...of visisble signs: facial expressions, gestures and general appearances." ...and after this opening go directly to...see below...
17:00 Paul Andriesse (Gebouw Detroit, Withoedenveem 8). Thomas Struth, "Family Portraits," photos. As you leave 2x2 Projects, turn to your left and walk until you see the next crowd of smokers standing outside in the frigid weather puffing away...that should be the place.
16-18:00 Royal Gallery (Koningsstraat 37). "Carnevale Di Venezia" as seen through the photographs of Mimi Magrini (USA/Italy).
16-18:00 Galerie Mokum. Peter Durieux & Pieter Pander. Paintings and drawings.
16-18:00 De Witte Voet (Kerkstraat 135). "Into A Walk Into Time." Netty van den Heuvel and Anton Reijnders. Ceramic work.
SUNDAY: 6th January
SUNDAY: 6th January
13:00 Galerie Plein 7 (Da Costaplein 7). Group Show15:00 Jos Art (KNSMlaan) "Zwart-Wit-Grijs," seven artists.
15-17:00 MLB (Witte de withstraat 32). Jos Ehlen, Lia van Ham and Lucia Epskamp present ceramics, silk screens and objects. A flemenco guitarist, Bart Schreuder, will perform.
16:00 MediaMatic, (Oosterdokskade 5, Post CS). The LAST selling day for El Hema with a party featuring the Burka Big Band and Arabic wine.
16:00 Galerie 'EEWAL' Amsterdam, (Czaar Peterstraat 153). Christiaan Kuitwaard, paintings.
17:00 SMBA (Rosenstraat). French artist Cyprien Gaillard in conversation with Rein Wolfs, artistic director of Kunsthalle Fridericianum. In English.
Reservation required:; More info:
TUESDAY: 8th January
TUESDAY: 8th January
WG KUNST (Marius van Bouwdijk Bastiaansestraat 28). New Year reception,
Well, there you have it! The finale of That Was The Year Was. It's all over
baby-blue. You won't have another chance at 2007, but you will have over 360
days to do something about 2008. You New Year's resolution? To buy ART!!!
Lots and lots of art. Makes someones year. Better yet, make several artists'
year. So, stay tuned for 3D's weekly report on What Is Happening This Week.
3D will be present or accounted for in the coming days...join me and share
the thrill of it all...
Copyright: Daniel R. Gould