The 3D list March 14th
By Daniel R. Gould
There is still life in the Amsterdam art market as you will see as you read through this weeks 3D List. At several galleries there were a smattering of red dots; and at one it was jackpot time. That is a good sign. It might just mean that the American economic slow down will be confined to the US of A. And maybe the members of the 7A Club are doing their part. It may not be necessary to chastise them to buy more...but, really, you can never have too much art, now can you. Therefore, I will continue to implore you to spend, spend and spend some more on a piece of art. What good is money if you don't spend it?
Bits & Pieces:
Museum Reviews: The Jewish Historical Museum: Kurt Lubinski (1899-1969), photography.
What You Missed Last Week:
What Is Happening This Week:
BITS & PIECES:
ATTENTION PERFORMERS: "Spontaan Eigenwijs.nl" offers a stage for talent: music, DJ, VJ, Stand-up, poetry and theater at the cultural-happening spot: De Volkskrantgebouw (Wibautstraat 150)---where the action is---on the following dates: April 4th; 16th May; and 28th June. More info: www.spontaaneigenwijs.nl
ATTENTION PHOTOGRAPHERS: Here is your opportunity to do Manhattan, the Big Appel, New York City and, possibly, on a scholarship. The School of Visual Arts in NYC offers "Photo Global-Photography Certificate Program, 2008/2009" Seminar leader: Marc Joseph. Application deadline: 1st May. Taryn Simon (now showing at FOAM) is one of the guest lecturers. More info: www.sva.edu/photoglob.nl
Platform21 continues "...our temporary do-it-yourself cooking studio...and is open with step-by-step directions. 16/March: Food or Fuel; 23/3: Architecture landscape and food; 30/3: The future of 'breed meat.' + "Appel concert by sound artist and DJ Ivan Kadelburg." All at 16-18:00. for more info: www.platform21.com
This comes from a book review that appeared in the Int. Herald Tribune. "Today, the banana is the world's fourth major food, after rice, wheat and milk." It even beats out corn. "Bananas: How the United Fruit Company Shaped the World." (By Peter Chapman, Canongate, 224 p. $24.Chiquita Brands Int., is the company's successor. I just knew you wanted to know this.
I like to read thrillers; and I find as to characterization, plotting and social commentary it stands its own as a genre compared to contemporary literature. An article about Richard Price's ("Wanderers," "Clockers") new book, "Lush Life" quoted him saying, "I tend to like crime for a backbone [to a novel] because an investigation will take you through a landscape." Very good point. Have you had the pleasure of reading Elmore Leonard? He writes with the same economy of words that Hemingway did, but better. Then there is Dennis LeHahne and Michael Connelly. If you have not yet discovered any of these American thriller writers you have a treat coming to you. And each has a big body of work for you to get lost in. Their work is as much social commentary as shot 'em up action!
By the time you read this TEFAF (Maastricht) will have closed. I received a press release last Saturday that stated, "25,000 visitors attended in the first three days...there was a spectacular display of 175,000 anemonec accounting for 70% of world's production during the first half of March...Maastricht/Aachen Airport reported that 136 private planes landed during the period."
As I sped through the Spui, on my bike, on Saturday, something got my attention. There was a crime scene marked off with yellow tape. It circled a bullet riven Jaguar. The trunk was open and one could see dismembered body parts. Two men appeared to be dusting the car's painted exterior for fingerprints. On closer inspection, it became obvious that the body parts where not of a human origin, but nicely disguised as such. My first thought was that it was an "installation" and/or "performance" by art academy students. Wrong. Indeed, the two young men were students (one studying hotel management) and this was a part-time gig to promote Veronica TV's Wednesday night programming: "NCIS," " Profiler" and "Criminal Minds." Clever.
What's in a name. You say that your parents named you Kees or Jan or Inieke, Tenieke or Nieke. Remember the Johnny Cash song "A Boy Named Sue" and the lesson it imparted? Well, there are Americans who have burdened their off-springs with names like: Garage Empty, Helen Troy, Ima ("I'm a") Hogg, Ima Pigg, Ima Nut, Ima Hooker, Candy Stohr, Mary Christmas, Rasp Berry and Happy Day. "Studies show that children with odd names got worse grades and were less popular in elementary school...Prospective bosses spurned their resumes. They were overrepresented among emotionally disturbed children and psychiatric patients...[However] some of these mental problems might have been genetic---what kind of parent picks a name like Golden Rule or Mary Mee?" New York Times On-line, 12th March.
And speaking about what is in a name...if you are goin' get it wrong...get it all wrong! Last week, I reviewed the show at ROMANDOS and listed their web-site as www.ronmondos.nl. Well, Ron Mandos took exception with my creative spelling; and then I got an e-mail from Julia W. saying that when she clicked onto the web-site, 3D had listed, she got "return to sender". She had to google...but all ended well, she liked what she saw and went...Hey, 7A Club, that's what it is all about. Oh, yeah, RONMANDOS is @ www.ronmandos.nl or something like that...and the devil made me do it!
I will end on this note: A clear conscience is usually the result of a bad memory.
Photography is on exhibition at the Jewish Historical Museum. Kurt Lubinski (1899, Berlin; 1969, NYC) "Played a pioneering role in the development of the new genre of travel photography in the 20s and 30s." He fled to Amsterdam in 1933; left for London in 1937 and New York in 1943. In the states, he actually set aside photography and went back to school and earned a doctorate degree.
His vintage prints have only been recently rediscovered at Ullstein Verlag, Berlin; and Spaarnestad Photo, Haarlem. The latter was a popular illlustrated Dutch magazine at the time of his stay in Holland. He was a left-winger and traveled the emerging Soviet Union as well as Africa and across Europe. His subject matter is eclectic. We see everything from people dressed in traditional costumes to pretty ladies in daring---for the time---bathing attire. There is even a small three year old boy with his arm around a Great Dane dog and a polo match with the periods' beautiful people. Until 8th June. New Amstelstraat 1 (Waterlooplein). www,jhm.nl
WHAT YOU MISSED LAST WEEK:
Galerie Melkweg (Marinixstraat 409; enter through Jo's cafe) hangs the work of Kris Dewitte. And who is Kris Dewitte? I asked George M., a photographer who was present, and he said he had no idea who she was. And, then, she turned out to be a he. The reason for my curiosity was that Dewitte is a very good portrait photographer; and some of the big names appear to already know that: Morgan Freeman; David Cronenberg; Lisa Marie (Presley); David Lynch; Charlotte Rampling; Michael Moore, James Wood; and a lot more. The poses, of his subject matter, never really repeat themselves. He finds a new way---almost every time---to present the person. Often, there is a background with an abstract flavor and/or element like a cyclone fence, a u-shaped rack of lighting fixtures or roll-type doors or all black as for the Monica Belluci photo. (40x60 cms.,@ 900 euro; 50x60 cms., @ 1,100 euro; 60x80 cms @ 1,800 euro.) Until 6th April. www.hmmm, the invite doesn't list a web-site address...gooo google...
You never know what you will see unless you GO. And sometimes you don't know what you see unless you talk to the artist. Of course, this is one of the motivations for attending openings as opposed to dropping into a gallery sometime during the week. At HUP Photography Gallery (Tesselschadestraat 15) is the b/w work of Chris Shaw (UK) "A background photo journalist." The show's title is "Night Porter" and the subject matter ranges from a couple naked men to naked ladies to three dead ducks and in between all this is a hotel room service cart. The compositions are very good, but there is something eerie about the b/w technique. I thought he was shooting without flash and went to ask him about it.
Well, first of all, some background. While attending art college in London, he worked as a night porter for several hotels. While weird things can---and did---take place in the wee hours of the morning, for the most part it was boring work. So, Shaw would buy disposable cameras (easy to carry and conceal) and photograph the guests and other scenes. It kept him wake. The naked men? Well, there was a fitness center, in the hotel, and ever so often a man would decide to make use of it. He would strip off his clothes and head for the center. Of course, since they were generally inebriated and there was no place to carry a key it was invariably left behind. The conditions under which the photos were snapped account for the spontaneity. Each photo has a hand written title/description. Some have been crossed out. The latter occurred when the hotels execs took in an exhibition of Shaw's work and worried about law suits. (28x36.5 cms., @ 2,150 euro.) There is also a book offered for sale. Limited edition, book + print of "Lounge Lizard" edition 25. 15x15 cms, gelatine silver print; 395 euro.) I tried to get Roy's attention to ask if the book was available as a regular edition, but he was talking to an attractive lady and, well, you know how it is...Until ?. www.hupgallery.com
Fons Welter (Bloemstraat 140) shows Jan de Cock. Is there anyway to describe this exhibition? Sure. Write a book!To say it is complex in its overall conceptual theory, design, execution, whatever is like saying it is, overall, simple, which it is. That doesn't mean that you can sum it all up in a few words. No way. It is simple because it is all about form: linear and rectangular. Indeed, the press release makes reference to Piet Mondrian's "Boogie Woogie." But then we get into the sub-text stories; and that's another matter.
I mentioned the need to write a book and someone has. In fact, five books are packaged in two slip cases that cronicles De Cock's work. Each tome is profusely illustrated. but they are not a set. Each slip case is a separate publication and sold as such. (100 and 90 euro each.) The work on display is for sale and the prices range from 20,000 to over 40,000 euro, but you get three, four or more pieces per "Module." Until 19th April. www.fonswelter.nl
ARTTRA (2e Boomdwaarstraat 4) is exhibiting Michael Agacki's work titled "Das haus von Nikolaus." I would describe the work as abstraction/expressionism with influences from De Koonig, Basquait and Baselitz. If you like any of these artist, check out the show, you will probably like the work. He was born in Poland and now lives in Berlin. (15x15 cms., @ 350-400 euro; 200x300 cms @ 5,000 euro.) www.arttra.com
Carhartt Store (Hartenstraat 8) hangs drawings and paintings by Joran Roukes that I would describe as street art meets the avant-garde! Roukes emulates graffiti artist in subtle ways by including typography with the figurative. What makes it avant-garde is his skill and talent to make it unique. In a way, these mixed media works reflect not only society but the artistic styles and techniques of the period. And this only describes his large canvases. His drawings are another story...and just as interesting. Until 7th May. www.carthartt-streetware.com (drawings 300 to 400 euro; paintings begin at 2,500 euro.)
Nihajat says, "I treat my paintings as diaries where I pen down my dreams and the tumults of the unconscious world. My lines, colors, and forms, often and powerfully, allow me to escape from the memory and meaning of the conscious world.". Whatever. What I saw at De Levante (Hobbemastraat 28) was an unusual and unique style of painting. I can't really put the imagery---nor style for that matter---into words. Figurative? Sometimes. Impressionistic? Maybe. A mix of many elements, for sure. Even a middle eastern version of graffiti in a few , sorta. (1,000 to 3,500 euro.) www.delevante.org
MLB (Witte de Withstrat 32A) presents the work of Birgitt Buzs. Difficult to explain the colors because there are a dominance of browns and reddish browns which at first convey a dreary type of imagery but then she adds a swatch of pink and/or a splash of orange and coupled with her stroke work, which has a natural rhythmic flow, and you find yourself drawn into them. Strange objects are also displayed. One is a fetish doll that has a stuffed weasel/ferret wrapped around its shoulders and another on the floor which has two doll arms extending from its sides. Another, a meter long, looks like a mutation of some animal after an atomic bomb attack (700 euro). Interestingly enough, I don't see any relationship between her paintings and objects. Black and white ink drawings are also on display. Considering the quality, he prices are cheap. (40x40 cms., oil, 375 euro; drawings @ 95 euros.) See her work at: www.busz.nl
It is all an illusion...even the reality. In this case, reality is the imagery but also the illusion of Thomas Elshuis' "Travelogue #2 (tien nieuwe fotowerken) because there is very reality left. What's that you say? The illusion comes from the fact that he has reconfigured, added and by using a software program PaintShop makes everything into something new and with new meaning. Some years ago, he was given 20,000 photographic transparencies. This is his pallet. One of a lady in a red coat stands out an, according to The Red Beret, it is a masterpiece...and 3D won't argue with The Red Beret; he might take an unflattering photograph of me and post is at his web-site: www.photoart.nl
Also, at Wetering Galerie (Lijnbaansgracht 288) is Koen Ebelig Koning work which is figurative and representational. but there is a certain vagueness which, in turn, creates a feel of abstraction within the composition. (160x195 cms., 6,500 euro.)
Albert van Westing does b/w photographs and the theme is general athletic. But the series titled "Zwembad" is un-composed composition. Huh? Well... (51x61 cms., ed. 7. four pieces @ 4,350 euro.) Until 12th April. www.weteringgalerie.nl
Royal Gallery Amsterdam (Koningsstraat 37) hangs portraits of Africans and Afro-Americans by Ingeborg Slaats. The style is impressionistic with very good color composition and the technique is acrylic on wood. In addition, are pastel drawings with the same theme. (525-770 euro.) www.amsterdamroyalgallery.com
The Chinese have made their presence known in Amsterdam. There are at least five galleries that feature their work as a major segment of their exhibition program. And, I must say, I have been impressed with what I have seen. At Kohler Muller (Hazenstraat11) is a show for Sheng Qi. The style is impressionistic but he departs from that school in his color selection and allows the paint to run ala avant garde. There are several shades of gray which is generally punctuated with an object, hand or even the former Chairman himself, Mao, in red. He even documents the country's economic progress by scenes of bumper-to-bumper traffic. So, will Amsterdammers take to this? Well, yes. There were 14 red dots at the opening and that added up to 160,000 euros. Folks, that's real money. Until 18th April. www.galeriekohlermuller.nl
At De Brakke Grond (Nes 45) four artist showed under the title, "A Certain Mess." I can't really say that I understood this show. The emphasis appears to be on video: old and new; commercial; motivational, avant-garde and sometimes combined with the other genres. The latter example is by Joris Lindhout who has taken a wall and made a b/w line drawing devoted to the exploits of "Superman." titled "...and so thought Superman." The drawing of the superhero shows him sitting atop a pile of books with titles like: "Figure Drawing," "Mythological Strange Origin," "Culturalism," "Introduction to Philosophy," and "Understanding Comics," and all the while he is reading "Thus Spake Zarathustra," you know, that was the Richard Straus pieces made famous by Stanley Kubrick in "Space Odyssey, 2001." At the side, is a video loop showing a clip from the original TV version of "Superman" from the 50s.
Tiong Ang's contributions include a two collages each consisting of maybe 2,000 to 3,000 photos of various sizes, I tried to make a scientific estimate, but it was exceedingly difficult. Next to one of them was a painting showing the funeral of John F. Kennedy and was wrapped in a black netting, "Stars & Stripes (unfolded)."
Filip Gilissen's piece was titled "The Politics of Success" and appeared to be a motivational video. However, it was not possible to hear the dialog so I had no idea what I was being inspired to do. Aglaia Konrad shows, at the back of the space, a video which seems to be all about form and is titled, "Sculptured House." Until 30th March. www.brakkegrond.nl
Galerie Masters (1e Jan Steenstraat 131) exhibition for Marcelo Segall was for s***! Or all about s***. Or just plain s***ty! One title I saw for the show said only "Dinner." Another was "Porn Your Life." And at the gallery there was this title on the wall: "Shit Works." Whatever. This installation is a continuation of "Family Album" a project that began in 2004 and is "...a peek into the life of the Mouse family." It consist of snapshots of the family members all wearing ski-mask with Mickey Mouse ears. The objects or sculpture pieces include a dinner table with chairs, table setting and "food." The table and chairs themselves make for an interesting piece since it is not actual size and the chairs seem to "grow" from the table construction. Unfortunately, our attention is diverted from the latter and drawn to the four soup bowls which are made from a lucite type material (ala Arman). Inside, the transparent bowls, are human defecated "turds." Certainly anything but appetizing. Nor did my appetite improve as I wandered through the space. There is a three tiered "wedding" cake. Again, each tier is in see through lucite like material and each one has one or more turds in them. It is topped with small dolls of the bride and groom and titled "Until death do us part." There is more, but it is much the same thing. I am tempted to be critical of the artist for what I think is a sophomoric artistic approach, however I am reminded of the following anecdote.
A friend of mine, Alan, had introduced me to both the Leo Castelli Gallery and Jasper Johns at the same time. He had, at that time (c.1970), 26 silk screens and/or lithographs by Johns. He was on Castelli's prefered client's list. That is, every time Johns, Lichtenstein or Warhol did a new print edition, Alan would be notified and the edition would be distrubuted on a first come first served basis. He told me that Johns had done a series on the topic of "S***." He made several lithos each depicting a pile of s***. Alan was anxious to have one of more. He never made the cut on any of them. Each edition was sold out before they got to his position on the list. About fifteen years later, I was offering my Johns silk screen "Paintings With Two Balls" for sale and was asked if it had been cataloged. I found the catalog where it was listed and at the same time I looked for the S*** series. Couldn't find it. I would doubt the veracity of this story if it wasn't for the fact that Alan was not one to make up stories not to mention there was no motivation. The point is, Johns, at the time, was about 50 years old and certainly felt no need to stoop to the level of provocation to gain attention. Of course, it is always possible that it was an artist joke. That is, Johns was demonstrating that the art buying public will buy anything, even s***, by a name artist. In conclusion, I will say only that Marcello Segall walks in the path of a 20th century master and, therefore, who am I to judge. See for your self. Sorry, forgot to look for a price list.Until 22nd March. www.gallerymasters.nl
"Verknipte Couture (abstracte textielkunst met een modeverleden)" ...took the words right out of my mouth....and the artist is: Aico Dinkla at Galerie Prins aan de Gracht (Prinsengracht 650). The description of his work, that I received, prior to the opening, didn't really excite me. So it was a pleasant surprise when I did see the actual work that I liked it. Dinkla walks the fine line between kitsch and art. What he does is to take material and fabric and arrange it into a composition which is sometimes monochromic and conceptually redundant in its imagery. And there is no "sameness" in the way the material is attached and arranged on the surface of these sculptured canvases. Each work has a different 2D to 3D form. Some forms reflect the petals of a rose and others emulate, in a sense, Jan Schoonhoven.
The artist started life as a fashion designer and, also, on view, are examples of elaborate gowns he designed and made. In addition, there were four ladies present, at the opening, wearing his more traditional fashion designs. A slide show took us through his fashion oeuvre which was illuminating because most of his designs are less elaborate---and more practical---than the costumes on display. (75x115 cms., @ 2,450 euro; 100x120 cms., @ 2,950 euro.) Until 26th April. www.prinsaandegracht.com. And while you are at the gallery, check out their "toilet" art. A 3d Object titled "Oiseau de Paradis" (480 euro) by S. Jabourech decorates the commode. More than a few galleries are using this venue to promote their offerings. Hmmm, I sure there is something clever 3D can say here...but I will control myself...
Marie-Luc Grall shows paintings and drawings at Galerie Josine Bokhoven (Prinsengracht 154). Her style is abstract/expressionism with a heavy emphasis on black. In these compositions there are abstract forms but they are nearly subliminal since they fit into the expressionistic element so well. Number 7 is a break from the b/w and, relatively speaking, colorful (100x200 cms., acrylic/oil @ 3,000 euro). The drawings are much the same but smaller, Nos. 23-28 (20x20 cms.) are mixed media and very nice @ 400 euro). The drawings---and there are many on view---range from 250 to 850 euro. Until 15th April. www.galeriejosinebokhoven.nl
WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK:
Reminder: The (?) indicates that the information may not be correct. I do go through the effort of trying to validate the info that I gleam from various sources, but sometimes without success. So call ahead or check the web-site. The "*" means to imply the time may not be accurate.
12th to 16th March (16-20:00 daily) MediaMatic (CSPO, Oosterdokskade 5). Iranian video artist Sara Rajaei researches Iranian art and culture together with 11 artist: performances, Iranian short films, lectures and music by Serbian band Strada and a Nigerian singer. Sorry, the e-mail release didn't list their web-site. Well, okay, after all, it is MediaMatic.
THURSDAY: 13th March 2008
THURSDAY: 13th March 2008
(?)17-19:00* Persmuseum (Zeeburgerkade 10). "Politiek en Prent 2007."
17:30 FOAM (Keizersgracht 609). "The Ninth Floor ," Jessica Dimmock (USA); + "Stasi: Secret Rooms," Daniel & Geo Fuchs. (The "stasi" was the secret police for Communist East Germany.) Also, at the opening, the winner of this years "KLM Paul Huf Award" will be announced.
FRIDAY: 14th March
FRIDAY: 14th March
17-19:00 WGKUNST @ Stadsdeel Oud-West. (Kwakersstraat 3). Annuska Steixner, "Fotografische Schilderjen" I'm really not sure what that means, however the reproduction on the invite looks very good.
(?)18-21:00 Hof & Hayser (Bloemgracht 135). "Cuba now: deconstructing cities." Four artist.
SATURDAY: 15th March
SATURDAY: 15th March
12-17:00 Willem Kerseboom (Keizersgracht 488). Zeng Hao, "Demons."
16-18:00 Art A Casa (Kerkstrat 411). Sanne Kuiper, "Ole," paintings.
16-18:00 Galerie Mokum (Oudezijds Voorburgwal 334). Robert Vorstman and Arnout van Albada.
16-18:00 Gallery nine (Keizersgracht 552). Riki Mijling, beelden
16:00-18:00 Galerie Clement (Prinsengracht 843). Marie Louise Terwindt, paintings + Hans Boer, paintings and work on paper. The art magazine SO LO (published by Van Kwak & Van Daalen & Ronday, Zandaam) will be available which features his work
16:00 Stadsschouwburg (Leidseplein) A selection from the Hans Kemna's photograph collection: Rineke Dijkstra, Hellen van Meene, Nan Goldin, et al.
16:30-19:30 ARCHE (Herengracht), Irma Braat, Kerry Horne and Elisabeth Wischeropp. Jeroen Berkhout, the art columnist for NRC Handelsblad will give the intro comments. The space is sponsored by Amsterdam Software. The gallery is opening only on Saturdays, 11-18:00.
17-19:00 VERVERS (Hazenstr 54). Judith van Bilderbeek, paintings.
17-19:00 A'dam Centrum voor Fotografie (Bethanienstr 39). Jan Adriaans and Basje Boer.
SUNDAY: 16th March
SUNDAY: 16th March
Nothing? How is that possible?
TUESDAY: 18th March
TUESDAY: 18th March
20:00 MediaMatic (CSPO, Oosterdokskade 5). A Special Iranian Happening. "Gastarbeid Dating" will close with an Iranian Fire Party. Sorry, since this is MediaMatic, I don't have their web-site address handy. And I am too lazy to go looking for it since it is MediaMatic.
Ah, another nice weekend of art to look forward to. And from the reproductions on some of the invites, it could be an exceptional Amsterdam Art Scene experience. But...you WON'T know...if you DON'T go! And, yes, this means YOU. "Oh, yeah," you say, "...but, common 3D...the weather has been lousy!" I guess you have had your eyes closed, but there is always sunshine when you are looking at ART. Kid you not....
3D has left the building...for the sunshine...
Copyright: Daniel R. Gould, Amsterdam, 2008