Bij nader inzien (On closer inspection), Accents from the Cleveringa collection; Parts Project, The Hague

Leo Vroegindeweij, Carel Balth

Parts Project 6 shows works by three artists who were represented in the former Piet Cleveringa collection, Carel Balth (1939), Rob van Koningsbruggen (1948) and Leo Vroegindeweij (1955).

Leo Vroegindeweij

Carel Balth

Carel Balth

Leo Vroegindeweij

Piet Cleveringa (1917-2013) was a charismatic art collector and  lover, who tried with his collection and connections to interest people for contemporary art and amongst others organised exhibitions in the countryside.

Leo Vroegindeweij

Rob van Koningsbruggen

Leo Vroegindeweij

Carel Balth

Parts Project has chosen three artists whose works, in spite of their obviously great differences, communicate very well together.

Rob van Koningsbruggen

Leo Vroegindeweij

Rob van Koningsbruggen

Rob van Koningsbruggen

There are also more recent works of the artists on show.

Rob van Koningsbruggen

Rob van Koningsbruggen

Leo Vroegindeweij

Carel Balth

My personal favourites are especially amongst the works by Vroegindeweij and Van Koningsbruggen.

Rob van Koningsbruggen

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists, Parts Project, Den Haag and the different collectors.

 

Bertus Pieters

Stretch Release; Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague

Kristan Kennedy

For those bickering and whining about the end of painting or about its constant renewal or about its being alive or dead: stop it and visit Stretch Release at Dürst Britt & Mayhew.

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Kristan Kennedy

Paul Beumer

Paul Beumer

Kristan Kennedy

Kristan Kennedy

Even if you don’t have those qualms, you’d better take a look.

Kristan Kennedy

Kristan Kennedy

Alexis Teplin

Alexis Teplin

It’s a very good show on painting and very well presented.

David Roth

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke

Take a closer look at works by Mark Barrow and Sarah Parke, Paul Beumer, Koen Doodeman, Marije Gertenbach, Kristan Kennedy, David Roth and Alexis Teplin.

Paul Beumer

Paul Beumer

Paul Beumer

David Roth

David Roth

Take a closer look and realise that conventional painting as you have known it has been a matter of weaving and painting, from the late renaissance onward, when painting on canvas became the omnipresent practice, or many centuries earlier, ever since man has been wearing coloured textiles.

David Roth

David Roth

Marije Gertenbach

Marije Gertenbach

Mark Barrow

Take a closer look and realise that in the end it is always the material that has the last word.

Mark Barrow

Alexis Teplin

Alexis Teplin

Paul Beumer

Paul Beumer

Take a closer look and realise that some of these works (some more than others) are both extremely intimate and heavily depersonalised in one way or another.

Koen Doodeman

Koen Doodeman

Alexis Teplin

Koen Doodeman

To be short: take a closer look.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists, Dürst Britt & Mayhew gallery and all other parties involved.

Bertus Pieters

Anatole De Benedictis, Stagger; Heden, The Hague

Anatole De Benedictis graduated from the Royal Academy in The Hague last year with a remarkable presentation.

Stagger at Heden is his first solo presentation since then.

It is a small one, but just as remarkable.

As De Benedictis is trying to get to grips with the world and society around us, he also presents a work by his colleague Bas Kaufmann (who also graduated last year).

Showing great potential, i’d be interested to see what he would present in a much bigger space.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and Heden, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

Façades of The Hague #39

Apartment block, Lübeckstraat, built in the early 1950s. This block was part of the refurbishment of the area occupied by the German Atlantic Wall during WWII

The area was redesigned by architect Willem Dudok after the war and different architects designed blocks of flats, probably for different income groups. This block has a more or less chic look, with front gardens for the ground floor apartments, and stylish front doors with columns.

I’m not sure who designed the building.

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All [pictures were taken in March 2016

 

Bertus Pieters

Suzie van Staaveren, Shapeshifters; Heden, The Hague

Since Suzie van Staaveren graduated from the Royal Academy in The Hague last year, especially her many-coloured bricks have become relatively popular.

In her present exhibition at Heden she shows new attractive compositions, which can be partly changed and as such they can look both familiar and special.

The colours are very nuanced, varying from warm to very soft.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Suzie van Staaveren and Heden, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

Sjoerd Knibbeler, Travelling past matter; LhGWR, The Hague

I visited Sjoerd Knibbeler’s present show Travelling past matter at LhGWR to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

As i have written quite extensively about the exhibition, i leave you here with some snapshots and with the warm recommendation to take your time and visit it.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Sjoerd Knibbeler and LhGWR, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

Wim Bosch, ‘You can tell that from here’; Galerie Helder, The Hague

“Our relationship with reality and life is that same relationship that exists between the satellite image and the actual earth.”

Luigi Ghirri in Kodachrome, 1978

The title of Wim Bosch’s present show at Helder gallery, reminds me somehow of Ghirri’s remark and, in a way, Bosch’s work also does.

In Ghirri’s context he is talking about the deletion of space around the photographed object.

Because of this deletion the photograph takes on meaning, according to Ghirri.

Bosch seems to draw some specific consequences from that fact in his latest photo works, some of them made of found footage.

In his works the deletion has already taken place in an earlier stage, after which the meaning and content is warped, but in the mind of the viewer the reality it is taken from still plays a role.

Photographic aesthetics has lately taken a new and interesting shape in Bosch’s photos and there is some earlier work on show to compare it with as well.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Wim Bosch and Galerie Helder, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters