Guido Winkler etc. ; A Gallery Named Sue, The Hague

In A Gallery Named Sue’s third floor room are some works by Guido Winkler on show at the moment.

His small works become precious objects that are one with the shadows they cast on the walls.

In the mean time the gallery is preparing for Drawing Now Paris 2017, presenting very delicate works by Hernán Ardila,

very small Dingen (‘Things’) which look like pinned butterflies by Miranda Meijer and

some very intense stuff by Nathalie Duivenvoorden.

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Content of the pictures courtesy to the artists and A Gallery Named Sue, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

An infinite sum of sinusoidal functions; A Gallery Named Sue, The Hague

Abel Wolff

Abel Wolff

Some time ago i had the honour and pleasure of saying (and writing) a few opening words for this wonderful exhibition of works by Abel Wolff, Johannes Langkamp and Matthias Grothus at A Gallery Named Sue.

Abel Wolff

Abel Wolff

The dyslectic reader might think it is about suicidal functions, but in fact it is all about the opposite.

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Abel Wolff

All three artists have been working on a kind of continuum in which things both change and remain the same.

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Abel Wolff

Abel Wolff

Abel Wolff

In Wolff’s work it is very much about the ongoing process directing itself, in this case scanning and subsequent printing.

Matthias Grothus

Matthias Grothus

Matthias Grothus

Matthias Grothus

Grothus gives new life to older mechanisms and

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Matthias Grothus

Matthias Grothus

Matthias Grothus

Matthias Grothus

Matthias Grothus

let them co-operate in what can be seen as a comment on time and the present.

Johannes Langkamp

Johannes Langkamp

Johannes Langkamp

Johannes Langkamp

Johannes Langkamp

Johannes Langkamp

Johannes Langkamp

Johannes Langkamp

Langkamp’s ideas derive from what is actually happening in between the camera lens and the object it is targeting.

Johannes Langkamp

Johannes Langkamp

Johannes Langkamp

Johannes Langkamp

Johannes Langkamp

Johannes Langkamp

Johannes Langkamp

Johannes Langkamp

It is a well presented ensemble, in which the aesthetics of the three installations follow their functions like in musical instruments.

Matthias Grothus

Matthias Grothus

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and A Gallery Named Sue.

 

Bertus Pieters

Art The Hague 2016; Fokker terminal, The Hague

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Art fairs aren’t the most exciting places to see real surprises and Art The Hague is no exception, in spite of it calling itself ‘quirky’.

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To be honest, compared to last year the ascending line seems to have levelled.

Klaas Gubbels - Rento Brattinga

Klaas Gubbels – Rento Brattinga

Pieter de Krom - Vonkel

Pieter de Krom – Vonkel

In the offices next to the hangar (places where you might expect something interesting in the very short tradition of this fair in this place) there is little reason for excitement.

Marie Pop - Vonkel

Marie Pop – Vonkel

Ko Aarts - Rento Brattinga

Ko Aarts – Rento Brattinga

Johannes Langkamp - A Gallery Named Sue

Johannes Langkamp – A Gallery Named Sue

Although some interesting items are on show, the arrangements are a bit messy (the best presentations are the rooms of Livingstone gallery and Rento Brattinga), and the Blueprint presentation shouldn’t even be mentioned.

Auke de Vries - Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries – Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries - Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries – Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries - Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries – Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries - Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries – Nouvelles Images

Central to the hangar, which serves as the main hall, is Nouvelles Images gallery’s presentation of works by Auke de Vries, one of the grand old men of Dutch sculpture.

Lotte van Lieshout - Galerie Wit

Lotte van Lieshout – Galerie Wit

Ruben Terlou - Galerie Fontana

Ruben Terlou – Galerie Fontana

Ruben Terlou - Galerie Fontana

Ruben Terlou – Galerie Fontana

Miranda Meijer - A Gallery Named Sue

Miranda Meijer – A Gallery Named Sue

Hernán Ardila Delgado - A Gallery Named Sue

Hernán Ardila Delgado – A Gallery Named Sue

Geert Baas - Galerie Ramakers

Geert Baas – Galerie Ramakers

Eric de Vries - WTC Rotterdam Art Gallery

Eric de Vries – WTC Rotterdam Art Gallery

Further on in the hangar it was the usual stuff, including – of course – some real gems.

Kevin Bauer - Galerie Helder

Kevin Bauer – Galerie Helder

Micha Patiniott - Heden

Micha Patiniott – Heden

Summer Matthews - Aboriginal Art Gallery

Summer Matthews – Aboriginal Art Gallery

Coen Vernooij - Gallery 0-68

Coen Vernooij – Gallery 0-68

Coen Vernooij - Gallery 0-68

Coen Vernooij – Gallery 0-68

Unknown artist - WTC The Hague Art Gallery

Unknown artist – WTC The Hague Art Gallery

Marc Mulders - Galerie Dom'Arte

Marc Mulders – Galerie Dom’Arte

Still, i know it is a hell of a job organising an annual art fair, but it would be about time to outgrow a bit the sedate image of this town.

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

However, the best place to be is outside and behind the building: it’s Dirty Daisies, a co-operation of 15 artists from The Hague and Amsterdam.

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Dirty Daisies

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Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies is curated by Steef Crombach and there is some good stuff on show.

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

The artists are: Candela Bado, Zeno Beikircher, Yair Callender, Daniel Dmyszewicz, Frederik & Jacob, Doris Hardeman, Josje Hattink, Bas Kaufmann, Koolen & Van de Lande, Tobias Lengkeek, Leslie Nagel, Jeannette Slütter, Marnix van Uum and Victor Yudaev.

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and galleries

 

Bertus Pieters

Miranda Meijer and Astrid Nobel; A Gallery Named Sue, The Hague

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At A Gallery Named Sue is a good presentation of works by Astrid Nobel and Miranda Meijer.

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Nobel reflects on a combination of aspects like hiding or mythologizing reality, in this case the wood in this construction, is real, but only under its cover of gesso and ink.

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Also, it doesn’t lead you anywhere.

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Nobel’s other piece is called Lacus somniorum (Lake of Dreams), which is one of the so-called seas on the Moon. It more or less has the shape of the Lacus and consists of ink drawn waves.

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But it is not just a set of connotations that make this work: the open parts of the flaking frame combined with the irregular mass of waves that can’t flow away have a charm of their own.

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Nobel’s work combines surprisingly well with Meijer’s (colour) pencil drawings.

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MMAN 10 Miranda Meijer

MMAN 11 Miranda Meijer

Meijer leaves any connotations to the spectator, but, like Nobel, she shows that she is the artist who is in power to speak to the spectator’s mind.

MMAN 12 Miranda Meijer

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On Villa La Repubblica i wrote a short article about this specific work.

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Click here to read the article (in Dutch).

MMAN 13 Miranda Meijer

This well presented exhibition is in its last week, so hurry up to see it!

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Content of the pictures courtesy the artists and A Gallery Named Sue.

Bertus Pieters

Nathalie Duivenvoorden in Tromsø; A Gallery Named Sue, The Hague

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A Gallery Named Sue shows Nathalie Duivenvoorden’s drawings inspired by her stay in Norway.

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As she made them after pictures she took in the country with a non-professional camera, the remembrances have had their filters already.

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Duivenvoorden’s way of drawing recreates a kind of remembrance in which especially the light and dark play an almost magical role.

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With her colour pencils the dark becomes glowing, as the blue does.

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The works are still on show this weekend (i was a bit late visiting the exhibition) so hurry to go and see them, some of them are real gems!

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Duivenvoorden’s wintery Nordic landscapes are well presented in the gallery, under the guard of Ignace Cami’s Flemish lion.

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Bertus Pieters

Art The Hague 2015; Fokker Terminal, The Hague

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Art fairs are usually not the places for great artistic surprises. If you regularly visit galleries, an art fair acts as a sum of what you have seen before.

Erik Buijs

Erik Buijs

Still art fairs are different in atmosphere and quality and Art The Hague positively seems to have found some stability in both. Indeed there are galleries who show a mixture of artists whose works they have or will have on offer currently, which is generally what art fairs are good for.

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For instance Vonkel gallery of The Hague presents some interesting works by some of their very different young artists like Inge Aanstoot,

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Maarten van Soest and

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ATH15 07 Romy Muijrers

Romy Muijrers who graduated from the Royal Academy of The Hague only this year.

ATH15 08 Eelke van Willegen

Helder gallery shows amongst others these attractive objects made by Eelke van Willegen specially for the five year anniversary of the gallery this fall.

ATH15 09 Nies Vooijs
ATH15 10 Nies Vooijs

Heden will open a solo exhibition of works by rarely exhibiting Nies Vooijs this Friday and already shows some works here at the fair.

ATH15 11 Joost van den Toorn

Nouvelles Images presents this sculpture by Joost van den Toorn amongst many others.

ATH15 12 Geert Baas
ATH15 13 Geert Baas

Ramakers gallery has some nice works on show by Geert Baas and

ATH15 14 Joncquil
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by Joncquil.

ATH15 16 Thomas Rameckers
ATH15 17 Thomas Rameckers

Kers Gallery from Amsterdam presents amongst others these fine paintings by Thomas Rameckers.

ATH15 18 Summer Matthews

The Rotterdam Aboriginal Art Gallery shows some interesting works by Australian aboriginal artists Summer Matthews and

ATH15 19 James Budiyalil

by James Budiyalil.

ATH15 20 Stefan Gross

Some galleries just present virtually the same kind of things as last year.

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These are two of last year’s pictures of works by Stefan Gross at Bob Smit’s gallery from Rotterdam, but the same pictures could have been taken this year.

ATH15 22 Aart Houtman
ATH15 23 Aart Houtman

Some galleries organize a special event, like a solo presentation for an artist. For example Het Bouwhuis gallery from Deventer made a small solo show for painter Aart Houtman. The room is very small and has more or less turned into a kind of chapel with Houtman’s work.

ATH15 24 Simon Schrikker

Livingstone gallery of The Hague presents a new book about painter Simon Schrikker who currently has a show at the gallery, about which i reported here.

ATH15 25 Simon Schrikker, Kees Koomen

Here is Schrikker in conversation with my blogging colleague Kees Koomen.

ATH15 26 A Print Factory
ATH15 27 A Print Factory

A Gallery Named Sue, always good for something exceptional, has a very special event with A Print Factory, where you can choose your print and buy it for just less than 100 Euros.

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The best features of Art The Hague however are usually in the offices next to the hangar. On the second floor some galleries show some extra works of their artists,

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like Livingstone gallery with Simon Schrikker,

ATH15 30 Alex de Witte

Helder with Alex de Witte amongst others,

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(and where did we see this before?), and

ATH15 32 Romy Muijrers

Vonkel with Romy Muijrers and

ATH15 33 Wim Warrink

Wim Warrink amongst others.

ATH15 34 Stig Steijner
ATH15 35 Stig Steijner

On the ground floor Kers gallery gives a very strong performance of some young artists with amongst many: Stig Steijner,

ATH15 36 Thijs Linssen
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Thijs Linssen and

ATH15 38 Mathieu Klomp
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Mathieu Klomp who imitates with plastic the bombastic outlook of monumental sculpture with gestures of daily life.

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Bertus Pieters

Stille, stomme getuigen… (Silent, dumb witnesses..,), A Gallery Named Sue, The Hague

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I was greeted by this lion carrying a sansevieria, made by Ignace Cami, when I visited the exhibition Stille, stomme getuigen… (Silent, Dumb Witnesses…) at A Gallery Named Sue, to write a review for the Villa La Repubblica blog. The exhibition is part of the show Vormidable, also on show at Lange Voorhout (see pictures here) and Museum Beelden aan Zee, with works by Flemish sculptors.

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The works are all very much suited to be shown in the intimate setting of the gallery apartment, like this film installation by Ruben Bellinkx about four turtles who are each tied to a leg of the same table and make the table move, in that way showing a moving sculpture and a special experience of it.

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Jonas Vansteenkiste shows the dangers of the security of dream houses and

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a heap of houses also seem to be fit to light the fire in the hearth.

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Anton Cotteleer (who also showed work in The Hague last year, as you can see here) is well represented in this exhibition, amongst others by this

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goose keeper, or rather goose holder which

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seems to be falling on a table, dashing all hopes for an agreeable decoration.

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An earlier work by Cotteleer is about the dubious kitsch that

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embellishes Flemish lives, which he presents in almost postmodern museum-like way.

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The intimacy of the gallery strongly adds to the appearance of the works and

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even the Karel Appel (a kind of surprise combination the gallery is very good at) on the wall might make you feel at home in an art loving place. But

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next to that colourful painting is a building by Vansteenkiste which seems to be multiplying like a diatom and

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there are two heads on a table by Cotteleer, decorative and colourful like the painting, or

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are they?

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Cami uses two sansevieria leaves for a kind of fossilised crusaders’ sword, mixing typically west-European (or Flemish) heraldry with more petty-bourgeois Flemish symbolism.

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Passing the jackdaw by Dutch artist Noortje Zijlstra (one of the gallery’s artists) i was leaving this very well arranged and somewhat absurdist exhibition

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greeted again by Cami’s failed-heroic Flemish lion and Flemish sansevieria (very Flemish but both deriving from Africa).

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See more pictures and the full review (in Dutch) here.

Bertus Pieters

Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair

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The Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair seems to be on its way to become obsolete. Yes, some good galleries are present and some good artists are represented, but it fails to be an alternative to the Art Rotterdam Fair.

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Too much art on show seems to be made to suit the modern or postmodern living room. It seems to be made for buyers who want to feel assured about their identity (not to be confused with individuality).

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Everything is there: some expressionism, a bit geometric abstract, a little post-modern etc., to be short, nothing special.

RCA 04 Benjamin Li
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But happily there are exceptions. Probably one of the most remarkable projects is Te Koop (For Sale) by Benjamin Li represented by A Gallery Named Sue.

RCA 06 Jan Wattjes
RCA 07 Jan Wattjes
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At Livingstone Gallery painter Jan Wattjes shows an interesting, almost romantic video loop.

RCA 09 Jans Muskee

At With Tsalling Gallery Jans Muskee has a solo show, which is quite attractive.

RCA 10 Olaf Mooij
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Olaf Mooij shows his DJ. Wiel (DJ Wheel), which i personally prefer to real life DJs.

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Apart from these interesting things there is more than just boring lifestyle junk. The No Walls presentation is probably more interesting than the greater part of the fair.

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Another aspect which adds to the mediocrity of the fair is the lack of international representation. So please, for the next time, do it better or just don’t do it! It all made me long for fried eggs with ham and cheese (an uitsmijter) which i ate in Witte de Withstraat.

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Bertus Pieters