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.
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.
For instance Vonkel gallery of The Hague presents some interesting works by some of their very different young artists like Inge Aanstoot,
Maarten van Soest and
Romy Muijrers who graduated from the Royal Academy of The Hague only this year.
Helder gallery shows amongst others these attractive objects made by Eelke van Willegen specially for the five year anniversary of the gallery this fall.
Heden will open a solo exhibition of works by rarely exhibiting Nies Vooijs this Friday and already shows some works here at the fair.
Nouvelles Images presents this sculpture by Joost van den Toorn amongst many others.
Ramakers gallery has some nice works on show by Geert Baas and
Kers Gallery from Amsterdam presents amongst others these fine paintings by Thomas Rameckers.
The Rotterdam Aboriginal Art Gallery shows some interesting works by Australian aboriginal artists Summer Matthews and
by James Budiyalil.
Some galleries just present virtually the same kind of things as last year.
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.
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.
Here is Schrikker in conversation with my blogging colleague Kees Koomen.
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.
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,
like Livingstone gallery with Simon Schrikker,
Helder with Alex de Witte amongst others,
(and where did we see this before?), and
Vonkel with Romy Muijrers and
Wim Warrink amongst others.
On the ground floor Kers gallery gives a very strong performance of some young artists with amongst many: Stig Steijner,
Thijs Linssen and
Mathieu Klomp who imitates with plastic the bombastic outlook of monumental sculpture with gestures of daily life.