Landscape and the City; Galerie Helder, The Hague

Yves Beaumont

Yves Beaumont

Due to circumstances i am a bit late reporting about this exhibition in Helder gallery about space in the human world, with works by Yves Beaumont, Bart Benschop, Demiak and Pär Strömberg.

Yves Beaumont

Yves Beaumont

Eelke van Willegen

Eelke van Willegen

Demiak

Demiak

Although the works of these artists differ a lot from each other it has become quite an atmospheric show.

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Bart Benschop

Pär Strömberg

Pär Strömberg

Later on some works by Melle Aussems, Jhonie van Boeijen and Eelke van Willegen have been added in the moveable cross-over space of the gallery.

Eelke van Willegen

Eelke van Willegen

Bart Benschop

Bart Benschop

Melle Aussems

Melle Aussems

October 30 will be the last day of the exhibition, so hurry up to see it!

Jhonie van Boeijen

Jhonie van Boeijen

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and Galerie Helder

Bertus Pieters

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Shigeo Arikawa: Seeing, Not Seeing; Helder Gallery, The Hague

Helder 01 Shigeo Arikawa

Helder Gallery shows a very special presentation of work by Shigeo Arikawa.

Helder 02 Shigeo Arikawa

The main focus is on his powerful work Hangan, a series of 21 projected frontal portraits of people holding a card in their hands.

Helder 03 Shigeo Arikawa

Their faces are lighted and darkened slowly.

Helder 04 Shigeo Arikawa

There is a contrast in the neutral and identical positioning of the persons and very different faces and (supposed) characters.

Helder 05 Shigeo Arikawa

It is a more or less meditative piece with appropriate oriental music, so sit down and take your time.

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After the rebuilding and refurbishing of the gallery, the gallery keepers are clearly eager to experiment with new forms and disciplines.

Helder 07 Shigeo Arikawa

A daring and applaudable move.

Helder 08 Shigeo Arikawa

Helder 09 Shigeo Arikawa

Helder 10 Shigeo Arikawa

Some more video works by Arikawa are on show on demand, amongst others Am I dreaming of others, or are others dreaming of me?

Helder 11 Shigeo Arikawa

Helder 12 Shigeo Arikawa

Helder 13 Shigeo Arikawa

A seemingly story telling work, but where the subjects constantly negate a story line.

Helder 14 Shigeo Arikawa

Helder 15 Shigeo Arikawa

Helder 16 Shigeo Arikawa

The mind wants visual logic but cannot get it.

Helder 17 Jakob de Jonge

Helder 18 Jakob de Jonge

Arikawa’s work is confronted with paintings by Jakob de Jonge. It is clear that the new interior of the gallery also invites to making more daring combinations. When leaving the gallery i also saw these sculptures by Eelke van Willegen which add to the meditative atmosphere.

Helder 19 Eelke van Willegen

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Bertus Pieters

 

Art The Hague 2015; Fokker Terminal, The Hague

ATH15 01

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
ATH15 15 Joncquil

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.

ATH15 21 Stefan Gross

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,

ATH15 29 Simon Schrikker

like Livingstone gallery with Simon Schrikker,

ATH15 30 Alex de Witte

Helder with Alex de Witte amongst others,

ATH15 31 Stefan Gross

(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
ATH15 37 Thijs Linssen

Thijs Linssen and

ATH15 38 Mathieu Klomp
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ATH15 40 Mathieu Klomp
ATH15 41 Mathieu Klomp
ATH15 42 Mathieu Klomp
ATH15 43 Mathieu Klomp
ATH15 44 Mathieu Klomp

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

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Bertus Pieters

Drawing Festival at Helder gallery, The Hague

Paul Nassenstein

Paul Nassenstein

Galerie Helder has organized a small drawing festival in which three artists are taking part. It shows

Paul Nassenstein

Paul Nassenstein

these wonderful miniatures by Paul Nassenstein who is able to create an enormous space on a very small surface, each work telling a story and showing a cosmos of its own;

Sigrid van Woudenberg

Sigrid van Woudenberg

both monumental and smaller works full of sometimes wild imagination by Sigrid van Woudenberg and

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

works by Stephan van den Burg, whose work brings abstraction back to reality.

Paul Nassenstein

Paul Nassenstein

Paul Nassenstein

Paul Nassenstein

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Stephan van den Burg

Eelke van Willegen

Eelke van Willegen

Also on show are two small sculptures by Eelke van Willegen.

Sigrid van Woudenberg

Sigrid van Woudenberg

Sigrid van Woudenberg

Sigrid van Woudenberg

Sigrid van Woudenberg

Sigrid van Woudenberg

Altogether it is a great combination of very different artists.

Sigrid van Woudenberg

Sigrid van Woudenberg

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Bertus Pieters