Painting Now; Livingstone Gallery, The Hague

Aaron van Erp

To write an article about paintings in The Hague for Villa La Repubblica i visited amongst others Livingstone Gallery where works by six painters born in the 1970s and 80s are on show. Click here to read the article (in Dutch).

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Aaron van Erp

Ruri Matsumoto

They are Aaron van Erp (1978), Ruri Matsumoto (1981), Jan Wattjes (1981), Ingrid Simons (1976), Thijs Jansen (1986) and Amir Tirandaz (1984).

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Ruri Matsumoto

Jan Wattjes

Jan Wattjes

Jan Wattjes

As i have written quite extensively on VLR about this exhibition, i leave you here with some pictures, but of course it is better to go and see the real thing.

Ingrid Simons

Ingrid Simons

Ingrid Simons

Thijs Jansen

Thijs Jansen

Thijs Jansen

Amir Tirandaz

Amir Tirandaz

Amir Tirandaz

Aaron van Erp

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©Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all photographs courtesy to the artists and Livingstone Gallery, Den Haag.

 

Bertus Pieters

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Manfred Schneider, Train your mental eraser, hippie; Livingstone Gallery, The Hague

At the moment German artist Manfred Schneider (1959) has an exhibition at Livingstone Gallery which shows quite recent and older works.

Schneider works in different disciplines and usually it deals with the discrepancies of the past and the present (and aren’t we all dealing with that?).

Schneider is fully aware that the present can only be understood and interpreted with knowledge of the past and he does so in a postmodern language which is not pretentious.

It makes for a show with very heterogeneous works with a sometimes dark kind of humour.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to Manfred Schneider and Livingstone Gallery, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

Arie van Geest, The Broken Promised Land; Livingstone Gallery, The Hague

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Arie van Geest (1948) has been very prolific last few years and the rich harvest is on show in Livingstone Gallery at the moment.

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What seem to be more or less innocent fairy tale scenes at first sight, turn out to be far more realistic ones.

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Van Geest uses as his key players small objects he collected himself, that refer to our archetypal myths that frame our morals or even sometimes our reasons to live for.

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The objects may be represented in their individual full glory or together with others in a meeting or even in a parade.

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Together with plants and weeds, which act more or less as the jungle of life, they may refer to titles and ideas of “high” and “low” culture that underscore both their archetypal qualities and their individual lyricism.

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Take your time looking at these paintings, they are fine, many and each contains its own story and dispositions.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to Arie van Geest and Livingstone Gallery.

 

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.

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

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Dirty Daisies

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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.

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Dirty Daisies

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and galleries

 

Bertus Pieters

Raquel Maulwurf, Dark days – Bright nights; Livingstone Gallery, The Hague

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Raquel Maulwurf has become more or less a household name at Livingstone Gallery.

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Her darkish landscapes, apparently devoid of human life, are the perfect decor for a Greek tragedy where the light is the blistering breath of the gods themselves.

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A nice surprise are her mini Maulwurfs. Monumentality on a small surface.

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Content of the pictures courtesy Raquel Maulwurf and Livingstone Gallery

 

Bertus Pieters

Zhivago Duncan, The constant interloper; Livingstone Gallery, The Hague

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Livingstone Gallery introduces works by Zhivago Duncan (not a pseudonym; 1980), a multidisciplinary artist who is interested in many things, amongst them post-apocalyptic landscape and model making.

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His works on canvas look quite expressive, but they are silkscreened and partly covered with ink.

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There is even a work made by a painting machine, operated by Duncan, properly called Muscle Memory Painting.

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It is a small but interesting introduction.

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It would be interesting to see more works and with more space around them.

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But before that, take a look now!

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Content of the pictures courtesy Zhivago Duncan and Livingstone Gallery

 

Bertus Pieters

Jannis Kounellis, A Case Summary; Livingstone Gallery, The Hague

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Livingstone Gallery presently shows some object-cases and works on paper by Jannis Kounellis (1936).

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For those who are familiar with Kounellis’ works the show may not contain big surprises but the exhibits are still very pure and direct, and hardcore-Kounellis.

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For those who are not familiar with Kounellis or indeed with arte povera, this might be a modest but good introduction.

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Apart from each work telling its own story, there is a great consistency in Kounellis’ work.

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Kounellis is shown alongside new works by Jan Wattjes about which I reported earlier on this blog and on Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch).

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Bertus Pieters

Off the wall; Jan Wattjes, Livingstone Gallery, The Hague

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To write a review for Villa La Repubblica I visited Jan Wattjes’ present show with some wonderful new works at Livingstone Gallery.

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Click here to read the full review (in Dutch) and see some additional footage (review is combined with works at Parts Project).

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The paintings are based on art gallery fronts in different cities.

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Although based on older ideas these paintings seem to be a new chapter in Wattjes’ works, and not a bad chapter at all.

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The show is combined with an exhibition of works by Jannis Kounellis, footage of which will follow later on this blog.

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Bertus Pieters