Theo Eissens, Linea Recta – From A to B; Livingstone gallery, The Hague

Writing these few lines the day after the death of Armando (1929-2018), the artist who constantly and painfully scratched remembrance’s wounds, the works by Theo Eissens (1952-2015) appear to me as typical for a post-war generation.

They knew about the remembrances of their parents, and so tried to objectify remembrance itself.

The screened photographs of certain cityscapes in Eissens’ work, whether they are in London or in Berlin, all bear the load of history.

Screen printed they become faint remembrances that crop up with the colours that in one way or another intuitively suit them.

As such the series on show presently at Livingstone Gallery becomes an amalgam of remembrance and intuition.

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© Villa Next Door 2018

Content of all photograph courtesy to Livingstone Gallery, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

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James Brown, Orbs, views from my other House; Livingstone Gallery, The Hague

James Brown‘s (1951) long career is one of searching, finding and researching; approaching from different artistic angles the idea of being.

Common thread in his work however seems to be leaving signs of human, handmade trials to understand life and in more recent years the cosmos.

Livingstone Gallery shows his ‘orb-paintings,’ works about the cosmos as it manifests itself to the human eye and as it can be interpreted by the human mind, helped by the human hand.

They are fascinating works, in which the idea of the orb and its constellation, so important to our existence, has become an abstract, painterly sign.

Best is, however, as always, to take a look yourself!

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© Villa Next Door 2018

Contents of all photographs courtesy to James Brown and Livingstone Gallery, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

Simon Schrikker, Dark mountains – Seeing things; Livingstone gallery, The Hague

Painter Simon Schrikker (1973) shows new works in his present exhibition at Livingstone Gallery.

His dogs, once a bit scary and unpredictable, have been tamed by now and have become painterly constructions.

Octopi and sharks still haunt his paintings but he has also been concentrating on the world where these creatures come from: the sea.

Seascapes and mountains have become Schrikker’s play field to find a balance between the subject and paint itself.

You may find parts of the ocean in or around the corner,

while the idea of wild surf and rocks has even made sculpture out of paint.

Quite recent are his water colours with mountains, in which Schrikker mixes the awesome sublimity of the subject with the abstract calligraphy of his material.

In fact Schrikker is constantly trying to bend the sublime of his subjects towards the abstraction of painting.

He also does so by combining his subjects in collages and in video.

In that way Schrikker is challenging the idea of the sublime and the expression of it.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all photograph courtesy to Simon Schrikker and Livingstone Gallery, Den Haag.

Bertus Pierters

Jürgen Brodwolf, Malerhimmel (Painters’ Heaven); Livingstone Gallery, The Hague

Jürgen Brodwolf (1932) – immediately recognizable as an artist of his generation – is famous for his Tubenfigure (tube figures), based on squeezed out paint tubes.

In his work they have become a metaphor for the basic human figure, as part of the collective unconscious, but also becoming a metaphor for creation, its material and its inspiration.

Livingstone Gallery presently has a small exhibition of his work, which is a very interesting introduction.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all photographs courtesy to Jürgen Brodwolf and Livingstone Gallery, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

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

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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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