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

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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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How heavy is time? Livingstone Gallery, The Hague

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With the exhibition How heavy is time? Livingstone Gallery is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

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It shows about 50 works by more than 30 artists, both Dutch and from other countries, old and young, world famous and worth to be better known.

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Klaas Gubbels

I visited the gallery yesterday and I can only urge you to go and see it too.

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Jan Schoonhoven

I leave you with a few impressions.

Adriaan Rees (left), Simon Schrikker (right)

Adriaan Rees (left), Simon Schrikker (right)

 

John van 't Slot

John van ‘t Slot

 

Wim Biewenga

Wim Biewenga

 

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Wim Biewenga

 

Jannis Kounellis

Jannis Kounellis

 

Ryan Mendoza

Ryan Mendoza

 

Jan Wattjes

Jan Wattjes

 

Birgit Verwer

Birgit Verwer

 

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Birgit Verwer

 

Kevin Berlin

Kevin Berlin

 

 José Maria Sicilia

José Maria Sicilia

 

Daniele Galliano

Daniele Galliano

 

Melle de Boer

Melle de Boer

 

Mark Brusse

Mark Brusse

 

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Mark Brusse

 

Anniversary tulips and work by Manfred Schneider

Anniversary tulips and work by Manfred Schneider

 

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Klaas Gubbels

 

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Raquel Maulwurf

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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by Joncquil.

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ATH15 17 Thomas Rameckers

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

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

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by James Budiyalil.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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,

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Helder with Alex de Witte amongst others,

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

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Vonkel with Romy Muijrers and

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Wim Warrink amongst others.

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

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Thijs Linssen and

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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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Simon Schrikker: Diary of a sailor. Livingstone gallery, The Hague

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Simon Schrikker shows some new paintings in Diary of a sailor, at Livingstone Gallery. They are small seascapes, paintings of

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rocky islands in deep seas. It’s not just the sea that is deep, so is the paint.

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The paint is as violent as the surf along the rocks and just like the surf the paintings seem to have been made in one big movement, but in fact more has happened and is happening.

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On show is also a selection from his Pulpo series with an octopus as the protagonist, leading Schrikker to making all kinds of curls and arabesques with his paint.

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With Schrikker even the nose of a dog becomes a rock in the swirling paint and

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even a calmer sea shows the constant movement of the powers under its surface.

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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.

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RCA 05 Benjamin Li

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.

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

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

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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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