Art The Hague 2017, Fokker Terminal, The Hague

Although still one of the smaller art fairs, Art The Hague has expanded a bit this year.

Jan Henderikse, Schoots & Van Duyse, Antwerp

Jan Henderikse, Schoots & Van Duyse, Antwerp

Joel Mpah Dooh, Sanaa, Utrecht

The restaurant has been removed from the main hangar to one of the side rooms which has created more space to present more galleries and to create more leeway for visitors.

Joel Mpah Dooh, Sanaa, Utrecht

Joel Mpah Dooh, Sanaa, Utrecht

Anton Vrede, Hommes, Rotterdam

Art The Hague describes itself as ‘quirky’, but that probably still needs some time, as still some more kitsch could be removed, although progress has been made in that field (and i seem to be a hardliner on the subject).

Wycliffe Mundopa, Twelve twelve, The Hague

Gert Scheerlinck, Twelve twelve, The Hague

Emanuel Tegene, WTC The Hague Art Gallery

And wouldn’t it be a good idea to ask galleries not to show more than three artists each?

Emanuel Tegene, WTC The Hague Art Gallery

Ron Amir, WTC The Hague Art Gallery

Karolina Orzelek, Dukan, Paris, Leipzig

Of course galleries would like to present themselves as one big and divers family but does that really add to the characters of these galleries?

Geert Baas, Ramakers, The Hague

Pat Andrea, Ramakers, The Hague

Andrea Freckmann, Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

With only three artists a gallery can really make a statement about itself without being excessive and new artists may get more attention.

Andrea Freckmann, Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Hamid El Kanbouhi, Nouvelles Images, The Hague

Marc Mulders, Dom’Arte, Rucphen

Especially in a smaller fair the focus on individual artists could be an asset.

Elke Lutgerink, Wilms, Venlo

Elke Lutgerink, Wilms, Venlo

Elke Lutgerink, Wilms, Venlo

Art The Hague promised some focus on African artists, but that doesn’t really stand out.

David Pedraza, Heden, The Hague

Jef Gysen, Shoobil, Antwerp

Erik Buijs, Huub Hannen, Maastricht

To really focus on something like the African art market you need to be very well prepared and you need to invest in research, otherwise the quality – as it is now – will be mixed.

Coen Vernooij, O-68, Velp

Gregor Gaida, Hoorn en Reniers, The Hague

Lucius Pax, WTC The Hague

The ‘quirkiness’ of the fair is probably best presented in its side rooms.

Robbie Cornelissen, Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Kevin Rausch, Hoorn en Reniers, The Hague

Paul Nassenstein, Luycks, Tilburg

This year the second floor isn’t used but the ground floor has been refurbished and tries to present an alternative to Drawing Amsterdam, which will be missed this year.

Erika Cotteleer, Shoobil, Antwerp

Hamid El Kanbouhi, Nouvelles Images, The Hague

Jimi Kleinbruinink, Allard Wildenberg, Naarden

Of course only four rooms can’t be an alternative to a whole fair but the presentations are very good and they make for one the best aspects of the fair.

Jimi Kleinbruinink, Allard Wildenberg, Naarden

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©Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all picture courtey to the artists, the galleries and Art The Hague 2017.

 

Bertus Pieters

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Different Corners (Fairy Tales); Galerie Helder, The Hague

Niels Janssen, Marit Dik

Niels Janssen, Marit Dik

Helder gallery shows works by six artists in a relatively small space. Some eight ceramic sculptures by Damian Kapojos function as a guide in a small garden with different panorama’s.

Marit Dik

Marit Dik

As such, you may find yourself in a painting by Marit Dik in which long moments of doubt or uncertainty are made longer, or

Niels Janssen

Niels Janssen

Niels Janssen

Niels Janssen

Niels Janssen

Niels Janssen

in a nightmarish merry-go-round by Niels Janssen.

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos, Sigrid van Woudenberg

Damian Kapojos, Sigrid van Woudenberg

Sigrid van Woudenberg

Sigrid van Woudenberg

Kapojos may show you the way to a big drawing by Sigrid van Woudenberg or

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos

Paul Nassenstein

Paul Nassenstein

Paul Nassenstein

Paul Nassenstein

Paul Nassenstein, Damian Kapojos

Paul Nassenstein, Damian Kapojos

to some new gouaches by Paul Nassenstein who is able to create lots of space on just small surfaces.

Sander Wiersma

Sander Wiersma

Sander Wiersma

Sander Wiersma

Sander Wiersma

Sander Wiersma

There are some older and newer works by Sander Wiersma as well that fit in pretty well with Kapojos’ sculptures.

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos, Sander Wiersma

Damian Kapojos, Sander Wiersma

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos

Marit Dik

Marit Dik

Marit Dik

Marit Dik

The best thing to do, of course, is to find out yourself.

Damian Kapojos

Damian Kapojos

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Contents of pictures courtesy the artists and Galerie Helder.

 

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