“Are you an artist or a journalist?”
Marcel Feil, the Deputy Director of artistic affairs at Foam, wasted no time getting to the big questions. The recipient was Richard Mosse, who had arrived in Amsterdam that morning for the installation and opening of his exhibition The Enclave.
Once the jokes about typical Dutch candor died down the Irish photographer swiftly dismissed the idea that he might be a journalist: “I’m an artist, though I’ve got documentarian blood.&rdq... [more]
Corporate Collections: On the threshold of a new type of patronage
Edo Dijksterhuis profiles the important role corporate collections play in the Netherlands art world.
Some 45,000 works of art. That’s the number of artworks owned by the twenty member companies and institutions upon the 2005 launch of the Vereniging Bedrijfscollecties Nederland (VBCN – Netherlands Association of Corporate Collections). That’s half as many as the Stedelijk Museum has on displa... [more]
Some 45,000 works of art. That’s the number of artworks owned by the twenty member companies and institutions upon the 2005 launch of the Vereniging Bedrijfscollecties Nederland (VBCN – Netherlands Association of Corporate Collections). That’s half as many as the Stedelijk Museum has on display and in storage. Less than nine years later the number stands at roughly 100,000 works of art and the ranks of the VBCN have swollen to forty-six. Suffice it to say, corporate collections in... [more]
“Shadow is built like a cattle rustler’s dream girl: long-legged, long-armed, long-framed,” writes Moses Isegawa in a story in Flamboya, Viviane Sassen’s 2008 photobook. It’s not hard to recognize the photographer herself in this fictitious character – Sassen is tall, with a model’s figure. Moreover, Isegawa, author of the Abyssinian Chronicles (1998), describes Shadow as “a nomad,” qualifies the photographs she shows him as “abnormal,&rd... [more]
The Jeff Wall show at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam contains fewer works than the large retrospective held at Tate Modern in 2005-2006 – the score is thirty-seven against more than fifty. Also, it covers a shorter period than the London presentation of two and a half decades of work. And there is some serious overlap with the older show. Still, the Amsterdam exhibition is probably the better.
Jeff Wall 1978-2004 at Tate Modern followed a largely chronological path. It led visitors through the art... [more]
Like a great pop song or a poem, Nina Yuen’s work enchants, making you feel like she’s speaking to you alone. Her performative films, which are currently on view at de Appel arts centre, bind the universal with the ultrapersonal. They fill the second floor of the Prins Hendrikkade space in an exhibition consisting mainly of these short, fantastical films of approximately six or seven minutes each, plus some prints titled as studies for her films Andoe and Lea.
Although it is nice to see Yuen’s work in other m... [more]
ART ROTTERDAM'S GREAT LEAP FORWARD
Edo Dijksterhuis looks at a growing fair and its newest exhibitors
Fifteen years into the game Art Rotterdam has comfortably settled into the role of top contemporary art fair in the Netherlands. But director Fons Hof is not resting on his laurels. Edition 2014 signals a Great Leap Forward. This is to be taken quite literally as the fair is moving from the Cruise Terminal on the Kop van Zuid to the monumental Van Nellefabriek. The new venue, with its peripheral location bringi... [more]
Fifteen years into the game Art Rotterdam has comfortably settled into the role of top contemporary art fair in the Netherlands. But director Fons Hof is not resting on his laurels. Edition 2014 signals a Great Leap Forward. This is to be taken quite literally as the fair is moving from the Cruise Terminal on the Kop van Zuid to the monumental Van Nellefabriek. The new venue, with its peripheral location bringing to mind Frieze New York, has a lot going for it: the catering – slow and poor... [more]
Recently Rotterdam placed prominently in a number of travel guides’ 2014 lists – Rough Guides named it eight out of its Top 10 Cities to visit this year, while The New York Times charted it at ten on its 52 Places To Go list. An abnormally warm winter makes February the perfect time to dive into the city’s most exciting month when it comes to contemporary art. The IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam) will warm up the public with its selection of global cinema, followed by... [more]
Making waves early on as the first Dutch photography student to graduate with a limited edition artist’s book and being recognized as a prodigy by the likes of Martin Parr, Rob Hornstra has always received his fair share of attention. But these last couple of weeks the spotlight has been considerably brighter. The reason: the upcoming Winter Olympic Games.
For over five years Hornstra, together with writer Arnold van Bruggen, has traveled throughout the Caucasus to document the “reali... [more]
With Hans Op de Beeck it’s all about feelings. The Flemish artist’s main aim in life is to evoke a smile, a tear, relief, elation, anger, anything but emotional dullness. In his construction of mood-inducing stages, his chosen medium, he knows almost no restrictions, except for his own perfectionism. His eye for detail and love for craftsmanship are just as present in his small black-and-white watercolors as in the eighty square-meter installation Merry-go-round (2005), which features a... [more]
By a contingency of scheduling, our Amsterdam 2013 superlatives always seem to get published at the start of 2014. That’s okay. This hangover week, as we recover from festivities, resolving to eat lentils and drink lots of water, is as good of a time as any to reflect on the year past. The galleries prepare to open; the work we’ve put aside tiptoes from periphery to center. Sure, we could fall right back into pensive reviews and editorial, but instead, let’s have one last recap to... [more]
Did you know that in the 1920s a con artist sold the Eiffel Tower – twice? Or that Spain and Portugal once claimed discovery and settlement of the same nonexistent island? That MoMA might own an artwork by Marcel Broodthaers that isn’t an artwork at all? Collecting this sort of fun factoid is all in a day’s work for Agnieszka Kurant, the New York-based Polish artist who is equal parts scholar, editor, necromancer, and philosopher. In her interdisciplinary practice, stories, rumors, and... [more]
Too much of a good thing? by Edo Dijksterhuis De Ateliers Galleries Akinci, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Trouw Amsterdam, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Borzo modern & contemporary art, Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, VZL / Contemporary Art, Boetzelaer|Nispen, Witteveen Visual Art Centre, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Stigter Van Doesburg, EYE, International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA), Annet Gelink Gallery, Flatland Gallery, Lumen Travo Gallery, Ornis A. Gallery, Upstream Gallery, Galerie Van Gelder, Grimm, Gerhard Hofland, Juliette Jongma, De Oude Kerk, Galerie Ron Mandos, Manifesta, Galerie Onrust, Castrum Peregrini, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam Others Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Slewe, C&H Art Space, tegenboschvanvreden, Torch, Artist residencies Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen, Martin van Zomeren Institutes/Museums de Appel arts centre, Galerie Fons Welters at Capital A
November 29th, 2013 - December 1st, 2013
How much space do you need to organize an art fair? Not much, prove galleries Boetzelaer|Nispen and Jeanine Hofland. In their modest adjoining spaces, on fewer square meters than measures an average family home, they set up A Petite Fair. Twelve young international galleries showed work by as many artists. The flavor was overwhelmingly neo-conceptual, ranging from Bas van den Hurk’s poetic experiments with dyes and textiles and Oliver Michaels’ black-and-white photographs of bizarre... [more]
And the winner isn’t… by Andrea Alessi Christian Friedrich, Falke Pisano, Remco Torenbosch, Ola Vasiljeva at de Appel Arts Centre
October 25th, 2013 - January 26th
The 2013 Prix de Rome exhibition at de Appel in Amsterdam got me thinking about payoff, the rewards of looking at art. I’m not mad at “Museums as Playgrounds” or Banksy – as far as I’m concerned, if you’re getting people into museums or talking about art, that’s a good thing. Nor do I think anyone would accuse me of hating on difficult art. For me, one of the best parts of writing about art is pushing myself to be more open minded, to spend time with art, str... [more]
From a monitor a man in a hazmat suit points his finger at us. Close by, the worrying crackle of a Geiger counter sounds. Two steps into Now Japan, at Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort, the most urgent parameters of present-day life in Japan are forced upon the visitor. This is a nation dealing with the aftermath of a devastating tsunami and the resulting meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Its artists deal with the fallout in their own way. The suited man in the video, an anonymous artist... [more]