Nicola Bozzi

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Folkert de Jong, The Man from Delft   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Folkert de Jong at Galerie Fons Welters November 26th, 2011 - January 14th, 2012
Posted 12/17/11
I felt a childish thrill while visiting Folkert de Jong's solo show. Due to their colorful and heterogeneous materiality his figures have a sort of sensual spontaneity, but at the same time they give off the mysterious appeal of tarot illustrations. The sad Harlequin, the saucy Dutch Lady, the clueless philosopher Diogenes, the juggling King of Water, the burlesque Queen of Coal. A creepy pantheon of vicious, dirty demigods, laden with ancient symbology and dripping with polyurethane foam. The... [more]
Mick Peter, Tao Foam   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Mick Peter at GRIMM (KEIZERSGRACHT) November 26th, 2011 - January 7th, 2012
Posted 12/17/11
Mick Peter likes to explore the painterly quality of sculpture, and the sculptural quality of painting. He illustrates his own illustrations, turning them from CD covers (that he makes for his friends, the band Socrates) to strange reproductions of three-dimensional paper figures. He creates images, transforms them into patterns, then uses them to build walls. Most of the pieces that constitute Tao Foam reference something the artist originally created in another form, material, or medium. The... [more]
Karel Appel & Roberto Barni, Studio Toscane   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Karel Appel, Roberto Barni at Cobra Museum October 1st, 2011 - January 15th, 2012
Posted 12/4/11
As a co-founder of the North European abstract expressionist avant-garde group that gives the CoBrA Museum its name, Karel Appel is definitely at home in Amstelveen. Richly featured in two out of three shows, if he was still around it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Amsterdam-born artist walking around in a dressing gown and slippers, with a cup of tea in his hand. While the CoBrA group show on the ground floor covers a wide range of his paintings, especially focusing on the 40s-50s period,... [more]
Guido van der Werve, Emotional Poverty   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Guido van der Werve at Galerie Juliètte Jongma October 29th, 2011 - December 17th, 2011
Posted 11/14/11
Guido van der Werve's show is about depression, the draining feeling of exhaustion that strips a person of every purpose, reducing his or her existence to a mere intake of oxygen, the physical mechanism that keeps someone alive. Such automatic yet consuming routine is at the root of the cosmic boredom a depressed person is affected by, but it's also the key to keep that person moving through his ups and downs, the osmosis that inextricably connects an individual with the world on the... [more]
Vincent Vulsma, A Sign of Autumn   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Vincent Vulsma at Stedelijk Museum (Bureau Amsterdam) October 15th, 2011 - November 27th, 2011
Posted 11/14/11
A “sign of Autumn” (in Giovanni Arrighi's The Long Twentieth Century) was the emergence of finance and the increasing consumption of cultural products, which spearheaded the decline of material production. For Vincent Vulsma, it is “the connections between the re-purposing of cultural resources as a means to realize new cultural production and capital’s looting of the productive forces in our current time defined by finance capital.” The pivot of Vulsma's show at SMBA is a Baulè mask, on loan... [more]
De Appel – Genius Without Talent   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Karel Appel, Adriaan de Villiers, Constant Dullaart, Jakup Ferri, Robert Filliou, Beatrice Gibson, Laura Grabstiene, Ane Hjort Guttu, Annabel Howland, Alan Kane, Tomasz Kowalski, Suzy Lake, Pantelis Makkas, Cyprian Muresan, Sylvia Sleigh, John Smith, Praneet Soi, Helene Sommer, Leon Spillaert, Piotr Uklanski, Andrea Božić & Julia Willms, Nina Yuen at de Appel arts centre July 15th, 2011 - October 2nd, 2011
Posted 9/26/11
As human beings, we were all born geniuses. Then, when we started to build on our personal talents, we lost it. This is one of the statements made in the catalogue of Robert Filliou's Stedelijk show La Republique Geniale, in which the French artist and economist discussed artistic solutions to the problems of the world with the museum's visitors. This revolutionary naiveté (we're talking about 1971) also underlines the whole of Genius Without Talent, the group exhibition currently on show at De... [more]
Axel Hütte, Towards the Wood   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Axel Hütte at Galerie Akinci September 10th, 2011 - October 8th, 2011
Posted 9/18/11
Certain images seem to be able to convey new levels of awareness, a sort of psychedelic epiphany that, for a few seconds, makes you reconsider your perception. Once, at the Kröller-Müller museum, I saw a Van Gogh painting in which the blue sky and the yellow grain followed the same wavy strokes throughout - a single, continuous flux shaking the air and the trees alike. These are the pictures that remind you that there is no such thing as a still image, that the corpuscles in your retina are... [more]
:Hypercolon:   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Nathaniel Mellors & Chris Bloor at SMART Project Space September 3rd, 2011 - November 13th, 2011
Posted 9/12/11
Not sure if I should admit this, but I had no idea who Nathaniel Mellors was up to, say, two months ago. Then there he was, welcoming me with two sculptures in one of the first rooms of the main show at the Venice Biennale, creeping me out with two wrinkly robotic heads attached via grayish hair. There he was, featured in the artsy branch of the Milano Film Festival, in my hometown. And here he is, transforming SMART Project Space, a former morgue, into a weird exhibition-organism populated by... [more]
David Lindberg, Standard Options   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
David Lindberg at Nieuw Dakota June 19th, 2011 - July 31st, 2011
Posted 7/24/11
David Lindberg has been living and working in Amsterdam Noord for many years now, and his solo show at Nieuw Dakota – which includes works dating back as far as 1993 – celebrates this long-lasting relationship. The exhibition features a variety of sculptures, ranging from site-specific installations to more bi-dimensional works. Lindberg's research is all about the materials, with an abundant use of epoxy resin in which he wraps everything – from plastic scraps to newspapers and food. He uses... [more]
Shintaro Miyake, Calm Clam   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Shintaro Miyake at Galerie Gabriel Rolt July 2nd, 2011 - August 6th, 2011
Posted 7/24/11
I always feel a bit frustrated when I see great drawings. Years ago, when I was an exchange student in Barcelona, I took a very strict illustration class in which I learned that – as it turns out -- illustrations are a pretty serious affair. Since then I have always regarded those who can effortlessly draw in an apparently childish and naïve way with much greater respect – especially if, while doing so, they also manage to inject a certain enthusiasm into the viewer. Shintaro Miyake is one of... [more]
Jan Fabre, Hortus/Corpus   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jan Fabre at Kröller-Müller Museum April 10th, 2011 - September 4th, 2011
Posted 7/18/11
After the world-famous Van Gogh Museum, sitting deep in the beating heart of Amsterdam's tourism machine, the venue hosting the biggest series of paintings by the colorful and tortured Dutch artist is the Kröller-Müller Museum. The complex is named after Helene Kröller-Müller, who started the surrounding Hoge Veluwe park – a beautiful natural reserve with lots of plants, animals, and even sand dunes that feel nothing like Holland – together with her husband. In the 30s, when the couple couldn't... [more]
Elmgreen & Dragset, The One and The Many   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Elmgreen & Dragset at Submarine Wharf May 28th, 2011 - September 25th, 2011
Posted 6/19/11
When I think of Scandinavian contemporary art duo Elmgreen & Dragset the words in my head are: “Party's over.” Their environments are almost always vacant – making exception for the odd hyperrealist sculpture -- yet used up to a point of exhaustion. You get the feeling things have happened, a certain point has been reached, and then everything has deflated. Or maybe no point has ever been reached, and you're witnessing the only state of things ever: a lazy abandonment. At the last Venice... [more]
Michael Kunze, Ruperts Worte, Davids Stimme   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Michael Kunze at Galerie Fons Welters May 21st, 2011 - June 18th, 2011
Posted 6/13/11
The title of the solo show currently hosted by Galerie Fons Welters, with works by Berlin-based painter Michael Kunze (not to be confused with the homonymous and more Internet-famous theater lyricist), translates to “Rupert's words, David's voice”. The two names come from The Rope, an Alfred Hitchcock movie in which two friends try and get away with a murder inspired merely by philosophical assumptions of superiority. Their rational cynicism and detachment from common morality doesn't get them... [more]
Omer Fast   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Omer Fast at Netherlands Media Art Institute - Montevideo/Time Based Arts May 14th, 2011 - July 23rd, 2011
Posted 5/16/11
State Secretary for Culture Halbe Zijlstra recently announced some controversial cuts to cultural funding in the Netherlands. These dramatic slashes are likely to jeopardize the quality of the Dutch contemporary art offerings and downright kill artist grants and institutions like NIMk and SKOR. For this reason alone I could tell you to go see the Omer Fast show at the Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst – if anything, to show some support – but an even better reason would be, well, that the... [more]
Ryan Gander   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Ryan Gander at Annet Gelink Gallery April 2nd, 2011 - June 18th, 2011
Posted 5/2/11
Zurich Art Prize-winner Ryan Gander plays with a sort of pop-minimalism that is reminiscent of his fellow Englishman Martin Creed. The former, though, has a more direct and emotional connection to people  - even if at times only in a figurative sense - rather than to things themselves. Gander's solo show at Annet Gelink exemplifies such polarity, with a conceptual approach that spans from a romantic re-reading of known figures to an iconoclastic negation of graphic detail. And, somehow,... [more]
Carl-Johan Högberg: Roderick Hietbrink   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Carl-Johan Högberg at Galerie Ron Mandos (Amsterdam) April 2nd, 2011 - May 14th, 2011
Posted 4/17/11
I never really understood the concept of a “double solo show.” To me, it's either a solo show – with one artist occupying a whole gallery – or a group show comprised of two artists. “Duo exhibition” sounds ok, but then you can't refer to each artist like they're having a solo show on the same occasion. You can have two artists working together, bound by a friendly “&” that makes them a successful binomial (Gilbert & George, Elmgreen & Dragset etc.), but then you need one title, or... [more]
Ryan McGinley   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Ryan McGinley at Galerie Gabriel Rolt April 9th, 2011 - May 14th, 2011
Posted 4/17/11
I've only seen Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point once, many years ago.  But Ryan McGinley's latest solo show in Amsterdam turned me on in almost the exact same way as that film back then. Famously, the Italian director's film had a fascination for youth and its limitless, meaningless potential. Life is seen as a frontier stretching out to the unknown, a desert dotted by similarly spirited souls, a tabula rasa populated by spontaneous, joyous, dangerous connections. McGinley's images... [more]
NIMk – Cloud Sounds   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jonas Bohatsch, Thomson & Craighead, Stijn Demeulenaere, Aleksandra Domanovic, Haag/Rumori/Windisch/Zeller, LoVid, Aaron Koblin & Chris Milk, Jörg Piringer, Roel Wouters & Jonathan Puckey, Evan Roth, Harm van den Berg at Netherlands Media Art Institute - Montevideo/Time Based Arts February 19th, 2011 - April 29th, 2011
Posted 4/11/11
When you read the expression “in the cloud” it usually refers to this immaterial mass of information that is supposedly hovering above our heads, in the magical realm of the Internet. Cloud Sounds takes inspiration from the web of clouds and crowds, the ones actively uploading tons of stuff everyday and, at times, creating something unique. Launched in conjunction with 5 Days On, the art program backing up the popular 5 Days Off music festival, NIMk's exhibition is sound-oriented, spiced up... [more]
Conquering the Stedelijk   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Stedelijk Museum March 3rd, 2011 - May 7th, 2011
Posted 3/21/11
The thing with the Stedelijk Museum is you invariably get lost. You wander from room to room, trying not to leave anything behind, and - just after you have finished inspecting a Malevich or walking across a Carl Andre - all of a sudden you're dodging some cabinets with a mysterious jewel collection inside, or beholding a series of iron design objects. You might be on a six-room video installation roll and then seamlessly transition into another show featuring the museum's latest acquisitions.... [more]
Squeeze and Breeze   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Mika Rottenberg at de Appel arts centre March 12th, 2011 - May 8th, 2011
Posted 3/21/11
It is rare to visit an exhibition so consistent that, once you leave, the feeling of having been to a particular place lingers with you. Mika Rottenberg's retrospective at De Appel is such a show. The Argentinian-born artist has turned the former boys' school into something between a grotesque funhouse and a creepy fairytale, from which a radiant constellation of sub-worlds emanates in forms of video installations. Tropical Breeze, 2004, Single channel video installation, 3:45 minutes, edition... [more]
Jan Bokma, Audio Tour   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jan Bokma at P/////AKT February 26th, 2011 - March 27th, 2011
Posted 3/14/11
The third chapter of Jan Bokma's personal Museum of Art series intersects PAKT just after the end of the gallery's own trilogy, titled “Space as a Word”. Following previous art fatigues by the artist in Groningen and Den Hague, the show marks the beginning of “Did It Really Take Place”, a new cycle for the Amsterdam-based space. The new format confirms the exploration of gallery semiotics as a main focus, while adding the time factor to the equation. In Bokma's Audio Tour, space is made... [more]
The piece that most represents my idea of art, or at least of the way it affects our perception, is Martin Creed's Work No. 227, The Lights Going On and Off (2000). Whether installed in a corridor or a room, the piece de facto works as a frame for whatever else is there, from the bare walls to other artworks. As the craft of an artist has now become scattered across all sorts of media, the capability of framing a world into another has emerged as an important heritage of conceptual practices.... [more]
Sven Kroner   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Sven Kroner at Galerie Fons Welters January 15th, 2011 - February 26th, 2011
Posted 2/14/11
I admit I'm not a huge fan of painting, and I would normally pick the minimal over the figurative. German painter Sven Kroner's approach, despite being defined by some as a mix of figurative and abstract, is definitely representational. Apart from his technique, though, what I find most interesting about his work are the subjects he chooses to portray. His images – which Fons Welters has previously exhibited several times over the past decade – depict emotionally-tense landscapes, liminal areas... [more]
Dominik Borkowski   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Dominik Borkowski at VERVERS gallery January 8th, 2011 - February 19th, 2011
Posted 2/14/11
Dominik Borkowski has a problem. It appears that, to his disappointment, he belongs to the human race. The work in his current show, now in its last week at Ververs, seems infused with a playful yet frustrated obsession with the human, as a sexual animal shaking within a social unit. Yet another fistful of clay in a pile of primitivist statues, a brick in the tower of Babylon, Borkowski's human being is a stylized creature, barely equipped with a face and a penis/vagina, carved into a... [more]
Pieter Lemmens: Quality, Politics & Society   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Pieter Lemmens at Nieuw Dakota January 23rd, 2011 - March 6th, 2011
Posted 2/7/11
Before visiting his solo show at Nieuw Dakota, tucked away from the fancy city center in the postindustrial NDSM area in the Noord, I had heard Pieter Lemmens' name more than once. In the past few years, the Dutch artist has been targeting local art institutions like the Stedelijk with guerrilla actions and counter exhibitions, namely his 2007 campaign advertising a fake solo show at the famous contemporary art museum and the more recent institution of an alternative personal museum – the PIMA... [more]
Pop-up Show   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Group Show at Galerie Serieuze Zaken January 8th, 2011 - February 28th, 2011
Posted 1/24/11
It feels a bit strange to go see an exhibition featuring almost exclusively Dutch artists, some of whom are still in school, with Gilbert and George thrown in the mix. But if it's a “pop-up show”, why not? Let's assume the British superstars are a plus and forget about them for a second. We have a lot of paintings, almost all figurative. The subjects vary: from soccer players to musicians, from landscapes to penises. Some echo Bacon's tortured shapes and colors, others have a comic-style... [more]
Roy Villevoye, The Histories   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Roy Villevoye at Motive Gallery January 15th, 2011 - March 5th, 2011
Posted 1/24/11
    At the last Venice Biennale, Elmgreen & Dragset put a bored art collector floating face down in the swimming pool of his fancy house (that is, the Nordic Pavilion at the Giardini). You could tell the guy was dead, but you couldn't get close to see his face. Roy Villevoye's installation at the Motive Gallery, on the contrary, hits you harder. Not only are the two bodies lying on the gallery's floor so close you can touch them (don't, though – hyperrealist art is expensive), but... [more]
Roger Hiorns   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Roger Hiorns at Annet Gelink Gallery January 8th, 2011 - February 12th, 2011
Posted 1/24/11
Turner Prize nominee Roger Hiorns likes to do strange things to objects. The first thing you see when you enter his solo show at Annet Gelink is a cremated airplane engine, pulverized and arranged in little dunes on the gallery's floor. An object so big and powerful - and whose sheer presence would have filled the room with sculptural tension - is reduced to an inoffensive mound. The space left empty sharpens the contrast, making the vacancy almost embarassing. (Image: Roger Hiorns, , 2010,... [more]
Grasping the Ungraspable   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Enough Room for Space at SMART Project Space November 6th, 2010 - December 30th, 2010
Posted 12/10/10
  From its very title, “Smooth Structures” was inspired by American mathematician and interplanetary transport expert Martin Lo. The scientist, who can sport an appearance in Werner Herzog's “The Wild Blue Yonder” in his résumé, has been concerned with the issue of dark matter for a while. Even though I imagine ArtSlant readers – as well as myself – are more likely to be interested in Werner Herzog than dark matter, I shall spend at least a few words to outline what it is. And I wish I... [more]
If silence is golden, Dutch artist Sarah van Sonsbeeck is a bank. Her work, ranging across all sorts of media, is always infused with an attention for space, an heritage of her years as an architecture student. It deals with the immaterial, but also with chance. If silence is a place of intimacy, free from the incursions of the outside environment, the accidents that break it are meaningful, enigmatic, chaotic events storming their way into our world. Sound – or lack thereof – is then only one... [more]