“It’s happening,” my friend remarked the other day, looking out the window onto the empty street outside my house.
This is indeed that time of year when Netherlanders depart for warmer climes (as if the 90+ degree temperatures we had last week weren’t quite warm enough), namely Spain and Southern France, though I’ve met travelers headed to Portugal, Italy, even Indonesia and China. An acquaintance of mine lamented, without any hint of irony, that he was going on holiday for “only two weeks” this month (a recent weeklong vacation he’d already taken notwithstanding).
I’m not complaining. It’s wonderful (not to mention enviable) that people here enjoy so much time off. I’m merely remarking that Dutch summers are anything but business as usual. Things slow down. Your favorite restaurant, bakery, green grocer, insert-oft-frequented-commercial-establishment-here might close for the week, or the season, and the same goes for – you already guessed it, I’m sure – art galleries.
More than a few will say tot ziens! til September, and while the avid art watcher can easily occupy herself with museums until then, plenty of other galleries will be welcoming visitors in off the humid canals this month. August, however, is entirely another story.
Using painting, sculpture, and costume, Shintaro Miyake presents his cool character, Calm Clam, at Gabriel Rolt. July 2 – August 6, 2011.
Ron Mandos exhibits PERFORMANCE, paintings by Esiri Erheriene-Essi considering disembodied audiences, performances, and decontextualized images. Also on display are a series of colorful paintings and objects by Dwight Marica. July 8 – August 21, 2011.
Nieuw Dakota presents Standard Options, a solo presentation of sculptures and artworks by David Lindberg, an American artist who’s been working locally in Amsterdam Noord for the past ten years. June 19 – July 31, 2011.
A selection of Olphaert den Otter’s egg-tempera paintings will be on display in Witzenhausen Gallery this month. June 25 – July 30, 2011.
Aschenbach & Hofland is showing photographer Isabella Wenzel’s 2011 series Color Cocktail. June 18 – July 23, 2011.
Next week Ellen de Bruijne Projects will open Summer project by Rune Peitersen. July 16 – August 20, 2011.
Annet Gelink presents Two Versions of the Imaginary, an exhibition titled after French philosopher Maurice Blanchot’s essay, asking viewers to consider the space between object and image. June 25 – August 6, 2011.
Diana Stigter and Martin van Zomeren are showing artwork this month in conjunction with SALON/2, a platform for designers and artists to exhibit installations in often-unexpected places throughout the city as part of a “design route”. Until July 30th and 23rd, respectively.
Catch the last week of Akinci’s Summershow before the gallery’s Summer Break period ensues! Until July 16th, 2011.
Plus, two bonus presentations concerning recent cuts to cultural funding in the Netherlands:
Vous Etes Ici presents Our Worst Enemy Is Coming To Town: Complete Cultural Climate The Netherlands Under Attack - Kunst= Art
Read Anne Jaap de Rapper’s essay and watch an infographic slideshow at the gallery’s website. July 3 – August 31, 2011.
The Melkweg presents Halbe, a “politico-journalistic exhibition” closely related to current political events in the Netherlands. July 8 – August 21, 2011.
~ Andrea Alessi, a writer living in the Netherlands.
(Images: SHINTARO MIYAKE, CALM, Mixed media, 4 pieces as a set, 2011; Courtesy Gabriel Rolt; Isabelle Wenzel, from the Color Cocktail 2011 series; Courtesy of the artist; Dina Danish, Can You Make This Fall?, 2010, One channel video projection, Duration: 8'17'' min,. loop; Courtesy Annet Gelink)