For his debut US exhibition, Dutch artist SIT returns to a bold black and white palette, with his new series titled ‘NOIR’ – illustrating the malicious blackness gnawing away at the edges of our sense of beauty. Examining the troubled relation between the animal kingdom and mankind, SIT’s work is focused on the magnificent beauty of the beast and the way it is used to serve the vanity that is intricate to humanity.
The ‘NOIR’ collection is a haunting series that is simultaneously sexy and morbid. The sensual textures of fur and feathers are juxtaposed with pale animal skulls and soft female curves – representing the perverse ‘need’ to strip animals of their skins, and exposing the disturbing reality of the suffering and extinction of species to satisfy human narcissism.
About SIT (Amsterdam,1976) Artist SIT has been part of the Amsterdam creative scene for many years. Doing action painting, graphic design, advertising and more until he got fed up. He went back to square one to find his true essence. Back to head and handcraft.
Hans Eijkelboom, New York By Numbers, 2010, courtesy the artist
Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 5-7pm
Printed Matter is pleased to launch New York by Numbers, a new book from Dutch photographer and conceptual artist Hans Eijkelboom. Please join us this Wednesday, April 6, 5-7 PM, for a reception and signing. Printed Matter is located at 195 Tenth Avenue, between 21st and 22nd Street in New York City.
New York By Numbers was created by Eijkelboom over a three week period in May of 2010. The series of images represent a kind of artistic-anthropological study, a meticulous effort to find and photograph one hundred people wearing numbers on their clothing, 1 through 100. Working within the confines of the task (what soon became a game), Eijkelboom has generated a collection of images that are both playful and revealing. His photographs, taken together, are as much driven by the whimsical "need" to capture elusive numbers as they are an opportunity to snapshot a hundred moments activated by an encounter with the right hat, backpack or sports jersey. Each image is, in a sense, the image he’s been looking for.
While the parameters of the game inform and produce each photo people are often seen in motion, in large groups and buried in the chaos of the crowd the project touches on how these individual lives, notated by an incidental number, exist in delicate relation to all the rest.
Hans Eijkelboom (Born 1949, Arnhem, Holland) began his artistic career in 1971 with an installation that was part of a group show that included Joseph Beuys, Ed Ruscha, and Douglas Huebler. Since then, he has produced over twenty-five books, gaining renown in Europe for self-publishing many of them, and his work has been exhibited internationally, including solo shows at the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam; Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem, the Netherlands; Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands; Provincial Museum of Photography, Antwerp, Belgium; and Kunstverein Grafschaft Bentheim, Neuenhaus, Germany. Eijkelboom is based in Amsterdam.
Printed Matter 195 Tenth Avenue New York, NY 10011 Tel.: 212-925-0325
Clic Gallery and Christiane Celle are proud to present the launch of “Retour New York – Amsterdam” by Dutch journalist Sacha de Boer. De Boer profiles American artists in Amsterdam and Dutch artists in New York, exploring artists connections between Old Amsterdam and New Amsterdam. De Boer and many of the artists will be present to sign copies.
The book includes interviews with, and portraits of, Jimmy Rage, Helen Verhoeven, Charlotte Dumas, David Lindberg, Liselot van der Heijden, Charlie Citron, Elise Tak, Eddie Woods, Sebastiaan Bremer, Heather Jeltes-Davis, Leo de Goede, Karen Birnholz, Sjoerd Doting, Betsy Green, Hans Broek, Renee Ridgway.
Clic Gallery 255 Centre Street New York, NY 10013 Tel.: 212-966-2766
dlandstudio presentation at Center for Architecture, April 4, 2011, courtesy Center for Architecture
New York, NY, April 4, 2011 — On the heels of the unveiling of New York City’s Vision 2020: New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, the Center for Architecture and ARCAM are thrilled to announce an international collaboration and exhibition: Glimpses of New York and Amsterdam in 2040. The exhibition challenges ten architecture, landscape architecture and design firms to imagine an urban future that includes new waterside cityscapes, neighborhoods, and transit systems. The exhibition will open in New York at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, on June 8, and remain on view until September 10. The show will also be installed in Amsterdam, on view at the Amsterdam Center for Architecture (ARCAM) June 17 until July 30.
Interboro presentation at Center for Architecture, April 4, 2011, courtesy Center for Architecture
SUSTAINABLE WATERFRONT CITIES Both New York and Amsterdam have extensive waterfronts, a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a long tradition of international collaboration and cultural diversity. The twenty-first century requires both cities to address new challenges: shifting demographics, changes in climate, energy transitions and evolving global economic patterns. With these changes, each city will have to consider the relationship between recreational and working waterfronts; the ecology, remediation and preservation of natural habitat; the control of rising water levels; the preservation and reuse of industrial infrastructure; and the role of transport in better connecting cities. These pressing questions are the foundation of the design exchange between the Amsterdam Center for Architecture (ARCAM) and the Center for Architecture in New York. This exhibition is the most recent in a long history of collaboration between Dutch and US partners in addressing urban water issues, and how we "live with water." With a quarter of its landmass under sea level, the Netherlands has developed an internationally renowned strategy for water management, which they have shared with US communities from the Bay Area to the Louisiana Bayou.
Glimpses of the future can already be seen in our cities — in emerging green industries, in local networks for energy production and in innovative forms of transportation. By presenting glimpses of New York and Amsterdam’s sustainable future, the exhibition will provide a platform for dialogue concerning critical planning and will explore how energy initiatives, economic incentives and educational programs can provide the means for current activities to grow and impact the future of our city.
SO-IL presentation at Center for Architecture, April 4, 2011, courtesy Center for Architecture
"As City Planning Chair Amanda Burden said a few weeks ago, the water is our city’s 6th borough," explained AIANY President Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP. "I hope these glimpses of 2040, and the progress already being made, will inspire people to work incrementally towards a sustainable future for our city, and introduce innovative, scalable ideas that will work in other places, like Amsterdam, but also in all manner of waterfront cities around the globe. Change on our waterfronts and in our cities is inevitable – and imperative. Let good design lead the way."
EXHIBITION STRUCTURE The exhibition will be divided into five "glimpses," based on necessities of 21st century urban life. The role of recreation (a section dubbed "Breathing"), food production ("Eating"), economic production ("Making"), transportation ("Moving"), and living spaces ("Dwelling") will be explored in the context of both New York and Amsterdam. Within New York, firms will focus their attention on recreation on the Hudson River, expanding the food network of Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, commerce and development at the Bush Terminal in Brooklyn, Long Island City and Hunters Point, and the residential development of Newark, NJ. In Amsterdam, designers will focus on the development of the northern and southern IJ-waterfronts, examples of local food production in Amsterdam, the Public Library as a centre for knowledge developing into a ‘public domain work space’, South Axis Business District as a mobility hub with the first electric cars, and the Andreas ensemble as a high density housing estate within the city.
W Architecture & Landscape Architecture presentation at Center for Architecture, April 4, 2011, courtesy Center for Architecture
PARTICIPATING TEAMS – A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE OF DESIGN The exhibition will include the work of New York studios dlandstudio, Interboro Partners, Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO-IL), W Architecture & Landscape Architecture and WORKac. Dutch firms Barcode Architects, Delva Landscape Architects, Fabrications, Space & Matter, and van Bergen Kolpa will complete visions for Amsterdam’s future. A commonality between all the teams is that they are emerging firms that are already leaving a mark on their communities. Dlandstudio, a six-year old interdisciplinary landscape/architecture studio, has won AIANY, AIANYS and AIA National awards. Interboro Partners has won AIANY’s New Practices competition (2006) and was selected to participate in this year’s MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program. In 2010 Fabrications was a finalist for the Prix de Rome. In both Amsterdam and New York, the design firms will be working with students, engaging architecture and landscape studios at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Princeton University, the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, and others.
Maarten Kloos, director of ARCAM, said "As designers, the most relevant form of reality is not what we see around us, but what is floating above and behind this image of today: plans, projects and visions for the future. We live with one foot in the future, and when we have the chance, such as with this great collaboration, we should study, and explore, the future of the future. I cannot wait to see what the participants in Glimpses produce."
Curatorial team: Marlies Buurman, ARCAM; Rosamond Fletcher, Center for Architecture; Maarten Kloos, ARCAM; Luc Vrolijks, UrbanProgress
Audience for the team presentations at Center for Architecture with Bonnie Harken (center), Rosamond Fletcher and Ferdinand Dorsman (both far left), courtesy Center for Architecture
New York Advisory Committee: Chris Beardsley, Executive Director, Forum for Urban Design Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIA New York Chapter David Bragdon, Director, NYC Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability Hillary Brown, FAIA, Professor of Architecture, CUNY and Principal, New Civic Works Mary Burke, AIA, IIDA, Vice President for Design Excellence, AIA New York Chapter Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, President, AIA New York Chapter Ferdinand Dorsman, General Director for Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Bonnie Harken, AIA, Co-chair, Waterfront Committee, APA New York Metro Chapter Roland Lewis, President and CEO, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance Margaret Newman, AIA, Chief of Staff, NYC Department of Transportation Howard Slatkin, Director of Sustainability, NYC Department of City Planning
Amsterdam Advisory Committee: Wienke Bodewes, Chief Executive Officer, Amvest Jaap Huisman, Researcher and journalist, Writing in de Volkskrant, Vrij Nederland, SMAAK, and de Groene Amsterdammer Bjarne Mastenbroek, Chairman, Royal Dutch Architecture League (BNA) Tracy Metz, Journalist for NRC Handelsblad Paul de Ruiter, Founder, Architectenbureau Paul de Ruiter Machiel Spaan, Head of the Department of Architecture, Academy of Architecture Amsterdam Marcia Sookha, Freelance Advisor and Former Chairman of the Amsterdam Greenbuilding Taskforce
Audience for the team presentations at Center for Architecture with Margaret Newman (center), courtesy Center for Architecture
EXHIBITION ON VIEW In New York: June 8 – September 10, 2011 Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York City
In Amsterdam: June 17 – July 30 2011 ARCAM, Prins Hendrikkade 600, 1011 VX Amsterdam
Glimpses of New York and Amsterdam in 2040 is designed by Q Collective
PRESS PREVIEW Media are invited to attend the press preview, Wednesday, June 8, 2011 10am-12pm at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place. Write enemens [at] aiany.org or call 212-358-6126 to RSVP or set up an interview with featured architects.
EXHIBITION OPENING PARTY The exhibition opening for Glimpses will be held June 8, 2011, from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York City. Free and open to the public.
EXHIBITION SYMPOSIUM On Saturday, June 11, 11am-5pm, an exhibition symposium at the Center for Architecture will bring together designers from New York and Amsterdam to discuss their sites, and explore issues of waterfront growth, evolving urban systems, and design for a changing climate.
RELATED PROGRAMS During the week of June 5-11 the Center will host a number of related programs: two evening panels organized by ARCAM, the opening of the related exhibition Swimming to Manhattan (student work from the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture), a program presenting the work of Archiprix workshop participants, and a discussion on "Urban Farming" organized in collaboration with the Dutch Green Building Council.
Martijn Hendriks, Untitled, 2011, courtesy MASS MoCA and the artist
April 3 – July 31, 2011
Is the Internet a world of ephemera, or does it contain something more permanent? “Internet memes” are concepts that spread online, whether through viral videos, social networks, or email forwarding. Although memes are often associated with passing fads, the nine artists in Memery find lasting forms of expression in them, working at the intersection of memes and memory. Artists include: AIDS-3D, John Michael Boling, Mark Callahan, Constant Dullaart, Martijn Hendriks, Brian Kane, Oliver Laric, Rob Matthews, and Penelope Umbrico.
About Constant Dullaart Dutch-born and Berlin-based artist Constant Dullaart identifies recurrent themes across the Internet and cleverly re-mixes and re-contextualizes them. Often working with banal images or tiresome website interfaces, Dullaart transforms this source material just enough to highlight some of its inherent strangeness. The exhibition includes two works that play with common imagery found on social networking and photo-sharing sites. No Sunshine is a series of picturesque sunsets with their primary element, the sun, removed. In Poser, Dullaart digitally inserts himself in a series of family portraits from the Internet. Fidgeting as he poses, the artist seems uncomfortable about his position in pictures that feel private, despite their public dissemination online. Click here to see a preview.
Constant Dullaart, Poser (Chroma key in front of found online group portraits, looping on digital picture frame), courtesy the artist
About Martijn Hendriks Dutch artist Martijn Hendriks works across a range of media, continually departing from and returning to online culture. Much of his previous work has mined the Internet for source material; recently, he has become invested in the challenge of translating this online subject matter into traditional artistic forms. In the Black of this Long Night attempts to organize Google Image search results according to the ways that the pictures have been defaced. A new work transforms seemingly valueless images from blogs into abstract, monumental pictures for display in a gallery. Curated by Emily Leisz Carr and Oliver Wunsch, interns from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, Memery is part of the continuing series of MASS MoCA exhibitions presented in collaboration with the Clark Art Institute in support of MASS MoCA and the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
MASS MoCA 1040 MASS MoCA Way North Adams, MA 01247 Tel.: 413-662-2111
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines began serving meals on a new service for World Business Class passengers, for which leading Dutch designer Marcel Wanders has created porcelain, glassware, cutlery, linen and a tray.
The entire presentation of meals and drinks has been completely renewed to reflect the journey of inspiration KLM strives to offer its passengers. In designing the new service elements, Marcel Wanders has, at the behest of KLM, taken into account the wishes of its customers, the working procedures of cabin crew, as well as environmental considerations.
Typically Dutch Customers have indicated that they appreciate KLM’s typically Dutch character. KLM has therefore decided to embrace this by working with Dutch chefs and designers. Our partnership with Marcel Wanders reflects this philosophy.
Less weight KLM reduces environmental impact by reducing the weight of the service. The lighter the load on board an aircraft, the less fuel it burns, resulting in lower CO2 emissions.
"We are proud to offer our World Business Class passengers a fresh, new product. We are investing in this class and are constantly striving to further improve our products and services," says Erik Varwijk, Executive Vice President of KLM Commercial.
"With the introduction of this new service, a longstanding wish of mine has been fulfilled," says Marcel Wanders. "As a frequent flyer with KLM, I found it quite easy to get a feel for the assignment and to bring about a metamorphosis of the existing service elements. Owing to the ergonomic, technical, economic and logistic guidelines for this design, the new service matches the quality standards of top restaurants."
Sotheby’s Institute of Art NY students and faculty in front of the Van Abbemuseum
From March 15 – 20, a group of 70 students and faculty of Sotheby’s Institute of Art New York traveled to the Netherlands to visit various Dutch arts institutions, meet with gallerists, officials and arts administrators, and end the week for a couple of days at the famed TEFAF art and antiques fair in Maastricht.
Coming soon on this blog we will feature several travel reports from select students, to get an impression on how they experienced this trip first hand.
About Sotheby’s Institute of Art Founded over 40 years ago in London, Sotheby’s Institute of Art is among the world’s leading postgraduate level institutions offering M.A. and public programs in art scholarship, connoisseurship and art business. Students learn through first-hand encounters in the art world, examination of works of art in context, and study travel. Degrees are granted through the New York State Board of Regents. The MA in Art Business is a distinctive and internationally known postgraduate program of study which combines art and business studies in an academic and professional framework. Now in its 5th year in New York, the program plays a pioneering role in the development of an emerging new academic discipline.
Folkert de Jong, Operation Harmony, 2008, courtesy James Cohan Gallery and the artist
April 1 – May 7, 2011
James Cohan Gallery New York is pleased to welcome the return of Dutch sculptor Folkert de Jong for the artist’s third solo exhibition Operation Harmony. Following his solo exhibition last year at the Groninger Museum, his inclusion in the Sydney Biennial 2010 and in anticipation of the sculpture exhibition The Shape of Things to Come at the Saatchi Gallery opening in May, for which his work is the cover image, Folkert de Jong’s career has been firmly launched on the international stage.
Folkert de Jong, Jack is Black, 2007, courtesy James Cohan Gallery and the artist
De Jong employs the contemporary industrial materials Styrafoam and polyurethane foam, well understood for their inherent contradictory properties of cheapness and indestructibility, to create sculptural tableaux of what can be considered anti-monuments that conflate the past and the present.
There are two central works in the exhibition. The first is the monumental scale installation, Operation Harmony, 2008, measuring 23 feet long, which will be seen for the first time in the United States. This work is inspired by both Jan de Baen’s painting of the corpses of the de Witt brothers from 1672, which depicts the gruesome scene of the strung up bodies of two brothers executed for their political beliefs, and the "harmonious" grid structure found in Piet Mondrian’s modernist paintings. The title of the work Operation Harmony is borrowed from the optimistically named Canadian forces that were deployed in Bosnia in 1992 to help keep the peace. The artist has an unsettling ability to combine such period perfect details as lace neck ruffs from Vermeer’s Golden Age paintings, together with the dense blackness of the oozing "blood" and "charred" bodies that are spliced onto the sickly pink foam scaffold and the delicacy of the hand-carved teeth and eyes of the decapitated heads. De Jong, as the writer Lilly Wei aptly describes, "zooms in on the double-edged and cultivates contradictions. Combining the comedic and the grotesque, he leads viewers, with charming stealth, to contemplate the horrors that are so frequently his subject."
Folkert de Jong, The Balance 2: Trader’s Deal 8, 2010, courtesy James Cohan Gallery and the artist
The other central piece The Balance II, 2010 is second version of a work that de Jong created for the Sydney Biennial 2010. The tableau depicts Dutch traders swindling the Native Americans out of the island of Manhattan for beads and whiskey. The grinning traders are doing a jaunty dance as they balance on the artist’s signature industrial oil barrels and wooden pallets as they show off their wares. Writer Michaël Amy succinctly explains, "Long-established traditions are toppled by this irreverent young Dutchman, the works of cherished masters are hopelessly disgraced, and revered subjects are corrupted through and through. De Jong’s the tactless jester, part moralist, part sadistic clown, who holds a mirror up to our eyes." Among the other works on view in the exhibition will be Business as Usual: The Tower, 2008
Folkert de Jong, Hail the One, 2007, courtesy James Cohan Gallery and the artist
Recent solo exhibitions include the artist’s survey Circle of Trust Selected Works 2001-2009, Groeninger Museum, Belgium (2010); and The Shooting, Wandsworth Antheneum, Hartford, CT (2009); Mount Maslow, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY (2007); Gott Mit Uns, Kunsthalle Winterhur, Switzerland (2006); and Medusa’s First Move: The Council, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2005). Major international group exhibitions include the upcoming Cryptic: The Use of Allegory in Contemporary Art with a Master Class from Goya, CAM, St. Louis (2011); and the Shape of Things to Come: New Sculpture, The Saatchi Gallery, London (May 2011). Recent exhibitions include the 17th Bienniale of Sydney (2010); Hareng Saur: Ensor and Contemporary Art SMAK, Gent (2009); Innovations in the Third Dimension: Sculpture of Our Time, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT (2008); Destroy Athens, Athens Biennial (2007); and Fractured Figure, Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation, Athens (2007). Folkert de Jong lives and works in Amsterdam.
Folkert de Jong, The Balance 2, 2010, courtesy James Cohan Gallery and the artist
James Cohan Gallery 533 West 26th Street New York, NY 10001 Tel.: 212-714-9500
Hendrik Kerstens, Red Rabbit II, 2009, courtesy Byron Cohen Gallery and the artist
April 1 – May 31, 2011
The Byron C. Cohen Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Hendrik Kerstens.
About the artist Hendrik Kerstens, a Dutch photographer, uses images of his daughter, Paula, to immortalize contemporary life. By evoking Northern European lighting made infamous through the paintings of 17th century Dutch Renaissance artists, such as Johannes Vermeer Kerstens’s photographs combine contemporary life with the syntaxes of traditional painting to create images that are at once familiar, distant, serene, and mysterious. Hendrik Kerstens lives and works in Amsterdam, and has received international success with exhibitions throughout Europe, the United States, and South America.
Hendrik Kerstens, Red Rabbit IV, 2009, courtesy Byron Cohen Gallery and the artist
Kerstens’ work can be found in the Caldic Collection, Teutloff Collection, Major Art Foundation, Collection of Te Campiani Carlo Clerici, Photo Collection Erasmus University Rotterdam, 21C Museum Foundation, Louisville, Kentucky, & the Gem Museum of Photography, The Hague.
Hendrik Kerstens, Curl, 2009, courtesy Byron Cohen Gallery and the artist
Byron C. Cohen Gallery for Contemporary Art 2020 Baltimore, Suite 1N Kansas City, MO 64108 Tel.: 816-421-5665
Cathalijn Wouters, Better days for my face and hands, courtesy Witzenhausen Gallery and the artist
March 31 – April 30, 2011 Opening reception: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 6-8pm
Witzenhausen Gallery New York presents ‘Establishing Thought’ by Cathalijn Wouters. A well-established artist in Europe, this is Wouters’ first solo exhibition in New York. Her new works, oil and charcoal on large transparent linen, depict inner landscapes where plain, simple shapes seem to double the transparency. ‘Establishing thought’ is a snapshot in time, a farewell and a starting point.
Cathalijn Wouters, Establishing Thought, courtesy Witzenhausen Gallery and the artist
Cathalijn Wouters: "In the end I chose the title Establishing Thought, because to me the work expresses a thought. The small grey rectangle above the container may be interpreted as a thought or as electricity. It is an energy indicating the connection between the work and me. It is something that is up in the air, and perhaps that is the essence of my work: I wish to express something that is not visible but which can nevertheless be sensed. That feeling, or that thought, is an orientation point, a key to unlock the next painting."
Witzenhausen GalleryâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Â® 547 West 27th Street, Suite 508 New York, NY 10001 Tel.: 212-239-1124