Art in corona times 64. Ton van Kints & André Kruysen, What’s on; Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

Ton van Kints

Galerie Ramakers presently shows works by Ton van Kints (1955) and André Kruysen (1967). In Villa La Repubblica i wrote an article about one of the sculptures on show by Kruysen, Click here to read the article (in Dutch).

André Kruysen
Ton van Kints

Kruysen shows new works.

André Kruysen
André Kruysen

As i’ve written quite extensively about one of the presented sculptures by Kruysen in VLR, i leave you here with some pictures of the other works on show.

André Kruysen
André Kruysen

For one reason or another the works by Kruysen fit very well with Van Kints’s.  

André Kruysen
Ton van Kints

Works by both artists show a craftsmanship with a kind of what-you-see-is-what-you-get mentality.

André Kruysen
André Kruysen

However, what you get are not just the materials but also the ideas and the individual characters of the works.

Ton van Kints
Ton van Kints

With both artists this creates a kind of tension between the pragmatism of their practice and the eloquence of the characters they create.

Ton van Kints
Ton van Kints

Van Kints shows the sequel to his so called 1+1 series in which he has piled up older works to make new ones. 

André Kruysen
André Kruysen

The way he piles them up differs per work, rendering new characters.

André Kruysen
André Kruysen, Ton van Kints

Sometimes they work as reliefs, sometimes they are more fully fledged pieces of sculpture.

Ton van Kints
Ton van Kints

In the sequel he has added bee-queen cells (which are usually built by bees on the lower edges of their combs), as Van Kints has become a keen beekeeper.

Ton van Kints, André Kruysen
Ton van Kints

This adds an interesting new element to the new series.

Ton van Kints
Ton van Kints

The combs are extremely small pieces of natural architecture.

Ton van Kints
Ton van Kints

As such they fit in very well with the works, at the same time they are a kind of foreign body, as if the works have been colonised.  

Ton van Kints
Ton van Kints

For those who find visiting galleries is still a bit risky under the present circumstances, i added a few more pictures than i would usually do.

Ton van Kints
André Kruysen

Still i recommend wholeheartedly to go and see these works for youself.

André Kruysen
André Kruysen

Click here to read the article about André Kruysen’s work in Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch)

André Kruysen

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Art in corona times 49. Bob Bonies & Cor van Dijk; Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

Bob Bonies

Galerie Ramakers presents at the moment some real hardcore geometric abstract modernism.

Bob Bonies
Cor van Dijk
Cor van Dijk
Cor van Dijk

On show are works by old hands in the trade Bob Bonies (1937) and Cor van Dijk (1952).

Cor van Dijk
Cor van Dijk
Cor van Dijk
Bob Bonies
Bob Bonies

Old hands though they may be, they don’t show you a program of old boring tricks. Indeed there may be something to defend in geometric abstraction, but the best defence is the refinement in the works of both artists.

Bob Bonies
Bob Bonies
Bob Bonies
Cor van Dijk

They are both deepening their methods and their ideas, something which is especially visible in Bonies’ remarkable development through the years.

Bob Bonies
Bob Bonies
Cor van Dijk
Cor van Dijk
Cor van Dijk

As Van Dijk’s works constantly attract attention by their almost casual simplicity, Bonies’ colours add an almost festive note to this exhibition.

Bob Bonies
Bob Bonies
Bob Bonies
Cor van Dijk

Something festive which is not just appropriate for this dark season, but also for the dreary times we are currently living in.

Cor van Dijk

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Art in corona times 32. Willy De Sauter & Jan van Munster; Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

Jan van Munster

To open the season Galerie Ramakers shows works by Willy De Sauter (1938) and by Jan van Munster (1939).

Willy De Sauter

Willy De Sauter

Jan van Munster

Both octogenarians make works that seem to contain a lot of energy, in spite of their minimalist language.

Jan van Munster

Jan van Munster

Earlier this year (sometime before the Covid-19 crisis) i have written extensively  about amongst others De Sauter’s work in Villa La Repubblica (click here to read the article – in Dutch).

Willy De Sauter

Willy De Sauter

There are both older and more recent works by De Sauter on show.

Willy De Sauter

Jan van Munster

Van Munster’s Energy field of the 1990s makes a great coupling with a triptych by De Sauter.

Jan van Munster

Jan van Munster, Willy De Sauter

It almost literally spans a field of energy between different works by De Sauter.

Jan van Munster, Willy De Sauter

Jan van Munster

Willy De Sauter

Other presented works by Van Munster are his highly polished spheres and spheroids that seem to absorb the world around them to store it in their bulbous shapes.

Jan van Munster

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What We Do Not (want to) See, Willy De Sauter – Gert Scheerlinck – D.D. Trans – Johan De Wit; Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

Johan De Wit

I visited Galerie Ramakers to write a review for Villa La Repubblica about its present exhibition What We Do Not (want to) See with works by Willy De Sauter (1938), Johan De Wit (1960) D.D. Trans (1963) and Gert Scheerlinck (1974). Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

Johan De Wit

As i have written quite extensively about the show in Villa La Repubblica i leave you here just with some impressions without words.

Johan De Wit

Johan De Wit

D.D. Trans

D.D. Trans

D.D. Trans

D.D. Trans

D.D. Trans

D.D. Trans

D.D. Trans

Gert Scheerlinck

Johan De Wit

Gert Scheerlinck

Gert Scheerlinck

D.D. Trans

Gert Scheerlinck

Gert Scheerlinck

Gert Scheerlinck

Gert Scheerlinck

Willy De Sauter

 

 

Willy De Sauter

Willy De Sauter

Gert Scheerlinck

Willy De Sauter

Johan De Wit

Willy De Sauter

Willy De Sauter

Click here to read the review in Villa La Repubblica.

Johan De Wit

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Art Rotterdam 2020; Van Nellefabriek, Rotterdam

Fiona Lutjenhuis, Prospects & Concepts

Art Rotterdam has become the strongest contemporary art fair in the Netherlands.

Fiona Lutjenhuis, Prospects & Concepts

Tobias Lengkeek, Prospects & Concepts

Dennis Muñoz Espadiña, Prospects & Concepts

As for its quantity, it isn’t too big or too small and quality standards have become quite high.

Wouter van der Laan, Prospects & Concepts

Wouter van der Laan, Prospects & Concepts

Mylan Hoezen, Prospects & Concepts

Although there are no radical statements, this year’s fair can’t be called dull.

Maud van den Beuken, Prospects & Concepts

Lisandro Suriel, Prospects & Concepts

Lorena van Bunningen, Prospects & Concepts

Maybe the art world has shrunk back a bit by all kinds of radicality that seem to do more harm than good to the world, as things don’t look particularly happy-go-lucky either.

André Kruysen, NL=US Art, Rotterdam

André Kruysen, NL=US Art, Rotterdam

Gijs van Lith, MPV Gallery, ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Of course an art fair isn’t a stage for philosophy, but the tendency is very much on what makes us human and what we value in life.

Gijs van Lith, MPV Gallery, ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Raphaël Barontini, Espai Tactel, Valencia / Barcelona

Carel Visser, BorzoGallery, Amsterdam

Anyway, don’t let Ciara stop you from going to take a look for yourself, as it’s worth it.

Sanlé Sory, Wouter van Leeuwen, Amsterdam

Hiroshi Nomura, Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

Hiroshi Nomura, Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

I leave you here with some details that caught my eye amongst the many things that may catch yours.

Susanna Inglada, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Susanna Inglada, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Charlotte Klobassa, Zeller van Almsick, Vienna

Natascha Libbert, Gallery Vriend van Bavink, Amsterdam

Marcel van Eeden, Barbara Seiler, Zürich

Patrick Waterhouse, The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam

Patrick Waterhouse, The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam

Patrick Waterhouse, The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam

Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Division of Labour, London

Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Division of Labour, London

Warre Mulder, Whitehouse Gallerry, Lovenjoel

Niek Hendrix, Roger Katwijk, Amsterdam

Remy Jungerman, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam

Leandros Ntolas, Prospects & Concepts

Leandros Ntolas, Prospects & Concepts

Oscar Peters, Prospects & Concepts

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25 Years Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

Galerie Ramakers is celebrating its 25 years anniversary.

Left to right: Yumiko Yoneda, Pat Andrea, Michel Hoogervorst

Pat Andrea

Warffemius; Bob Bonies in the background

Some artists of the gallery were invited to make a temporary monumental work on the walls.

Hieke Luik

Bob Bonies

Ien Lucas

Near the windows Bob Bonies (1937) made an apparently simple, but in fact quite sophisticated work, while Ien Lucas (1955) made such an unobtrusive work on the opposite wall, that one would almost think it is a common feature of the gallery.

Klaus Baumgärtner

Jan van Munster

Warffemius

In the back space of the gallery four men, Mat van der Heijden (1964), Joncquil (1973), Pat Andrea (1942) and Michel Hoogervorst (1961), are competing, each in his own special way.

Klaus Baumgärtner

D.D.Trans

Hieke Luik

In the conservatory Yumiko Yoneda (1965) has made an installation of her sensitive drop-like sculptures which now slowly change with the changing of the daylight.

Cor van Dijk

Cor van Dijk

Pat Andrea

In between all this monumentality there are some smaller works by other artists of the gallery on show.

Mat van der Heijden

Mat van der Heijden

Joncquil

It is not a minor achievement to run a successful gallery for 25 years, and the general mood of the exhibition is warm and festive.

Joncquil

Joncquil

Left to right: Joncquil, Pat Andrea, Yumiko Yoneda, Warffemius

It also goes to show how important the bond between a gallery-keeper, the artists and the gallery’s visitors and customers is.

Pat Andrea; in the background Yumiko Yoneda

Pat Andrea

Michel Hoogervorst

Of course it is business, but it is very much a business of love.

Michel Hoogervorst

Michel Hoogervorst

Yumiko Yoneda

It is very much the enthusiastic and informal personality of Catalijn Ramakers and her aesthetic choices that has made this brilliant artistic party possible.

Yumiko Yoneda

Yumiko Yoneda

Michel Hoogervorst

In fact this party of love and dedication has been going on already for many years and by all means i wish her a prolongation of many years to come.

Warffemius

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Uit het atelier! (From the studio!); Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

Jérôme Touron

Presently Galerie Ramakers has a show of works by five artists – Jérôme Touron, Azul Andrea, Reinoud Oudshoorn, Max Fouchy and Frank Halmans – which connect the optical to the slightly absurd.

Azul Andrea

Jérôme Touron

Reinoud Oudshoorn

For example Oudshoorn’s K-17 is a sculpture that may remind you of a graphite drawing or a black and white photograph and plays a game with your sense of perspective.

Azul Andrea

Andrea’s many sided works as shown here might probably be best described as optical lyricism.

Azul Andrea

Azul Andrea

Max Fouchy

Fouchy’s optical adventures vary from quite simple jokes to far more intricate works.

Max Fouchy

Max Fouchy

Max Fouchy

Max Fouchy

Max Fouchy

Max Fouchy

Max Fouchy

Frank Halmans

Frank Halmans

Azul Andrea

Max Fouchy

Frank Halmans

Jérôme Touron

Touron’s Botanique (Botanical) is one of the more monumental works in the show.

Jérôme Touron

Its simple concept contains a world of rich absurdity.

Jérôme Touron

Jérôme Touron

Frank Halmans

But undoubtedly the highlight of the show is Halmans’ Verlaten galerijflat (Abandoned Block of Flats).

Frank Halmans

It looks a bit like a big sum of the different aspects of Halmans’ works about which i wrote quite extensively in 2016 in Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read that article (in Dutch).

Frank Halmans

Frank Halmans

Frank Halmans

Frank Halmans

Frank Halmans

Frank Halmans

Frank Halmans

Frank Halmans

Frank Halmans

Frank Halmans

Frank Halmans

Frank Halmans

Frank Halmans

Frank Halmans

Frank Halmans

The works are still on show this week and over the weekend, so you have to hurry if you don’t want to miss this!

Frank Halmans

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