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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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Willy De Sauter, Jan van Munster and Galerie Ramakers, Den Haag.

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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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