Upcoming exhibition

Rokkaku Ayako

Ayako Rokkaku exhibition 2019

Ayako Rokkaku | ロッカクアヤコ | 六角彩子

'Fumble in colors, tiny discoveries'
8 June - 25 August 2019

Museum Jan van der Togt, Amstelveen, The Netherlands

Museum Jan van der Togt is proud to present the exhibition 'Fumble in colors, tiny discoveries' by the Japanese artist Ayako Rokkaku. In addition to installing new paintings, Rokkaku will also provide a retrospective of the work she produced in recent years. During the opening weekend, on 8 and 9 June, Rokkaku will work live on a new painting. Visitors will be able to see Ayako paint and experience her unique way of working up close. In July, Rokkaku will move her studio into the museum and give children the chance to paint with her.

Painting technique
Rokkaku never attended art school but is completely self-taught, developing her own unique painting technique. She applies acrylic paint directly to the canvas or cardboard with her bare hands. Every painting starts like a walk without a specific destination. She starts painting without a predefined idea, painting what comes naturally until a composition slowly starts to emerge. A dreamy, colorful landscape, with tiny floating flowers, animals and skulls. A recurring element in her work is the prominent presence of young girls, which she paints in the manga style, with large eyes and long limbs. Rokkaku considers these girls fun to paint and a way of expressing her personality in her paintings.

The diminutive artist, who is just 1.56 m tall, regularly demonstrates her painting technique during live painting performances, working on canvases that can be up to 7 meters wide. "I love painting on something that is much bigger than I am. Moving to and fro between the corners of such a huge canvas makes me feel as if the colors are flowing through my body." In recent years, Rokkaku has experimented with various new techniques and materials, creating wool and cardboard installations, sculptures made from layered acrylate and hand-painted antique Louis Vuitton suitcases.

Ayako Rokkaku
Global citizen Ayako Rokkaku (b. Chiba, 1982) lives and works alternatingly in Berlin, Porto, Tokyo and Amsterdam. She created her first paintings in 2002, applying acrylic paint to cardboard with her bare hands. Her work soon caught the critics' eye. In 2003 and 2006, she won prizes at Geisai, an art fair for emerging artists in Tokyo, organised by the world-famous artist Takashi Murakami (b. Tokyo, 1962). Since her first solo show at Gallery Delaive in 2007, Rokkaku has been invited to exhibit her work in several galleries and at art fairs in Asia, Europe and the United States. She has had solo shows in Rotterdams Kunsthal and the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Slovakia, which attracted thousands of visitors. Art connoisseurs consider Rokkaku to be one of the most promising contemporary artists. Opening The exhibition will officially open on Saturday 8 June 2019, at 4 pm. Rokkaku will give a live painting performance during the opening.

The exhibition was developed in collaboration with Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam.


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Current exhibition

 

Karel Appel, new aquisitions

 

Karel Appel

Currently in the gallery in Amsterdam:
Original work on canvas and paper by Karel Appel

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10:30 - 17.30

The exhibition will be on view untill 14 April.
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Sam Francis

Sam Francis

may 20 - june 20, 2019




Sam Francis:
Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, 1946–1994

Edited by Debra Burchett-Lere with featured essay by William C. Agee

catalogue

This innovative and long-awaited catalogue raisonné brings together, for the first time, all the known paintings on canvas and panel of California-born abstract expressionist Sam Francis (1923–1994) and offers a comprehensive chronicle of his artistic journey. One of the twentieth century’s leading interpreters of light and color, Francis maintained studios not only in New York and Los Angeles, but also in Paris, Bern, and Tokyo, making his reach truly international.

Elegantly boxed, the Sam Francis catalogue raisonné includes a richly illustrated book with informative texts and two DVDs with authoritative entries for the canvas and panel paintings in an easily browsable, groundbreaking format. It offers the ultimate reference on this artist and a vital research tool.

Color images and documentation for all 1,850-plus paintings on canvas and panel by Francis (hundreds reproduced for the first time) on two DVDs
A lavish book with an extended essay by Francis scholar William C. Agee and a biographical timeline by catalogue raisonné editor Debra Burchett-Lere
Rare footage of Francis at work, writings by the artist, and descriptions of his studios and techniques
Access to electronic updates as they become available
Easily searchable information in a groundbreaking, twentieth-first-century format

Debra Burchett-Lere is Director and Curator of the Sam Francis Foundation. William Agee, Evelyn Kranes Kossak Professor of Art History at Hunter College, City University of New York, is coauthor of Coming of Age: American Art, 1850s to 1950s, author of Sam Francis: Paintings 1947-1990, and contributor to many books, including Patrick Henry Bruce, American Modernist: A Catalogue Raisonné.

Also read:

Sam Francis: The publication of his long-awaited catalogue raissonnée provides the second-generation Abstract Expressionist with a first-rate reexamination. by Richard Speer

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Presentation of the Catalogue Raissoné

Sam Francis


Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis will be the focus of a month-long selling exhibition at Sotheby’s New York this autumn. More than 40 works, all available for private sale, will be included in the exhibition Sam Francis: The Exploration of Color from 17 September through 14 October 2011. This marks the first exhibition on view in S2, a newly-constructed gallery space within our York Avenue headquarters dedicated to hosting private selling exhibitions.

“We conceived of S2 in response to frequent requests from our clients to see works at Sotheby’s for private sale as well as for auction” said Alex Rotter, Head of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art department in New York. “Designed by Richard Gluckman, S2 can show works of art ranging from large-scale installations to more intimate objects, and will offer a new and exciting dimension to the Sotheby’s experience that will help us to meet this growing demand. Richard Gluckman has created celebrated spaces for the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in addition to Sotheby’s own 10th floor galleries, and we look forward to introducing this wonderful new space to our clients and to the general public.”

The exhibition celebrates the launch of the Sam Francis Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, 1946-94, edited by Debra Burchett-Lere, Director of the Sam Francis Foundation, and published with University of California Press. Robert Buck, former Director of the Brooklyn Museum and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, enthused, “The publication will become the standard reference on Francis’s work. There are no more complete efforts than this one that tackles and describes the whole career.”

The exhibition Sam Francis: The Exploration of Color brings together a diverse selection of paintings on canvas and paper that trace the artist’s career from the 1940s to the 1990s. As Debra Burchett-Lere’s essay in Sotheby’s exhibition catalogue discusses: Francis found his calling as an artist in his 20s while hospitalized with spinal tuberculosis, using art as an escape during his multi-year encasement in a plaster cast. His career was propelled to critical acclaim in the 1950s, after moving to Paris and being embraced by the important art historians and curators of the day. His interests in architecture, literature, philosophy, poetry, politics, music, nature and science are all reflected in his works, from the smallest 3x2-inch paintings to monumentally scaled murals more than 100 times as large. While his painterly, expressionistic world appears uncalculated in its freeform presentation, Francis was guided by his intelligence, masterly control of the brush, and gut-felt intuition in capturing the beauty of human emotion.

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