Category: Art

Amsterdam Art Fair & Antwerp Art Weekend

The third edition of the Amsterdam Art Fair not to be confused with Art Amsterdam. The name given to Hollands longest running art fair KunstRAI. However recently Art Rotterdam has taken over as the leading art fair. Amsterdam Art Fair aims to make to the Dutch capital the place to go for the collectors again.


Galery Frank Taal

Standno. 12

Representing Bram Braam



Standno. 44

Works by Esther Tielemans and Sarah-Jane Hoffmann


 Juliette Jongma / Kunstverein

Standno. 29

Work by Bert Scholten, Nicolaas Riis, Florian and Michael Quistrebert


Siberian BAM exhibition

Jelle Brandtcorstius, Aldo Van Den Broek and Fabian Hahne

Also for the third time, Antwerp Art Weekend.

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Gallery Sofie Vande Velde

Works of Philippe Vandenberg and Bruce Nauman


Little HISK

Work by Susanna Inglada


Galerie De Zwarte Panter

Work by Fred Bervoets, Frieda Van Dun and Wim De Schamphelaere

Contemporary artists that deal with (post)colonialism


Renzo Martens is a Dutch artist who originated the Institute for Human Activities. He hopes this institute will help plantation workers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to live off making art. It should accomplish a gentrification program to improve the lives of people around the art center by . The Congolese Plantation Workers Art League has now started to organize exhibitions. It is a white cube in the forest just like those in Shoreditch and Brooklyn.


Scottish artist Andrew Gilbert makes satirical paintings, drawings and sculptures tackling colonial history. Supplanting the clichés and symbolism of the Orient and the British Empire. His playful, surreal and over the top caricatures capture the violence, racism and tyranny of occupation. Andrew Gilbert refers historic events that parallel with contemporary conflicts. He draws inspiration from primitive art, films such as Zulu, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Emil Nolde.


Lizza Littlewort an absurdist South African artist inspired by Dadaism, whose work critiques ideological narratives of global power and the inherent propensity of capitalist ideologies. Littlewort is focusing on mass poverty and perpetual war. Her works are satirical and demonstrate a discerning commitment to well-established art conventions.


Fellow South African Conrad Botes makes drawings, prints and sculptures. He is one of the founders of Bitterkomix. He reflects on contemporary society by using the sickly sweet infantilism of Post-Pop. Botes’ work is a amalgamation of the arcadian with contemporary realities and aesthetics. He shows a society of desirable violence, institutionalized sadism. Religion is irreverent and the individual is victorious in his existential crisis.


Lili Bernard is exposing the post-colonial archetype of suffering and flexibility. She juxtaposes cruelty and compassion, ugliness and beauty. The generational clash of her Afro-Indigenous Caribbean ancestors inspires her work. Bernard re-imagines art history born of colonialism, with racially diverse subjects. She shows the diasporic stain of racism and of the unconquerable nature of the human spirit.


Yinka Shonibare’s makes paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs and films. He explores issues of race and class and questions the definition of culture. He uses bright colored ‘African’ batik fabric. The fabrics manufactured in Europe and sold in Africa, when rejected in Indonesia. His physical disability is just one strand of a far richer weave. He occasionally re-imagines famous paintings to ask what compounds our collective contemporary identity.


Frohawk Two Feathers aka Umar Rashid creates fictional narratives. He comments on politics, history, race, power, and greed by combining elements of folk art and colonial portraiture. He makes portraits of corrupt military leaders and rebel assassins and royal the family. Two Feathers paints colonial uprisings of a rebel force of freed slaves, tribes, militias and noblemen.  His images contain a mashup of references, with visual manifestations of contemporary urban culture. He incorporates tattoos, piercings and accessories associated with contemporary hipsters and gangsters.


Kara Elizabeth Walker explores race, gender, sexuality, violence and identity in her work. She is best known for her room-size tableaux of black-and-white cut-paper silhouettes. They invoke themes of African American racial identity. She often depicts scenes of slavery, conflict or violence. Her work refers to historic cultural eras in Africa and the USA.Walker relies on humor and, despite the often sombre nature of her subjects. She has also makes gouaches, watercolors, animations, shadow puppets, projections and sculptural installations


Isaac Julien tries to break down the barriers that exist between different artistic disciplines. He uses film, dance, photography, music, theater, painting and sculpture to construct a narrative. Much of his work relates to his experiences of being black and gay. Multi-screen installations and photographs examine shattered stories of memory and desire. His work forces critical thinking about race, globalization, and representation


Mickalene Thomas examines the popular characterization of black female identity, celebrity, and sexuality. She makes complex paintings made of rhinestones, acrylic and enamel. She refers to art history and contemporary culture. Inspired by her childhood her work the consists of vibrant interwoven patterns. Thomas depicts powerful women such as her mother, celebrities, and iconic art-historical figures.

Exhibitions Pick of the year

Museums the world over organized exhibitions to commemorate the anniversary of the death of some great artists this year.

Hieronymus Bosch died 500 years ago for this reason “Het Noordbrabants Museum” in the town of his birth Den Bosch organized the exhibition: Visions of Genius. Donating museums included the Louvre, the Prado, the Accademia in Venice, the Metropolitan New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Unfortunately  the most famous work, The Garden of Earthly Delights was not loaned.


Robert Mapplethorpe died 70 years ago he had LA shows in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Known for his highly stylized black and white photographs crudely but consciously treating controversial subject-matters. The work shows the New York underground of the 60s and 70s portraying celebrity s, himself, nudes, BDSM, and still-life images of flowers. 


Marcel Broodthaers, who’s death was 40 years ago, had a show at MoMA, the Reina Sofía and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (KNW) in Düsseldorf. The Retrospective was the first of his work to take place in New York. It gathered about two hundred works, mostly made in the sixties and seventies.


Georgia O’Keeffe 30 death this years ago, had exhibitions together with Charles Sheeler and Arthur Garfield Dove, Stuart Davis  and Marsden Hartley at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. The Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach showed her work among with Florine Stettheimer, Helen Torr and Marguerite Thompson Zorach. She had a Solo at Tate Modern in London. Her work consists mostly of erotic looking flowers however she always denied that her paintings were in any way sexual.


Still very much alive is Grayson Perry. His exhibition “Hold Your Beliefs Lightly” was shown at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht and the ARoS Museum in Aarhus. A great chronicler of contemporary life, Perry draws us in with humorous nostalgia as well as anger and fear. He deals with identity, sexuality, gender, social status, religion, his childhood and his alter ego Claire.


Matthew Barney meanwhile displayed his work at the Astrup Fearnley in Oslo. Known for making sculptural installations combined with video and performance, he created a new narrative and layout for this exhibition. With the title Bildungsroman Barney reflects on how the constellation of works can be read as a journey in the shaping of his work.


William Kentridge showed at Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, London’s Whitechapel Gallery and at Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery. As a white ethnically Jewish South African with lawyer parents defending victims of apartheid, he has a unique position as a third-party observer. He uses this in his prints, drawings, animations and films.

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Also at Martin-Gropius-Bau was “Mach Dich hübsch!” by Isa Genzken after it was on display at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam earlier. Genzken; Gerhard Richter’s wife is a very influential and important artists in her own right. Her work includes three-dimensional work, paintings, drawings, films, photographs, collages, artist’s books and public sculptures.


Rachel Maclean’s show “Wot u 🙂 about?” could be seen at Home in Manchester and Tate Britain, London. Maclean has acquired a reputation for skewering sociopolitical tendencies with works that are cute and creepy at the same time. Just a few years after she graduating from Edinburgh College of Art, her work is now in great demand. She will represent Scotland at the Venice Biennale in 2017.


Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirror rooms where on show in the Louisiana Museum in Denmark, the Moderna Museet Stockholm and the HAM (Helsinki Art Museum). They will be on a US tour next two years going to the Hirshhorn Washington, the Seattle Art Museum, the Broad LA, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Cleveland Museum of Art.


Manifesta 11 in Zurich was great but Julian Rosefeldt’s “Manifesto” makes it as the last on this list. Cate Blanchett in the guise of a school teacher, factory worker, choreographer, punk, newsreader, scientist, puppeteer, widow, and a homeless man presented artists-manifestos. They were presented on massive screens at the Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart Park Avenue Armory in New York .


Art Basel Miami

5 great booths at Art Basel Miami


Pilar Corrias Gallery, Booth E15

With works by Mary Ramsden, Ulla von Brandenburg, Ken Okiishi, Gerasimos Floratos, Shahzia Sikander, Tschabalala Self, Tala Madani, Philippe Parreno and Rirkrit Tiravanija



Galleria Continua, Booth L6

With works by Carlos Garaicoa and Jose Yaque



Bernier/Eliades, Booth H12

With works by Pier Paolo Calzolari, Wim Delvoye, Cameron Jamie, Dionisis Kavallieratos, Jonathan Meese, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Tony Oursler, Rallou Panagiotou, Kostas Sahpazis, Thomas Schütte, Jim Shaw, Keith Sonnier and Helmut Stallaerts


König Galerie, Booth L5

With works by Jorinde Voigt and Kris Martin


Victoria Miro, Booth M9

With works by Conrad Shawcross and Yayoi Kusama