Handbook to the Stars by Peter Puklus in Foam Amsterdam.
Until the end of April you can visit the retrospective exhibition of Dutch artist Daan van Golden at Wiels in Brussels. It is well worth a visit. The exhibition provides a good overview of the work of Daan van Golden. It spans his whole career from pattern paintings he made in Tokyo in 1964 until the more recent paintings he exhibited at Galerie Micheline Szwajcer in October 2010.
The exhibition also includes photographs, including his famous series Youth is an Art about his daughter Diana. There is also a series of photographs documenting the site specific project he executed in the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam in 1987. There he covered the paths of the Hortus Botanicus with blue gravel. Some of these pictures are well known, but most of them I never saw before.
In addition to Chromes by William Eggleston that focuses on his early colour photographs, in December Steidl will also publish a book of early colour photographs by Joel Sternfeld.
In addition to this publication the exhibition Joel Sternfeld – Color Photographs since 1970 will be on show in several museums in Europe including Museum Folkwang in Essen (16 July to 23 October 2011), Foam in Amsterdam (15 December 2011 to 14, March 2012), C/O in Berlin (spring 2012) and Albertina Museum, Vienna (5 August to 26 October 2012).
From June 25 until September 11 the remake of the influential exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape will be on view in the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The exhibition has been extended with photography by contemporary artists.
Daniëlle van Ark: Sorry for the Mess
Another great work from the exhibition Digital? Analogue! at Huis Marseille in Amsterdam. This photograph by Daniëlle van Ark is part of the series Sorry for the Mess. This photo is made in the director’s office of The Paviljoens in Almere, the Netherlands. The background photograph is by artist Edwin Zwakman. Follow this link for a blog post by Daniëlle van Ark about this photo.
The Special Collections department of the University of Amsterdam organizes interesting exhibitions. After the Irma Boom exhibition there is now an exhibition of photographs by Hans Eijkelboom. For eighteen months Eijkelboom photographed the South-East district of Amsterdam. This part of Amsterdam has a huge variety of cultures.
The exhibition leaves a much stronger impression than the slideshows you can watch when you follow the link behind this photograph. This is partly because a lot of the works in the exhibition are presented as typical Eijkelboom typologies. Starting from November 19 this project is also available as a publication under the title Good Intentions and Modern Housing (NAI Publishers).
After seven years there is a new Daan van Golden exhibition at the Galerie Micheline Szwajcer in Antwerp. Van Golden is one of my favorite artists, so I’ll try to find some time to travel to Antwerp to see the exhibition. The paintings look like Wedgwood White on Pale Blue Jasperware pottery. The work shown here is based on an earlier work, a profile of Mozart he made in 1978.
Church Street and Second Street, Easton, Pennsylvania, June 20, 1974 © Stephen Shore, Courtesy 303 Gallery New York
Stephen Shore is one of my favorite photographers, so I am very pleased that the exhibition Biographical Landscape: The Photography of Stephen Shore arrived in Düsseldorf as part of the exhibition Der Rote Bulli: Stephen Shore and the New Düsseldorf Photography. It was organized in 2004 by the Aperture Foundation to accompany the rerelease of Stephen Shore’s classic monograph Uncommon Places.
The exhibition includes a large selection from the series American Surfaces and the sublime Uncommon Places. There are also a couple of earlier more conceptual series in black and white. In Düsseldorf the work of Stephen Shore is part of a larger exhibition that attempts to research how Shore’s color photographs influenced the students of Bernd Becher’s famous photography course at the Kunstakademie (Academy of Art) in Düsseldorf, a course which was created in 1976.
Collage (Wassertürme / Watertowers) by Bernd und Hilla Becher, 1967 Courtesy Jack Kirkland Collection, London
After the photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher became friends with Stephen Shore in the seventies, they promoted his work in Europe. The work of Shore and other American New Color photographers became an important source of inspiration for the students. Besides the work of Stephen Shore, the exhibition includes works by the Bechers and a selection of Bernd Becher’s students like Thomas Struth, Axel Hütte, Candida Höfer, Andreas Gursky, Simone Nieweg and Bernhard Fuchs.