Sunday, December 21, 2014

the Collection de l’Art Brut

Han Ploos van Amstel

Han Ploos van Amstel was born in Amsterdam, in The Netherlands. He was mentally handicapped and worked in a protected workshop making brooms and doormats, and lived with his mother. When his mother died, he moved into a semiindependent home, and then in 1992 he went to a day-care centre, where he began to draw... LINK l’Art Brut

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Suus Kooijman

Encaustic (Beeswax, pigments)

Usually Suus Kooijman start with nothing, no idea, no color. It is the matter that asks what she should do. The warm beeswax, pigments and the layers build up into a presentation which often do not know where it will go. At least in the beginning. It takes some time until the image emerges. Everything hides in a background, when she start lay scraping, an image suggests. Does a landscape, a field, a man? She work through the layers and let amaze it every time. Going on in the process there arise, as it were multiple images on a panel. A landscape that presents itself to us, often wears unknown meanings. She try to explore meanings. What ultimately happens in the bottom layer of the images. LINK galerie de ploegh (in Dutch)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

‪Maceo Parker‬

The soul of a black man 1973‬


Parker was born in Kinston, North Carolina. His father played piano and drums; his mother and father both sang in church. His brother Melvin played drums and his brother Kellis trombone. He and his brother Melvin joined James Brown in 1964; in his autobiography, Brown says that he originally wanted Melvin as his drummer, but agreed to take Maceo under his wing as part of the deal. In 1970 Parker, his brother Melvin, and a few of Brown's band members left to found Maceo. All the King's Men, which toured for two years. In 1974, Parker returned to James Brown. He also charted a single "Parrty Part I" (71 pop singles) with Maceohe Macks that year. In 1975, Parker and some of Brown's band members, including Fred Wesley, left to join George Clinton's band Parliament - Funkadelic. Parker once again re-joined James Brown from 1984 to 1988. In the 1990s, Parker began a solo career. To date, he has released eleven solo albums since 1990. His band has been billed as "the greatest little funk orchestra on earth" and the "million dollar support band". LINK youtube  LINK maceoparker

Friday, December 12, 2014

Pravdoliub Ivanov

1995

cleaned corner, framed title, 
Old Turkish Bathhouse, Plovdiv, Bulgaria


Pravdoliub Ivanov was born in 1964 in Plovdiv. He lives and works in Sofia. He graduated from the National Art Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria, where he is currently a lecturer. In 1995 he became a Founder Member of the Institute of Contemporary Art Sofia. Pravdoliub Ivanov has a strong presence on the international art scene. In 2007, togetherwith Ivan Moudov and Stefan Nikolaev he participated in Vessela Nozharova’s curatorial project “A Place You Have Never Been Before” the Bulgarian official participation at the 52nd Venice Biennial. 
His works were also presented at the 4th Istanbul Biennial in 1995, 
at the 14th Sydney Biennial, Australia in 2004 and at the 4th Berlin Biennial in 2006. LINK pravdo.com

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Marurizio Galimberti


Marurizio Galimberti is an Italian born photographer who creates abstract mosaic portraits with Polaroid film. By shooting and arranging the Polaroid's into grids, Galimberti's subjects become abstract, giving the viewer a multiple dimensional perspective of each subject. 
LINK Marurizio Galimberti

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Marres House for Contemporary Culture

Rumour 

Carolin Eidner, Untitled (Party Delay 2), 2013-14

Rumour Has It is the second episode of the annual exhibition series titled Marres Currents. With this series, Marres presents recent graduates from art academies in the Southern Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. While offering emerging artists and curators a platform, Marres also aims to build an international infrastructure for talent development. 

Curated by Hélène Webers and Mels Evers, Rumour Has It presents work of a new generation of talented young artists. The exhibition is devoted to a range of artistic practices, in which artists search for new forms, expressions, narratives and truth. In an exhibition full of stories, shapes, colours, and movement, the artists reach out to meet an audience that is also searching for new ways to grasp the world. 

Marres, House for Contemporary Culture was founded in Maastricht in 1998. The name Marres stems from the brewer’s family that lived in the house for a good part of the 20th century. With exhibitions, lectures, research, performances and publications, Marres explores the visual arts in the widest possible sense. Visitors are invited to wander through the spaces of the intimate house, experience the beautiful city garden or enjoy a coffee or meal at Marres Kitchen. LINK marres.org

Friday, December 05, 2014

'St. Nicholas and his servant'

Jan Schenkman


'St. Nicholas and his servant' from 1850. The booklet was written by the Amsterdam headmaster Jan Schenkman is special because black Piet for the first time is introduced. Also showed Schenkman Nicholas for the first time with his steamer arriving from Spain. Thereby Schenkman thought the song "Look there is the steamboat," which now still is sung during the arrival of Santa Claus. I wish you all a wonderful Santa Claus Eve! LINK

Sunday, November 30, 2014

To Facebook


Rotterdam The Netherlands
Dolf Pauw  (in Dutch)

Ik verklaar hierbij het volgende: gisteren 29 november 2014, een reactie op de nieuwe Facebook richtlijnen. Krachtens de artikelen L.111, 112 en 113 van het Wetboek van intellectueel eigendom, verklaar ik dat mijn rechten zijn verbonden aan al mijn persoonlijke gegevens, tekeningen, schilderijen, foto's, teksten etc. gepubliceerd op mijn profiel vanaf de dag dat ik mijn account aangemaakt heb. Voor commercieel gebruik van voorgaande zal ten alle tijden eerst mijn schriftelijke toestemming nodig zijn.  
Met dit bericht laat ik Facebook weten dat het openbaar maken, kopiëren, verspreiden, uitzenden, of op enige andere wijze gebruik maken van content uit mijn profiel ten strengste verboden is. De bovengenoemde artikelen zijn ook van toepassing op werknemers, studenten, agenten en / of ander personeel in dienst van Facebook. De inhoud van mijn profiel bevat privé informatie. De schending van mijn privacy wordt bestraft met inachtneming van de wet (UCC 1-308 1-308 1 -103 en het Statuut van Rome). Alle leden worden uitgenodigd om een soortgelijk bericht te plaatsen, of als je wilt, kun je dit bericht kopiëren en plakken. Als je deze verklaring niet ten minste eenmaal publiceert, zul je stilzwijgend toestaan dat je foto's, alsmede de informatie in je profiel gebruikt mogen worden. 
Dolf Pauw Rotterdam 29 november 2014


Rotterdam The Netherlands I hereby declare the following: yesterday November 29, 2014, in response to the new Facebook guidelines. Under Articles L.111, 112 and 113 of the Code of intellectual property, I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data, drawings, paintings, photographs, texts etc. published on my profile from the day that my account have be created. For commercial use of foregoing shall at all times my first written permission required. With this post I let Facebook know that disclosing, copying, distributing, transmitting, or otherwise use of the Content is strictly forbidden from my profile. The above articles are also applicable to employees, students, agents and / or other personnel employed by Facebook. The contents of my profile contains private information. The invasion of privacy is punished in compliance with the law (UCC 1-308 1-308 1 -103 of the Rome Statute). All members are invited to place a similar message, or if you want, you can copy and paste this message. If you do not at least once this statement, you tacitly allow your photos, as well as the information may be used by Facebook.
Dolf Pauw Rotterdam November 29, 2014
Link to Dolf Pauw (facebook)

How To Sing "Hey Ya"

hip hop duo OutKast 




"Hey Ya!" is a song written and produced by André 3000 for his 2003 album The Love Below, part of the hip hop duo OutKast's double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. "Hey Ya!" takes influence from funk and rock music. Its music video features a live performance by a band, all eight of whose members are played by André 3000, that mimicks the Beatles' 1964 performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The song received praise from contemporary music critics, and won the award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance at the 46th Grammy Awards. 
LINK How To Sing "Hey Ya"  LINK Youtube

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Lewis Baltz


Next to Bernd and Hilla Becher, Stephen Shore and Henry Wessel, Lewis Baltz is one of the most prominent representatives of the New Topographics movement, which was seminal to the development of conceptual photography. Baltz's photo series document the side effects of industrial civilization on the landscape, focusing on places that lie outside the bounds of canonical reception: urban wastelands, abandoned industrial sites, warehouses. His photographs uncover the correspondences between spatial forms that occur in the everyday world and advanced forms found in art. Baltz's strategies imply a reflexive knowledge of the history of photography in that they deploy the photographer as a teacher of seeing who makes things visible through reductive gestures. He already turned in the mid-1960s towards a reduced, minimalist-style aesthetic, orienting himself on artists in the fields of painting, sculpture and Land Art. LINK interview with Jeff Rian

Friday, November 28, 2014

李继开 Li Jikai

@ Museum Jan van der Togt 
10-12-2014 t/m 01-02-2015

Li Jikai's art is not a sheer expression of the thus missing ego, but rather trying to find the meaning of this ego. He depicts not anxiety and uneasiness of his contemporaries; instead, he lucidly expresses his own meditation. His art inosculates with the major trend of the 21st century in the contemporary Chinese art, that is during the breakthrough from the mainstream ideology, collective awareness vanishes, and artists come back to individuals, and to introspect personal experiences and value system form micro-perspective, which is, describe personal memory and circumstances with highly individualized artistic language. LINK Jan van der Togt (site in Dutch)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

New Sinterklaas gift wrap paper

design dolf pauw 

Sinterklaas [sɪntər'klaːs] (or more formally Sint Nicolaas or Sint Nikolaas; Saint Nicolas in French; Sankt Nikolaus in German) is a traditional winter holiday figure still celebrated today in the Low Countries, including the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as French Flanders and Artois. He is also well known in territories of the former Dutch Empire, including Aruba, Suriname, Curaçao, Bonaire, and Indonesia. He is one of the sources of the holiday figure of Santa Claus in North America. LINK Sɪntər'klaːs

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bulgarian hospitality and dishes by Lilly





Bulgarian cuisine (Bulgarian: българска кухня, balgarska kuhnya) is a representative of the cuisine of Southeastern Europe. Essentially South Slavic, it shares characteristics with other Balkans cuisines. Bulgarian cooking traditions are diverse because of geographical factors such as climatic conditions suitable for a variety of vegetables, herbs and fruit. Aside from the vast variety of local Bulgarian dishes, Bulgarian cuisine shares a number of dishes with the Middle Eastern, Italian and Russian cuisines. Bulgarian food often incorporates salads as appetizers and is also noted for the prominence of dairy products, wines and other alcoholic drinks such as rakia. The cuisine also features a variety of soups, such as the cold soup tarator, and pastries, such as the filo dough based banitsa, pita and the various types of Börek. Main courses are very typically water-based stews, either vegetarian or with lamb, goat meat, beef, chicken or pork. Deep-frying is not common, but grilling - especially different kinds of sausages - is very prominent. But the best is created by Lilly she lives and works in Sofia Bulgaria. LINK findbgfood

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mário Macilau

Mário Macilau was born in the newly independent Mozambique, in the midst of the most critical phase of its civil war. His family struggled financially and moved from the Inhambane province to the capital, Maputo, in search of a better life. When he was 10 years old he began to work in a small market frequented by the middle / upper class where he became a street child, washing cars in the car park and helping to carry the groceries in an effort to support his family. Macilau started his journey as photographer in 2003 and went professional when he traded his mother’s cell phone for his first camera in 2007, he specializes in long-term projects that focus on living and environmental conditions. 
As a documentary photographer he is committed to initiating positive change across different cultures, locations and perspectives, in his home country he uses his work to confront the reality of power, environment and cultural heritage that affect socially isolated groups and issues that define our times. LINK Mário Macilau

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Pentti Sammallahti

@ Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen 




Born in 1950 in Helsinki, Finland, Sammallahti’s travels and interest in fine printing and lithography has led him to publish numerous books of which one is ‘Ici et Loin’, Actes Sud 2012. As a benchmark figure in contemporary Finnish photography, his work has a supernatural sense of a moment in time with the sensitivity and beauty of the world displayed through its animalistic existence. His particular use of dogs, which reflects the human existential experience, shows the shared nature of the earth with a gentle humor and fleeting attitude.
LINK Galleries.nl

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Odessa (Одеса) 1995

DPhoto september 1995 








In 1794, the city of Odessa was founded by a decree of the Empress Catherine the Great. From 1819 to 1858, Odessa was a free port. During the Soviet period it was the most important port of trade in the Soviet Union and a Soviet naval base. On 1 January 2000, the Quarantine Pier at Odessa Commercial Sea Port was declared a free port and free economic zone for a period of 25 years. During the 19th century, it was the fourth largest city of Imperial Russia, after Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Warsaw. Its historical architecture has a style more Mediterranean than Russian, having been heavily influenced by French and Italian styles. Some buildings are built in a mixture of different styles, including Art Nouveau, Renaissance and Classicist. Odessa is a warm water port. The city of Odessa hosts two important ports: Port of Odessa itself and Port Yuzhne (also an internationally important oil terminal), situated in the city's suburbs. Another important port, Illichivsk, is located in the same oblast, to the south-west of Odessa. Together they represent a major transport hub integrating with railways. Odessa's oil and chemical processing facilities are connected to Russia's and EU's respective networks by strategic pipelines. 
LINK Одеса

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Der Tag danach


The Wall, which was established by East Germany in 1961 and was roughly 96 miles long, split the already - divided country’s capital into West Berlin and East Berlin. After weeks of civil protests, the government of Eastern Germany opened up the partition on 
Nov. 9, 1989, allowing residents to travel to the west side. The chipping away of the wall followed, but its actual demolition didn’t truly begin until the following year, just a few months before Germany would officially reunite.  LINK east side gallery

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Boek met een Doel (book with a purpose)

@ Nieuwe Binnenweg 194 
and William Boothlaan 15A






In een winkel aan de Nieuwe Binnenweg en William Boothlaan  in Rotterdam krijgen afgedankte boeken een tweede leven. De eigenaar van een Copy-Shop had ruimte in zijn winkel over en wilde daar een goede bestemming voor. Daarom bedacht hij een concept waarbij de opbrengst van oude ingeleverde boeken gaat naar goede doelen. Lees meer: Vrijwilligers geven afgedankte boeken een tweede leven. 
In a shop at the Nieuwe Binnenweg and William Boothlaan discarded books get a second life. The owner of a Copy Shop had room in his shop and wanted a good destination for that. So he devised a concept in which the proceeds of old returned books will go to charity. Read more: Volunteers give discarded books an second life. LINK youtube LINK Easyrepro

Darmon Richter

Mount Buzludzha Bulgaria








The House-Monument of the Bulgarian Communist Party was opened 90 years later in 1981, to commemorate both the 1878 liberation from Turkish rule, and the 1944 victory against Hitler’s fascist domination of the country. It was also to serve as headquarters for the Bulgarian Communist Party, who were keen to associate themselves with the nation’s historic heroes. Construction of the striking monument cost in excess of 16,000,000 Bulgarian Levs - that’s almost £7,000,000. The majority of this money came in the form of suggested donations, collected from the Bulgarian people by state officials. There are more than 150 Soviet monuments scattered across the country, but Buzludzha is by far the largest - and the most extravagant - of them all. 

Darmon Richter is a freelance writer and photographer; an experienced urban explorer and self-confessed dark tourist.  Richter’s interest in unusual and offbeat locales has taken him from the ghost cities of Inner Mongolia to the hell gardens of Southeast Asia; from the frozen conflict zones of the former USSR, to vodou temples in the Caribbean. 
LINK thebohemianblog

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Edward Winkleman

Aspiring and new art gallery owners can now find everything they need to plan and operate a successful art gallery in this comprehensive volume. Edward Winkleman draws on his years of experience to explain step by step how to start your new venture. LINK amazon LINK Edward Winkleman

Friday, October 31, 2014

Bulgaria Today






Twenty years ago I visited Bulgaria for the first time. I regularly show pictures on this blog for more than nine years. Today Bulgaria looks like this. Enjoy watching. Dolf Pauw 
LINK first impression 2006 (on this Blog)

The Other Side

@ Noorderlicht 

With: Vincent Mentzel | Bertien van Manen | Bert Verhoeff | Hans van der Meer | Piet den Blanken | Sabine Joosten | Ad van Denderen | Hans van den Bogaard | Bert Spiertz | Ton Broekhuis | Leo Erken | Ad Nuis


On the 9th of November 1989, the Berlin Wall fell down, a dramatic symbol of the Iron Curtain that had divided Europe into two blocks for nearly forty years. Now, twenty-five years later, twelve Dutch photographers look back on the work they made in Central and Eastern Europe between 1979 and 1989. In his famous Fulton speech of 1946, Winston Churchill introduced the notion of the Iron Curtain as an imaginary borderline between the Communist Eastern Bloc and the Capitalist West: “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the continent.”  After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Communist system in Europe quickly came to an end; and the differences between both worlds gradually blurred. The Other Side, now twenty-five years on, brings together twelve prominent Dutch photographers, all of whom documented the period prior to and during various revolutions in the former Eastern Bloc countries… 
(via Vincent Mentzel)  LINK Noorderlicht

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

German (Bulgarian Герман)

Visiting Paneto










German (Bulgarian: Герман) is a village in central western Bulgaria, part of the Capital Municipality of Sofia City Province, and is regarded as a suburban neighbourhood of Sofia. It lies at the foot of the Lozen Mountains, at 42°37′N 23°25′E, 639 metres above sea level. As of 2007, it has a population of 2,197 and the mayor is Todor Vukov. German is the site of the German Monastery of Saint John of Rila, allegedly founded in the 10th century and then abandoned and reconstructed several times. It features a church from 1885 with frescoes from 1886 by Samokov masters. Since 1928, it is property of the Bulgarian Zograf Monastery on Mount Athos. The name of the town comes from "German" of Slavic mythology or Patriarch Germanus I of Constantinople, not the country or people of Germany. 
LINK map German  LINK Paneto