NDSM-werf | Amsterdam-Noord

From Thursday 18 until and including Sunday 21 September, the third edition of the yearly art fair for gouaches, aquarelles, charcoal, pen and ink on paper will take place in Amsterdam. Amsterdam Drawing is the place for young talents and for (inter)national established artists to meet and expose. Fifty national and international galleries from eight different countries will participate in Amsterdam Drawing 2014. The location is the same as last year: a temporary pavilion on the NDSM-werf in Amsterdam-Noord.

From the beginning Amsterdam Drawing has been a great success. Visitors are especially charmed and pleased by the dynamic and specific character of the art fair. National and international Press praise the consistent high quality and versatility of the artworks as well as the intimate atmosphere. A very well-known art connoisseur even described the previous editions as ‘a concert for chamber music’. Last year about 5.000 people visited the fair. The defined area of works on paper has a dedicated group of followers around the world. To many artists, paper is a favourite carrier and to a smaller group it is the only carrier. The fact that a drawing, collage, water colour or painting on paper necessarily brings the artist physically closer to the material he or she uses results in an intimate experience for the viewer.

Amsterdam Drawing is not only intended for collectors who are interested in works on paper by young and established artists, it also wants to bring contemporary art on paper to the attention of a wider audience. Works on paper are often less expensive than sculptures, photographs or paintings on canvas, and are mostly smaller in size. As such they are accessible to art buyers who have just started out or who have small homes.

New this year…
My First Drawing, an initiative to help starting (young) collectors. Each participating gallery has been asked to bring an artwork that will cost up to a maximum of € 500.-,. These works will be presented on a large 20 meter long wall directly by the entrance of the art fair.

AD2014 XL organized and housed by Nieuw Dakota, also situated on the NDSM-werf next to VOUS ETES ICI. In this exhibition, 15 galleries of Amsterdam Drawing will present large format works of one of their artists. De ‘smallest’ work of 154 x 156 cm – is by Carel Visser from Rentro Bratting | galerie; de largest work  of 300 x 460 cm – is by Peter Feiler from Galerie Ron Mandos.

ABOUT Anthony Goicolea

Anthony Goicolea (USA, 1971) is a first-generation Cuban American artist. He grew up in the Deep South of the United States of America, in the midst of the Cuban refugee crises, coupled with the advent of the AIDS crises, and the rise of the religious right. Goicolea was socially stigmatised for being Cuban, gay, and Catholic. These circumstances brought about a heightened awareness of social constructs, and the changing nature of identity in politics – a theme that continually influences his work. Goicolea explores themes ranging from personal history and identity, cultural tradition and heritage, to alienation and displacement.

The backbone of Goicolea’s practice is painting and photography. The key process of painting is a combina- tion of inks, paints, graphite, and enamel applied directly on layers of Mylar. By painting front and back layers of semi-translucent frosted Mylar lm, he adds and subtracts areas of varying opaqueness.

In the series “Anonymous Self-Portraits” displayed at Galerie Ron Mandos, Goicolea paints sexually ambiguous gures caught between various states of dress. Many of the faces are obscured by large elds of white oil paint, roughly corresponding to shifting shapes of clothing. These architectural shapes abruptly divide the body and simultaneously conceal and unveil key components of traditional portraiture. The identity of each sitter lies in the body language and gesture rather than on facial recognition. The feature of a gnarled hand, a twisted arm, or a hunched shoulder are the identifying factors that characterises each (seemingly) anonymous portrait as that of an individual sitter with his own unique, personal identity.


ABOUT Renie Spoelstra