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

Born in 1971 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Lives and works in New York

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.

His diverse oeuvre encompasses digitally manipulated self-portraits, landscapes, and narrative tableaux executed in a variety of media, including black-and-white and color photography, sculpture and video installations, and multi-layered drawings on Mylar. Best known for his powerful, and often unsettling, staged photographic and video works, Goicolea made his artistic debut in the late 1990s with a series of provocative multiple self-portrait images. These early works featured groups of young boys on the threshold of adolescence, acting out childhood fantasies and bizarre rituals of revelry and social taboo in highly staged domestic or institutional settings or dense, fairy-tale forests. Revealing a playful self-consciousness, they often consisted of complex composites of the artist himself, in all manner of poses and guises. Soon thereafter, Goicolea garnered international attention with his ambiguous, yet strangely compelling, landscapes, ranging from dream-like woodland environments to vast, unforgiving urban and industrial wastelands. The artist has created several series of digitally composited, and heretofore uncharted, topographies, often populated by bands of masked and uniformed figures.

In recent series, many of the images are devoid of humans, although the landscape reflects an anonymous and increasingly tenuous human presence. In these works, primitive lean-tos and crudely constructed shanties coexist in an uneasy union with the technological vestiges of an industrialized society. Suggesting a world on the brink of obsolescence, these chilling images further cement the pervasive undercurrent of human alienation—from one another as well as the natural environment—that can be traced throughout the artist’s work.

Anthony Goicolea has exhibited widely, notably at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois; the International Center of Photography, New York and Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid. Goicolea’s art is held in many public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York, NY; The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Yale University Art Collection, Photography, CT; the Museum of Contemporary Art of Castile and Leon, Spain;  21c Museum, Louisville, KY, the Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam, and Cobra to Contemporary/The Brown Family Collection, among others.


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