Sunday, April 3, 2011

Xiamen, home to 8,000 Chinese oil painters, hosts Dutch Arts Festival

"Bailar en la Cuerda Florja," by Kees van Dongen

Dutch Art Festival, Xiamen, Fujian, China: 26 March – 17 April.

Dutch painter Gustav Meist and film director, actor and painter, Alex van Warmerdam, are featured at the Dutch Art Festival in this industrious city. Casual Locations Art & Café Bar is venue for most of the festival´s events.

Xiamen is home to about 8,000 Chinese oil painters, who comprise two “oil painting villages” and claim to have captured 80 percent of the US and European oil painting market, targeting hotels, galleries and department stores, according to Wikipedia, a “true industrial base of commercial oil painting.”

Marisja van Weegberg, sculptures: 2 April – 1 May with a 9 April opening. This is van Waarden´s first public exhibition.
Photograph by Robert Van Waarden

The ´Golden Age´ of Dutch painting: 11 March – 6 June.
Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) opens a show of 44 Golden Age, 17th Century Dutch master´s paintings at the Museum of Islamic Art, on loan from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

By Robert Van Waarden, climate change photographer

Dr. Roger Mandle is QMA´s executive director.

Marcel van Eeden wins drawing prize in Paris.

On 31 March, Marcel van Eeden, born in The Hague, won the Daniel & Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation drawing prize of 15,000 Euros.
Drawing by Marcel van Eden

Judges included: Pierre Bourgie, Canada; Michel Delfosse, Belgium; Morris Orden, USA; Ulrich Reininghaus, Germany; Hervé Aaron, France; Jean-Jacques de Fiers, France; Bernard Herbo, France; Daniel and Florence Guerlain.

One of van Eden´s works will go to the graphic arts department of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. The Bob van Orsouw Gallery of Zurich represents the artist.

Two other artists each won 2,500 Euros in the drawing competition: Vidya Gastaldon and Amelie von Wulffen.
"Apocalhipsters" by Vidya Gastaldon

Untitled by Amelie von Wulffen (2003)

Kees van Dongen again celebrated in Paris:  25 March to 17 July at the Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the works of Dutch painter, Kees Van Dongen.

He became a French citizen (born 1877 in Rotterdam).

In 1941, he and a small delegation of French artists accepted an invitation from Hitler´s propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels, to make a political visit to Berlin.

The French, armed with a long memory, banned his works until 1959, when he began to return to favor as a “French Fauvist.”

The Dutch Australian Heritage Centre opened in March at Carnegie, Victoria, heralding the history of Dutch migrants to Australia. Willem Andrae, Dutch Ambassador, officiated.

Folkert de Jong lecture, University of Georgia, Lamar Dodd School of Art: 5 April in Athens, Georgia (USA).
Sculpture by Folkert de Jong

Dutch installation and sculpture artist de Jong lectures at the art school, part of its visiting artist and scholar lecture series.

De Jong opened his third solo exhibition at the James Cohan Gallery, New York. 

“Operation Harmony” by de Jong opened 1 April and runs through 7 May.  

De Jong lives and works in Amsterdam.

Dutch 17th Century masterpiece paintings, Holland Museum, Holland, Michigan (USA), through 23 April.
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  2. About the Chinese Xuamen paintings is like the fast food I would say. Xiamen is the MacDonalds of the oil paintings, - you put low prices, very commercial topics to represent, tons of bad quality paintings to sell, and here you have it, an awful stock of bad quality paintings filling on the air.