Last week-end was Art Rotterdam. My first time at this rather young and intimate fair (if you can say so about a fair). I can’t believe though that a couple of years ago it still hosted amateur works and now it boasts a good selection of up-and-coming galleries. The fair takes place at the cruise terminal ‘Las Palmas’, near Hotel New-York and offers a view on the infamous Erasmus bridge and the harbour of Rotterdam. Here a little condensé of our picks.
Adam Leech is an American artist, both a painter and videast, who produces painterly videos. He lives and works in Brussels. Besides the reference to Bacon, I was attracted by the way the artist deals with decoration in painting, still in my quest of what is the use of painting in 2011…to follow.
Nice discovery of Spanish artist David Predraza who lives and works in the Netherlands. I was first attracted by his style because it instantly reminded me of our Céline Felga. He plunges the viewer in a very uncomfortable world dominated by catholic references, which could only echo my own childhood spent in a very catholic school. To follow too…
It was this particular painting of Nanda Runge that attracted my eyes, not sure why, it reminds me of a Wolfgang Tillmans pictures or a former personal passion for biology, the very descriptive and direct picture of those plants. This is the thing with fairs, it’s great, you discover a lot in one day, meet people, see much, but without getting into anything…one piece per artist, a short insight into galleries’ programmes, too much too see.
But what I appreciated above all was the whole galerie programme of Eva Winkeler which focusses only on paintings and other medium relating or alluding to painting. Each single artist this gallery presents is a gem.
Eva is a very engaging and friendly person and her selection really worth being seen, in case you are in Köln or Frankfurt, make sure to pass by her gallery.