Amsterdam Visit: II - 10/24/16

I'm not going to look any further than having a sense of mystery whenever I can.
Thirty years of madness taught me that. ---Nicholas Croft
[ @ Haarlem Train Station, The Netherlands ]
Nicholas Croft at Haarlem Train Station, The Netherlands

Hugo Kaagman is a true stencil pioneer, probably the first stencil artist in Europe ( he made
his first stencil in 1978, meaning he had stencils out long before Blek le Rat got busy in France ).
Hugo has got it all: punk, reggae, politics, geometric patterns, humor – and a great sense of colour.
Hugo Kaagman is a true stencil pioneer.

Murals by Stencil King Hugo Kaagman for an Amsterdam bicycle parking garage.
Murals by Stencil King Hugo Kaagman for an Amsterdam bicycle parking garage.

The word “zero” expressed, in Otto Piene’s words, “a zone of silence and of pure possibilities for a new
beginning.” The movement is commonly interpreted as reaction to Abstract Expressionism by arguing
that art should be void of color, emotion and individual expression.
[ A gathering for Zero Group Artist Jan Henderikse @ The Bergen Art Fair ]
A gathering for Zero Group Artist Jan Henderikse at The Bergen Art Fair.

Jan Henderikse (Born 1937) began his career as an informal painter. In 1960 he co-founded the Dutch Zero
group and began experimenting with assemblages and the impact of large numbers of common
objects such as corks, produce crates, crates of beer, license plates and money.
Jan Henderikse (Born 1937) began his career as an informal painter.

Global mean air temperature is increasing in relation to global warming. As a result, Earth's ice volume
is decreasing and the heat content of the ocean is increasing. Global mean sea level is therefore
rising, and the rate of rise has accelerated.
[ Contemplating the future of Holland's Dike Technology @ The Afsluitdijk Dike. ]
Contemplating the future of Holland's Dike Technology at The Afsluitdijk.

Harriet McCaig and Saskia van Waveren look to see if Nicholas Croft is still keeping up
with the pace that has been set for the day.
Harriet McCaig and Saskia van Waveren look to see.

Harriet McCaig, Saskia van Waveren, Zoë and Nicholas Croft share dinner @ van Mechelen.
Harriet McCaig, Saskia van Waveren, Zoë and Nicholas Croft share dinner.

It appears that my days as a Stimulator of Youth are numbered?
It appears that my days as a Stimulator of Youth are numbered?

Only the artists interest me whose hearts beat in unison with the poignant misery of the world.
If you have not felt that, you have not lived. Pity is essential. ---Elizabeth Bibesco
[ 'All Things Must Pass' is a documentary that explores the rise and fall of Tower Records,
and its legacy forged by its founder Russel Solomon. ]
'All Things Must Pass' is a documentary that explores the rise and fall of Tower Records.

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