Saturday, November 5, 2011

Some poeple stopped by the house the other day and one of them owns Gallery Andenken.
Since the weather was warm and sunny, which is rare in Amsterdam…
Today seemed as good a day as any to walk down to visit him. Here’s what I saw.

Saturday afternoon, October 29, 2011. Walk to the Jordaan

Since I got lazy last night and didn’t make it to the Andy Doig gallery opening at the Garage gallery on Brouwersgracht,
I had to make it up to Mark (the owner) by coming to the second day of the show.
I was able to verify some FAILE art that I had photographed around the city, and
Mark directed me to Gaia’s new pieces as well as some C215 and Alice pieces. Enjoy.

Saturday morning, October 29, 2011

Walked from the house to the Ijsbreker for Cappuccino. Beautiful morning.

Heesterveld

I had to rent a van, and everyone knows the best deal in town is Rent-A-Brik on the Bullewijkpad, down near the Arena.

But walking from Bullewijk metro station, there is an apartment building that was the target of a community beautification project.
On this building is (or was) some brilliant graffiti. Enjoy.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011: part 2

So I had to go *back* to the doctor (which is a whole different story) and on the way back, I waited for the tram, in the pouring rain, near Apollolaan where there are 2 sculptures. One is a memorial to 29 people that were executed by firing squad by the German Occupation Police in retaliation for people killed by the resistance. These 29 men were laid out here for 2 hours and made into a public example. A very dark day for the Netherlands.
=The Plaque Reads:=
24 OCTOBER 1944.

IN REPRISAL FOR AN ACTION OF THE RESISTANCE
THE GERMAN OCCUPIERS TOOK 29 PRISONERS
OF THE PRISON AT HE WETERINGSSCHANS
THEY WERE TRANSFERRED TO THIS LOCATION AND
IN THE EARLY MORNING OF OCTOBER 24, 1944 THEY
WERE EXECUTED WITHOUT A FORM OF PROCESS.

The other statue is Jan Fabre’s “Searching for Utopia” which was inspired by the Thomas More book “Utopia” written in 1516, which described an imaginary island with an ideal political system. The sea tortoise represents the leisurely pace at which this destination should be reached.
Yes, the rider is a self-realization of the artist. But my opinion is that it looks like Lou Reed. Take THAT!