The celebration of Karel Appel continues. Having conquered Amsterdam, he is now honored in Paris, with a retrospective of his works on paper at the French national museum of modern art, at the Pompidou Center.
With global communication enabled as never before, in the digital age collectors, curators, and artists have unprecedented reach, but there's nothing like seeing the work in person. So, in October, it converges in London: the world's art in one city.
It's called Cobra, like the snake.
Appel was of course right: well before he died in 2006, he had become not only famous but rich. And today, with Amsterdam's two great museums finally finished with their renovations, visitors to Appel's native city can enjoy the evidence of Cobra's, and Appel's, triumph.
Amsterdam's Ambassade Hotel must rank at or near the top of any listing of art hotels. Its collection is vast and of extremely high quality. And now the Ambassade has something that may be unique among art hotels: a published catalogue of its art.
Few if any of its eminent and satisfied guests appear to have taken notice of the fact that the Ambassade houses a museum-quality art collection.
What is most notable about the art of Lerman is the way in which he incorporates an element of humanity into the texture and surfaces of the glazed terracotta he employs.