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Brief Published: 28 Nov 2019

Amsterdam Art Weekend 2019: Top CMF Picks

Tahmina Negmat

Each year, Amsterdam Art Weekend gives a preview of emerging talent at various contemporary art venues across the city. The four-day festival is a barometer of new trends in interdisciplinary practices and processes. Here are our top picks for inspiring colour and material applications from the show’s eighth edition (November 21-24).

  • Gloss Veils: Dutch artist Marina Xenofontos, a resident of the city’s Rijksakademie school of arts, poured liquid pigments onto whisper-thin swathes of cotton fabric, and sealed them in fine veils of glossy resin. The malleable reflective coating could form the basis of a premium material for soft furnishings, home textiles and upholstery.

  • Earthly Preserves: Royal College of Art alumni Tahmina Negmat provided rich inspiration for our A/W 21/22 Colour & Materials Direction Earth, with a solo exhibition at the Althuis Hofland Fine Arts gallery. Oil paints and terracotta were applied in generous layers onto plaster boards, alongside a montage of minimally processed, raw materials lifted directly from the landscape.

  • Assembled Shards: Humble waste materials were transformed and elevated when upcycled into clustered forms. Japanese-born, Dutch-based artist Maria Kley turned ubiquitous and mundane paper cups into ethereal and organic aerial sculptures. Meanwhile, Dutch artist Elleke Hageman constructed surplus shards of porcelain with a crystallised glaze to resemble petals and butterfly wings.

  • Liquified Metals: Liquid metallics were abundant, validating our A/W 19/20 Colour & Materials Direction Evolving Landscapes. Amsterdam-based artist Marit Westerhuis contrasted raw stone with a steady stream of melting, reflective metal, while US sculptor Keith Edmier presented real petrified basalt, exuding a metallic sheen.

  • Voluminous Prints: Prints were transformed into exciting 3D forms. US artist Matthew Monahan crushed intricately painted stainless steel portraits into volumetric sculptures. Elsewhere, French artist Kévin Bray added relief to his complex digital graphics by lifting them off of fabric surfaces.

For more inspiration, see Frieze London 2019 and Art Basel & Design Miami/Basel 2019.

Marina Xenofontos
Tahmina Negmat
Maria Kley
Matthew Monahan
Marit Westerhuis
Keith Edmier