Saturday, May 18, 2013

Brian Eno loves Peter Schmidt Web...

 
 


On May 7, 2013, I spoke with Brian Eno at
The Kitchen Spring Gala, held in his honor. 
He told me he loves the Peter Schmidt Web 
and has been meaning to contact me... 

info@peterschmidtweb.com
peterschmidtweb@aol.com



"Intersecting Triangles"...


 
Intersecting Triangles
Peter Schmidt
1969-71(?)
Acrylic paint on canvas
 
Collection of Simon Hilton
 
Discovered by Rory Walsh, our man in London

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Lisson Gallery Monoprint...

 
 
  
"Autobiographical Monoprint",
Peter Schmidt, 1968 
Collage with overprinting
Lisson Gallery
 
Peter created 200 unique autobiographical monoprints using materials
in his studio which included unsold/unused prints, a favorite childhood
book, and other disparate materials in a collage format.  Adding elements,
over printing, adding more elements, over printing more.  I acquired this
from Polly Patrullo, who bought it in the gallery in 1968.



 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The New Monoprint...




Editions Alecto Monoprint
Peter Schmidt
1968
Silk screen from an edition of 200
(Collection of John Emr)

Created specifically to be exhibited at Editions Alecto Gallery,
London in 1968.  Each print in the series is unique.
 
This is my second Editions Alecto Monoprint,
and like the first it comes to me from Canada.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

"Mother and Daughter", pages 5 - 8...




Mother and Daughter
Peter Schmidt

A book, 1974
Hand colored images of his mother Erika and daughter Valentine...
Pages 5-8


Sunday, June 17, 2012

"Mother and Daughter", pages 1-4...





Mother and Daughter
Peter Schmidt
A book, 1974
Hand colored images of his mother Erika and daughter Valentine...
Pages 1-4


Thursday, June 7, 2012

"The Thoughts..."





Peter Schmidt's The Thoughts Behind the Thoughts has been published as a chap book by Mindmade Books of Los Angeles with an afterward by me.

To order a copy, please visit: www.mindmadebooks.com



Sunday, June 3, 2012

"Mother and Daughter"...






"Mother and Daughter"
Peter Schmidt, 1974
A book, in an edition of 20
Printed and published at Watford School of Art

I recently spent some time with Valentine's copy, 1/20.  This book depicts the metamorphosis of an image of Erika, Peter's mother, into an image of Valentine, his daughter, who was about 12 years old at the time.

In the days and weeks ahead, I will be posting images from Mother and Daughter...



Saturday, June 2, 2012

Peter's Icelandic summer after sunset...




"From Breiðafjörður after sunset"
Peter Schmidt
Iceland, summer 1979
Watercolor

(Collection of John Emr)
A gift from Valentine

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Many happy returns...

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Peter Schmidt was born 81 years ago on May 17, 1931. 

My effort has been to inform myself that he was so much more than I thought he was, and I have succeeded.  My effort has become so much more than that.  It has been an odd pleasure to document a legacy, a life, and a group of people who knew him and loved him. 

He will live forever in his work, a legacy of beautiful images and words.  I am surrounded by these things...
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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Remembering Peter...

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Today marks 32 years since the passing of Peter Schmidt during a painting holiday in the Canary Islands.  Though I never met him, through my work assembling www.PeterSchmidtWeb.com, I have come to know him well, getting to know him has been a rewarding and enriching experience for me.  I have met his two children, his brother and sister, two of his wives and countless friends and acquaintances.  All have been very kind and generous, letting me into their homes and their lives for the purpose of documenting the life of this obscure but dedicated artist.  As his friend Alain D'Hooghe once said to me, "there is not a day that passes that I don't think about him..."

These pictures were furnished by his sister, Sarah Haffner, artist, of Berlin Germany.
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Sunday, January 1, 2012

"Winterflowers", Eggert Pétursson

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"Winterflowers"
2011
Eggert Pétursson(b. 1956)
Oil on canvas, 20" x 10"
Dedicated to Peter Schmidt
(Collection of John Emr)
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I absolutely love this artist's work.  He has been a pivotal supporter and good friend to me and of the Peter Schmidt Web.  He and his friend Ingolfur Arnarsson are responsible for all of the content culled from Peter's time spent in Iceland.  A while back, I humbly asked Eggert to enter into a trade, one of mine for one of his.  He agreed.  Within days, I dug out one of my favorite pieces, "Duchamp Box" and shipped it to Reykjavik.  After Eggert completed the work for his spring and summer exhibits, he took a well needed break, and about 2 months ago, set aside some time to create a painting for me.  A month ago he advised me he'd completed it, and that once it was dry, he'd send it to New York.  The painting arrived on the day of Christman Eve.  I was very anxious to see it.  I calmed myself, sat down and carefully opened the package.  As I finally came to the last layer of protection, I could see the work.  I was so stunned by the beauty and intricacy of the painting I was literally trembling.  After years of seeing Eggert's work on the internet, I could only imagine the level of detail and sheer beauty he was capable of.  A superlative effort. 
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These are the first flowers that bloom after the harsh Icelandic winter...
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http://www.kvikmyndir.com/eggertpeturssonis/
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Peter would have been 80 today...

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May 17, 1931
Peter Schmidt was born in Berlin, Germany
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The endeavor called "PeterSchmidtWeb", was inspired by his
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Peter is pictured above at an exhibition in Reykjavik, Iceland, 1978
(Photo courtesy of the Reykjavik Museum of Photography)
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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Robert Wyatt & 3 Tigers...

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A still from a promo video for "Diamond Head" at Phil Manzanera's website.
Looks like maybe 1974 or 75. http://www.manzanera.com/
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Ephemera from "Remembered Images"...

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Invitation to the private viewing of "Remembered Images", 1987
(Image donated by Kevin Cann)

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A review of the retrospective exhibition from the Observer, Watford and West Herts Review, 1987
(Image donated by Kevin Cann)

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Brian Eno, Kevin Cann and Brian Eno...

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Photos from the opening of "Remembered Images", 1987
(Images donated by Kevin Cann)

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Two Tigers...

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"Taking Tiger Mountain", 1083 of 1500
Peter Schmidt
1974
Lithograph
(collection of Kevin Cann)
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"Taking Tiger Mountain", 557 of 1500
Peter Schmidt
1974
Lithograph

(collection of Kevin Cann)
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Kevin curated the exhibition "Remembered Images", a retrospective of Peter's work at the Watford Museum of Art in 1987.
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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Pencil drawing of his studio...

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"Studio"
Peter Schmidt
1972
Pencil on paper
(Collection of the Schmidt Family)
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An invitation...

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"Invitation"
Peter Schmidt
1969
Mixed Media
(Collection of Marcus Campbell Art Books)
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"13 x 10 cm brown card box, franked for postage, addressed to Max Wykes-Joyce, containing an artist's multiple of a 6 cm metal spring, cased in plastic netting, pressed into a yellow adhesive blob, laid on scallop and gilt edged card, along with a folded sheet with a printed invitation to Electronic Soupmixes, a concert of recent tapes and live soundmixing at the Curwen Gallery, with rubber stamped exhibition dates. Box lightly worn, staples rusted, o.w. very good condition."
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Currently being offered for sale at Abebooks:
More details can be had from Marcus at +44 (0) 20 7261 0111 or at info@marcuscampbell.co.uk
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Due diligence by Rory Walsh...
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Friday, December 31, 2010

5 "Taking Tiger Mountain" prints...

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This typed description is part of Peter's portfolio.



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"Taking Tiger Mountain"
Peter Schmidt
1974
From an edition of 1500, each unique
Silk screen print
These five and one other are not signed or numbered,
it is not known if they are counted among the 1500.
(Collection of the Schmidt Family)
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There are 45 versions documented at Peter Schmidt Web.
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Eggert Pétursson speaks...

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Eggert Pétursson is interviewed on his most recent exhibition of paintings.
http://dagskra.ruv.is/sjonvarpid/4544990/2010/12/08/2/
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Hope you enjoy it despite the mystery of the Icelandic language.

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"Is that 1962?"...

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"...I handed him a copy of the "Departures(from Cubism and Beyond)" DVD. I told him what it was and he seemed shocked. Looking at it closely he said "I did not even know there was any footage of Peter." Adding "Is that 1962? That's very early. Thank you, I would love to see it". He asked me my name and said that he had seen me at other events. I reminded him that I had approached him at the Royal Academy about doing something for the website and that he had said that he was too busy. "Maybe I will reverse that decision", he said. He thanked me again and then had his picture with Richard(Mills) and his son."

- Rory Walsh, on his encounter with Peter Schmidt's friend and collaborator Brian Eno, after a recent lecture by Eno at Hay-on-Wye. I'd like to acknowledge Rory's friendship and support, and most of all his determination.
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