Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Poetry from Peter Schmidt...

. Peter Schmidt
. Patrick Hourihan
. Watford School of Art




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Two Poems, Peter Schmidt, 1979
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These two handwritten poems, are from Peter's journal.
They were published in the small book "a secret in stone",
along with illustrations by one of his students at Watford,
Patrick Hourihan. Here is a link to the two pages from
the book: http://www.peterschmidtweb.com/asis7big.jpg
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Monday, October 26, 2009

Peter Schmidt Flikker Book created from original sketchbook...

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Image for a flip book, Peter Schmidt, line drawing, 1975
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Flikker Sketchbook(A), Peter Schmidt, video, 2009

This Flikker book was created using sequential pages from one of Peter's sketchbooks. Esme loaned me several of these books, which contain short experiments in the flip book technique.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sunset study...

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Study for a painting, Peter Schmidt, line drawing, 1979
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An image of this painting was used on the invitation to Peter's last exhibition "More Than Nothing" and was given or sold at the time to the sister of the exhibit's curator in Brussels. This link is to an image of the invitation: http://www.peterschmidtweb.com/mtn1.html
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Study for "The Blue Curtain"...

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Study for "The Blue Curtain", Peter Schmidt, line drawing, 1979
(from one of Peter's journals)
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The painting belongs to Sarah Haffner, here is a link to it:
http://www.peterschmidtweb.com/-2572.html
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Peter Schmidt journal and sketchbooks...

. Peter Schmidt
. Patrick Hourihan
. Watford School of Art
When in London a few years ago, Esme, Peter's wife loaned me a journal and several of his sketchbooks. At the time, they had more information than I could process, due to the fact that I was very unfamiliar with his body of work(there were only about 40 images in our archive at that point). After shelving them for some time, I had another look with a more informed overview. I've found them to be a rich valley beyond the mountains. The materials now have a relationship with the paintings and processes he used to get to the point of actually sitting down and working. The journal has a section on Peter's personal finances(as he was on sabbatical from Watford, his only income was from selling his work, it was a tough time for him, this section will remain obscured), a section devoted to his poetry, and a section of sketches for paintings intended for future realization(the pages are 17cm x 9.5cm). The sketchbooks explore Peter's interest in the "flip book" concept, of which there is now a video of his only published work in this medium, "Flikker Book 7", in the website's Publications section. Each "flip book" comprises of ever evolving drawings on the subject at hand. I'm thinking about an appropriate way of presenting these.
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Over the next few weeks, I'll post to this blog(and eventually to PeterSchmidtWeb), the images of his handwritten and typed poetry(much of which became part of his and Patrick Hourihan's book, "a secret in stone"), and the sketches, pointing out where evident their connections to paintings. The journal was created from February through June or July of 1979, and the sketchbooks are circa 1975.
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Many thanks to Esme for entrusting these materials to me.
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Peter Schmidt - ICA Bulletin, 1967

. Peter Schmidt
. Hansjorg Mayer
. Hansjoerg Mayer


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A page from the ICA Bulletin, August/September 1967. This work is similar to the work published by Peter Schmidt as a part of Edition Hansjorg Mayer's "futura" series, which is in our Publications at http://www.peterschmidtweb.com/publications.html
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This image was sent by Rory Walsh.
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sarah Haffner's gift to Peter's website...

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Selbstbildnis(Self Portrait), Sarah Haffner, tempera and oil chalk, 2002
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I asked Sarah if she wouldn't mind having this painting of her's displayed on our blog. It's small gesture of appreciation for her generous donation of new images and the time and effort she put into diligently preparing them. As with Peter's family in London, I'd like her to be a permanent part of this website, and the endeavor to preserve his legacy. With her typical enthusiasm she replied:
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"I would be delighted and honoured to have my self portrait on your and Peter' s blog. Thank you for asking. It is one of the paintings I did while I was on a somewhat mad spree in 2002/2003 which lasted for several months, painting self portraits in all sorts of techniques. I was trying to"loosen up" and find a different way of painting from the very controlled oil paintings I had been doing before then. I chose to do self portraits because all I needed was a mirror, but by the end of the project, I was thoroughly fed up with them."
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Again, my many thanks to Sarah.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Peter Schmidt's website has been updated...

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We recently received just over 50 images of new and rediscovered images of Peter's work from his sister Sarah. All were of his watercolor paintings, and have been added to the Later Works - after 1970 gallery in the section His Work. Of the 18 new images, three were from Sarah's own collection, and 26 were better quality images of works already in our online collection. Also added: an image of the catalogue that accompained Peter's first one man exhibition at the Beaux Arts Gallery in 1961 to the Miscellaneous section, two images of him in performance with The Boyle Family in 1966, one of Peter working on a piece at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1975 to the Images of Him section, and the 1961 painting "Ruth Reading" was added to the Early Works - before 1970 gallery. We have embedded a video of his "Flikker Book 7" in Publications. As always, this was made possible with the assistance of our website designer, Maria Kiernan.
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www.PeterSchmidtWeb.com
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Thursday, October 8, 2009

"Portrait of Eno wth Allusions" at Enoweb...

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The Allusions page at Enoweb, Tom Boon, web document, 2008
http://music.hyperreal.org/artists/brian_eno/allusions.html
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Tom Boon, who diligently runs Enoweb, did a fantastic job in showcasing this work. His work on Enoweb is consistently astounding. Tom was instrumental in helping me acquire this painting, and in establishing this website. My sincerest thanks for his efforts... Please visit http://music.hyperreal.org/artists/brian_eno/ to satisfy all of your Eno related needs.
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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Walled building understars...

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Unknown title, Peter Schmidt, watercolor painting, 1973-80
(Collection of Esme) From slides sent by Sarah Haffner.
Note: This is a new image of a work already in the archive.
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This side of the wall...

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Unknown title, Peter Schmidt, watercolor painting, 1973-80
(Collection of Esme) Image taken from slides sent by Sarah Haffner.
Note: This is a new image of a work already in the archive.
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Town beyond the wall...

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Unknown title, Peter Schmidt, watercolor painting, 1973-80
(Provenance unknown) Image from slides sent by Sarah Haffner.
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Saturday, October 3, 2009

London Under Forty...

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"London Under Forty", exhibition catalogue, curated by Jasia Reichardt, Galeria Milano, 13 April 1966 (Collection of John Emr)
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The work Peter had in the exhibition
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Peter's statement on his work(tranlated into English): "Nearly all my recent works are variations on a topic and this topic to a logical principle of job. It has beginning with an only sign on a burlap colored white woman or; this sign, encircled from according to color and a tone, originates a second affirmation. Both come encircled a third color, and a third affirmation is had thus."
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Back page caption(translated into English): Ninety-nine copies of this catalogue contain a graphical work of Peter Schmidt signed and numbered from 1 to 99 classified to the subscribers to the series
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Unknown title, Peter Schmidt, block print, 1966
Note: This image is the print mentioned above.
As recently described by Galleria Milano: "The units lay loose on the bed of the press and the movement and distortion of the row was caused by the successive printings. The edition was printed in the Experimental Printing Workshop of the School of Art Watford College of Technology." (This image of the print was sent by Rory Walsh)

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Abstract village...

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Unknown title, Peter Schmidt, watercolor painting, 1975-80
(Collection of Esme) Image from slides sent by Sarah Haffner.
Note: This is a new image of a work that is already in the archive.
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Generally, Peter signed works of a smaller size with PS...
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Sunrise across the bay...

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Unknown title, Peter Schmidt, watercolor painting, 1975-80
(Collection of Esme) Image from slides sent by Sarah Haffner.
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Grass, mountains, clouds...

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Unknown title, Peter Schmidt, watercolor painting, 1975-80
(Provenance unknown) From slides sent by Sarah Haffner
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Thursday, October 1, 2009

"the small bowl"...

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"the small bowl", Peter Schmidt, watercolor painting, 1975-80
(Provenance unknown) From slides sent by Sarah Haffner.
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"small bowl"...

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"small bowl", Peter Schmidt, watercolor painting, 1972-80
(Collection of the Schmidt Family) Image from slides sent by Sarah Haffner.
Note: This is a new image of a work that is already in the archive.
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"a small bowl"...

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"a small bowl", Peter Schmidt, watercolor painting, 1972-80
(Collection of Esme) Image from slides sent by Sarah Haffner.
Note: This is a new image of a work that is already in the archive.
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