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René Daniëls (born 1950) Hollandse Nieuwe (1982) 'New Dutch Herring' oil on canvas, 120 x 135.5 cm. (47.2 x 53.3 in.)

Saturday, June 10 from 7 to 10 pm

We celebrate our first year, please join us at the gallery for an open festive night!


through June 17

installation views | viewing room

The Daniëls painting above serves as a loose metaphor for fresh catch and competition in the art market (and our first year as a gallery) from a very Dutch perspective. It was chosen as one starting point in our current show Chiffonnier / Ragpicker — an exhibition in dialogue between two Dutch artists: Bert Frings (Rotterdam, NL) and Bas Louter (Los Angeles, CA).

Excerpt from an interview between the artists:

BF: What does the work of René Daniëls mean to you and especially his work Hollandse Nieuwe?

BL: I got to know the work of René Daniëls when I was 18 before commencement at the Art Academy. He has always been my favorite Dutch artist. I love his work for its directness and economy in paint. There is a free flow of ideas that doesn't feel like a strategy.

The Hollandse Nieuwe title refers to the first new Dutch herring of the season. Restaurants tend to pay top dollar to get the first barrel. There is a comment or critique about the art world in that painting: the predictability of galleries always looking for new, young and hot marketable work and artists.

Last year I made a contemporary version of that work and then after that this subject of fish swimming evolved into something more personal; the works represent my upbringing and history in The Netherlands, growing up close to the beach, the dunes and the stark landscape of Northern Holland.

full interview

Bas Louter

Hollandse Nieuwe 4 , 2023

Mixed media on canvas, panel

48 x 59 in

122 x 150 cm

Bert Frings

New Dutch Herring, 2023

Tempera paint on plywood panel

11 x 15 in

30 x 40 cm

Bas Louter

Hollandse Nieuwe 2 , 2022

Mixed media on canvas, panel

48 x 59 in

122 x 150 cm

Bert Frings

Herring II , 2023

Tempera paint on plywood panel

17¾ x 23½ in

45 x 60 cm

Summer 2023:

One Year Oolong Gallery Celebration

Vinyl records and libations

June 10 from 7 - 10 pm

Peter Stearns | Minga Opazo

Paintings 1977 - 2023 | Textile Sculpture

June 24 from 5 - 8 pm

Rob Machado Foundation Benefit

Group show for a great cause

August 5 from 6 - 9 pm

NADA House Participation

Exhibition on Governors Island, NYC

Outdoor sculpture by Matthew Taylor Williams

September 1


Peter Stearns

A Good Morning (1968) , 2020

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 48 in

Minga Opazo

In studio (Ojai, CA)

Photo by Margo Yinger

(Oolong Gallery)

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