ALBERT MERTZ

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Artstamp.dk has the pleasure to release eight new stamps with images of Albert Mertz (1920-90). The Stamps are realized in cooperation with Albert Mertz`s daughter Susanne Mertz.

 

The Stamps have been long on their way! In 1984 Albert Mertz was asked to create an official stamp for the Post Service of Denmark. Dan Sterup Hansen, artistic consultant, stood behind the invitation.

Mertz ` chosen draft, however, the small house with a danish flag, was rejected by the Transport Minister at the time, Arne Melchior. A renewed apply at Post Service in the 90s gave same result. (Post Service stands behind many other productions created by danish artists)

 

It has been a privilege and a challenge for Artstamp.dk to have this opportunity to print all sketchbooks from 1984 for the official stamp for Denmark. The result is eight defined brands in two series: Danish Flags, and a series with the colors green, blue and red. All motives are typical for Albert Mertz.

 

 

 

Upon his death on December 30th 1990, Mertz left behind an extensive production of gouaches, montages, collages and paintings, besides an important body of sketches, writings and notes. It has been a very special experience to discover this by all measures extraordinary oeuvre. In particular, the correspondence between Mertz’ production of works and his theoretical reflections have been enlightening. Combined, they have given an amazing insight into one of the great persons in Danish art. As minute and bashful as he was in stature, as important and inevitable he was, and is, in modern Danish art and – I maintain – international art.

 

Albert Mertz was a very productive artist. He started early – was admitted to the fine arts academy when only 16 years old – and until the very end of his life he stubbornly continued to investigate and challenge art. His artistic practice extended itself to all genres, media and forms. His attitude was that art was not restricted to any definite appearance, to any specific object, but rather that is was identical to the effect that it had on the spectator. Art must therefore always relate to the contemporary and dare to challenge it. It is well known that at an early stage he started to work with film. Later video and TV followed. He always managed to add something more – qualitatively as well as quantitatively. In that sense he was a generous artist. An artist+.

 

ALBERT MERTZ (1920-1990)

PUBLISHED 14.1. .2010

SIZE 39X30 MM(TWO STAMPS ON EACH PRINT SHHETS)

 

G3A 1984 / 2010 ED840

G3B 1984/ 2010 ED840

G3C 1984 / 2010 ED630

G3D 1984 / 2010 ED630

G3E 1984 / 2010 ED430

G3D 1984 / 2010 ED430

 

G3FFFIRST DAY COVER ED. 18 SIGN(SUSANNE MERTZ)

 

PUBLISHED 14.1. .2010

SIZE 39X30 MM(TWO STAMPS ON EACH PRINT SHHETS)

 

 

G4A 1984 / 2010 ED630

G4B 1984 / 2010 ED 630

G4C 1984/ /2010 ED630

G4D 1984/ /2010 ED630

G4E 1984/ /2010 ED630

G4E 1984 / 2010 ED630

G4F 1984/ /2010 ED630

G4H 1984/ /2010 ED420

G4I 1984 / 2010 ED420

 

G4FF FIRST DAY COVER ED. 24 SIGN (SUSANNEMERTZ)

 

 

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