ALBERT MERTZ

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A R T S T A M P . D K

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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