Our cover this month, Tulip Gemini (210 cm. by 170 cm.) by Jan Cremer sold for EUR 7,500 at Christie’s recent Post-War and Contemporary Art sale in Amsterdam on Dec. 12-13, 2017. A Dutch artist, Cremer is known for both his abstract expressionist paintings, such as the one gracing our cover this month, and for his Dutch landscapes (many of which, ironically, he painted while in New York).
Though Cremer’s art is certainly well respected in the Netherlands and internationally, and has been part of numerous exhibitions, Cremer is arguably more famous for his work as an author. His novel, I, Jan Cremer, which stirred controversy in the Netherlands due to its explicit sexual content, was meant to be an autobiography but was self-admittedly partially fiction. According to The Telegraph, one alleged claim that Cremer makes in his book is that Bob Dylan was secretly in rehab during his missing months from the public eye (Dylan had claimed that he was recovering from a motorcycle accident during that time).