A Global Art Project Brings Paintings of Anonymous Figures out of Museums and onto the Streets | Colossal

What a great idea!

While visiting the Louvre last last year, artist and filmmaker Julien de Casabianca was struck by an Ingres painting of a female prisoner tucked unceremoniously into a corner of the museum. He suddenly had an idea: what if he could somehow free her—both figuratively and literally—by reproducin

Source: A Global Art Project Brings Paintings of Anonymous Figures out of Museums and onto the Streets | Colossal

A Global Art Project Brings Paintings of Anonymous Figures out of Museums and onto the Streets

What a great idea!

While visiting the Louvre last last year, artist and filmmaker Julien de Casabianca was struck by an Ingres painting of a female prisoner tucked unceremoniously into a corner of the museum. He suddenly had an idea: what if he could somehow free her—both figuratively and literally—by reproducin

Source: A Global Art Project Brings Paintings of Anonymous Figures out of Museums and onto the Streets

Show in Peterborough a big success

The Kawartha Potters Guild had their annual show at the end of November and it was a huge success.  All the potters’ work was beautiful and sales were up by 20%.  Here is an image of my own display for the show.  Next year is the 20th anniversary and we are hoping to have some surprises for our visitors.

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Toronto Landmark gets recognition

Peter Doig’s Country-Rock (Wing-Mirror) painting sells for $15.5M
Oil landscape depicts odd Toronto landmark as seen from the passenger seat of a car.

Our beloved rainbow painting, was originally painted by Berg Johnson, who was 16 when he first decided to decorate the concrete tunnel that passes underneath a railway line next to the Don Valley Parkway. Originally from Norway, Johnson was inspired by the memory of a friend named Sigrid, who died in a tragic car accident nearby. He often would complain to her that people in Toronto “never looked up”, and following her death, endeavored to do something to “make people smile” (Berg Johnson quoted in: The Toronto Star, 3 November 2012)

Read more about the painting that Peter Doig has recently sold at Sotheby’s website and at the CBC site for a video about it.

Art or Craft?

In this informative video, it is cleverly illustrated what the difference is between Art and Craft.  Apparently it all started in 1550.  But don’t let me spoil it for you!  Watch the video.

However, it is a debate that has gone on for hundreds of years.

How a Working Class Couple Amassed a a Priceless Art Collection

By Jed Lipinski

Herb Vogel never earned more than $23,000 a year. Born and raised in Harlem, Vogel worked for the post office in Manhattan. He spent nearly 50 years living in a 450-square-foot one-bedroom apartment with his wife, Dorothy, a reference librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library. They lived frugally. They didn’t travel. They ate TV dinners. Aside from a menagerie of pets, Herb and Dorothy had just one indulgence: art. But their passion for collecting turned them into unlikely celebrities, working-class heroes in a world of Manhattan elites.

While their coworkers had no idea, the press noticed. The New York Times labeled the Vogels the “In Couple” of New York City. They counted minimalist masters Richard Tuttle and Donald Judd among their close friends. And in just four decades, they assembled one of the most important private art collections of the 20th century, stocking their tiny apartment floor-to-ceiling with Chuck Close sketches, paintings by Roy Lichtenstein, and sculptures by Andy Goldsworthy. Today, more than 1,000 of the works they purchased are housed in the National Gallery, a collection a curator there calls “literally priceless.” J. Carter Brown, the museum’s former director, referred to the collection as “a work of art in itself.”

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