Copy | Issue No. 6 | April 2016
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A quarterly collection of quotes and context

Contemporary and historic artists
Canada and around the world
Dealers and galleries
Points of interest
Sources and resources
Record-setting sales
Life and death….

Artists born April - June

Artist: Eadweard MuybridgeTitle: The Horse in Motion | Year: 1878

Eadweard Muybridge (real name Edward James Muggeridge)

April 9, 1830, Kingston upon Thames, England - May 8, 1904 Kingston upon Thames, England

Muybridge was a photographer who produced over 100,000 images of animals and humans in motion, capturing for the first time what the human eye could not distinguish as separate movements.

California Governor Leland Stanford contacted Muybridge to help settle a bet. Speculation had raged for years over whether all four hooves of a running horse left the ground at the same time. In 1879 had proven that they do at times have all four hooves off the ground during their running stride.

“…We have become so accustomed to see [the galloping horse] in art that it imperceptibly dominated our understanding, and we think the representation to be unimpeachable, until we throw off all our preconceived impressions on one side, and seek the truth by independent observation from Nature herself.”

“Only photography has been able to divide human life into a series of moments, each of them has the value of a complete existence.”

Artist: Frank Stella | Title: Damascus Gate II Year: 1936 

Frank Stella

May 12, 1936 - Malden, Massachusetts

“What you see is what you see. It was supposed to be fairly straightforward.”

“When people ask me why I stopped making black paintings, it’s like asking Kodak why they stopped using film. You move on, the world moves on, it’s very hard to not go with the flow. You’d have to have a really good reason to resist.”

“Even if you do get the red carpet, do you have a tough time walking up or down it, do you trip over? Losing the body balance is tough because to all artists, it’s all about balance or equilibrium. When that’s threatened, it’s not that much fun.”

“I don’t like the word reinvent, you’re lucky enough to invent….It’s about what you make, what you learn from it and what it suggests. And move on.”

“People get excited about the high-end numbers, but almost all artists, even the really successful ones, are basically hand to mouth. If you’re self-supporting, no matter how successful you are it’s not easy.”

“You certainly wouldn’t become an artist to make money. You’d be deluded.”

In 1958, Frank Stella moved to New York and supported himself mainly by painting apartments. Recently one of his paintings sold at auction at Sotheby's for $13.7 million. It was painted in 1961 in Benjamin Moore house paint.

The sale of “Delaware Crossing” broke his previous auction record of $6.7 million, which was set in May 2014.

The painting was part of the sale of works owned by A. Alfred Taubman, Sotheby’s former chairman.

Artist: Joseph Mallord William Turner | Title: The Slave Ship | Year: 1840

Joseph Mallord William Turner

May 14, 1775, Covent Garden, London, England - December 19, 1851, Chelsea, England

Turner was considered to be one of the greatest English  Romantic landscape painters, whose style laid the foundation for the Impressionism

“My business is to paint what I see, not what I know is there.”

The Turner Prize, named after the English painter J. M. W. Turner, is an annual prize organized by the Tate Gallery and presented to a British visual artist working in any medium under the age of 50.

“Turner was the Damien Hirst of his day.”

Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker

Turner died in the house of his lover Sophia Caroline Booth and is said to have uttered the last words "The Sun is God".

The sale of a Turner masterpiece in December 2014 set a world auction record for the artist. “Rome, From Mount Aventine”, sold for £30.3m. The result is also the highest price for any pre-20th-century British artist ever sold at auction. Until the sale, the work had changed hands only once, when it was acquired by the fifth Earl of Rosebery in 1878. It has since remained undisturbed in the Rosebery collection.

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