Copy | Issue No. 2 | April 2015
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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….
Artist Paul Gauguin | TitleWhere Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin

June 7, 1848, Paris, France – May 8, 1903, Atuona, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia

If I did what has already been done, I would be a plagiarist and would consider myself unworthy; so I do something different and people call me a scoundrel. I'd rather be a scoundrel than a plagiarist!

Art = a mad search for individualism.

"We never really know what stupidity is until we have experimented on ourselves."

"There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite.''

"In art, all who have done something other than their predecessors have merited the epithet of revolutionary, and it is they alone who are masters."

It is better to paint from memory, for thus your work will be your own...

I made a promise to keep a watch over myself, to remain master of myself, so that I might become a sure observer.

Do you know what will soon be the ultimate in truth? – photography, once it begins to reproduce colors, and that won't be long in coming. And yet you want an intelligent man to sweat for months so as to give the illusion he can do something as well as an ingenious little machine can!

"Go on working, freely and furiously, and you will make progress"

"Perhaps I have no talent, but all vanity aside – I do not believe that anyone makes an artistic attempt, no matter how small, without having a little – or there are many fools."

" What still concerns me the most is: am I on the right track, am I making progress, am I making mistakes in art?"

In February 2015, an 1892 painting by Paul Gauguin sold to a group of state museums in Qatar for nearly $300 million. That sum broke the previous record, for Paul Cezanne's "The Card Players," also purchased by Qatar for about $250 million three years ago. 

The painting, NafeaFaaIpoipo (When Will You Marry?), depicts two Tahitian women, and had previously been owned by Rudolf StaechelinStaechelin, who lives in Basel, Switzerland, stated that he was unhappy with the way the local museum, the Kunstmuseum Basel – which had held the Gauguin for the better part of the past 50 years – was going about renovating the property. 

Artist: John Baldessari
           "Tips for Artists Who Want To Sell", 1966-1968
           "Solving Each Problem As It Arises", Acrylic on canvas, 1967

John Baldessari

Born on June 17, 1931 at National City, California, United States         
Baldessari compares an artist entering an art fair to a teenager barging into his parents’ bedroom when they are having sex. “At fairs, gallerists are reduced to merchants,” he says, “a role in which they’d rather not be seen by their artists. The alarmed expressions on the parents’ faces say, "What are you doing here?"

"When I went to art school, I was just having fun. I realized that was the last chance I had, and then I would have to get a job."

''Really, I’m just interested in fucking people up when they’re looking at my work. I think the artist should make things difficult for the viewer.''

“I came out of a generation where there was no connection between art and money, then all of a sudden, in the 1980s, money came into the picture.”

‘'If I saw the art around me that I liked I wouldn’t do art.   So really it’s about trying to satisfy yourself - you think of something that you’d like to happen, and of course you never get there, but you can work at it.''

“This idea, which wasn’t unique to me, that language could also be art. I never quite understood categories. Words are a way we communicate, images are a way we communicate, and I couldn’t figure out why they had to be in different baskets. I was getting tired of hearing the complaint, “My kid could do this,” and “We don’t get it. What’s modern art? Blah, blah, blah.” And I wondered what would really happen if you gave people what they wanted

When, asked 'What’s it like to play such an important role in the lives of other artists?

"I think that it’s incredibly flattering to have an effect on other artists.  I’ve always seen art as a conversation between artists – I do something that is trying to speak to other artists, and if they’re listening, they do something that tries to speak back to me.  It’s kind of like a cocktail party full of artists, but their not talking; they’re making art."


Artefact is brought to you courtesy of Ron Sangha.

Ron’s work is currently showing in 2 GROUP SHOWS OPENING BOTH ON THURSDAY APRIL 2, 2015. 

At Art Across the Pacific featuring work of artist from Canada & China Deer Lake Gallery – 4 to 5:30 pm 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC.

Then 3 blocks away at Burnaby Art Gallery – 7 to 9 pm 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, 
Burnaby, BC. 

Watch a "short video clip of Moving Art".

Artist: RON SANGHA  Title:"WAITING 2 DANCE"  Ultrachrome Ink on Paper with Moving Motors /2014

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