Frederick Mulder Foundation donates Picasso ceramics to Remai Modern

Media Release: for release Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at 3 p.m. CST

Saskatoon —Philanthropist and European printmaking specialist Frederick Mulder today announced, on behalf of the U.K.-based Frederick Mulder Foundation, the gift of an important collection of ceramics, made by Pablo Picasso, to the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan.

The 23 works, including ceramic plates, tiles, vessels, vases and sculptures, are valued at $500,000. The pottery collection enhances an already exceptional collection of 406 linocuts by Picasso, assembled by Mulder and subsequently purchased by the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation and donated to the Gallery in 2012.

“We are delighted to receive this important gift and applaud Frederick Mulder for his generosity and belief in the vision for Remai Modern,” said Executive Director & CEO Gregory Burke. “The gift builds on our holdings of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and will enhance our ability to interpret and present significant aspects of Picasso’s artistic practice. The gift is broad in range, while several ceramics are thematically connected to the linocuts. Altogether, they make for a comprehensive collection that will excite visitors, students and researchers when Remai Modern opens.”

Frederick Mulder said: “I am delighted to present these Picasso ceramics to the Remai Modern, and to know that the residents of Saskatoon and well beyond will be able to enjoy these innovative and playful aspects of Picasso’s work. They will serve as a wonderful bridge between the highly important Picasso linocut collection in the Remai Modern, and the tradition of Saskatchewan art ceramics. I loved growing up in Saskatchewan, and I count myself lucky to be able to give something back to the city and the province that gave so much to me.”

The ceramics will be exhibited in a gallery dedicated to Picasso and works of international modernity at Remai Modern, Burke said. The new gallery, under construction at Saskatoon’s River Landing, is scheduled to open in 2016.

About Frederick Mulder
Mulder grew up in Eston, Saskatchewan. He is one of the world’s experts in 19th- and 20th-century European printmaking, including the work of Pablo Picasso. He is Director of Frederick Mulder Ltd., a firm dealing in European printmaking 1470-1970. He chairs the Frederick Mulder Foundation, which supports social change projects and the arts. He is also founder of The Funding Network, a UK-based organization that arranges live, crowd-funding events in aid of social change projects. Winner of the Judges’ Special Beacon Fellowship Prize in 2004, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen in 2012.

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Sheila Robertson, Communications Coordinator
Mendel Art Gallery / Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan

Gasoline Alley and Other Sunday Dreams by Clint Neufeld @ the Mendel Art Gallery

Show runs until June 10th
Curated by Jen Budney Clint Neufeld, an artist based near Saskatoon in Osler, Saskatchewan, is ex-military and a former firefighter. His works embody the apparent contradictions between typically masculine pursuits and notions of beauty, ornamentation, and artistry. Taking the grease-monkey’s pre-occupation with muscle cars, he replicates the components of engines, transmissions, and axles in ceramic, finished like fine china, and sets them on elegant stands and furniture such as teacarts and chaises longues. The resulting sculptures ask viewers to consider men’s garage “tinkering” in terms of aesthetics, transformation, and even love. Neufeld, who has been working as a professional artist for just five years, is a rising star in the Canadian art scene. In 2011, he had solo exhibitions at public art galleries across the country and was also the first runner-up to the national Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics. In 2012, his work is featured in the groundbreaking exhibition, Oh, Canada, at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, one of the premier institutions for contemporary art in the United States. The title of his exhibition at the Mendel makes reference to a long-running American comic strip that began in 1918. It depicted male characters holding weekly conversations about automobiles, and the characters aged normally through the decades. Similarly, Neufeld’s work speaks to the passing of knowledge through generatiotns. A cherished childhood memory is his grandfather lovingly washing his hands in gasoline, to remove the oil and paint they’d gathered after their “work” together. Decorations on Neufeld’s sculptures are inspired as much by his grandmother’s décor as by the history of ceramics. This is Neufeld’s first solo exhibition at the Mendel Art Gallery, organized by Associate Curator Jen Budney. It features new work as well as pieces borrowed from private and public collections. Neufeld’s sculptures were first exhibited here in the 2008 group exhibition, Flatlanders. Since then, he has had solo exhibitions at Montreal’s Parisian Laundry Gallery; Two Rivers Art Gallery in Prince George, British Columbia; the Estevan Art Gallery; and the Mann Gallery in Prince Albert. Born in Saskatoon in 1975, Neufeld grew up in Warman. He completed his BFA at the University of Saskatchewan and received his MFA from Concordia University in Montreal.via www.mendel.ca950 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Yours truly on the radio

This morning I woke up and prepared myself for something that I like to think of as my closest call with rockstardom. I was being interviewed on CFCR, our local independent radio, on a show called The A Word, which is produced by artist/critic/academic Bart Gazzola. So much fun to head out to the radio station with all the butterflies in my stomach and attempts at sounding intelligent floating around in my mind. It’s always so difficult to sum up your work in to quick snippets, one liners. Especially when it’s a body of work you’ve been developing for 6 years. Well I did my best to try to do a bit of justice to the exhibition and hopefully more people will go check it out in person.

If you’ve got some time please grab a beer or a cup of coffee and have a listen.

zSHARE – AWord.may.18.11.mp3

the politics of innocent dreams

Ahh yesturday was another lovely craft sale day for me. An awesome day of being out of the isolated studio and interacting with the amazing community here in Saskatoon that supports handmade art. Nothing like a day of chatting and seeing some great art by other local artisans to get the inspiration and drive going. Brought home some sweet goodies to top it off!

Thanks to all that made it out.

And I also have a bit of news, well maybe I’ve mentioned it before, I’ve got an upcoming show here in Saskatoon at the Mendel Art Gallery. It’s part of their Artist to Artist program so I’m actually working with a mentor on this body of work; a painter, Marsha Kennedy who I exhibited with last March. Things are coming along nicely, I think. I know I’ve been slack about posting studio sneak peeks. I’ll try to take some pictures in the next few days.

Later today I’ll be having a studio visit with Marsha so i’m pretty excited to hear what she has to say. I’m a sucker for a good critique. I hope she draws a bit of blood from me. I hope that I end the crit stressed and a bit beaten down. Cuz it’s always good to be challenged, and once you’re out of school that just doesn’t seem to happen as much. Don’t get me wrong, pats on the back and compliments are lovely and desired, but good honest feedback is hard to come by and it’s how we grow and challenge ourselves.

Well wish me luck. Another strong cup of tea I believe is in order to get my brain ready for all the art speak.

In the meantime please check out the Mendel website for more info about the show.