Peter Boyd is an awesome guy, an art collector, and now he makes wine. Marsha Lederman profiles the him in the Globe and Mail:
An art collection that pays homage to artists connected to the Canadian West
As soon as he left the University of Western Ontario and landed a job, Peter Boyd bought a car, some furniture and his first work of art.
He has since spent “hundreds of thousands” of dollars on his art habit, running out of wall space at home and keeping much of his collection in storage (necessitated, in part, by the 2009 sale of his oil-field seismic-services company Arcis Corp., and the subsequent disappearance of office walls on which to hang the work).
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Influenced by childhood trips to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ont., he began his collection with historical work by artists such as David Milne, but has sold or gifted most of it and now exclusively collects contemporary art. His collection of about 100 works (it peaked at about 200) is populated with artists connected to the Canadian West, including Chris Cran, Douglas Coupland, Attila Richard Lukacs and Geoffrey James, but he also owns work by Robert Mapplethorpe and Eric Fischl. “You’re always falling in love with art if you love art,” he says.
His latest entrepreneurial venture is Genius Wines; its first release a pricey Sonoma County cabernet sauvignon he calls Creo. “It comes from the Latin word for creativity,” he says. “It’s my tribute to artists who are geniuses.”
Chris Cran is in the latest issue of Adbusters.
My friend Tim Hull has curated what appears to be a great show at BAM:
Cover Version LP
Curated by Timothy Hull
Opening Reception: Tue, Jan 11, 6—9pm
Exhibition on view through Mar 20
Natman Room, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn
Cover Version (LP) is an exhibition in which diverse artists reimagine the cover art of albums they find influential. These unique reinterpretations of the iconic LP bring new life to the art that covers vinyl, highlighting the intersections of art and music.
Featured Artists: Glen Baldridge, Kadar Brock, Colby Bird, Jessica Cannon, Mathew Cerletty, Devon Costello, Justin Craun, TM Davy, Langdon Graves, Joseph Hart, Elizabeth Huey, Scott Hug, Butt Johnson, Faten Kanaan, Denise Kupferschmidt, Josh Kline, Erica Magrey, Michael Mahalchick, Eddie Martinez, Dave McDermott, Keegan McHargue, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Nolan Simon, Colin Snapp, Jennifer Sullivan, Nick Van Woert, Ryan Wallace and Will Yackulic
Stefan Hagen, my architecture client and a highly sophisticated photographer, is having a show of his work at White Box Munich later this month.
Diptychs and Triptychs
Photography by Stefan Hagen
Grafinger Straße 6
Kultfabrik Gebäude 44
On view at White Box Munich from November 13th 2010 until November 28th.