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Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada receives the gift of Joyce Wieland's copyright

Ottawa, Canada - November 21, 2002

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 « Le Musée des beaux-arts du Canada se fait offrir les droits d'auteur de l'artiste Joyce Wieland »  

For the first time in its history, the National Gallery of Canada has received the gift of an artist's copyright - that of Joyce Wieland.

"The National Gallery of Canada is extremely honoured to have been chosen as the official holder of the copyright to the visual works of art of a Canadian artist of Joyce Wieland's stature," said Pierre Théberge, Director of the National Gallery of Canada.

In 1971 Mr. Théberge was the curator of True Patriot Love, the Gallery's first major exhibition of the work of a living Canadian woman. "Joyce Wieland was a fabulous artist," Mr. Théberge recalled. "During her decades-long career, she paved the way for all contemporary artists."

Doug MacPherson, a close friend of Joyce Wieland and the executor of her estate, said that he was delighted that the Gallery had accepted the gift. "Joyce always identified herself as a Canadian and a nationalist, and she was very passionate about it. The choice of the National Gallery is both appropriate and symbolic."

The National Gallery's collection contains some 41 works by Wieland. Revenues earned from the licensed reproduction of Wieland's art will be used to support the purchase of new books on Canadian art for the Gallery library's collection.

Born in Toronto in 1931, Joyce Wieland died in 1998. Considered to be one of the greatest Canadian artists of the last half of the 20th century, she is vividly remembered for a unique and powerful body of work that inspires, involves and challenges its viewers.

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