Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 6:00am - 6:50am
Recital Hall 12:00 noon, Oct 13, 2010
Simon Houpt is the author of Museum of the Missing: The High Stakes of Art Crime. In the summer of 2004, when Simon Houpt heard about the theft of Edvard Munch’s The Scream from the Munch Museum in Oslo, he wondered who on earth would take such an iconic work of art. At the time, he was the New York-based arts reporter for the Globe and Mail and didn’t have time to pursue the question. But a few months later, a publisher approached him to discuss the possibility of exploring the world of art theft, and he bit. The result was Museum of the Missing, an illustrated book which takes a long view of the shadowy practice, placing the theft of the Much on a continuum that goes back thousand of years. Houpt served as the Globe and Mail’s NYC arts correspondent for more than 10 years, including five as a columnist, until the summer of 2009, when he decided it was time to come home to Canada. He is now the newspaper’s advertising and marketing reporter, a position that continues to allow him to cover culture, albeit of an explicitly commercial kind. Houpt’s Art Now presentation will address issues raised by the intersection between advertising and art.