06 April 2018

Paint By Politically Correct Numbers

"Historically, many Canadian institutions have had a blind spot for artists of colour, Indigenous artists and female artists," said Toronto art dealer Raymond McAuliffe. "That's why I think that the funds are being raised to save a work by someone who falls into one of those three categories."


6 comments:

Frances said...

You mean the National Gallery doesn't have any works by Emily Carr, Benjamin Chee Chee, Douglas Cranmer, Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin, and many others? Pity.

Neo Conservative said...

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maybe they're looking to embrace
our animal brothers. i hear koko
the gorilla has a unique and
interesting style.

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Frances said...

Neo - I was referencing many renowned West Coast artists - with the exception of Benjamin Chee Chee. If we're talking about animals, Kamala the elephant did some good work while at the Calgary Zoo - a relative has an original. And, too be blunt, what could be worse than the horrible "Voice of Fire"? I think it's abominable the Nat Gallery will pick up this dreck from a "renowned artist" (not to mention other "progressive" works which really don't impress) while ignoring some really good stuff that has been produced by various Indians over the years.

Gerry said...

My favorite story about the Voice of fire is when my son, a student in Ottawa, toured the gallery and while a guide was speaking in hushed reverent tones to a group about the 'painting' said in a very loud voice "My God they hung it upside down!" and immediately exited. One can only imagine the reaction

Neo Conservative said...

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thank goodness for our political and cultural betters.
obviously, we philistines can't be trusted to make
any of these important decisions.

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Martin said...

What, you mean other countries don't gut their national collections when newer, better paintings come on the market. This Chagall guy, isn't he white male and already dead? Its already 2018, time to move on.