Notes on Creativity theme of the week:
Art and Culture
How about $1.76 million? That’s how much Canadian taxpayers paid for it in 1989, when the National Gallery of Canada bought it on their behalf.
Voice of Fire by Burnett Newman outraged the public, and a good old fashioned controversy- not common for non-confrontational Canadians- broke out. It was the self-proclaimed art world sophisticates against the common man.
Those on the side of the museum’s curator claimed it to be a masterpiece of minimalist, abstract art. Everyday Joe called it two colours and a paint roller. He could not imagine his hard-earned money being wasted like this.
Some important questions emerged: Who defines ‘good art’? What pieces embody our cultural value of art? Should governments use taxpayer money to buy art that represents the public, or art that is deemed significant by the art world?
In the end, the controversy faded, and Voice still hangs in the National Gallery. Funny enough, it turned out to be a good financial investment. The painting is currently valued at $1o million. Maybe there’s hope for my stick figure drawings yet…
It must be so.
This is the way it is.
Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise.
I insist on being polite and opening doors for you.
I insist on driving three hours to visit you, though it’s dark and the rain is coming down hard.
I insist on continuing up the mountain, though I’m scared, and cold, and hungry.
I insist on carrying on, on moving forward, on plowing through.
Though the way is full of danger, I insist.
I’m not afraid.
I’m not alone.
I’m not quitting.
I’m pressing on.
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