Monday, December 20, 2004

Roadsworth related


Things calmed down over the weekend, just a tad, and I was able to get some sleep. If you've been hiding under a rock for the past week, there's an artist here in town who has been busted for doing his art. His name is Roadsworth, and you can learn all about the case here.

And don't forget to write to the Mayor and let him know what you think.

In the meantime, I found it very intereresting that the city of Montreal gave the Centre de design de l'UQAM $10,000 so that they could exhibit Montreal street art in Saint-Etienne, France. Does anybody know if there is a newspaper in Saint-Etienne?

The reason I ask is because, over the weekend, James Boddie got his letter to the editor published about l'affaire Roadsworth in the Gazette. This is in addition to the previous letters to the editor that have been published in La Presse and Le Devoir. [oops alert! I just noticed that Diane Miljours is the author of both letters written in French! Maybe it is an alias for James Boddie, and it actually is just one person writing]

Then, on Friday December 3rd, I wrote an email to Maitre Maurice Forget, who is chairman of the Montreal Arts Council, asking him if he would write a letter in suppport of Roadsworth. I haven't heard a peep from him. Now he might be on vacation, or busy with other things. But what I found extremely interesting over the weekend was that as part of his extremely generous donation to the Musée d'art de Joliette was a whole whack of stuff relating to, about, and from l'affaire Corridart.

Cool, eh? For those of you too young to remember, or like myself with very short memories, Corridart "was a major project of the Arts and Culture program of the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal."
On July 13, 1976 Mayor Jean Drapeau and the executive committee of the City of Montreal ordered that the exhibition be dismantled. They alleged that the works contravened city by-laws regarding the occupation of public space, and that some of them represented a danger to public safety. - Link
If I remember correctly, the whole thing got settled 13 years later when the city paid the artists involved in Corridart $85,000.

As I've said before, it is nice to know that the city has changed in dramtically in 29 years and become a much more Artist-Friendly place.

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