Monday, January 03, 2005

Lotsa La Presse


Catching up on what went down during the holidays, La Presse was particularly busy publishing articles about the Visual Arts. Three by Jérôme Delgado, one each by Stéphanie Bérubé and Nathalie Collard. Pretty cool for a local daily.

On the 17th of December, Ms. Bérubé wrote a 685 word piece on the future of "The City of Energy" in Shawinigan. Apparently things weren't so hot in 2004. They only got 30,000 people. For comparison purposes, in 2004, Zeke's Gallery got 5,695 folk in the door. I wonder what I could do with 20% of their budget... It appears that as a consequence Liza Frulla (the Canadian Minister of Heritage) is going to throw more money at them (and other Canadian Museums as well).

On the 19th of December, Mr. Delgado wrote the first of his three articles, This one clocking in at 567 words. Manon Blanchette and her staff are doing a tremendous job. Just before the holidays they landed an article touting a show that opened in November.

On the 24th of December, Mr. Delgado was working overtime. A 1,195 word article on Yannick Pouliot. Basically an edited interview, it concentrates mainly on his piece "La Volière" which was in Artefact, on the mountain this past summer.

La Volière, by Yannick Pouliot

Anytime La Presse, or any other daily here, publishes something of that length, I'm always super pleased. And to top it off it is a very good article, too.

On the 28th of December, Mr. Delgado mails it in. A 504 word article that professes to be an overview of the Montreal Art World in 2004. He manages to miss seven months, and a bunch of significant things (in no particular order).
1. The move of La Centrale.
1½. The move of Skol.
2. Artefact
3. Désert
4. The Store
5. Oboro's New Media Lab
6. Eaux Arts Électroniques
7. The Cremaster Cycle
8. Isa Tousignant becoming Arts Editor at the Hour
9. Mouvement pour les arts et les lettres
10. The proposed changes to the way the Canada Council funds artists

And that's just from cribbing stuff from Isa, Christine and Nicolas.

Then finally, on the 22nd of December, Ms. Collard writes a 1,144 word article about Louise Larivière. Marred by name dropping, and things that while aren't exactly flat-out lies are a tad inconsistent. "Louise Larivière répète qu'elle n'a jamais reçu un sou de subvention..." [blokespeak: Louise Larivière repeats that it never received a penny of subsidy] while two sentences later, she goes on to talk about how wonderful the various public exhibits she mounted were. Digging a little bit further, on the website for Reporters Communication (the organization that Ms. Larivière runs) they list the Arrondissement Sud-Ouest de Montréal, the Arrondissement Ville-Marie de Montréal, Fonds de solidarité de la FTQ, the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de la Métropole, the
Ministère du Tourisme du Québec, the Office du tourisme de Québec, Parcs Canada, Tourisme Montréal, Tourisme Québec, the Ville de Charlemagne, the Ville de Montréal, the Ville de Québec, the Ville de Repentigny, and the Ville de Terrebonne
as partners. If that ain't getting public grants, then I don't know what is.

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