Saturday, April 23, 2005

James Adams on Norval Morrisseau and the Competition Bureau of Canada


There's an article in today's Globe and Mail about the behind the scenes machinations happening with respect to the paintings of Mr. Morrisseau. Interesting, yes. But I would have preferred if Mr. Adams had done the necessary research to find out who the people behind the complaint are (after all if Dean Beeby can use the freedom of information act, then Mr. Adams should be able as well) instead of just accepting that they are "believed to be owners and auctioneers of Morrisseau art." As Mr. Morrisseau's exhibit at the National Gallery is not scheduled until 2006, it isn't exactly like there is a serious deadline approaching, tomorrow.

And instead of quoting National Gallery curator Greg Hill about why there haven't been more exhibitions by first nations artists at the National Gallery, I would have preferred to hear how Mr. Hill plans to authenticate the 60 works that will be in their exhibition, given the current state of affairs.

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