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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Neither Elizabeth Renzetti, nor Tim Gardner know their art history

Howdy!

The Globe & Mail finally gets around to publishing an article about Tim Gardner's exhibition at the National Gallery in London. At the end, Ms. Renzetti asks Mr. Gardner "Doesn't he think it a bit strange that he's more famous abroad than in his native land?" and Mr. Gardner responds "It's the story of Canadian art for my generation. You have to go away to get recognition..."

For future reference Ms. Renzetti and Mr. Gardner:
Pablo Picasso, born in Málaga, Spain, didn't get famous until he moved to Paris. More than 1,800 km.
Jackson Pollock, born in Cody, Wyoming didn't get famous until he moved to New York (and died). More than 2,000 miles
Jasper Johns, born in Augusta, Georgia, didn't get famous until he moved to New York. More than 750 miles.
Vincent van Gogh, born in Zundert Holland, didn't get famous until he moved to Paris (and died). Almost 400 km.
Peter Paul Rubens born in Siegen Germany, didn't get famous until he moved to Venice Italy. Almost 700 km.

Just about everybody has to go away in the art world in order to get recognition, not just young Canadian artists.

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