Monday, July 12, 2004

Jérôme Delgado on Eaux vives


I'm getting a tad jealous, Kate over at the Montreal City Weblog has started alerting people who read her blog to the various art reviews that get published. And I thought I was special... In all honesty, I think it is a great thing that she is doing, and makes me realize that I am not writing in a vacuum. The more people read about art, the better things are.

Yesterday, M. Delgado wrote 789 words on a bunch of exhibitions happening at eight of the Maisons de la Culture here in town. Specifically Maison de la Culture Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Maison de la Culture Frontenac, Maison de la Culture Marie-Uguay, Maison de la Culture Mercier, Maison de la Culture Pointe-aux-Trembles, Maison de la Culture Rivières-des-Prairies, galerie d'art Stewart-Hall de Pointe-Claire and the Entrepôt du complexe culturel Guy-Descary de Lachine. I wonder if the city gave him a free bus pass for the day? Would that classify as a junket? And what are La Presse's policies on junkets? So many questions, so little time!

As M. Delgado mentions, there are more than 33 artists involved, and nine venues. If it was a perfect world, each of the artists would have gotten at least 800 words. Apparently, La Presse doesn't think that celebrating UNESCO's year of fresh water 192 days late is worth the space. Perhaps M. Delgado didn't think it was worth stumping for at least nine articles (one on each venue). Ummm, maybe if La Presse is so pressed for space, they might want to consider covering all the shows at all the museums in town in one tiny article of about 225 words, and then they might want to consider changing their name to "Le Journal de Montreal."

OK, enough of the cattiness about the lack of column inches devoted to Visual Art in this town - I should content myself with Kate picking up the ball.

So what to make of the article? M. Delgado obviously likes Annie Roy and Pierre Allard of ATSA, he takes his precious space (hey! maybe La Presse or M. Delgado view words like UNESCO views fresh water...) and mentions their piece twice. I'm surprised that he hasn't gone all gaga over their piece here on Saint Laurent. After all, it is obvious that they need all the press that they can get.

But, with the other lesser-known artists (for the record here are the names of everybody M. Delgado mentions - ATSA, Jason Arsenault, Pascale Beaudet, Josée Bernard, Jocelyne Chabot, Myrabelle Charlebois, Mei-Kuei Feu, Marie-Josée Laframboise, Elsa Lam, Martin Leduc, NIP paysage, and Jean-Pierre Teyssier) getting your name in the paper is an extremely important thing. So, does this mean I should "read" M. Delgado's article with an eye towards the concept that those artists who didn't get mentioned, suck? Or something else? I don't buy the obvious reply that "there wasn't enough space."

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