At first it may seem like an odd pairing: one of the world’s best-known literary novelists discussing art and artists. Turns out that Julian Barnes — the British author of such renowned works as the Booker-Prize-winning The Sense of an Ending — has a finely tuned artistic sensibility and some very pithy things to say.
With a white-gloved hand, guest curator Michel V. Cheff lifts a metal spatula off a glass palette used by painter Jean Dallaire towards the end of his life. He reveals an indentation in the paint — dry for more than 50 years — that perfectly matches the spatula. “Artifacts like this humanize the artist. They emotionally connect the audience with the life of the painter,” said Cheff in an interview with NGC Magazine.
In the exhibition Guerrilla Girls: It’s a Jungle Out There! at the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives — which houses the most complete collection of Guerrilla Girls material in the country — several Guerrilla Girls posters are on display. Primarily text-based in black-and-white, the posters poke fun at the art establishment while also issuing a call to arms.
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