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If you can’t fight it – take it over!

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When one can’t fight the system, then one tries to take over the system.

The well-known and documented dislike of contempory painting by most museum curators and mainstream media art critics infects all levels of the art world.

In Canada, when the first biennial $50,000 Sobey Art Award was announced two years ago, not one of the five finalists were painters, and the 2004 finalists only included the silly doodles of Marcel Dzama.

So what did the Canadians do?

They established the Plaskett Foundation Award, one of the largest visual-arts awards in Canada, with a purse of $25,000 and open only to painters!

We need something like that around here.

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