Articles tagged with: Ottawa Art Gallery
Alexandra Badzak took over as director of the Ottawa Art Gallery on Monday. She knew the gallery needed a different space from the belfry it now occupies in Arts Court, but she’s way too savvy to wade into the political machinations of a city she’s only lived in since 2007. That doesn’t mean she’s unwilling to say what’s on her mind.
Everyone has their own opinion about art, however pathetic. That’s a pretty controversial statement in itself.
The biggest problem a reviewing critic has to face is what kind of opinion to express. The knock today against arts writers is that they are too afraid to criticize (and risk not being invited to the right parties) or are too expressive (just another free-to-air bombast with an axe to grind). If one has the “courage” to focus on one’s own taste, it becomes easy for readers to dismiss the work as crass and …