Winterlude kicks off today in Ottawa and Gatineau, and runs until February 15th, for those in the area. I will have plenty of photos from the festival through February.
This is a somewhat controversial painting called Voice Of Fire, by the American artist Barnett Newman. Have a look at the display panel in the second shot.
Voice Of Fire is controversial not because of some shocking aspect to the painting (seriously, this is three stripes on a bloody big canvas, that's it), but because in 1989 the Gallery bought it for nearly 1.8 million dollars. Mind you, a year or so ago there was an article in the newspaper about it being valued now at a much higher price. Still, no matter how many times I look at it, I don't see something that "tests our sensory experience." I just see one stripe of navy blue, one stripe of red, and another stripe of navy blue. I can look at it close up, from either side, and straight on, and that's still what I see.
I could paint this.
Some paint, a roller, a big canvas, bada bing bada boom, we're done. Million dollars please. Preferably in unmarked bills.
I know, I'm a cultural heathen just for saying that....