Remai Modern, Saskatoon’s new art gallery, hasn’t been open a full year and already the naysayers are out in force. The detractors’ comments in Daniel Viola’s article (“Art of the Possible,” March) rehearse all the tired criticisms that greet any giant leaps for the arts in this country. Canadians are oh so happy with the status quo.
It takes someone with drive and a “why not?” attitude to propose that “good enough” just isn’t good enough anymore. Notably, it has taken an outsider — the gallery’s executive director and CEO, Gregory Burke, is from New Zealand — to try to shake yet another Canadian locale out of its quiet contentment.