POORLY DRAWN PLAN

The Globe and Mail (Prairie Edition) - - EDITORIAL -

Ev­ery­one can agree that the Art Gallery of On­tario should ac­quire more Indige­nous and Cana­dian works, but no one should sup­port the AGO’s pro­posed plan of sell­ing off paint­ings by Group of Seven painter A.Y. Jack­son in or­der to fund such a plan (Change Of Scenery: AGO To Sell A.Y. Jack­son Paint­ings To Di­ver­sify Col­lec­tion, Jan. 11).

You don’t cut off part of your left arm in or­der to cre­ate a bet­ter bal­ance with the right.

For an im­por­tant ac­qui­si­tion pro­gram like this, the AGO first needs to try to raise funds from pri­vate and pub­lic sources. Fail­ing those ef­forts, and as­sum­ing the AGO is truly se­ri­ous about its plan, 100 per cent of the en­tire AGO ac­qui­si­tion bud­get in the next sev­eral years should be ded­i­cated to the pur­chase of more Indige­nous and Cana­dian works.

AGO man­age­ment needs to be far more in­no­va­tive in its ap­proach to this.

Ed­ward Car­son

Toronto

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