POORLY DRAWN PLAN
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.