Art At­tack

The Walrus - - LETTERS -

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.

Mar­shall Webb

Van­cou­ver, BC

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