Yesterday I read a thought-provoking article called “For the Love of Art” in the most recent Atlantic Magazine. It describes a gallery director’s unique protest against Italy’s budget cuts. Many factors have contributed to the gallery’s trouble at keeping its doors open to the public, including continued government cutbacks.
So, what does he do to get their (our) attention?
Well, so far, he has burned five artworks from artists around the world and has sent a bundle of photos to the Italian government threatening more. The image on the article is kind of heart-wrenching when you think about what went into those paintings. Other artists/gallerists around the world have also burned a few works to stand in solidarity and while it has gotten enough media attention to make it across the ocean, will it have a lasting (and changing) impact?
My jury is still out on whether I think this is a valuable protest, what do you think?