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Former curator Brydon Smith receives GG honour

brydon.jpgThree coloured stripes on a canvas...Equally-spaced...Dark blue on either side, with a bright red band down the middle.

 

You probably know what we're talking about -- Voice of Fire by American artist Barnett Newman. And you probably remember that when it was bought in 1990 -- for more than the National Gallery of Canada had ever spent on a work -- the public was scandalized.

 

 

The man behind that acquisition was Brydon Smith, curator at the Gallery from the late sixties until 1999. Today, it was announced that Smith is a recipient of a Governor General's Award for his contributions to visual art. We were joined by Marc Mayer, Director of the National Gallery of Canada, to talk about the significance of Smith's work.

 

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Photo: Brydon Smith with Barbara Steinman's Becoming: Is. Was, 2006, collection of Brydon Smith. Photo courtesy of Canada Council for the Arts / Martin Lipman

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