Former curator Brydon Smith receives GG honour
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.
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