The government approach to art – a stand against oil or a cash grab?
Despite protests the BC government will continue to remove all oil paintings from government funded museums. This includes iconic paintings by Emily Carr and the Group of Seven.
In a insider statement from Premier Clarks office “This government believes in art as an influence on society. The use of oil in any form is bad for the environment so we need to set the example, taking a leadership role against using oil products.” There have been big protests but the premier does not care.
It’s like a book burning but this art is worth hundreds of millions
Protesters are calling it a modern book burning and want the government to stop the program immediately and to disclose what has been done with the art. Protest leaders hope that the art is still recoverable, suspecting they will either destroy or sell the art.
The oil paintings in question are worth hundreds of millions of dollars and it is suspected that they proceeds from the sale will be added to the provinces Carbon Tax fund for green initiatives or used to support the arts.
Art industry insiders predict that flooding the market with this many paintings will drive prices down by as much as 60%. After the costs of removal, lost revenues in the empty galleries and the auction fees it could mean the program just breaks even.