'Art everywhere' (ctd.)

June 24 2013

Image of 'Art everywhere' (ctd.)

Picture: Shipley Art Gallery

Oh dear - the shortlist for the 'Art Everywhere' scheme I mentioned earlier (where the nation's 'favourite masterpieces' are put on posters around the country) has been revealed - and it's weak. The shortlist was drawn up by:

An A-Team of art lovers including Bob and Roberta Smith, Richard Reed, Art Fund Director Stephen Deuchar and Tate Britain Director Penelope Curtis...

If so, then why is Van Dyck's entry on this list is represented by... a copy (above, from Shipley Art Gallery)? If the images of 'famous British art' on the billboards are just going to be weak copies, isn't the whole exercise a waste of time? If they need a rights-free, and genuine, Van Dyck image, then I'm sure I could sort them out with one. After all, 'Bad Art Everywhere' doesn't really do it for me.

You can see the original Van Dyck here.

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