Normally I don’t like to write about current events in this blog, preferring instead to focus on irrelevant stuff that happened 50 years ago. But I can’t resist giving a big thumbs up to today’s announcement that Alfred Pellan’s paintings Canada East and Canada West hang once more in the reception area of the Foreign Affairs building in Ottawa. Pellan’s colourful modernist landscapes had been there since 1973, but were removed in 2011 by the foreign affairs minister of the day. They were replaced with a remarkably dour painting of Queen Elizabeth, as if to say, “we’re a nation of joyless, antediluvian curmudgeons and we don’t care who knows it.”
Welcome back, Mr. Pellan!