Friday, June 02, 2006

When you google your own name

Okay, it's an egocentric thing to do, but I was just curious. Well, this one came up - a letter I had sent to the Age newspaper in response to the purchase of a painting was used in a Year 12 Art examination!

QUESTION 3 - Practice 1 (Allow about 1 page for your answer)

Do you think the National Gallery of Victoria should have bought this painting? Give reasons for your point of view.

In your response refer to the artwork itself and to at least two of the commentaries provided below.

Commentary 1:
'the price (less than $1 million) was a bargain considering that the artist is regarded, with David Hockney and Lucian Freud, as one of the finest living British painters…[It would] attract visitors because it was one of a handful of works defining a key phase in the artist's career…..the artist had worked on it for three yeas, including painting the frame ….at least one other international gallery wanted to buy it but the artist was keen that it come to Melbourne.' (R. Usher The Age 6.9.2001)
Extract from an interview with the Gallery's Director, Dr. Gerard Vaughan

Commentary 2:
'Same old cultural cringe, 'Night and Day' Splish, splosh, what tosh, three years' work, Night and Day! This purchase is an example of cultural cringe once again. I'm not a philistine who loves chocolate boxes but - methinks the emperor has no clothes, as usual.'
Letter to Editor by Wendy …………………. (The Age 7.9.2001)

Commentary 3:
'When my young children colour in, they stay within the lines and complete the work in half an hour. Perhaps that is why their masterpiece appeal is limited to the family rather than gaining the adulation they clearly warrant when viewed beside our gallery's latest acquisition. Their works are also available for less than $1 million'.
Extract from a Letter to the Editor by David White of Camberwell (The Age

9 marks
SECTION A - Question 3


Blogger The Moody Minstrel said...

I know the dangers of that. Even though I've always used a nickname of some sort in my online commenting, I've already had three people track me down and learn my secret identity thanks to the wonder of search engines.

(One of them was Pandabonium, so I won't complain too much.)

5:31 AM  
Blogger YD said...

hmm.. when i google my own name... i wonder.

6:41 AM  

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