The Art Caravan has compiled a brief list for this year’s Christmas wish list. Since the best gifts are books and art (dark chocolate goes without saying,) I chose one book and one work of art.
Without too much deliberation – it seemed an easy choice – Guerrilla Girls: Art of Behaving Badly is at the top of my list. Goodreads.com gives it 5 stars. The New York Times rates it as one of the Best Art Books of 2020. It comes with a punch-out gorilla mask – who could resist?
Just for fun, I decided to make the choice of artwork hypothetical – price is not a consideration. (It is, after all, a wish list.) This made the selection far more difficult. I considered a sculpture by Oviloo Tunnnillie, the Inuit sculptor. Here is my 2016 post about this remarkable artist, with several images of her sculptures. The ones I like the best are of Sednas, and are in museum collections, so, hypothetically speaking, not available. (One can makes one’s own rules in this game.)
I decided to shop for a print by Sybil Andrews, the British printmaker and welder (!) who eventually settled on Vancouver Island, after World War II. Her linocut images, carved in the machine age style, are colourful and dynamic.
It seems like the perfect choice, doesn’t it? It’s a wintry scene, created in Canada, for someone with a fondness for printmaking and outdoor skating.
Since we know, and the pandemic is emphasizing, that the best things in life aren’t things, I have a third and final wish, which is a non-material item. (See above about making the rules.) My wish is for high quality art education in all schools, at all age levels, as part of the basic curriculum. This would include practical classes, wherein all students learn to draw, play a musical instrument, sing and participate in drama classes. In addition to the hands-on learning, art appreciation opportunities would be provided. Students would attend art shows, and performances by professional actors, musicians and dancers. Artists would regularly visit schools to lead workshops and give performances.
It’s a big wish, I know. But think of all the benefits: happier, healthier, creative individuals. Employment created for artists and teachers. We know that art brings a myriad of benefits to our lives. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone had the same exposure to arts and culture?
I’d be happy to hear your three wishes. And please, pass the (dark) chocolate.