Apparently the folk over at the RIO think statues are good. On Tuesday they accepted a gift from something I had never heard of called the Academy of Fine Art Foundation for a sculpture by André Desjardins. The Montréal Express article, The Journal de Montréal article, The Metro article, the Le Devoir article, everyone seems to be focusing on how much it costs and not bothering to question thagt M. Desjardins is represented by Galerie Roccia who are the exclusive distributors for Masterpiece Publishing. Masterpiece Publishing just happen to be the very same people who started the Academy of Fine Art Foundation with a “significant endowment.”
When in doubt, follow the money. I’d love to see the paperwork to find who and how much tax is being paid.