This kind of sucks. You’d figure that the Canadian art world is socially aware, slightly progressive and forward thinking. But obviously it ain’t. If you’re too lazy to click on the applicable links, over the weekend the Ottawa Citizen reported that Annie Pootoogook was homeless and five-months pregnant. While I don’t think Mr. Morrisseau was ever pregnant, the stories of him selling drawings dirt cheap on the street when he was homeless are legend. I presumed that stuff like that no longer happened here. Obviously I was wrong.
How difficult would it be for someone like Patricia Feheley, Pierre Francois Ouellette, Clint Roenisch, Jessica Bradley, Katherine Mulherin, Jamie Angell, Joyce Yahouda, Pierre Trahan, Nick Tedeschi, André Laroche and Louis Joncas, Simon Blais or any of the numerous other gallerists, art dealers and art gallery owners who all have a roof over their head and/or were at the Sobey Art Award Gala when Annie Pootoogook won the big prize to get together to not only buy her drawings, but authenticate them as well and then more importantly, get her help. Whether that’s something as simple as buying her drawings so that she can afford an apartment, or finding some professional who knows the ins and outs of addiction.