PRINT December 1968

Canada’s Arthur McKay

ONE OF THE AXIOMS OF our time is that provincial art must inevitably be minor. While it does not follow that every artist in New York or Paris must therefore produce major art, it does imply that a large, internationally oriented super-city is a necessary milieu for aspiring artists.

The provincial artist does operate under difficult conditions: because of his isolation he is only partially informed; he is unable to see new works of art as they are produced and must therefore resort to translated information—reproductions and art writing—and finally to conjecture. In addition to this, his intentions are complicated by his isolation; artists in provincial situations tend to be educators and come to place greater stress upon their roles as cultural spokesmen than upon what might be construed as a responsibility to produce significant art.

There are, of course, solutions to provincial situations,

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