The Ontario Progressive Conservatives are speaking out against a piece of artwork they deem inappropriate for a government office building.
PC women’s critic Laurie Scott says she’s “disappointed” that John B. Aird art gallery, located in the lobby of a provincial office building in Toronto, would display Sacred Circle VI by French-Canadian artist Rosalie Maheux.
The 84 cm x 84 cm piece shows a mosaic of explicit images of women engaged in various sex acts. Sacred Circle VI is part of a collection of works showcasing work by artists under the age of 30.
In a statement, Scott said “Regardless of the aims or intent of the artist, Ontarians expect their government to lead by example in combating the sexual objectification of women. The fact that a publicly housed gallery has been allowed to not only display but to sell images of this nature is very worrisome.”
The Liberal government says the gallery is a public space, operated by an independent board of directors made up by volunteers and representatives from the art community.
Image courtesy Rosalie H Maheux