100 days 100 galleries; Day 29: Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland ME

Carlos Fentanes (CF): Sky, lakes, clouds, some urban landscape…
I can see this type of art in the North against South that is more figurative and the big cities that are prone to Abstract Art and Conceptual Art.
Have you ever think about this? What are the factors? Weather? Education? Values?

Dowling Walsh Gallery (DWG): nothing

Bo Bartlett
Gouache on paper
15″ x 22-1/2″

Another day, another gallery with no answer, there’s no solution to this. But I want to talk about the question today: Why the taste is so different between North and South and between big cities and small cities? I was thinking about this a lot. I live in a small town and I don’t like the “taste” of the art in this city, what you see in the galleries are landscapes and local fauna: bears, moose, beavers… Please, help me!

Robert Pollien
Morning Shoreline, Acadia
Oil on linen
24″ x 28″

Abstract Art and Conceptual Art need a deeper way of thinking than a landscape in a general way, there’s always great exceptions: Monet, Canaletto, Tom Thompson but I cannot see these artists in my town.

Why Canadians prefer landscapes? Why Germans like Expressionism? Why Americans like hamburgers? it’s a question with not an straight answer we need to meditate on this.

Claude Monet’s Charing Cross Bridge, reflets sur la Tamise, 1899-1901 © The Baltimore Museum of Art
Canaletto, La piazza San Marco in Venice, ca. 1723-24
Oil on canvas. 141.5 x 204.5 cm 
Text and image from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
Study of Northern River By Tom Thomson

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