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Komar & Melamid: Canada’s Most Wanted and Most Unwanted Paintings

October 1, 1999 - March 5, 2000

AWE Gallery

The exhibition features two paintings by renowned Russian expatriate artist, Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid. From their studio in New York, they have worked with polling firms from around the world to develop “scientifically accurate” profiles of popular taste in the visual arts, specifically painting. Called The People’s Choice project, the result from these polls were used to create a painting that best represented popular taste. In Canada, the Angus Reid Group polled one-thousand people from coast to coast, asking them about preference for style, subject, colours, and size. The resulting data, interpretations, and results from other countries, as well as paintings from the AGW Permanent Collection selected by Gallery staff, will also be included in the display

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